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Old 07-18-2011
To search a word in particular column using awk

I have a data in a file like this

1 praveen bmscollege
2 shishira bnmit
3 parthiva geethamce

I want to search "praveen" using awk command i tried like this but i did not get
awk `$2="praveen" {print $0} ` praveen.lst

can anyone help me solving this problem in simple and clear manner???
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Old 07-18-2011
awk '$2~"praveen"' file

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Old 07-18-2011
awk '$2=="praveen" ' praveen.lst

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