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Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon

Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon is the Member (Punjab State Farmers and Farm Workers Commission). Dr Dhillon Born on June 27, 1947 at village Daburji, in the erstwhile Tarn Taran tehsil of Amritsar district, Dr. Dhillon obtained his doctorate from IARI, New Delhi, M.Sc. from PAU, Ludhiana and B.Sc. (Agriculture) from Khalsa College, Amritsar. Having a brilliant academic record Dr Dhillon bagged prestigious scholarships/fellowships that included post doctoral fellowships: German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship; UHO Fellowship to work at UHO, Germany and Alexander von Humboldt Europe Fellowship to work at University of Birmingham, UK. For his contributions, Dr Dhillon has been recognized with awards such as: Om Parkash Bhasin Award for Science and Technology (2006), Recognition Award by National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2001-2002), Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Memorial Prize, ICAR (1986-87, co-recipient), Appreciation Certificate, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (1990-93), Joginder Singh Memorial Award by Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding (1997-1998) and Gold Medal, ICAR-IARI (1974). He is Fellow of several professional societies such as Indian National Science Academy (FNA), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India (FNAAS), National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc), Punjab Academy of Sciences, India (FPAS).

He is known for his hard work and meticulous planning and has a strong flair for technical writing and has been associated with international and national scientific journals. He has published ~350 research papers besides authoring scientific books. Since his early days, Dr. Dhillon has been profoundly connected with Punjab agriculture and is well aware about the contemporary agrarian concerns. At PAU, he consistently worked in the maize improvement team and evolved maize varieties and hybrids including: Ageti-76, Partap, Sangam, Navjot, Sartaj, Parbhat, Kiran, J-1006, Megha, Kesri, Punjab Sathi-1, Paras, Pearl Popcorn, Parkash, and JH 3459. The team carried out pioneering work on breeding and production technology for maize cultivation in non traditional seasons which led to emergence of spring and winter maize crops. Dr. Dhillon gave new concepts and breeding methods for cross pollinated crops and new analysis of quantitative-genetic data. The improved germplasm developed has been used in various breeding programs in India and abroad; and breeding methods developed by him are included in text books authored by Indian and foreign authors.

Dr Amarjit Singh Nanda

Dr Amarjit Singh Nanda was born in a small village of Kanjali, near Kapurthala, Punjab. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science and Animal husbandry and   Master’s in Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics from PAU Ludhiana. Dr Nanda joined as an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics in College of Veterinary Science, PAU Ludhiana. He completed fellowship of the Royal Veterinary College of Sweden (FRVCS) Sweden in 1983 and Ph. D. from UK in 1989. Dr Nanda rose through the academic ranks to full professorship and served as Head of Department and as the Director for Centre of Advanced Studies in Veterinary Gynaecology and Reproduction, PAU. He gave leadership to applied research in animal reproduction and has the distinction of working as the Regional Expert on Animal Production at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. He had been Visiting Professor in Hiroshima University Japan and University of Sau Polo, Brazil. Dr Nanda has lectured widely as consultant, and has visited more than 35 countries and published 200 papers in journals of national and international repute.

Dr Nanda was selected as Animal Husbandry Commissioner Govt. of India, an Additional Secretary rank in the Central Government and served from 2010 to 2013. Dr Nanda joined as Vice Chancellor of GADVASU on 16-2-2015. Before this he also served as Vice-Chancellor of Nanaji Deshmukh University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Jabalpur, (MP). As the duties of University Vice chancellor has increased manifold, Dr Nanda’s main focus will be serving the farmers through applied research and extension education activities.

Shri. Viswajeet Khanna IAS

Shri. Viswajeet Khanna IAS. Addl. Chief Secretary (Development), Government of Punjab. He takes over the present office on 16th October, 2017. Shri Khanna born on 2nd June, 1961, holds a Masters degree in English, Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Graduated in English from University of Delhi. He also holds Bachelor of Law. Mr. Khanna is a holder of a Private Pilots License (P.P.L). He entered in Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1987. Prior to entering to Government he also served in private sector for four years. He was qualified All India Examination for probationary officer of SBI and worked couple of years in banks. He holds several posts in Government of Punjab. Some of important positions include Deputy Commissioner Patiala, Labor commissioner and Director of Factories, MD Punjab Warehousing Corporation, Punjab State Industrial Development, Registrar cooperative Societies, Principal Secretary Civil Aviation, Science & Technology, Environment and Non Conventional Sources of energy, Principal Secretary of Dy. Chief Minister, Financial commissioner Cooperatives, Forest & wildlife and Housing & Urban Development and several other departments over the span of 30 years. He likes playing Golf, Cricket, squash and Badminton besides other interest in reading, music, movies and painting. Mr. Khanna was part of Indian Delegation of ICA General Assembly, Columbia and World Bank at Washington DC in 2005, and ICA Asia Pacific General Assembly & Asia Pacific Cooperative Forum, Hanoi, Vietnam in 2008. He was Organizing Secretary of Punjab State Rural Games conducted in 1999 in Ludhiana on the pattern of National Games and also National Games held in Punjab in 2001. He has credit of conceiving and implementation of a unique and socially relevant health insurance and women empowerment programmes in cooperative department entitled as Sanjivini and Bhai Ghaniya Sehat Seva covering over seven lac beneficiaries. Also key instrumental in Mai Bhago Istri Shakti Scheme to empower Women through economic upliftment. As a Secretary, Civil Aviation he was responsible for the Mohali International Airport project the first JV of its kind between AAI and state Government. This was successfully commissioned by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 11 September, 2015. He had facilitated the setting up of a Greenfield International Airport and Aerotropolis at Ludhiana. He has done commendable job in Housing sector by conceiving an affordable housing policy for the working middle class. In long span of three decades of career as a civil servant, he has handled a variety of challenging assignments in Government and handled the issues of management, administrative reforms and program implementations with a citizen centric orientation. Currently he is heading Agriculture department of Government of Punjab and associated organizations in various capacities, including the Chairman of Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC), Ludhiana.