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Cheerful spirits, sweet reminiscences and cultural renaissance marked the 1st meet of the Alumni Association of the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Punjab Agricultural University today. Meeting, greeting, and reliving nostalgic moments spent at the college were the goals of this gathering.

The oldest alumnus Dr APS Gill, former Professor of Floriculture and consultant APEDA-a distinguished and decorated alumni of the College was the chief guest. Dr Gill lauded the incredible work done by the PAU horticulturists in the field of research, teaching and extension. Worthy Vice Chancellor, Dr S S Gosal presided over the meet and he expressed admiration for the profound impact made by PAU alumni in various professional domains. He emphasised that their accomplishments not only exemplify their skills, dedication and indomitable spirit but also highlight the eminence and rigorous education imparted by their alma mater. This connection is expected to bring about a transformative exchange of resources and opportunities. He appreciated the substantial contributions of his college to the development of academic human resources in the horticulture. He further exhorted that the college faculty, apart from their academic accomplishments, has played a pivotal role in encouraging students to participate in co-curricular and sports activities.

Dr M I S Gill, president of the alumni association and founder Dean of college of horticulture and forestry highlighted the accomplishments and activities of the youngest college of the University. Established in 2018, this College admitted first batch of B.Sc (Hons) Horticulture students in 2019 and this founder batch has recently passed out. He emphasised on need for mentoring young minds, which has resulted in the selection of five students in the ICAR entrance exam at national level. He advised the first passed batch of the college to work hard and stay connected with their alma-mater through Alumni Association and enhance the brand COHF as they are the ambassadors of this proud institution. Further, he praised the contributions of the alumni towards the growth of their alma-mater and emphasized the need for further strengthening the linkages between the alumni, College and current students.

Alumni across the country and abroad particularly an eminent horticulturist Dr Zora Singh from Australia joined the meet to share their reminiscences and sense of nostalgia. The alumni meet was also joined by Deans, Directors and officers of the University. Distinguished faculty and students who accomplished in academics and extracurricular activities were honored. Commemorating the first meet celebrations of the college, the fast-paced bhangra and giddha as well as the poetry garnered the attraction of the alumni who dwelt on their nostalgic moments during the meet.

Dr K S Gill and Dr Hira Singh conducted the lively event.

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