IIT Roorkee, OUAT Signs MoU to Conduct Studies in Agricultural Research & Education

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The MOU empowers both institutions to establish mutual relations between their scientific and technical divisions and to set up facilities for the exchange and proper placement of scientific technologists and experts.

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneshwar, on the generation of frontier technologies and the production of quality manpower in the field of agricultural research and education to address the challenges facing rural communities and improve their quality of life.

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The MoU has been signed by Prof. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, on behalf of IIT Roorkee and Dr. Pawan Kumar Agrawal, Vice-Chancellor, OUAT.

According to the MOU, the two institutions will work together on research programmes in which IITR and OUAT will work jointly in the field of agriculture in the field of genomics, transgenics and metabolic processes, crop improvement, information and communication, application of the Sensor in agriculture, information and communication, IT-based social development and related aspects of agriculture leading to the development of agriculture. The MOU has been signed for a period of five years.

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"The agricultural sector is the foundation of the Indian economy and the country's largest employer. Low farm incomes, climate change and low productivity are some of the major challenges facing the sector. We are pleased to partner with Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, one of the oldest agricultural research institutions in India. The partnership will strengthen the government's efforts to build capacity and will be a step forward in achieving the goal of 'AatmaNirbhar' Bharat, "said Prof. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee.

Dr PK Agrawal, Vice-Chancellor, OUAT, said that this collaboration will create new avenues for interdisciplinary research with the participation of OUAT and IITR scientists. As a result of this MOU, several problems for farmers can be resolved.

The MOU empowers both institutions to establish mutual relations between their scientific and technical divisions and to set up facilities for the exchange and proper placement of scientific technologists and experts.

As per the MoU, a Joint Working Group will be set up with representatives of both institutions to meet once every two years to review the implementation of this MoU and to recommend the necessary measures for its development.

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