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In a significant move to retain the paradise of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) via the upkeep of cleaner and greener campus, Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, Vice-Chancellor, flagged off E-rickshaws in front of Dr MS Randhawa Library, PAU, today. These E-Rickshaws have been donated by ICICI Foundation under CSR funds. Mr Deepak Sharma, Project Manager; and Ms Bani, Executive Trainee, also graced the occasion.

Addressing the officials and faculty, Dr Gosal observed that timely disposal of garbage, enumerating from various sources, was essential to provide clean, green, healthy and pollution-free environment to the campus and city dwellers as well as the employees. Pointing out that piled-up garbage was a breeding place for insects, flies, mosquitoes and animals, Dr Gosal said that waste management was need of the hour. “PAU has always been environment-conscious,” he said, while stating that these E-Rickshaws will fast-track the garbage collection and disposal.

Dr RIS Gill, Estate Officer, while welcoming PAU VC and other senior officials as well as faculty, informed that the activity was a vital ingredient of clean and green drive, underway at the agri-varsity. “Doing away with the heaps of garbage, trash and other wastes through E-Rickshaws will enable disease- and stinking-free environment at PAU which is designated as ‘lungs’ for Ludhiana city,” he observed. On the occasion, Dr Gill specifically recalled the maiden “Green and Clean Campus Award 2020-21” (worth Rs 10 lakh) bestowed upon PAU by the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) of ICARNew Delhi .

Meanwhile, a tree plantation drive was also held where Dr Gosal planted saplings of Champa in front lawns of the library, near the Nescafe. The event was held to mark World Forestry Day today. Among those present were deans, directors, additional directors and faculty of PAU.

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