GNDU Signed Agreement with National Botanical Research Institute to boost to Agriculture and Horticulture sector
Amritsar, August 29: In a Significant and historic development today Guru Nanak Dev University( GNDU ) and National Botanical Research Institution (NBRI), Lucknow have joined hands together with an aim to develop a Centre of Excellence to ensure the comprehensive and sustainable growth of agriculture and horticulture in Punjab.
Expressing pleasure over the agreement, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Jaspal Singh Sandhu said that the syndicate of the university in its last meeting approved the proposal to establish an independent Department of Agriculture from the next academic year under the faculty of Agriculture. He said that the current agreement seeks to establish cooperation between NBRI and Guru Nanak Dev University for synergetic collaboration in a resource sharing and knowledge sharing environment in the field of agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, Botanical sciences, exchange of plants and various research activities. This collaboration will create an institutional framework for enriching scientific endeavors in mutually agreed fields of research, added Prof. Sandhu.
It may be recalled that the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has decided to release a grant of Rs. 107 crore to the University for Infrastructure Development. The Vice-chancellor said that the grant will be used to provide world-class infrastructure to students and staff.
Dr. S.K. Barik, Director, NBRI in his message conveyed that NBRI is very proud to collaborate with GNDU with Category I status under the dynamic leadership of Professor Jaspal Singh Sandhu in providing expertise in Agriculture, Horticulture, plant ecology, plant-microbe interaction, and landscaping. Dr. S K Barik further said that “A major objective of this collaboration is to strengthen the human resources of Punjab, particularly the youth so as to make them skilled and employable. We want to work with world Class University to bring best practices and exchange programmes.
Dr. Preet Mohinder Singh Bedi, Coordinator University-Industry Linkage programme said that both parties agreed to work on common interests to push forward Indian economy. They have agreed to develop synergistic collaboration for cultivating the strong links with a national reputed laboratory for cooperation in Research & consultancy, joint patents, sponsored industrial research projects etc. He said that with this MoU university has achieved another milestone by having an alliance with a National laboratory to start new and innovative programmes. On the occasion, Prof. Avinash Nagpal, Dr. JS Bilga, Consultant Horticulture and other senior officials from both sides were also present.