Jalandhar 21 October (Jaswinder Singh Azad)- Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar, under the able guidance of Prof. Dr. (Mrs.) Ajay Sareen, Principal is successfully running the UGC sponsored skill based course ‘Diploma in Organic Farming’ since July, 2018. Students of this course (Session 2019-20) qualified the NSQF level-IV exam conducted by Agriculture Skill Council of India with ‘O’ grade (Outstanding). Co-ordinator Community College, UGC skilled based courses said that after completing diploma in Organic Farming, students are able to set up their own organic farms/kitchen garden/terrace garden and harvest chemical free produce which is in high demand in today’s era of pollution. In addition to this, some of the students have also set up vermicompost/compost unit at their home and produce compost from kitchen waste. Dr. Anjana Bhatia, Head, PG Department of Botany, emphasized that by setting up the compost units, students prove to be responsible citizens and provide help to Municipal Corporation by managing their own waste. Dr. Nitika Kapoor, Course co-ordinator informed that to create awareness among the students about latest techniques of Organic Farming, college has collaborated with KVM (Kheti Virasat Mission), Jaitu, Faridkot and other local nurseries. Various tours to different organic farms and workshops/extension lectures are also arranged to inculcate good practices of Organic Farming among students. In continuation to this, PG Department of Botany organized workshop on Organic Farming under industry academia interface (Community College Scheme), where Sh. Umendra Dutt (Executive Director) from Kheti Virasat Misssion was a resource person. He discussed in detail about the need of Organic Farming in today’s time and explained that Organic Farming is ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony. The use of chemicals and genetically modified organisms is totally prohibited in Organic Farming. Instead of these the use of natural preparations like Jeev Amrit (cow urine), Beej Amrit (Cow dung+urine+roasted lime), neem leaves, and garlic powder are promoted to protect the crops from pathogens and to enhance their yield. Prof. Dr. Adarsh Pal Vig, Director, HRDC, GNDU, Amritsar, also visited the college frequently and explained the students about vermicompost and its use in Organic Farming. Besides, students of Organic Farming also visited Bhagat Puran Singh Organic Farm, Jandiala Guru, Amritsar where Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director of farm elaborated about various Organic Farming Techniques including multiple cropping techniques to enhance yield of crops. Interactive sessions are also organized regularly where students interact with progressive organic farmers. The eligibility for this course is 10+2 (in any stream) and there is no age bar for this course.