The Botanical Society of Post Graduate Department of Agriculture of Khalsa College, Patiala celebrated “Parthenium Awareness Week- 2017” in collaboration with ICAR- Directorate of Weed Research (DWR), Jabalpur (M.P.) by releasing Mexican Beetle (Zygograma bicolorata) for Biological control of Parthenium/ Carrot weed in the college campus to eradicate weeds from the campus.

During this week, an induction program was organized by the Botanical Society to create awareness regarding Parthenium. Dr. Akshita Dhaliwal, Convener of the Botanical Society formally welcomed the Principal Dr. Dharminder Singh Ubha and the students.  Two special lectures were organized on topic “Congress Grass: Approaches in Effective Management” given by Dr. Jashanjot Kaur, Assistant Professor in Agronomy and on topic entitled “Biocontrol agents of Parthenium was given by Dr. Manish Sharma, Assistant Professor in Entomology of the department. In continuation with the celebration of Awareness week Botanical Society also organized a Paper Reading Contest on topics related to Common Weeds of the Plains of Punjab, Methods of biological control of Weeds, Parthenium, Lantana, Eicchornia as an abnoxious weeds and its Biocontrol at Bhai Gurdas Conference Hall. 40 students of the department actively participated in paper reading contest. These students were judged by Dr. Akshita Dhaliwal, Dr. Sukhvir Kaur and Dr. Manish Sharma of the Department. The first position was bagged by Yashdeep Singh (B.Sc. Agri. III), second position by Jaswinder Kaur (B.Sc. Agri. Hons. II), third positions by Nitika (B.Sc. Med. II) and Harmanbir Kaur (B.Sc. Med. III).

Dr. Dharminder Singh Ubha, Principal of the College lauded the role of Botanical Society of the Department to celebrate the Parthenium Awareness Week 2017 to control this weed and its ill effects on Human Health and on Agriculture production.

Rajdeep Singh Dhaliwal, Head, Post Graduate Department of Agriculture, said that such lectures helps to inculcate scientific aptitude in students and help them to pursue research in this subject. Dr. Akshita Dhaliwal, Convener Botanical Society thanked the Cooperation and guidance given by Dr. Sunil Kumar, Scientist, DWR, Jabalpur for the celebration of this week. The proceeding of the function was conducted by Mandeep Kaur, Assistant Professor of the Department. All the students and faculty members attended this celebration.