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The Canadian experts discussing with officers of the university during their visit at GADVASU
The Canadian experts discussing with officers of the university during their visit at GADVASU
Ludhiana, March 14, 2018 (Hardik Kumar): A team of delegates from University of Guelph, Canada comprising of Jeffrey Wichtel, Dean Ontario Veterinary College, Canada an expert in the field of preventive medicine, along with experts of Public Health, Maureen Wichtel, and expert of reproduction science, Pavneesh Madan visited Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana for exploring the areas for possible collaborative research between the two universities. All the officers of the university, Deans of the respective colleges, Head of departments and senior faculty members were present during the interaction. Dr. JPS Gill, Director of Research informed that university of Guelph, Canada and GADVASU has already signed MoU for research collaboration on area of mutual interest and exchange of scientists.

Welcoming the foreign delegates, Dr. Amarjit Singh Nanda, Vice Chancellor GADVASU, revealed that there is immense scope for future collaborative research particularly in the area of improvement in buffalo and pig reproduction, reducing the age of puberty and calving interval, and research on various markers of production and disease resistance so as to improve the socio-economic status of the farmers. He informed that GADVASU is already pursuing a student and scientist exchange program with University of Saskatchewan, Canada and University of Sydney, Australia and wished to start a similar programme with the University of Guelph.

The visiting team was apprised of various activities of the university and showed keen interest in the research and academic activities of the university and lauded the efforts being put in by the university. They also visited various departments of College of Veterinary Science, Veterinary Clinics, Dairy Farm, College of Fisheries and College of Dairy Science & Technology and interacted with the faculty of the university. The Canadian experts discussed the possibilities for future research collaborations between the two universities in the areas of animal reproduction, genomics, biotechnology, public health and toxicology. Jeffrey Wichtel also discussed possibilities of sending 2nd year Canadian veterinary graduate students under Global Vet scheme and internship students for the training to GADVASU, particularly to give graduates exposure in the field of tropical diseases and clinical cases and vice versa.