LUDHIANA: University of California (USA) selected Dr Gurdev Singh Khush, known as bringer of rice revolution in the world, for the prestigious 2018 US Davis Medal.
This Medal is the highest honour given by the University to those who have made exceptional and sustained contribution in the service of humanity. Chancellor of the University Dr Gary May, while communicating the decision of the University to Dr Khush has written, "You are an ambassador of the institution through scholarship, service and dedication to the values we uphold at Davis. Through inquiry that revolutionised the quality and abundance of rice, you have given of yourself in remarkable ways to ensure the greatly increased nourishment's and health of the humankind.”
Dr Khush belongs to village Rurki of Jalandhar district and got his school education in the village and graduated from Punjab Agri. University. He got his Ph.D from University of California, Davis.
Dr Khush was awarded world Food Prize in 1996 for ushering rice revolution. Many countries of the world including Japan, USA, England, Israel, Malaysia, China, Iran, India, etc. have given their highest awards to Dr Khush.
Prof Khush has set up Dr G S Khush Foundation at Punjab Agricultural University for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences by enhancing agricultural research and capacity building. The annual function of the foundation would held on 9th March at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.
Dr Montek Singh Ahuluwalia an eminent economist and former Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Govt. of India will deliver a special lecture on "Challenges in agriculture: some policy options.”
The Foundation will award 52 scholarships, and 14 travel grants to the students. Dr Kuldip Singh Dhir an eminent science writer will also be honoured with Khush Award for Science Communication. The function will start at 10 AM in the Pal Auditorium. Dr. (Mrs) Harwant Khush and Dr Khush will be coming from America to participate in the function.