Fourteen scientists of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) received the national award for their contribution in breeding improved varieties and production technology of basmati rice. The ceremony was held at a function in New Delhi on Monday.
Those present to receive the award included: Dr G S Sidhu,Dr S S Malhi,Dr G S Mangat,Dr M R Gagneja,Dr Jaswant Singh,Dr B S Boparai and Dr P S Gill. Those who were given the awards in absentia included: Dr T S Bharaj,Dr S S Gill,Dr H S Muker,Dr G Singh,Dr G L Raina,Dr Dharampal Singh and Dr M S Pandher.
The award,which is given by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research,carries a citation and cash prize of Rs 25,000 for each scientist. State Agriculture Minister Kanti Lal Bhuria congratulated the awardees.
Dr Manjit Singh Kang,PAU vice-chancellor,has congratulated the scientists for bringing laurels to the university.
He said that bio-technology will give an impetus to efforts being made towards national food security through gearing up rice improvement programmes.