Fatehgarh Sahib, 6 February 2019 - One day national seminar was organized on the topic 'Locale of Punjab and Punjabi Literature in the context of Green Revolution' by the Punjabi Department of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh. In this seminar, former Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana and Punjabi University, Patiala and Chancellor of Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, Dr. Sardara Singh Johal was the Chief Guest. He apprised the audience about the history of green revolution and its importance. He also suggested the right policy model to end the problems of the farmers. He regretted the decline in various aspects of Punjabi culture such as the lack of hard work, co-operative culture, the meltdown of music and breakdown of the community culture. Dr. Johal also discussed that main cause of migration from Punjab is lack of employment opportunities due to wrong Govt. policies.
In his keynote address, Dr. Jaswinder Singh, former Dean, Academic Affairs, Punjabi University said that agriculture is not only a profession but a passion and lifestyle for Punjabis. In addition, the Punjabis had a fascination with the livestock, land and locality which has broken after Green Revolution. He also said that although the green revolution has many positive impacts, but it has also created an atmosphere of sadness due to which youth of Punjab is going abroad. They also discussed the need to create literature that includes philosophy with the common values.
The inaugural session was presided by the Vice Chancellor, Dr. S.S. Khehra. In his address, he discussed the changing patterns of literature with the change in society, and the impact of Green Revolution on the social, economic and cultural structure of Punjab.
The Registrar Dr. Prit Pal Singh presented the vote of thanks. He also presented his views on the environmental pollution brought about by the Green Revolution due to indiscriminate use of pesticides and fertilizers. Dr. Sikandar Singh, Incharge of the Punjabi Department welcomed the audience and the guests. He also acquainted the audience with the theme of the seminar.
The first academic session of this seminar was presided over by Dr. Gurmukh Singh, Associate Professor, Punjabi University Patiala. The second academic session of the seminar was presided over by Dr. Gurmeet Singh, former Professor, School of Punjabi Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. On this occasion, teachers from various higher educational institutions presented their research papers.