The prestigious John Hopkins University of the United States has invited PWD and irrigation minister Shivpal Yadav to speak on his water sector restructuring project (phase three) initiative.
The invite comes just a couple of weeks after the visit of a team led by the chief minister to Harvard University was mired in controversy over the frisking and detention of urban development minister Mohammad Azam Khan at the Logan International Airport in Boston on way to Harvard.
Yadav, who had shot off a letter to US President Barack Obama in protest against the humiliation of Khan, has been invited to speak on the initiative aimed at shoring up the tributary network in the lower Ganga canal and restrengthening three dams in the Bundelkhand region.
It is still not clear if Yadav has accepted the invite or turned it down in keeping with the rather tough approach adopted by the UP government against the US government after the humiliation of Khan.
An official release said the World Bank too has reportedly praised Yadav’s efforts, which ultimately won him an invite from John Hopkins University.
Under Yadav, the state’s irrigation department, the release said, had launched an extensive campaign to undertake various schemes to improve canals and other water bodies.
Yadav had recently inked a pact with the department of economic development, tourism & environmental affairs, Free State Province, in Sun City, South Africa.
Under the pact, South Africa and UP would collaborate on issues like irrigation, environment, irrigation management and stable economic development.
The state’s irrigation department has also been extended an invite by the corresponding South African department.
Uttar Pradesh has shown interest in learning how to tap information technology for extracting maximum benefits in the irrigation sector from South Africa.