Dr. Tejinder Harpal Singh, former Dean, Postgraduate Studies, who led the research on cotton for over three decades at Punjab Agricultural University, has been honoured with Life Time Achievement Award by Nagpur-based Cotton Research and Development Association (CRDA). Dr. Singh received the award from Dr. C.D.Mayee during the national conference held in November 17-19 at Nagpur. The awad carried a citation and a shawl.
Dr. Singh is known among eminent cotton scientists internationally. He had been associated with research and development activities in cotton for three decades in various capacities and had worked with eminent scientists including Drs. L.S.Negi, S.N.Sikka and A.B. Joshi at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and Dr. S.G.Stephens of USA. He worked as team leader of cotton researchers at PAU and contributed tremendously under all India Coordinated Improvement Project. He provided leadership to breeding work in cotton and other crops as Head of the Department of Plant Breeding. His efforts have earned Punjab a place of prominence on the cotton map of India. Dr. Singh and his team developed 18 high yielding and short duration varieties of desi and American cotton that were well received in the country. He commanded a respect not only among the cotton scientists in the country but also cotton growers. He is the recipient of nine awards, including Dr. G.S.Khush distinguished Professor Award, from different organizations in recognition of his achievements and contributions. The Punjab Governor honoured him with a 'leader of survey team' in 1984. The PAU Board of Management appreciated his team for evolving LH-900 variety of cotton. Dr. Singh is providing useful technical advice to cotton growers of the state. While congratulating Dr. Singh, a progressive cotton grower and retired IAS officer, Mr. Amarjit Singh Sidhu during his visit to the University expressed that he himself was one of the farmers on whose fields the trials of LH-900 variety of cotton were planted in village Dhan Singh Khana of Bathinda