CHANDIGARH, July 26- The Doctor of Science (Honoris causa) was conferred upon Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal by Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hisar in recognition of his significant contribution to the society for preserving the ancient vedic culture, promoting social harmony and inculcating moral values and ethics.
Besides the Chief Minister, honorary degree of Doctor of Science was also awarded to Yog Rishi Swami Ramdev at the 24th convocation of the university held today.
The citation of Doctor of Science (Honoris causa) conferred upon the Chief Minister stated, “Mr. Manohar Lal is an epitome of simplicity and sagacity. He is devoted to the development of agriculture and allied areas, promotion of education, sports and rural development.”The citation also noted the introduction and implementation of the new idea of redressal of grievances through CM window, zero tolerance for corruption, equitable development, merit based transparent recruitment, health care, higher education particularly in medicine and agriculture by Mr. Manohar Lal as Chief Minister. The citation further noted the lead he took in opening a new College of Agriculture at Bawal in South Haryana and launching “Beti Bachao - Beti Padao” campaign in Haryana.
The citation with respect to Swami Ram Dev recognised his invaluable service to humanity through his contribution to yoga, ayurveda and agriculture. It further acknowledged his efforts for eradication of social evils like dowry system, female foeticide, child marriage, drug addiction, corruption and black money.
Governor of Haryana and Chancellor of the university, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, who presided over the convocation ceremony, conferred upon them the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris causa), and the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. K.S. Khokhar, read out the citations and presented them for the award of degree. The Governor also awarded degrees and gold medals to M.Sc. and Ph.D. pass outs of the university.
A total of 460 pass outs of under graduate programmes (284), Masters programmes (104) and Ph.D. (72) during the years 2013 and 2014 were awarded degrees on the occasion. Besides, 32 pass outs were awarded university gold medals for their academic and research excellence.
Haryana Governor and Chancellor, Prof Kaptan Singh Sonlanki, Chief Minister, Haryana, Mr. Mahohar Lal, Agriculture Minister, Haryana, Mr. O.P. Dhankar and Yog Rishi Swami Ram Dev also spoke and showered blessings on the graduating students.
Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) delivered convocation address.He focused on present agriculture scenario in the country and its challenges. He said, today, the country was largest producer of milk, pulses and spices, and has world’s largest cattle herd (buffaloes), as well as the largest area under wheat, rice and cotton. It is the second largest producer of rice, wheat, cotton, sugarcane, farmed fish, sheep and goat meat, fruits, vegetables and tea. However, its hunger and malnutrition levels were still extremely high, and great inefficiencies existed within the agricultural sector.
He said the issues of concern to national food, nutrition, environment and livelihood security were diversion of agricultural land for non-agricultural use particularly in densely populated states, dwindling land holding size, declining profit margin in agri-business, depletion of ground water, deteriorating soil health and biodiversity apart from increased frequency of weather related risks such as cyclones/tsunami, drought, food, cold and heat waves and contamination of soil and water with heavy metals like arsenic and their cycling in plant-animal-human-atmosphere chain. He said even with making landmark achievements in production of different crops, the average yields of almost all the crops were among the lowest in the world.
To improve soil health and its fertility, he emphasised on balanced use of organic, inorganic and biological sources of nutrients. He said availability of good quality water and seed in adequate quantity would be extremely crucial for attaining food and nutritional security. He said by 2050, the availability of water for agriculture was expected to decrease from the present level of about 83% to about 70%. The good quality seed was also out of reach of majority of farmers, especially small and marginal farmers due to their exorbitant prices.He stressed on developing farmer and environment friendly cost effective agriculture technology and irrigation facility, evolving suitable adaptation and mitigation strategies for tackling the impact of climate change, marketing facility for agricultural produce and mechanization of agricultural operations to improve productivity, efficiency and profits.
He also expressed the need of public-private partnerships to improve infrastructure in agricultural sector. He lauded the CCSHAU for the 464 MoUs it had signed with national and international public and private institutions during a span of just 5 years between 2011 and 2014 as well as its initiatives of licensing of its technologies and entrepreneurship development. He also commended the Haryana state for its exemplary progress in agricultural sector and highest per capita income.
He congratulated the graduating students and asked them to help the nation in fulfilling its needs with their capacity and capability.
The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. K.S. Khokhar, congratulated the pass outs and urged them to use their knowledge and skills to create a new world—a world with food for all, a world of equal opportunities and prospects of growth for all.
Presenting progress report of the university on the occasion, he said the university has bagged 10 prestigious awards during last four years in recognition of good research work and service to the farming community. These awards include Krishi Shiksha Samman-2015, Outstanding Partnership Award for HOPE Projects in South Asia (2014) by ICRISAT, Best Centre Award for outstanding contribution in yield of pearl millet improvement (2014), Award of Excellence for outstanding dissemination of agri-meteorology advisories (2013), Best Centre Award for weed control research (2013), Best Performing Sub-centre on rapeseed and mustard research (2013), Best AICRP Centre Award (2012), Best AICRP Maize Centre Award (2012), Best AIRCP Centre for pearl millet (2011) and Best Information Dissemination Award (2011).
On this occasion, best krishi vigyan kendra award was award to KVK, Kathal, best regional research station award to RRS, Uchani (Karnal) and best department award to Genetics & Plant Breeding Department were also conferred by the university. The Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, presented these awards to the winners. Mr. O.P. Dhankar, Agriculture Minister, presented best teacher awards to Drs. S.K. Sehrawat, Rita Dahiya and U.K. Varshney, PPIC distinguished teacher award to Dr. Dharam Bir.
Dr. Kamal Gupta, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, and members of Board of Management of the university were also present on the occasion.