PULLMAN – Agricultural research could be getting a boost worldwide, thanks to a new agreement signed by Washington State University. The memorandum of understanding with Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in Ludhiana, India, will help create mutually beneficial, collaborative education and research projects.
Manjit Singh Kang, vice chancellor of the Punjab university, said the collaboration is a win-win for both schools, and for the larger populations of each country. He said current work between WSU and Punjab is investigating wheat genetics and wheat breeding, with principal investigators already working between the two schools.
“We are not going to stop just here, we hope that we will expand this collaboration in other areas as well, and we will strengthen our current collaboration, so we’re looking forward to opportunities and to work with the scientists and administration from here,” said Kang.
Warwick Bayly, WSU provost, said the similarities between WSU and PAU are important, and making the collaboration official will only benefit the two schools in the future.
“The formalizing of what would be a natural or obvious collaboration, I think, opens up more doors than currently exist,” said Bayly.
Bayly added that the collaboration could be used to seek out new funding sources for research, and to become an avenue for more undergraduate and graduate students to become involved with research.
The memorandum was signed by WSU President Elson S. Floyd, Bayly and Manjit Singh Kang, PAU’s vice chancellor.
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