Friday, February 25, 2011



A five-member delegation from Moscow State Agro Engineering University (MSAEU), Moscow (Russia) is on a visit to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), to attend the ten-day training programme on 'Engineering Technologies for Crop Production,' till March 2. Referring to the success of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) already signed between PAU and MSAEU for student exchange, both the universities today signed on the extension of this MOU for another five years. The faculty members and the students from Moscow today held a meeting with Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, and deliberated on the student exchange programs.

Dr Kang told the visiting delegation that India and Russia share an age-old friendship. The exchange programs provide a good opportunity to acquaint the students with the institutes, culture, heritage of both the countries, thereby widening their horizons. He said that under the signed agreement, groups from both the participating universities had mutual visits to each other's universities. Sharing the research, extension and transfer of technology programs of PAU, Dr Kang stated that such international academic partnerships help in the personality development of the students. Highlighting the contribution of PAU in ushering in the green revolution, he said that the PAU has made a significant contribution to the nation's food buffer. The farming community reposes full faith in the techniques and technologies designed by the university.

Dr Tamara Kobozeva, Professor, Department of Soya Breeding, MSAEU, said that the relationship between PAU and MSAEU is providing mutual benefits and wished to see it grow deeper and deeper laying focus on new programmes. The similarity of mandated programmes makes the exchange programmes purposeful for the two institutes, added Kobozeva. The delegation on visit to PAU comprises Irina Evdakova, Interpreter, Gvozdev Vladislav, Ekaterina Muravleva and Galina Ksenofontova (students).

Dr PPS Lubana, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (COAE&T), PAU, said that PAU experts would educate the visiting delegation about the method of engine testing, biodiesel production gasification technology, and irrigation management techniques. The training course would hone the skills of the trainees by enhancing their knowledge about soya breeding in Punjab, studies of pilot plants and equipment for cleaning, grading, dehydration, freezing and storage of fruits and vegetables, rice and pulse mulling and honey extraction. Dr Lubana informed that the coordinators Dr Satish Kumar Gupta and Dr Vishal Bector would familiarize the visiting students about the technology developed by PAU for increasing the productivity of agriculture. For the practical exposure, the students will be taken to Swaraj division of Mahindra and Mahindra and Fresh Field (Bharti Group) as well. He added that the delegates would be shown various departments of COAE&T, Museum of Social History of Punjab, Water Resources Museum, Library and Centre for Communication and International Linkages.

Present on the occasion were Registrar Dr R.K. Mahey, Director of Research Dr S.S. Gosal and Dean, Post Graduate Studies Dr Gursharan Singh.
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