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Looking back and moving ahead
Redefining agricultural growth, 2007 priority for PAU
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 31
If 2005 saw Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) forge new partnerships in its pursuit to ensure food and nutritional security, in 2006 the nation recognised "the pioneering role of PAU in stabilising and strengthening the agriculture and economy of Punjab". For this, a special grant of Rs 100 crore was given to the university. paw also got another grant of Rs 8.5 crore from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, to establish a "Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Biotechnology". Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, remarked "We still have a long way to go".

Another important milestone of the PAU in 2006 were the achievements in research. Since its inception, the PAU has released over 525 varieties and hybrids of crops, several of which gained national and international recognition. Besides the application of conventional approaches, PAU also continued to standardise protocols in order to produce commercially-acceptable transgenic varieties of rice, sugarcane and cotton.

The university has drawn up a roadmap of strategies to be adopted in the future to meet the nation's requirements. Dr Aulakh said that the PAU has identified seven key areas that support national endeavours in ensuring food security.

The University will focus on cash crops to cut on India's import bill, enhance farm productivity and increase the incomes of farmers. The efforts will also be aimed at bringing about a sustainable prosperity to the courtyard of small farmers.

The grant will be used to bring about cost-effective production technologies that are relevant to different agro-climatic zones of the state. At the same time, multi-location testing and region-specific research will also be undertaken. "All this will mean linking-up of research laboratories with lecture theatres and land", Dr Aulakh added.

The focus will also be on human resource development, assimilation and elimination of departments to avoid duplication of research, rather to coordinate it.

The visit of Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram at the PAU convocation on October 31, 2006, was memorable as he not only acknowledged the contribution of PAU, but also called upon the university’s scientists and scholars to" draw an ambitious blue print for Indian agriculture in the 21st century, where farming should not be considered drudgery, but an occupation of choice and profit that brings dignity and prosperity to farmers".

PAU scientists also believe that enhancing productivity in farming, is an immediate challenge faced by India. For this, all state agricultural universities must adopt "genetic sciences" to achieve higher production levels.

Acknowledging the support of the state government, Dr Aulakh said that this year, Rs 5 crore was released under the special Agricultural Diversification Research and Development Fund. It will be used for breeding improved varieties of oilseeds and pulses of high nutritional quality.



Know yourself through your handwriting
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, December 31
"Graphology is a science that assesses one’s personality through handwriting strokes. It is correlated with the traits of one’s personality. Every dot, every loop and every curve is defined in this science. It is very reliable and is used widely in Western countries while selecting candidates for important jobs,” says Mr Mohan Ray, a well known graphologist and the founder of Healthy Handwriting Institute

Talking to the Ludhiana Tribune, he said, "People appearing for the IAS, MBA and even the board examinations are worried about their writing. For years I have been training people to improve the way they write and it works like magic. What we accentuate is readability and speed. I have honed this art to perfection and I help students in improving their handwriting."

Interestingly, a person can discover him/herself through his/her handwriting. In Israel, people get marriages fixed only after getting handwritings analysed and matched.

The Institute conducts 'Healthy Handwriting Workshops' regularly, where the age of a person does not matter.



Cleaning drive marks NSS camp
Our Correspondent

Samrala, December 31
Under the directions of Mrs Hirdaypal, Assistant Director, Youth Services, Ludhiana and with proper guidance of Programme Officer, Jatinder Kumar, a one-day NSS camp was held at the Government Senior Sec School, at Ghungrali Sikhan on Saturday. The village Sarpanch, Gurpal Singh and the school Principal, Gurmeet Kaur Dhaliwal jointly inaugurated the camp. Volunteers undertook a cleaning drive on the school camps, the levelling of the school ground and cleaning of the village.

Mr Manmohan Kumar Puri, In-charge, MPHC, Ghungrali Sikhaan, delivered a lecture on AIDS. A cultural programme was also organised by the NSS volunteers on the occasion. The principal blessed the volunteers and motivated them to participate more in various social activities.



NSS camp a great success
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 31
A 10-day NSS Camp concluded at GobindGarh Public College, Alour, Khanna. A cultural function was organised to mark the occasion. Dr M.S. Bains, Director, NSS, Punjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest at the function.

The programme officer presented the report of the camp, comprising of the activities undertaken by volunteers. As highlighted in the report, volunteers took out a social-awareness campaign in Alour. Volunteers also undertook a cleaning drive in the Govt Middle School.

A two-day workshop on first-aid was also organised. The Principal, Dr Suresh Tandon, appreciated the work done by volunteers and motivated them to continue the good work.



‘Alop Ho Riha Punjabi Virsa’ released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 31
'Alop Ho Riha Punjabi Virsa', the latest book of noted writer Mr Harkesh Singh Kehal, was recently released by Dr Bikram Singh Ghuman, former Prof and Head, Punjabi School, GNDU.

Mr Kehal has already written several books on Punjabi culture and folk-songs, including 'Lok-Geetan Vich Punjabi Jeewan', 'Punjabi Lok Virsa', 'Ik Pind Di Kahani', 'Mere Pind Di Badli Nuhar', etc.

Alop Ho Riha Punjabi Virsa has been divided into seven parts. The first part deals with essential tools of agriculture that have vanished from the modern scene, such as the forgotten well (Khuh), Persian wheel, charas(charou), phallah, bullocks, and other devices of regular use. The other parts of the book deal with items of routine domestic usage, like the Charkha, Sandooq, etc.

Mr Kehal added that the objective of writing the book was to familiarise youth with the rich Punjabi culture and traditions. "The generation is forgetting their moral values and are going away from their roots. This book tries to bring them back”, he said.



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