Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Canadian delegates from Saskatchewan visit GADVASU

LUDHIANA 09-Mar- 2011(Anmol Singh)

Emphasis will be given on faculty and student exchange in the field of food safety, water quality, public health, environmental pollutants and infectious diseases. The views were shared by Dr VK Taneja, Vice Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University at an important meeting with representatives of different institutes of Canada. A Canadian delegation led by Dr Karen Chad, Vice President Research, University of Saskatchewan visited GADVASU. Canadian delegation included Ms Peggy Schmeiser, Director of Govt. Relations University of Saskatchewan, Dr. George W. Maslany, Vice President, Academics, University of Regina, Brad Michinik and Lionel Labelle from Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership, Chad Breg from Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority and Al Schoz.

Canadian team was impressed by the progress made and facilities available in GADVASU especially at Clinical Diagnostic Lab, Residue Analysis Lab of Vety Public Health, Toxicology Lab., and Pathology Lab. In the meeting a number of mutual interests were shared with Dr VK Taneja. The meeting was attended by Dr SS Randhawa, Director of Research, Dr PD Juyal, Registrar, Dr SS Singh, Dean College of Veterinary Sciences, Dr SS Sangha, Dean College Dairy science and Technology, Dr Asha Dhawan, Dean College of Fisheries and Dr JPS Gill Professor and Head, Veterinary Public Health.

It is also worth mentioning that GADVASU has already signed a MOU with University of Saskatchewan to undertake a collaborative research project on "Environmental Pollutants and Zoonotic Pathogens in Punjab: their Impact on Animal and Human Health". To further strengthen the ties between the two universities it was felt that more collaborative research projects be initiated on the interface area of animal health, human health, quality control of food, food safety, public health, emerging infectious diseases especially emerging zoonotic diseases, water quality, vaccine development, development and commercialization of animal by products.Moreover there are various business leaders and entrepreneurs from Canada expressed their desired to work in tandem with Indian counterparts and academia in a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model for preparation and commercialization of value added livestock products, dissemination of technical knowledge to the farmers and other end users.

The representatives from University of Saskatchewan, Canada have also shown keen interest to have a collaborative research project with GADVASU in the field of fishery science.

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