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The three-month training programme on 5.04.2024 “Integrated Crop Production” concluded at the Skill Development Centre, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), on Thursday. Organised under the guidance of Dr MS Bhullar, Director of Extension Education, a total of 32 rural youths attended the training programme.

In his concluding address, the chief guest Dr Nirmal Singh Jaura, Director Students’ Welfare, urged the trainees to solidify their connect as well as bond with Punjab’s agriculture and culture. Lamenting the mass exodus of the Punjabi youths to the foreign lands, Dr Jaura expressed serious concern over the increasing geriatric problems and decreasing land holdings as well as fiscal resources among the rural populace in view of the large sum spent on migration. This course has been designed to revive the interest of the youths in farming, he stated, while feeling delighted to see the youths’ rising penchant for agriculture which is a pathway to sustainability and prosperity.

The guest of honour, Dr Kuldeep Singh, Head, Department of Extension Education, assured the participants of all the technical and scientific guidance, whenever required. “Develop entrepreneurial spirit and mindset, serve the masses as entrepreneurs, draw profits through entrepreneurship and make a mark in your entrepreneurial journey,” he exhorted the youths.

“When the world is passing through the critical phase of sky-rocketing inflation and enormous lay-offs, self-reliance is word of the day for multiplication of resources and social-economic independence,” observed Associate Director of Skill Development Dr (Mrs) Rupinder Kaur. Offering a complete package of practices on agriculture and allied enterprises with just a nominal fee, this course has received an overwhelming as well as encouraging response from the youths of Punjab, she added.

Dr Prerna Kapila, Course Coordinator, presented the detailed report of the training programme.

Dr Lavleesh Garg, Extension Scientist, proposed a vote of thanks. Mrs Kanwaljit Kaur and Mrs Kuldeep Kaur also payed a key role in the successful conduct of the programme.

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