The two-day symposium on transforming the center of India’s green revolution, organized by Dr. GS Khush Foundation and PAU in honor of Dr. Darshan Singh Brar, ended here on Thursday.

In line with the theme “Innovations in Resource Management”, keynote speakers Suresh Kumar Chaudhry, Deputy Director General, Natural Resource Management, ICAR, and Mangi Lal Jat, Global Program Manager for Resilient Farms and Food Systems Research, ICRISAT, looked at the sustainability of ecosystems and the increased resilience of smallholder agriculture, respectively.

Discussions on trends in agricultural mechanization in India and national nutrition security by CR Mehta, Director, ICAR-CIAE, Bhopal and Kiran Bains, Head of Food and Nutrition Department, were followed by presentations and of talks.

Rakesh Sharda, Senior Extension Officer (Soil and Water Engineering) said that only 50,000 hectares of area in the state is under micro-irrigation. “This represents 1.2% of the total irrigated area. While Andhra Pradesh has 14 lakh hectares of area under micro-irrigation and interestingly it is adding one lakh hectare every year,” Sharda said.

He admitted that micro-irrigation is capital-intensive, but the state could start pushing the project into horticultural crops, as already 25,000 hectares of horticultural land is under micro-irrigation. This would not only reduce labor and electricity costs, but also save more than 40% water, he added.

Rajbir Singh, director of ICAR – Central Institute of Post-harvest Engineering and Technology, condemned the promotion of the super seeder. He said agricultural tools for stubble management should be light and efficient and should not increase the cost of farmers. The happy seeder was a fabulous product and a 60 hp tractor could easily operate it, he said, adding that for super seeders, a larger tractor with better household horsepower is needed, resulting in a load extra for farmers at a time when farmers’ incomes are declining.


Veterinary college announces batch of fisheries students for training in Thailand

Ludhiana Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) on Wednesday launched its first batch of 20 undergraduate Fisheries Science students from the College of Fisheries (COF) for a two-week international training at the International Center for Excellence in Science and Seafood Innovation (ICE). -SSI), Faculty of Agribusiness at Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Hat Yai, Thailand. The training was sponsored under the Institutional Development Plan (IDP)-National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) of ICAR to increase professional skills of undergraduate students through capacity building through national institutes and international academic excellence of world renown. Eligible students competed for the opportunity to undertake hands-on training in advanced innovations for seafood processing and value addition to improve the shelf life and safety of fish products, Meera D informed. Ansal, Dean, COF. Working in the laboratory of an internationally renowned scientist, Prof. Soottawat Benjakul – Director, ICE-SSI, PSU (Thailand), who has over 38,000 citations and an h-index of 96, is an invaluable learning opportunity for students at this stage of their professional careers, she added. Vice-Chancellor Inderjeet Singh said the international academic and research links developed under ICAR’s IDP-NAHEP would ultimately serve as a catalyst to win productive international collaborative projects benefiting the livestock sectors. and fishing, he added.

A poetic atmosphere envelops PAU

Ludhiana The Communication Center of Punjab Agricultural University and the Cultural Society of PAU, in collaboration with the district language officer, organized a meeting of poets, “Kinmin”, dedicated to the famous monsoon season in the state.

Tejinder Singh Riar, Additional Director of Communications, PAU, graced the occasion as the keynote guest and briefed on the role of the university in improving Punjabi language, culture and literature, although whether it is an institute focused on agricultural research.

He urged the youths to draw inspiration from the galaxy of renowned Punjabi poets and preserve all aspects of Punjabi culture. The program saw an immersive participation in which poets, namely Jaswant Zafar, Harpal Bhatti, Jagjit Sandhu, Jagdeep, Jasleen Kaur, Jaspreet Kaur Falak, Pali Khaadam, Paramjit Sohal, Prabhjot Sohi, Ravinder Ravi, Ranjit Saranwali, Wahid and Mandeep captivated the audience with their impressive performance.

The president of the UPA cultural society, Anil Sharma, expressed his support for the organization of more such events.

Young writers from PAU interact with poet Jagjit Sandhu

The UPA Young Writers Association, led by Director of Student Welfare GS Buttar, hosted an interactive session — Ru-B-Ru, with renowned poet and UPA alumnus Jagjit Sandhu.

Devinder Dilroop, president of the association, while introducing Sandhu, congratulated the author for the publication of his fourth collection of Punjabi poetry, Hun Tyai, analyzed and presented by Gurtej Koharwalla.

Members of the association recited poems, songs, tappe and ghazals from the book. Sandhu also recited his ghazal and shared his memories of student life at PAU. This was followed by an interactive discussion session between the guest writer, young writers and other literary personalities.

At the end of the function, Sandhu distributed plants to all attendees.

Seminar organized to inform students and seniors of the functioning of the ICCC

Ludhiana In order to inform the public about the operation of the Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC) operating from the Area-D office of the Municipal Corporation (MC), a seminar was held at the center for a group of students and seniors on Thursday.

Thanks to this installation, the MC watches over the entire city thanks to more than 1,400 video surveillance cameras installed in different places in the city. Around 300 additional cameras are being installed by the MC as part of this project. The MC also solicited participants’ suggestions for improving the system. The center, inaugurated by Minister of Local Organizations Inderbir Singh Nijjar on August 2, was set up at the cost of 35.96 crores.

More than 1,400 cameras were initially launched under the Safe City project and the MC has now supported its maintenance under the project. The feed from the cameras is sent both to MC’s ICCC and to the control room installed in the police lines.

MC officials said the ICCC helps the department oversee traffic, law and order, LED light monitoring, sewage treatment plants, common effluent treatment plants, solar panels on roofs, encroachment and degradation, revenue collection from MC, air quality measurement with data from Central Pollution Control Board and Punjab Pollution Control Board, etc.