Monday, 12 December 2011

Strays keep scholars company at PAU

LUDHIANA: Every day many researchers and scholars from India and abroad frequent the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus that is known for its spick and span surroundings, wide roads and soothing landscape apart from the academic quotient.But, the authorities at PAU are confronting a peculiar problem of increasing stray dogs on the campus.

Whether it is vice-chancellor's office, students' welfare office, hostels or Parker house, groups of stray dogs running here and there or just basking under the sun is a common sight at the campus. The previous efforts of PAU authorities to control the number of stray dogs have proved futile and they are now contemplating various measures to keep a tab on them.

"Stray dogs have been a problem with PAU for many years. Earlier, we had transported them in trolleys to far-off places but they returned. There are many hot spots for these dogs surrounding our varsity like a busy marriage palace near one gate and a busy market outside another, so these dogs come from there,'' said a senior official of PAU administration, on the condition of anonymity.

The official added they are planning to implement some more measures to control their population. "We can rope in GADVASU (Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University), which is located inside PAU campus, to tackle this problem. A plan for mass sterilisation or setting up a dog pond might resolve the issue,'' he added.

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