LUDHIANA: An internationally known Plant Breeder and Geneticist, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon has been granted extension as the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Giving this information, Dr P.K. Khanna, PAU Registrar, said “His Excellency, the Governor of Punjab and Haryana and the Chancellor of PAU, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki has appointed Dr Dhillon as Vice-Chancellor of PAU for another term of four years.”
Dr Dhillon, while joining as Vice-Chancellor PAU for another term, expressed his sincere gratitude to the Chancellor and the Punjab Government for recognizing his services and contributions. All the senior officials, faculty, staff and students of the University congratulated Dr Dhillon.
Dr Dhillon is well known for his contributions in maize breeding. He has served in India and abroad in various capacities such as Director of National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR); Assistant Director General (Food Crops), ICAR; Director of Research at PAU, Ludhiana and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; and Associate Scientist at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre, (CIMMYT), Mexico.
He is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (FNA), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS), and National Academy of Sciences (FNASc), India. Besides, he has received German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and Alexander von Humboldt Europe Fellowship.
During his earlier four years term, Dr Dhillon has substantially improved the funds position for research, teaching and extension activities at PAU. New technologies were developed alongwith their matching production technologies for different crops. He laid focus on judicious use of natural resources, integration of biotechnology with crop improvement, food processing, bio-energy, crop residue management and farm mechanization. He signed many national and international agreements for student-faculty exchange, collaborative research and commercialization of technologies. Recently, a Food Industry Centre has been established at PAU with the technical cooperation of the Ohio State University, USA and fiscal support of ICAR. In addition, he initiated research on the development of seedless Kinnow.
Recently, Dr Dhillon was awarded with “Dr B.P. Pal Memorial Award,” by NAAS for outstanding overall contribution to agriculture. He is also recipient of several other awards and honours such as Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Memorial Prize, Om Parkash Bhasin Award for Science and Technology, J.C. Bose National Fellowship, NAAS Recognition Award, Dr Joginder Singh Memorial Award, Dr Harbhajan Singh Memorial Award, ICAR Gold Medal and many others.