Aiming to encourage use of world-class techniques and practices to engineer profitability in already sagging farming sector, DAV University here is contemplating collaboration with Israel government for introducing a four-year agricultural engineering course in India.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Punam Suri, chancellor, said the university was in advance stage of consultations with the Israel government regarding the course.
"Israel, known for best agricultural practices in the world, has three government-funded universities, with whom we are likely to collaborate on starting the course. Under the course, students will undergo three years of studies in India, while final-year studies will be carried out in Israel," he said, adding that the decision on whether to format the course under dual degree pattern or not would be taken, keeping in view the ministry of human resources development (MHRD) norms.
Suri, accompanied by RC Sobti, vice-chancellor, said a team of the university's faculty would visit Israel in December to study various agricultural engineering courses in these three universities while also attempting to understand best agricultural techniques in that country.
"Subsequently, representatives of Israel universities will also visit us to finalise the modalities for introducing such a course," he added.
Expressing concern over depleting groundwater table in Punjab and increasing non-profitability in the farming sector, he said there was need for a second-generation green revolution equipped with new agriculture technologies to transform the sector.
Revealing his vision on giving a global look to DAV University, he disclosed that consultations were also being initiated with the Australian government-funded universities to offer engineering and management courses with special applications.
"Though we are engaged at appropriate levels to formulate a plan on introducing Australian courses designed as per Indian requirements, information in this regard will be shared after finalising the modalities," he said.
Suri said the postgraduate Vedic research courses would also be introduced in the first phase along with undergraduate engineering, management and sciences course. "Our aim is to produce good citizens with best of human values. We are not into moneymaking business. We are here to serve the society," he added.