Ludhiana: The Department of Soil Science, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised a brain storming session for the benefit of postgraduate students on Tuesday. About 35 students and all faculty members of the department attended the session. Adjunct faculty was also present on the occasion.
Dr. B.S Brar, Head, Department of Soil Science, welcomed the guests and the adjunct faculty. Dr. H.S Sur, Ex-Senior Consultant, Planning Commission, Government of India, initiated the discussion regarding the problems faced by postgraduate students in their day- to-day life, learning subjects and attempting the papers.
He also highlighted the newer concepts of sustainable development and their use in agriculture. Further, he advised the students, especially, the boys to devote more time to studies as girls are obtaining better positions in higher education.
Continuing with the discussion, Dr. G.S Hira, Ex-Additional Director of Research, PAU, indicated the future areas of research, managing underground water, sewerage water treatment, soil, water, nutrient balance and imbalance.
Dr. N.S Pasricha, Ex-Director, PRII, laid emphasis on climate change in relation to water resources, conservational agriculture and soil quality aspects. Dr. Yadwinder Singh, Senior Scientist, Indian National Science Academy (INSA) suggested the students to make use of Google Search engine while looking for literature pertaining to research problems.
“Concentrate both on basic and applied research,” he said, adding that newer area of research could be use of sub-surface drip irrigation in relation to conservational agriculture. Dr. S.K Jalota, Ex-Adjunct Professor, advised the students to have critical appraisal of masters’ and doctorate research work, think how the society and scientific community could be benefited through research efforts.
Dr. D.K Benbi, National Professor, ICAR assured the students of full support in the domain of soil science research. Dr. M.S Hadda, Professor of Soil Conservation and Convener of the session, moderated discussion and later proposed vote of thanks. The students also interacted with the adjunct and the guest faculty during the session.
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