Ludhiana, April 30, 2013: The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has been bestowed with the "Best All India Coordinated Rice Improvement Programme (AICRIP) Centre Award" for outstanding research work on rice agronomy and entomology.
Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for Agriculture, Jammu and Kashmir; Dr. Swapan Kumar Dutta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi; Dr. Tej Pratap Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology (SKUAST); and Dr. B.C. Viraktamath, Project Director, Directorate of Rice Research; presented the "Certificate of Excellence" to the PAU scientists namely Dr. G. Mahajan, Rice Agronomist; and Dr. P.S. Sarao, Rice Entomologist during the 48th Annual Rice Group Meeting of AICRIP, held at SKUAST, Srinagar; under the Chairmanship of Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad. During the meet, out of 47 different centres funded by the ICAR for rice improvement work of the country, five awards were conferred upon the individual discipline and the overall best centre.
Among the five awards conferred, two were conferred upon the PAU teams for their outstanding research work on rice agronomy and entomology, a discipline of the Rice Section of the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics of the University.
It is worth mentioning here that the PAU Rice Centre was also adjudged as the overall best centre among the 47 centres during 2012.Dr. B.S. Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU and Dr. S.S. Gosal, Director of Research, congratulated the AICRIP Agronomy and Entomology team of the University and exhorted the rice scientists to win more laurels in future as well. Dr. Ghumber, Head, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics highlighted that the AICRP Agronomy and Entomology Centre of the PAU is doing remarkable work on the production and protection technologies, and in establishing linkages with national and international institutions.