Chandigarh,24.04.19-Botany Department, Panjab University successfully organized 5th & 6th Professor Shiv Ram Kashyap Oration Award Lectures at 11.00 a.m. on April 24, 2019 at Auditorium of Botany Department. Chairperson of the Botany Department, Prof. (Dr.) Daizy R. Batish gave the welcome address.

Prof (Dr.) Shankarji Jha, Dean University Instructions, Panjab University, Chandigarh was the Chief Guest on the occasion. In his inaugural address, he enlightened the audience about Shiv Ram Kashyap Oration Award Lectures and also congratulated and appreciated the efforts of Botany department for organizing the event. He also said about Prof. Kashyap was conferred Doctorate Degree (honoris causa) during special convocation (December 4-6, 1933) in the golden jubilee celebrations of the University along with Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose.

Prof. Promila Pathak, introduced both the awardees Prof. (Dr.) Imran Siddiqi, JC Bose Fellow, CCMB, Hyderabad & Prof. (Dr.) Sudhir K. Sopory, SERB Distinguished Fellow, ICGEB, Delhi). She introduced the first awardee and mentioned his achievements stating that Prof. (Dr.) Imran Siddiqi, presently working as JC Bose Fellow (DST), CCMB, Hyderbad.

The speaker for the occasion, Prof. (Dr.) Imran Siddiqi delivered his lecture on the topic “21st Century Economics GM Crops in the Indian Context: Will the Past Inform the Future?”.

The next awardee for the 6th Professor Shiv Ram Kashyap Oration Award was Padma Shri Prof. (Dr.) S. K. Sopory who is currently working as SERB Distinguished Fellow of the Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, at ICGEB, New Delhi .

The speaker for the occasion, Padma Shri Prof. (Dr.) S. K. Sopory delivered his lecture on the topic “Strategies towards Developing Plant Tolerance under Abiotic Stress”

Prof. (Dr.) Girish Sahni was the chair of the session during the occasion. In his address, he thanked the Guest Speakers, Prof. (Dr.) Imran Siddiqi and Padma Shri Prof. (Dr.) S. K. Sopory for taking out time from their busy schedule to grace the University with their solicit presence and agreeing to enlighten the audience with their vast knowledge and experience.

Prof. Promila Pathak presented a vote of thanks. She thanked DUI, Prof. Shankarji Jha for gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, despite his busy schedule, and Dr. Girish Sahni, for presiding over the session. She on behalf of the department, also expressed deep regards and heartiest thanks to Honourable Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Prof (Dr.) Raj Kumar for his guidance, support and encouragement. She also appreciated and acknowledged the contributions and opinions shared by eminent Speakers for today’s gathering Prof. (Dr.) Imran Siddiqi, and Prof. (Dr.) Sudhir K. Sopory for stimulating the environment with their interesting and thought provoking lectures.