EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, February 29, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Government move upsets PAU dons
From K S Chawla
CAN a research institute overcome its financial crisis with the sale of its precious land? Yes, the Punjab Government thinks so. It is contemplating to dispose of nearly 70 acres of fertile land of the Punjab Agricultural University experimental area at Ludhiana to tide over the financial crisis faced by Punjab Agricultural University.

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Government move upsets PAU dons
From K S Chawla

CAN a research institute overcome its financial crisis with the sale of its precious land? Yes, the Punjab Government thinks so. It is contemplating to dispose of nearly 70 acres of fertile land of the Punjab Agricultural University experimental area at Ludhiana to tide over the financial crisis faced by Punjab Agricultural University.

Scientists at PAU are up in arms against the decision of the government.

Even the Vice-Chancellor, Dr G S Kalkat, is surprised at the decision of the state government. “Research work cannot be continued by selling the best university land,” he laments. The Vice-Chancellor is also shocked over the fact that the government thought of the proposal without taking the university authorities into confidence. “We are not aware of any such proposal of the state government. We have only read in newspapers about the proposed sale of the PAU land to overcome the financial crunch”, Mr Kalkat explains.

The university gets a major share of finances from the Punjab Government for its three objectives — teaching, research and extension education but the state is faced with the financial crisis. Hence it was thought that PAU should have a corpus fund of Rs 100 crore which could accrue an interest of about Rs 10 crore per annum to meet the deficit of the university. Accordingly, 71 acres being used as experimental area across the Sidhwan canal were identified for sale. The land is located on the Ludhiana-Ferozepore highway and can fetch a handsome price if put to sale for commercial and residential purposes as a number of residential colonies have come up on this highway. The authorities are understood to have fixed the price of land at the rate of Rs 5000 per square yard.

While opposing the sale of the university land, the Vice-Chancellor says. “How can we allow the sale of the best piece of land of the university. It is the most invaluable land and is being put to best use”. Dr Kalkat maintains that the university is facing shortage of land and needs more land for research purpose. We have a huge collection of 5000 of wheat germplasm and about 1500 to 1800 crosses are made every year. It takes about six to seven years to have a wheat variety. Moreover the plant plot size is already smaller than what it should be. Besides research on maize and pulses is also done in this part of the land.

“We have only 20 acres for research under vegetables as are testing 35 varieties of vegetables. Because of paucity of land, we are doing research on vegetables at the Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur research stations. This particular piece of land is of absolutely uniform in fertility for comparison of yields”, he adds.

The Vice-Chancellor has already taken up the matter with the Chief Secretary and the Financial Commissioner (Development). They have assured him that the university land will not be sold. Punjab Agricultural University was set up in 1962.

It made a substantial contribution in wiping out the food deficit in the country. It has seven regional research stations for various crops at Jalandhar (Sugarcane), Kapurthala (rice), Bathinda (fruit crops), Faridkot (cotton), Abohar (citrus), Hoshiarpur (rainfed crops) and Ballowal Saunkri in Hoshiarpur district, respectively.

The university passed a budget of Rs 104 crore for the current financial year. Out of this, the Punjab Government is committed to give Rs 75 crore and has given Rs 65 crore so far. The ICAR has also given Rs 14 crore as its share. The university expects another Rs 10 crore from the Punjab government during the months of February and March. The university is expected to raise Rs 8-9 crore from its own resources.

The Vice-Chancellor says an additional burden of Rs 20 crore has been put on the university with the implementation of new UGC scales from January, 1996. The ICAR has provided its 80 per cent share in the implementation of the new scales. From April, 2001, the state government will have to bear 100 per cent expenses of salary of the teachers and the non-teaching staff. This will further create financial problems for the state government.

The Vice-Chancellor claims that despite the financial crunch research work has not been hampered. The university has released a new rice variety last year which has been accepted by farmers throughout north India. Similarly a wheat variety W1-343 released last year has covered 80 per cent area under the same this year. Rice production will be increased by one million tonnes as a result of the cultivation of this variety. Wheat production will also rise substantially.

However, Dr Kalkat emphasises that research costs increase when there is high productivity and it is a very expensive affair to maintain the high level of productivity.

The Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association (PAUTA) has also strongly opposed any move by the Punjab Government to sell any part of the university land and threatened to launch an agitation. Dr Hari Singh Brar, President, PAUTA maintains that the state government says that such decisions smack of “political motivation” to benefit a few.


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Mar 31 Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan, Pusa, New Delhi-110012.

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* HPKVV, Palampur, (HP)
* PAU, Ludhiana
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Age: For (1): Born between Aug 1, 78 July 31, 82

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* Entrance Exam for BTech/BPharma

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‘Dial-a-teacher’ plan

Former President Nelson Mandela has launched a “dial-a-teacher” programme designed to support South African students with their studies. The project was initiated by former Miss South Africa Amy Kleinhans, herself a former school teacher, who identified the need for such a service through her association with community and school fund-raising projects, reports Panafrican News Agency. Under the banner of Educational Tutor Services, dial-a-teacher is facilitated through a national call centre in Cape Town. The successful outcome of tests conducted in 1998 have been a driving force in the inception of this service. This call centre is manned by qualified and experienced teachers in maths, English, Afrikaans, science, biology, history, geography, business economics and accounting. Students are able to dial in to the centre daily, except Fridays and Saturdays. The main mode of interaction between tutor and learner is telephonic so as to maximise accessibility for students from all walks of life. Each work-station is equipped with fax, e-mail and Internet capability which is utilised for research and communication with those callers who are similarly enabled.

Universities catch the e-wave

UK universities are being pushed to offer their degrees online in a virtual university. The Education Secretary, Mr David Blunkett, said they had to compete globally — the “do nothing” university would not survive, reports BBC. In a speech on higher education in the 21st century, Mr Blunkett said: “The arrival of the knowledge economy has intensified the competitive pressures on higher education institutions. Learning has become big business. So a new national initiative is needed to maximise Britain’s chances of success in this global environment.” The US already has some very big and successful operations going on. The Higher Education Funding Council for England would bring forward proposals for the new “virtual” venture. “We want to create a new partnership between universities and the private sector which will develop a novel means of distance learning and exploit new technologies,” Mr Blunkett said. “It will concentrate resources from a number of partners on a scale which can compete with leading US providers.”

E-commerce degrees

Job applicants with technology skills and business education are in such demand that US colleges are beginning to offer an e-commerce degree. Students earning these degrees study programming basics along with marketing and other business concepts, reports USA Today. Critics argue that these programs may be too specialised and that they are a fad. Supporters argue that the programs will help students get jobs. The University of South Alabama in Mobile will launch a bachelor of science degree in e-commerce in fall 2000. Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, will offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in e-commerce. Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, launched its undergraduate degree in e-business in January. Eighty students are enrolled and more are on the waiting list. Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh is offering a master of science in electronic commerce. The degree can be earned in 12 months. — KSB