PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
AUSTRALIAN DELEGATION VISITS PAU TO DISCUSS
SCOPE OF JOINT VENTURE
LUDHIANA, JUNE 6:
A two-member delegation from the University of Melbourne, Australia, visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today to explore the possibility of joint venture in agricultural research and education. The Australian delegation comprising Dr Said Ajlouni, Associate Professor and Jonty Hall, Recruitment Coordinator, interacted with Dr (Mrs) G.K. Sangha, Dean, Postgraduate Studies and Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, PAU; Dr J.S. Mahal, Director of Extension Education, PAU; and experts and students from the departments of food science and technology, food and nutrition, processing and food engineering, and microbiology.
In her welcome remarks, Dr Sangha apprised the delegation of the organizational set-up of PAU with thrust on three major components – research, teaching and extension. She informed, “The University has developed and recommended 829 crop varieties and hybrids till date, of which, 173 have been released at the national level.” A Food Industry Business Incubation Centre has been established in the University with the objective of providing incubation facilities to the food industry, young entrepreneurs and farmers; and developing linkages among them for the development of food processing industry in the region, she added. Dr Sangha also discussed the collaborative areas with the delegation.
Dr Said Ajlouni remarked, “There could be mutual agreement between the two Universities for student as well as faculty exchange.” He threw light on career opportunities for the students in food science and highlighted his research areas. Explaining about the findings of his study on “Probiotics and Functional Foods,” he told about his other projects as well.
The delegation member Jonty Hall pointed out the challenges being faced by Melbourne in agriculture including extreme weather conditions, increase in intensive farming, limited land and natural resources, and increase in plant and animal diseases. He observed, “In the next 30 years, there is going to be a huge demand for qualified agricultural graduates.” He also highlighted the academic programmes, scholarships and the current research projects, going on in the University of Melbourne. The delegation was presented with a set of PAU publications by Dr Sangha.
1) Dr (Mrs) G.K. Sangha, Dean, Postgraduate Studies and Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, PAU, interacting with the delegation from the University of Melbourne, Australia, at PAU.
2) Dr (Mrs) G.K. Sangha, Dean, Postgraduate Studies and Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, PAU, presenting a set of University publications to Dr Said Ajlouni, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia.
3) Jonty Hall, Recruitment Coordinator, University of Melbourne, Australia, giving a presentation at PAU.