University of Saskatchewan

September 21, 2014   

U of S-India agreement creates opportunities for international research and education

Professor Baljit Singh leads a research and education partnership with GADVASU University in India, the first initiative through the new U of S International Partnership Fund.
November 09, 2010

A $300,000 partnership between the University of Saskatchewan and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) to bolster research and education in public health and the environment was announced today in New Delhi.

“This agreement launches a partnership that builds on our mutual interests and complementary strengths,” said U of S President Peter MacKinnon, who is one of 15 Canadian university presidents in India on a mission organized by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

“We look forward to creating opportunities for our researchers and students as well as real-world benefits for both our countries in public health, animal-borne illnesses, and environmental toxicology.”

The agreement is the first to be funded under the new U of S International Partnership Fund, launched in 2009 to create “premiere partnerships” with international universities. Proposals were invited early in 2010. The successful proposal is led by Baljit Singh, professor and acting associate dean, research at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the U of S.

Singh explains that GADVASU is located in a heavily agricultural region of India, where issues of environmental toxicology and public health are critically important. These are areas of strength at the U of S.

“Science is ‘one science.’ It is not African, it is not Asian – it benefits us all,” Singh says. “The international perspective makes us – and our students – better citizens of the world and engaged in the issues that affect us all. The world is not something far away. It is right at our doorstep.”

Under the agreement, each university will contribute $150,000 to the partnership over the next three years. The funds will be used to support research projects and pay for costs for students and faculty as they travel between the UofS in Saskatoon and GADVASU in Ludhiana, India. As well, $20,000 stipends for up to six graduate students each from Canada and India will be provided. Faculty from both universities will teach graduate courses via distance education. GADVASU graduate students will be enrolled in courses through the U of S School of Public Health, while U of S graduate students will conduct research for their dissertations in India.

The seven-day AUCC mission, which began on November 8, is the largest such delegation ever to travel abroad. The presidents are participating in a series of targeted meetings with Indian educators, government officials and business leaders. The aim is to build mutually beneficial relationships with India, a country seen as an unparalleled hub for innovation and an emerging economic powerhouse.

2011 has been designated the Year of India in Canada, with numerous events devoted to business, education and culture.

For more information on today’s announcement in New Delhi, see the news release from the AUCC mission here: http://www.aucc.ca/publications/media/2010/canadian-universities-invest-in-india_11_09_e.html

For more information on international research at the University of Saskatchewan, visit: www.usask.ca/research/research_services/international.

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For more information contact:

Tom Wishart
U of S Special Advisor on International Initiatives
(306) 966-7390
tom.wishart@usask.ca

Michael Robin
U of S Research Communications
966-1425
michael.robin@usask.ca

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