Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) has signed an agreement with Mississippi State University, USA, to offer a four-year degree course in seed science and technology. The two universities have also decided to exchange students and faculty for mutual benefit.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed by Minister for Agriculture Kanna Lakshminarayana, who is visiting the US along with a delegation, and president of Mississippi State University Mark E. Keenum in the university. The Minister held talks with the Mississippi officials on the areas of collaboration before inking the pact.
As part of the agreement, the two universities would introduce four-year undergraduate course in seed science and technology. The course would immensely benefit the students of the State since Andhra Pradesh was known for supplying about half of the seed required by the farming in the country, the Minister said. The course would produce seed experts required by the seed industry.
Besides, it would also help farmers get quality seed not only in the State but outside too, the Minister said on the occasion. Apart from academic exchange the two varsities have also decided to take up research and education programmes jointly in African countries.
Further, they would work together in areas of genomics and biotechnology areas.
Commissioner of Agriculture K. Madhusudhana Rao, Prof. A. Janaiah of ANGRAU were present while inking the pact. The Minister also visited Maryland University as part of his tour.