27 July, 2021

Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana

“No money for research”

Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana

The problems in Punjab are different from that in other states and the pro-farmer budget proposals have not enthused students in Punjab’s flagship agricultural university. The Ludhiana-based Punjab Agricultural University achieved fame for being the ­engine of the green revolution in the state. The PAU is also known for its politically charged campus and most alumni come from predominantly rural backgrounds from across the state. Discussions on the campus these days centre around the upcoming assembly elections and the prospects of different political parties.

The farm-friendly budget proposals provided a welcome diversion in the public d­i­s­­­course and the senior students have given it more than a cursory INS­pection. Nirmal Singh,  doing PhD in vegetable sciences, is pleasantly surprised at the pro-farmer budget but as he says, “A closer look showed that while farmers in other states might benefit with the enhanced irrigation ­infrastructure, the crisis in Punjab agriculture is of another kind. While some of the...

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