Ludhiana, February 23… Professor Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and a renowned British immunologist along with Professor of Plant Ecology, Dr Howard Griffiths and their team visited Punjab Agricultural University on February 23, to explore areas of mutual interest and collaboration. CEO of Field fresh Foods, Yogesh Billani and other experts from the organization also attended the meeting.
In his remarks, Prof. Borysiewicz applauded the lead role played by PAU towards ushering the green revolution in the country. While discussing the global problem of food security and sustainable development, Dr Borysiewicz remarked that major responsibility lies in the hands of reputed institutes to forge ties globally and work together for improving the livelihood and nutritional status of the farming community as well as the general population. “Towards this end, we need to make sure that agriculture as a subject should not become redundant in the age of computer software and programming”, he added.
Professor Howard Griffiths shared that the University of Cambridge would soon come up with a Crop Science Centre on its premises with a vision to address the challenges in agriculture. He stated that another vision of the Cambridge University is to start the route to the second green revolution in India and design it in accordance with the different agro climatic zones of the country.
While sharing his thoughts with the experts, Yogesh Bellani highlighted the different ways in which the private sector helps bridge the academic institutes with society. “We look forward to working closely with PAU and Cambridge to create a social impact in sustainability”, he stressed.
Dr B.S. Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU, in his concluding remarks stated that the areas of input use efficiency, sustainability, nutrition, post harvest losses in fruits, biotechnology and nanotechnology are the main focus while exploring the scope of collaboration. He stressed on the need to keep the vast Indian population constructively employed in agriculture to keep lifestyle diseases like diabetes and hypertension at bay. He suggested close collaboration between the universities by exchange of human resource and technology.
Earlier Dr Dhillon welcomed the dignitaries and felicitated them with mementoes. The Director Research, Dr M.S. Gill gave a presentation on the research highlights of the university. Later, Dr Neelam Grewal, Dean Post Graduate Studies delivered the vote of thanks. Senior PAU officers, Registrar, Dr P.K. Khanna, ADR, Dr Ashok Kumar, Dr S.S. Walia, Dr Varinder Pal, Dr J.S. Chawla and Dr Mahesh Kumar were also present at the meeting.