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Mar 07, 2018

National Seminar on " Punjab Agriculture" held at LKC

Centre for Historical Studies (PG Department of History) of Lyallpur Khalsa College , Jalandhar organised an Indian Council of Social Science and Research (ICSSR) sponsored National Seminar on the theme of Punjab Agriculture: Emerging Challenges and Future Possibilities. Dr. B.S. Ghuman, famous economist and Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala was the chief guest on the occasion. Apart from him, Dr. Anju Suri, Chairperson, Department of History, Panjab University, Chandigarh; Dr. Paramjit Singh, Assistant Professor in Economics; Dr. Ranjit Singh Ghuman, Professor of Economics, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh, Dr. Sukhdev Singh, former Chairperson Department of History, Guru Nanak Dev University and progressive farmers Mrs. Harjinder Kaur and Mandeep Singh were other speakers. Dr. Gurpinder Singh Samra, in his welcome address thanks the galaxy of educationists to come in the college to share their ideas on the contemporary issue of Punjab’s politico-socio- and economic set up. Dr. B.S. Ghuman in his address states that the year of 1966 was the turning point for Punjabis. Not only we got a new state but also the roots of Green Revolutions percolated deeply in the agricultural families. We saw an era of prosperity and vibrant economy but later on, the landholding sizes dwindles, so that of income earning capacity. There is an urgent need to shift the fundamentals of rural agricultural economy to save the small and medium farmers. Dr. Anju Suri stressed on the need of setting agro based industries in Punjab. We have agriculture but there is a dearth of agro based industries and this is the major reason for stagnation in the agriculture sector. Dr. Ranjit Singh Ghuman, analyzed the problem of agriculture stagnation and farmer suicides. In his elaborative address, he touched all aspects of Punjab’s political policies and how these policies failed to uplift the economic standards of the peasantry. Dr. Sukhdev Singh Sohal explained the historical character of the Punjab’s agriculture. He said that some colonial policies still cast their shadow on the contemporary character of Punjab’s agricultural practices and policies. Dr. Paramjit Singh discussed in length about the political economy of the State. He said that under the influence of globalization only small and medium farmers are suffering. Mrs. Harjinder Kaur and Mandeep Singh shared their mushroom farming experiences with the students and inspired them to turn towards agricultural allied activities. Dr. Karanbir Singh, Convener of the Seminar efficiently did the duty of stage moderator. A large number of students were present in the Seminar. Punjab & Sind Bank sponsored prizes were distributed among those students who participated in an Essay Writing Competition. Dr. Suman Chopra, Head of the History department thanks all the dignitaries. Prof. Jasreen Kaur, Dr. Manmeet Kaur, Dr. Amandeep Kaur, Sandeep Kumar Bhagat, Sandeep Kaur, S.S. Bains and other staff members were also present.

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