*Delegation reached LPU to seek possibilities for Joint Research and other Collaborative Programmes
*Joint Faculty Exchange and Master’s Programmes also found way to detailed mutual discussions
Jalandhar: A Seven-member delegation from the flag-ship Purdue University Indiana of the six-campus Purdue University system of USA visited LPU, today, to seek possibilities for Joint Research and other collaborative study programmes. The delegation met and interacted with Vice-Chancellor Dr Ramesh Kanwar, deans, directors, heads, faculty and students of various departments of LPU. The visiting members gave presentations on collaborative opportunities and different aspects of agriculture, especially climate resilient agriculture, excellence in global agriculture, water availability, bio-energy production and plant breeding.
The delegation led by Dr Kashchandra G. Raghothama, Associate Director, International Programmes in Agriculture, comprised other members Dr Karen Irene Plaut, Associate Dean and Director of Agricultural Research; Dr Joe Michael Anderson, Head, Department of Agronomy; Dr Mitchell Reed Tuinstra, Department of Plant Breeding; Dr Charles Peter Wolushuk, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology; Dr Indrajeet Chaubey, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering; and, Dr Alexander Lewis Renaud, Department of Agronomy.
Welcoming the delegation, VC Dr Kanwar remarked that there are many mutual areas for the joint ventures including plant breeding, water research, climate, and bio-technology. He anticipated that both the universities, Purdue University of USA and LPU, can collaborate in the growth-area of agriculture. He also emphasized that there is great viability towards mutual faculty exchange and joint Master’s Programmes, as well. He held: “Such collaborative efforts enhance students’ learning for success in a changing world.”
After having campus tour, meetings, presentations, question-answer sessions on future opportunities for collaboration,Dr Raghothama expressed humbly: “We have visited LPU to seek and make possible joint efforts towards research and academics. Interacting with the faculty and students of LPU, we have found that a lot can be done between the two universities in this context. There is definitely a room for us to partner with you and it would be our pleasure.” He suggested many possibilities towards cooperative areas such as faculty exchange programmes, setting-up of a joint research centre and study programmes at under graduate, graduate and Master’s levels: “We can add-on each other in different research areas and study programmes of great utility not only to benefit our own lands but to the farmers and the nations globe over also.”