Sunday, March 17, 2013



During their five-day visit to the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the eight-member delegation from Ohio State University (OSU), USA and Egerton University (EU), Kenya, explored the opportunities and discussed the strategies for the development of trilateral partnership. The delegation was led by Professor David O. Hansen, Head, International Programmes, Ohio State University, USA; and Dr Bockline Omedo Bebe, Associate Professor, Livestock Production Systems, EU, Kenya. The members held a meeting with the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon; PAU Registrar, Dr P.K. Khanna, Dean of Postgraduate Studies; Dr Gursharan Singh, and the deans and heads of the constituent colleges of the University.

The PAU experts emphasized the need for cooperation in order to address the global agri-challenges, being faced in contemporary times. They briefed the delegates about the organization-set up of the PAU with key focus on the three major components including research, teaching and transfer of technology programmes. The experts also highlighted the achievements of the PAU and told that the University had played a vial role in heralding the green revolution in the country.

The delegation members shared their experiences in agriculture and deliberated on the farm challenges, being confronted by USA and Kenya in present scenario. Discussing the potential areas of collaboration, they applauded the extension programmes of the PAU, the organization of the Kisan Melas, and the existing strong farmer-scientist linkage. The delegation visited the on-campus Kisan Mela and evinced interest in the stalls of PAU departments and Krishi Vigyan Kendras. They also visited the KVK Noormahal (Jalandhar) to see its functioning in terms of transfer of technology to the farmers. The delegation hoped that the PAU would play a key role in the agri-development in Kenya.

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