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Promoting Agricultural Development in Punjab

Dr. Gurdev Singh Khush Foundation is a nonprofit philanthropic organization established in 2010

The Mission

The foundation’s mission is to enhance agricultural research and capacity building at the Punjab Agricultural University.

The Strategy

To contribute to the advancement of agriculture in the Punjab State by improving scientific human power.  It  involves:

  • Providing scholarships to meritorious students of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).
  • Supporting the participation of graduate students and young faculty in national and international conferences.
  • Inviting eminent scholars to deliver motivational lectures to the students and faculty of PAU and GADVASU.
  • Giving awards to the Extension Scientists who transfer technology to the farming communities


The annual function of the G. S. Khush Foundation will be held on March 19, 2024.  Merit scholarships will be awarded to deserving undergraduate students from various colleges of PAU and GADVASU. The highlight of the function will be the presentation of the Darshan Singh Brar Award to Dr. Parveen Chhuneja and the Young Scientist Award to Dr. Manpreet Singh.

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The Inauguration of the Gurdev Singh Khush Institute of Genetics, Plant Breeding and BioTechnology, and Gurdev Singh Khush Museum

Gurdev Singh Khush Institute of Genetics, Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, and Gurdev  Singh Khush Museum were inaugurated on October 16, 2023, by the Minister of  Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Punjab, Shri Gurmeet Singh Khuddian. During his presidential address, Dr. Satbir Singh Gosal, Vice-Chancellor of PAU, highlighted Dr. Khush’s contributions towards world food security. Also present were Deans, Directors, Faculty members, and students of PAU. Distinguished guests included Dr. SS Johl, Dr. Deepak Pental, Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor of GADVASU, Dr. Gurbachan Singh, former Chairman of the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, and Dr. Sukhpal Singh, Chairman Punjab State Farmers’ Commission.  Dr. Khush expressed sincere thanks and gratitude to PAU, and Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, for establishing the institute. He also thanked late Dr. Darshan Singh Brar for his initiative and support of PAU officials. He thanked architect Surinder Singh Sekhon for designing the museum. 

Gurdev Singh Khush Institute of Genetics, Plant Breeding and Biotechnology
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Dr. Darshan Singh Brar Awards

Dr. Sanghamitra Samantaray


←Dr. Darshan Singh Brar Award in Agriculture-2023 was presented to Dr. Sanghamitra Samataray, Principal Scientist and Rice Biotechnologist of the National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), Cuttack.

→The first “Dr. Darshan Singh Brar Young Scientist Award-2023” was awarded to Dr. Manpreet Singh Mavi, Senior Soil Chemist, Department of Soil Science, PAU. Detailed information can be obtained from the PAU and  ICAR 

View more images on page Awards 2023

Dr. Manpreet Singh Mavi

These Dignitaries, among many others, contributed to the success of the Awards Ceremony

Khush Award Recipients with Distinguished Guests

The Khush Foundation held its annual function to honor students and scholars on March 16, 2023.  Meritorious scholarships were awarded to 45 undergraduate students of the Punjab Agricultural University and 12 students of the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.  Thirteen travel grants were given to graduate students and younger faculty members of PAU to help them participate in national and international conferences.  View  other award recipients on page Awards-2023 The Khush family is immensely appreciative of PAU for these efforts and thoughtfulness

In his presidential remarks, Dr. Khush applauded the awardees for their hard work and outstanding academic performance, encouraging them to strive for even more significant achievements and excellence.  He challenged them, “You are the future leaders of our country and have a crucial role to play in the nation’s development and prosperity.”

Dr. Khush appreciated the role of the Foundation Board, particularly of  Dr. Kuldeep Singh and Dr. Gurjeet Mangat. Dr. Jagdeep Singh Sandhu also served as an excellent emcee as in the previous years. He also thanked the Deans and Directors of PAU and GADVASU for selecting the scholarship awardees. In addition, Dr. Khush sincerely thanked Dr. S.S. Gosal, the Vice-Chancellor of PAU, and Dr. Inderjeet Singh, the Vice-Chancellor of GADVASU, for their support and Guidance. 

On December 20, 2023, the VinFuture Foundation honored four scientific breakthroughs in Hanoi, Vietnam. Gurdev received the award as an innovator from developing countries for his contributions to developing and advancing disease-resistant rice varieties that contributed to the world’s food security. The function marked the third year the VinFuture Foundation presented these prestigious awards.