Friday, April 26, 2013



The delegation from Kansas State University (KSU), USA, which was on a two-day visit to the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), was highly impressed with the research activities and concepts of the PAU here today.

During the wrap-up meeting, the delegation members interacted with Dr S.S. Gosal, Director of Research; Dr Gursharan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies; Dr H.S. Sehgal, Additional Director of Communication; Dr J.S. Dhiman, Additional Director of Research (Natural Resource and Plant Health Management), and other additional directors, heads, and faculty of the various departments of the University.

Leading the visiting delegation, Dr John D. Floros, Dean, College of Agriculture, and Director Kansas State Research and Extension, KSU, said, "Our faculty holds PAU in high-esteem. I am deeply impressed with the composition of research ideas, prepared by the PAU Directorate of Research for collaboration between the two institutions. It has exceeded my expectations." Dr Floros assured that they will do the follow-up in the next few days, and identify the right people to bring the both the sides together for the collaborative research proposals. There are many opportunities for cooperative venture in education as well, he added, while appreciating the farmers' fair (Kisan Melas) organized by the PAU.

The other delegation members namely Dr Nina Lilja, Dr Gary Pierzynski, and Dr Vara Prasad also lauded the research concepts, put forward by the PAU, and showed keen interest in developing the joint research projects. They said that they aim at making this partnership a successful one.

Addressing the delegation, Dr Gosal said that Punjab is a Food Bowl of India whereas Kansas is a Food Bowl of USA. "Our strengths and problems are common. We can complement and supplement each other through cooperative efforts," he stated. Dr Gosal said that the depletion of underground water, climate change, conservation agriculture, making of bio-energy from crop residue, and food processing are some of the key concerned areas of the both the institutes.

Dr Gursharan Singh said that there are a lot of opportunities for deepening the synergy. The mutual discussion between the two sides has been very effective, he remarked, while suggesting some potential areas in academics for strengthening the partnership.

Earlier, Dr Sehgal welcomed the delegation and the faculty of the PAU. He gave brief details of the PAU farm publications, and the organization of Kisan Melas (farmers' fair). He informed that the members visited the Crops Museum, School of Agricultural Biotechnology (SAB), Food Science and Technology Department, Electron Microscopy and Nanoscience Laboratory (EMNL), Research Hall of Farm Mechanization, School of Energy Studies for Agriculture, and Biogas Plant at PAU.

Dr Dhiman coordinated the table discussion of the Directorate of Research.

Dr (Mrs) J.K. Sangha, Additional Director of Research (Food Science, Nutrition and Engineering), proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Gosal and Dr Sehgal presented the set of "Vision 2040" document and PAU caps to the delegation, respectively.

The PAU experts of the Plant Breeding and Genetics; Agronomy; Food Science and Technology; Food and Nutrition; Processing and Food Engineering; Plant Pathology; Entomology, Microbiology; Farm Machinery and Power Engineering; Economics and Sociology; School of Climate Change and Agro-meteorology; SAB; and EMNL; suggested, discussed and explained some priority research areas for cooperation.

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