Chandigarh, December 11, 2019-The 12th Chrysanthemum Exhibition organized by Horticulture
Division of Panjab University in Prof. R.C. Paul Rose Garden, Panjab University,
Chandigarh from 10-15 December, 2019 was inaugurated today by Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice
Chancellor Panjab University. Prof. Shankarji Jha, Dean of University Instruction presided over the
function. Prof. Karamjeet Singh, Registrar was the Guest of Honour.

Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor appreciated the efforts of the Horticulture
Division, Panjab University and congratulated the staff of the Division by saying that
Panjab University has not only set high standards in Academics and Sports but also
in Environment Conservation. He emphasized that the exhibition is a mega event of not
only the University but also of the Tricity. As a token of appreciation, he awarded
Sh. Alok Singh, Sh. Vijay Bahadur and Sh. Daya Ram, malies of the Horticulture Division
for their contribution in nurturing the Chrysanthemum plants.
Er. Anil Thakur, Divisional Engineer (Hort.) apprised those present that like
previous years, this 12th edition of Chrysanthemum Exhibition has been organised by the
Horticulture Division to mark the advent of spring season. Simultaneously, it gives a
message of environment protection to the masses and an opportunity to display the best
Chrysanthemum collection of Horticulture Division which have been nurtured with hard
work all through the year.
There were about 40 arrangements at the exhibition. The exhibition had about
150 varieties of Chrysanthemum and about 4200 potted plants. Seven new varieties namely
Sonali, Sapna, Mushtak, Parveen, Mahatma, Dorris, Freshman, Alfred were displayed this
year which have been procured from places like Calcutta and Solan.

This year the employees of the University namely Dr. Gurmeet Singh,
Chairperson, Department of Hindi, Prof. Tirthankar Bhattacharya, Chairperson,
Department of Art History & Visual Arts, Prof. Ravneet Kaur, Warden, Girls Hostel No.
3, Ms. Renuka B. Salwan, Director, Public Relations and Sh. Honey Thakur, Sr. Assistant
also displayed their Chrysanthemum plants at the exhibition. The visitors appreciated
these arrangements and were seen getting their photographs clicked with these
arrangements and fountains.

Those who attended included Prof. R.C. Sobti, former Vice Chancellor, during
whose tenure the Prof. R.C. Paul Rose Garden was created; Prof. Navdeep Goyal, Prof.
Harsh Nayyar, PU Fellow; Prof. R.K. Singla, Dean Research, Prof. Parvinder Singh,
Controller of Examinations, C.A. Vikram Nayyar, Finance & Development Officer, Mrs.
Renuka B Salwan, Director, Public Relations, Ar. Harpreet Singh, Architect, Er. R.K.
Rai, Executive Engineer-I, Prof. Ashwani Koul, Chief of University Security, Fellows
and Syndics of University, Wardens of University Hostels, Eminent Academicians of the
University, Prof. Keshav Malhotra, PU Fellow, Dr. M.C. Sidhu, Prof. A.S. Ahluwalia. The
event was well attended and appreciated by faculty members, non-teaching employees,
students and general public. They were deeply impressed with the exhibits displayed at
the venue. Prof. R.C. Sobti got nostalgic at the occasion and narrated the story behind
the creation of Prof. R.C. Paul Rose Garden.