Punjab Agricultural University has finally got its Director Extension. The PAU Board of Management which met in Mohali today cleared the name of Dr Mukhtiar Singh Gill. currently posted as Director,Directorate of Cropping Systems,ICAR,as the Director Extension,PAU.
Notable here is that after the retirement of Dr NS Malhi,the previous DE in February this year,this post has been lying vacant. The university could not fill up this post as the election code of conduct was in place. The post of DE at PAU is one of the most coveted post as along with research and education,extension is the part this institutes mandate. The university,it has been learnt,had shortlisted six people for this post which included Dr HS Rawal,Head Department of Plant Pathology,Dr MS Gill,Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu,both from ICAR,New Delhi,Dr JL Sharma,Department of Economics,Dr KS Sandhu,Head Department of Soils and Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman,Additional Director,Department of Communications,an international linkages.
Meanwhile as per Dr RK Mahey,Registrar PAU,the Board of Management of Punjab Agricultural University in its 238th meeting along with the name of the DE cleared other new appointments like that of Director (Seeds),Additional Director Extension Education,Director Regional Station,Abohar and Heads of Department.
According to Dr Mahey,the Board has cleared the names of Dr Sarbjit Singh Bal for Director (Seeds),Dr Harjit Singh Dhaliwal for Additional Director Extension Education,Dr Jagdev Singh Josan for Director of Regional Station,Abohar,Dr Maninder Arora for Head Department of Microbiology,Dr AK Gupta,for Head Department of Biochemistry,Dr AK Dhawan for Head Department of Entomology,Dr Pushpinder Singh Aulakh for Head Department of Horticulture,Dr Yadwinder Singh,Head Department of Soils ,Dr Tejinder Singh,for Head Department of Food Science and Technology and Dr M Nagi for Head Foods and Nutrition .
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of the PAU Vice-Chancellor,Dr Manjit Singh Kang and all members including the Financial Commissioner (Development),Secretary Agriculture,Punjab,Director of Agriculture Punjab,Director of Horticulture,Punjab were present in the meeting,said Dr Mahey.