Varsities explore tie-ups in research, teaching

Chandigarh, July 26 | Updated: Jul 27 2006, 05:30am hrs
A five-member high level delegation from Maryland University in the US arrived at CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, to identify areas of mutual cooperation in teaching and research.

The delegation, led by International Training Programme director Raymond J Miller, is scheduled to stay for five days and discuss various issues, a university spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) vice-chancellor JC Katyal chaired a meeting with the delegation and said Haryanas agriculture needed technological breakthroughs to enhance productivity on sustainable basis, which would enable farmers to earn better returns. The application of new technologies in livestock, poultry farming, post harvest processing to prevent damage, vegetables and grains, and natural resources conservation had become significant in the present-day scenario of smaller land holdings and natural calamities threatening crop farming systems.

Referring to Maryland Universitys achievements in agriculture and livestock, Katyal said, CCS HAUs faculty and students could gain a lot from Maryland Universitys scientists.

The University of Maryland and Haryana Agricultural University had signed an MoU in April to promote and accelerate programmes of research and training, and extension in agriculture and allied sciences on the initiative of Haryana governor and CSS HAU chancellor, AR Kidwai who had visited Baltimore (USA) in April, 2005.

His visit had initiated programmes of cooperation between Maryland and Haryana. A joint declaration to promote cooperation in trade, agriculture, pharmaceutical and education was also signed by both the states.