Two days after the appointment of IAS officer Rishi Pal Singh as the new registrar of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) had faced opposition from PAU Teachers Association which said that a faculty member from within the university should have been appointed to the post, the Vice-Chancellor Monday held a “comprehensive briefing on research, extension and academic frontiers” for the new joinee.
The teachers had alleged that an IAS officer, who wasn’t familiar with the university’s working, was appointed by the Punjab government as the registrar, even as rules mandate calling applications for the post and selection of the suitable candidate via interview and approval by the board of management.
A meeting chaired by V-C Satbir Singh Gosal marked the induction of Singh as the new registrar. The varsity said that the “session aimed to immerse Dr Singh in the university’s multifaceted landscape, offering insights into its academic, research, and extension endeavours”.
In-depth presentations were given during the meeting by officers to apprise Singh of the university’s working. Dr P K Chhuneja, Dean of Postgraduate Studies, delved into the university’s academic programmes; Dr Ajmer Singh Dhatt, Director of Research, shed light on PAU’s research orientation while emphasising its pivotal role in advancing agricultural knowledge and innovation followed by Dr Gurmeet Singh Buttar, Director of Extension Education, who underscored the university’s outreach efforts and the impact of extension services on local communities.
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Gosal said the meeting’s purpose was to furnish “the new Registrar with a comprehensive understanding of his role within PAU” and align “his vision with the institution’s objectives”. He said that the session was “an introduction to PAU’s organisational structure and an overview of the institution’s commitment to foster cutting-edge research and empower the farming community under his stewardship”.
Engaging discussions involving deans of constituent colleges and university officers provided a comprehensive overview of PAU’s research, extension and academic landscapes. These discussions delineated both challenges and prospective areas of focus.
Singh expressed eagerness to embrace the role of a facilitator as the university’s Registrar, further propelling its impactful contributions to the agricultural realm on a national scale.