Punjab Agricultural university

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The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, Punjab is one of the State Agricultural Universities in India.It was established in 1962 and is the the oldest agricultural university in India after GBPUA&T, Pantnagar. It pioneered the Green Revoulution in India in 1960s and is considered as one of the best agricultural universities in Asia. It was bifurcated in 2005 with the formation of Guru Angad Dev vetrinary and Animal Sciences University. The reputed Vice-Chancellor Dr.KS Aulakh has recently resigned under dramatic situtations with alledged political pressures by the state government which were "against the welfare of university".

Introduction & Mission Statement Goals

It is committed to continue improvement in the productivity and profitability of agriculture and allied sectors through the achievement of the following goals: To provide quality education in the areas of agriculture, veterinary science, agricultural engineering and allied fields. To undertake basic applied and adaptive research to seek appropriate solutions to emerging problems in agriculture and develop relevant technologies to improve socio-economic conditions of the faring community. To develop and effective mechanism for the transfer of technology to the farmers and agricultural organisations through different extension programmes with a view to improve agricultural productivity and economic conditions of rural population. To develop appropriate technology for supporting the growth of agro-based industries.

The university facilities includes laboratories, lecture rooms, instructional and research farms, modern instrument farm machinery, transport and library facilities.

Infrastructure and Athletics

The university has a very strong reputation in sports and it & its alumini have won many awards for excellence in sport. The university has facilities for basketball, badminton, cycling, cricket, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, volleyball, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis, weight lifting and Kabbadi. There is also a cycling velodrome, an astroturf field for hockey, and a stadium for various sports.

There is an outdoor theatre for holding cultural activities and a student community center for the conduct of miscellaneous extra curricular activities. Numerous international and Punjabi culture festives have been staged at the university.

There is a faculty of 1250 members at the main campus and at regional research stations.

International & State Awards and Achievements

The faculty members and the postgraduate students of the university have won numerous national and international awards and honours (some of them are list below): IT has produced brillant sportsmen and women. Padma Bhushan Padma Shri Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Memorial Prize Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award Hari Om Ashram Trust Award ICAR Best Teacher Award Jawaharlal Nehru Award.

Also it has achieved the fellowship of the professional scientific academies and societies in recognition of their outstanding contributions (listed below): Third world academy of sciences Indian National Science Academy National academy of Agricultural Sciences National Academy of Veterinary Sciences Best Institution Award the Indian Council of Agricultural Research - 1995.

It has been acclaimed as Best Agricultural University in Asia, PAU has achieved distinguished status at the national and international level. It has played a unique role in ushering green revolution in India.

It has the distinction of winning the first Best Institution Award of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in the year 1995.

Programs and Facilities

At present the university offers 5 bachelor's, 51 master's and 42 doctorate programmes in 50 departments of 5 constituent colleges. In addition it also offers a Bachelor of Education programme and 5 Diploma programmes in its 5 constituent colleges: College of Agriculture (BSc, MSc, PhD) College of Agricultural Engineering (BTech, MTech, PhD) College of Veterinary Science College of Home Sciences College of Basic Sciences and Humanities

An Institute of Agricultural was established at Gurdaspur. In 1988 the university switched from trimester to semester system and in 1993 it switched from the letter grade system to a 10.00 credit point average system.