On Friday, chief
minister of Punjab placed emphasis for academic collaboration between
universities across the world stating the obvious fact that such tie-ups will
greatly benefit both teachers and students.
This statement was given by him while interacting with
delegates from Nottingham Trent University, UK, who met him in Punjab. The chief
minister further stated that in order to familiarize students with emerging
fields in education and with the world turning into a global village, collaboration
He enhanced the fact
that by collaborating with different universities across the globe, overall
development of students can be achieved as light of knowledge would be spread
in each and every corner of this world.
In order to benefit the students of the state, a frequent
exchange programme for both students and teachers (between Punjab and
Nottingham universities) is what is the need of the hour, suggested the CM.
On being asked why it's the need of the hour, he replied
that these collaborations would play a vital role in updating knowledge of
students and up scaling skills of teachers.
Badal further added that government is ready to provide
support and cooperation if universities of Punjab and Nottingham Trent take
measures for stating student and faculty exchange programmmes.
In order to provide
training in agriculture, bio-sciences, animal husbandry and in developing
disease resistant varieties of animal breeds, he sought cooperation of
delegates where the University has an upper hand.
Badal insisted that through this bilateral tie-up,
vocational education should be imparted to students. This move will provide for
twin benefits i.e. eradicating unemployment with providing for skilled manpower
to cater to the needs of the industry.
Putting a stamp on his word, the chief minister asked the
biggies of Guru Nanak Dev University and Dean of Punjabi University, to
immediately look into finalizing the modalities of the collaboration with the
delegation visiting there.
Looking at the enthusiasm of the chief minister, the
vice-chancellor professor Edward Pek and pro-vice chancellor professor Hely
also showed their eagerness to collaborate with the Punjab university in