Punjab Agricultural university (PAU) on Saturday honoured Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal with doctorate in science (honoris causa) degrees at a special convocation organised as part of the university’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Besides the Prime Minister and Badal, honorary degrees were also awarded to former director general of ICAR, R S Paroda, and soil scientist Jaswant Singh Kanwar.
After receiving the award, Badal said: “Our Prime Minister deserves the degree of doctor in science, but I am just an ordinary graduate. I was the most undeserving person for this degree. I can never be a doctor in science, but yes, I am a doctor in politics and I well deserve that degree. I was not aware that I would be awarded a doctorate, otherwise, I would have refused the same.”
Praising the Prime Minister, Badal said: “He is the most renowned economist in the world and has always helped me out whenever I met him with some demands.”
However, while justifying his government’s move to pay subsidy worth Rs 6,000 crore as free power to farmers, the chief minister said: “Though we have been criticised a lot for this, but world over, farm subsidies are being given to farmers. Except for power subsidy being given by the state, Centre has done nothing to encourage farmers.”
Badal, who celebrated his 85th birthday on Saturday, while underlining the importance of the crop diversification, said maize and soyabean were the only alternative to wheat and paddy. “We are thankful to the PM for announcing a centre of excellence for maize and now the same should be done for soyabean as well.”