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The Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and Director General (DG), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Dr. S. Ayyappan inaugurated administrative building of Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-I, Ludhiana constructed at a cost of Rs.3.38 croreon 05.01.2014. Dr. K.D.Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agril. Extension) and Dr. K.M.L.Pathak, Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi joined the Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) in inauguration of the building. About 150 persons including scientists and officers from ICAR, New Delhi; Deans, Directors, Zonal Project Directors and senior officers of PAU and GADVASU; and Programme Coordinators as well as Subject Matter Specialists of KVKs of Zone-I witnessed the ceremony. In his address, Dr.Ayyappan congratulated the Zonal Project Director, Zone-I, for construction of state of art building in short span of time and thanked the Vice Chancellor of PAU, Dr. B.S.Dhillon for providing land and other supports to the Zonal Project Directorate (ZPD), Zone-I. He expressed his happiness over the good collaboration and coordination of ZPD with state agricultural universities in the zone and said that KrishiVigyanKendras (KVKs) had contributed a lot in increased agricultural production in the country. Dr. Kokate said that construction of this building would further boost the performance of KVKs of Zone-I. He told that infrastructure development like this was necessary for the growth of any organization and advised other Zonal Project Directors to work in the same mode.

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