Staff Reporter

Plans to send students to Michigan State University this academic year

CHENNAI: TheTamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) plans to send two to five of its students to the Michigan State University (MSU) this academic year.

This will form part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two universities.

N.Balaraman, the university Vice- Chancellor, said on Tuesday that the MoU signed this May was the first such agreement made by the university. Besides the six students learning about livestock and the incidence of diseases this year, 50 students from the Michigan University were at TANUVAS during the past four years. On successful completion of the programme, it was decided to go in for an agreement for five years.

The TANUVAS students would spend 45 days at the Michigan University as part of their six-month internship. The five-point agreement would also facilitate exchange of faculty.Besides joint research, the universities would share technical assistance for human resource development.A proposal on global initiatives on education and research to American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges would be submitted to facilitate international accreditation to TANUVAS.

Dr. Balaraman said an international conference `Advanced Veterinary Practices in Medicine and Surgery-Augmenting Health and Production' would be held between June 21 and June 25 here. Governor S. S. Barnala would inaugurate the conference. Over 200 delegates from all over the country were expected to attend the programme.

It would have practical sessions such as emergency and critical care, ophthalmic surgery and therapeutic cardiology, apart from technical sessions on small animal surgery and fisheries production, he said.