Not ready to part with any more land: PAU

A day after the leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly, Sunil Jakhar, raised the issue of the state government's proposal to allot a prime area of the land owned by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) at its Bathinda's regional centre to private players to develop an educational city, PAU said that it was not ready to part with another piece of land as the Bathinda International Cricket Stadium already hung in fire.

Jakhar, in his communication sent to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who was in Ludhiana to preside over the golden jubilee convocation of PAU, said, "This university was our tryst with the destiny of millions of farmers. People of Punjab have immensely benefited from the research work in the past, but the benefits of agrarian revolution have platitude out and rural indebtedness stares us in the face. The research work at the university has suffered due to paucity of funds and lack of technical up-gradation to match international standards. Resource crunch has compelled the university to rationalise staff strength even below the required teacher-student ratio. This has caused serious bottlenecks in quality research work".

In his address at the university, the PM, while laying special emphasis on research work of the university said, "Research can play a major role in developing varieties more suitable to the taste of the different markets and with longer shelf life. The scope to build supply chains is especially large in the more advanced agricultural states and Punjab can be a torch bearer in this shift".

PAU vice-chancellor Dr B S Dhillon told The Indian Express, "We have received no official communication from the government regarding the education city proposal. The university always wants more land for research work."

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