Neary 200 stu­dents grad­u­ate at GMT school

HT Ludhiana Live - - Education - LUDHIANA: HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent ludhiana@hin­dus­tan­times.com LUDHIANA:

The two-day In­dian Mush­room Con­fer­ence 2013 con­cluded at Pun­jab Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity on Wed­nes­day.

The con­fer­ence was or­gan­ised in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Mush­room So­ci­ety of In­dia and Direc­torate of Mush­room Re­search, Solan.

“Crop di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion through mush­rooms can pro­vide food as well as nu­tri­tional sources,” said AK Bakshi, chair­man of the ple­nary session and for­mer vicechan­cel­lor Sar­dar Val­labh Bhai Pa­tel Univer­sity of Agri­cul­ture and Tech­nol­ogy, Modipu­ram, Meerut.

The mush­room sci­en­tists from across the coun­try par­tic­i­pated in the work­shop based on the theme “From Di­ver­sity to Di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion for Nu­tri­tional and En­vi­ron­men­tal Se­cu­rity.”

Mean­while, a two-day work­shop of All-In­dia Co­or­di­nated Re­search Project on Mush­room be­gan on the PAU cam­pus on Wed­nes­day.

Bakshi said there were dif­fer­ent types of mush­rooms which were grown in sum­mer and win­ter sea­sons. “Mush­rooms are vastly con­sumed and are highly per­ish­able,” he high­lighted, while em­pha­sis­ing on boost­ing the pro­duc­tion of mush­rooms to feed the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Stress­ing on en­hanc­ing the qual­ity of mush­rooms and in­creas­ing the shelf-life of fresh mush­rooms, Bakshi said there was a need to back up ef­forts for their post-har­vest man­age­ment also so that the mush­room pro­duc­tion could come up in a big way. Manjit Singh, direc­tor, Direc­torate of Mush­room Re­search (DMR), Solan, cochaired the session.

On this oc­ca­sion, two PAU se­nior my­col­o­gists Shammi Kapoor and HS Sodhi were given with the Award of Hon­our. Three best posters were given away prizes.

Dur­ing the work­shop, dis­cus­sions on germplasm col­lec­tion and con­ser­va­tion, and crop im­prove­ment were held. Be­sides, an in­ter­face with re­search and de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions and mush­room grow­ers was also or­gan­ised.

Grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was or­gan­ised for the tiny tots of the kinder­garten block of GMT Public School on Wed­nes­day.

Lit­tle kids at­tired in their beau­ti­ful robes looked im­pres­sive and con­fi­dent.

Di­rec­tors SKS Thind and SJS Thind along with the prin­ci­pal Amar­jit Dhali­wal presided over the oc­ca­sion. The kids of Class 1 and 2 pre­sented prayer and mool mantra in the be­gin­ning of the func­tion.

Later on, the stu­dents of Class 1were awarded with grad­u­a­tion cer­tifi­cates as they were pro­moted from kinder­garten to Class 1. Nearly 200 stu­dents were given the cer­tifi­cates dur­ing the func­tion.

Kinder­garten block co­or­di­na­tor Sunita Pawar thanked the prin­ci­pal and di­rec­tors. Prin­ci­pal Amar­jit Dhali­wal pro­posed a vote of thanks and con­grat­u­lated the lit­tle grad­u­ates.

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Stu­dents dur­ing their grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at GMT Public School in Ludhiana on Wed­nes­day.

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