Ambassador of the United States to India, Nancy Powell called on UT administrator Shivraj Patil at Punjab Raj Bhawan here on Tuesday.
Discussing various issues at length with Nancy Powell, Patil said Punjab has achieved a major breakthrough in the agriculture sector and allied fields and the state is emerging as a progressive and vibrant investment destination.
He suggested for strengthening partnerships in agro-related ventures, especially food processing, which has a major scope of collaboration. The UT administrator said there was a major scope to further expand economic and business cooperation in wide range of fields like genetic technology and solar energy. He said India is very rich in genetic wealth but it needs knowledge in the field and technology. “If India and US cooperate in this area, it would be of immense benefit for the people of both sides,” Patil said.
Stating that the two countries enjoy mature bilateral relations and strong socio-cultural linkages, Nancy Powell emphasised on the need for further strengthening economic and trade ties through vibrant partnership and joint ventures in different fields of activity, particularly education.
Patil said India is doing well in the education sector. The Right to Education Act has been implemented to provide education to all. “We are introducing the concept of smart classrooms in schools, colleges and universities,” he said, adding that, “We have more private universities in the state and they had been told to give 30% seat to the students from weaker sections of society.” Patil said in this area, there is a large scope for further development.