The Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, has signed a memorandum of understanding with The University of Sydney, Australia, for collaborative research and to facilitate exchange of faculty and students.
Dr AS Nanda, vice-chancellor, GADVASU, signed the MoU while University of Sydney was represented by Dr Navneet Dhand, sub dean, research development in the faculty of veterinary science.
Dr Nanda congratulated scientists from both the institutions and hoped that this pact will be beneficial to both the faculty members and students of both the varsities and will result in productive research in veterinary and animal sciences.
Dr Nanda asked GADVASU's faculty members to explore possibilities of collaborative projects with the University of Sydney in their respective areas of expertise under various national and international funding programmes.
Dr Dhand discussed research priorities of the University of Sydney and its keen desire to work with scientists from India. He described it as a "beginning of a long term relationship" between the two premier institutions for developing new tools and techniques for improving animal and public health.
"It is the first-of-its-kind MoU of the University of Sydney with any veterinary university in Asia and will encourage student and faculty exchange besides promoting research collaborations,"
The University of Sydney has also funded a health project in collaboration with the school of public health and zoonoses to start research collaborations. Some other projects are also in the pipeline. Both the varsities are also working on a collaborative 'One Health' project to improve health of livestock and people in contact with the livestock. Some other projects are also beings initiated.
To extend the mutual collaboration GADVASU is also organising a 3-day international workshop in association with The University of Sydney from April 13-15 on "study design and data analysis" in the school of public health and zoonoses, GADVASU for faculty and post-graduate students