Former PAU VC Dr GS Kalkat’s cremation on Tuesday

The Hush Post: Former Vice-Chancellor of PAU, Ludhiana, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awardee, agriculture scientist known for his role in bringing Green Revolution to Punjab, Dr G S Kalkat passed away at PGI. Kalkat (92) was admitted to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). Born in Hoshiarpur’s Sahora village on June 17, 1926, he did his BSc Agriculture degree from Punjab Agriculture College, Lyallpur (now Pakistan) in 1947.He did his masters in agriculture from the then Panjab University, Solan, in 1956. As a Rockfeller Fellow, he did his PhD in agricultural zoology-entomology from the Ohio State University. Kalkat was the vice-chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana from 1998 to 2001. As Director Agriculture, Punjab, and Agriculture Commissioner, he spear-headed Green Revolution. He was the founder-chairman of the Punjab State Farmers Commission.

He worked as a senior agriculturist with the World Bank. He was stationed at Washington DC for about a decade, he supervised the implementation of World Bank assisted programmes in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Indonesia.

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