Thursday, April 11, 2013



The foreign students from African countries, enrolled in various postgraduate programmes of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), participated in the Africa Conclave, held in Ludhiana. The event, organized by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU), aimed at strengthening the bilateral relations between India and African countries. The Ambassadors, Secretaries, Counselors from the Embassies and office of High Commissioners of Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Kenya, Niger, Rawanda, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Namibia in India, participated in this conclave. The dignitaries urged the participants to explore collaborations in trade, higher education, and development of farm sector in the African countries.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr Gursharan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, highlighted the vital role, played by PAU, in bringing green revolution in the country. He told that the PAU is one of the most preferred institutions for the foreign students, seeking to pursue higher education in various disciplines of agricultural sciences. The number of foreign students in the PAU is showing an upward trend every year, he told, adding that at present, 21 students from African countries namely Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan, Liberia, Tanzania, Kenya, and Rawanda are studying in this University. Dr Singh shared the probable areas of collaboration for the development of agri-sector through capacity building of professionals and being knowledge partner of the African countries.

The students interacted with the local industrialists, educationists and the representatives of the African countries. Dr Vishal Bector, Advisor, Foreign Students, and Dr Sandeep Kapur, Director, School of Business Studies, PAU, also attended the conclave.

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