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Guru Nanak Dev University to sign MoU with Oklahoma University

SIMERPREET KAUR | June 22, 2019 03:22 PM

CHANDIGARH: Further expanding its North American partnerships, Guru Nanak Dev University, has established further collaborations with Oklahoma University of Health Science, An internationally prominent faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and new technology combine to make the Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre a leader in education, research and patient care. A formal “MoU” was signed between Oklahoma University’s Director Professor Scott Davis and GNDU Vice -Chancellor Professor Jaspal Singh Sandhu recently.

The collaboration will increase the number of academic and student exchange opportunities between the institutes. The main objective of the MoU is to invite PhD or Master’s students enrolled at GNDU to match a mentor at OUHSC and do their Research training as part of their thesis at OUHSC.

Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Jaspal Singh Sandhu says: “I am very happy to see another important collaboration of our university with another top university in the USA. I also want to share that prior to this we already have prestigious international accreditations, memberships and collaborations with many top international bodies and universities of the USA, UK, Canada, and many more. Such associations and recognitions are indeed advantageous for our students and faculty members. I anticipate that this collaboration will also be a resultant of great academic and research pursuits. In this era of globalisation it has become imperative to provide our Indian students with the maximum exposure to international business ecosystems. As a way of serving this purpose the signed MoU, will include efforts from both Universities to provide students with internships. ‘This will be a very vital clause as it will be edifying the level expertise and exposure on the Indian students in line with their various fields of study during their time here in Oklahoma University. It will also go on to broaden the scope the horizons of the students, which will be very helpful to the developing Indian economy”, said Dr Sandhu .

A high level delegation from Oklahoma University of Health Sciences, USA led by Dr. Dharambir K. Sanghera, Director of the Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory, University Oklahoma Health Science Centre, USA visited the Guru Nanak Dev University last month, in an effort to meet and discuss various opportunities for collaboration. The discussions were mainly centred to invite PhD or Master’s  students enrolled at GNDU to match a mentor at OUHSC and do their Research training as part of their thesis at OUHSC.

Dr. Preet Mohinder Singh Bedi, Coordinator University Industry Cell said that The signed MoU will be of great benefit to the students of both the Universities, and as the University Linkage Cell, we will diligently make maximum use of this newly made partnership with Oklahoma University. We will continuously make efforts to expand our partnerships with such highly esteemed American Universities, which will be beneficial for our students. We are very excited to announce this new partnership, as it opens many new doors for students and faculty of Guru Nanak Dev University. These will also enable students from our campuses go, learn and have a truly global experience studying in USA.

Professor Scott B.H. Davis, Director, OUHSC in his message said “This strategic partnership between OUHSC and Guru Nanak Dev University is a milestone with respect to international relations. We are delighted to be a co-founder of this exciting endeavour between two international institutes to promote Cooperative research. I am sure that this partnership will bring mutual benefits for all involved parties and across the entire range of academic disciplines."We are happy to sign MoU with Guru Nanak Dev University. We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with different departments of Guru Nanak Dev University such as Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sports Medicine, Human Genetics, which is among the best universities in India with high research focus and diverse academic programs. This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration, having students from GuruNanak Dev University coming to USA and American students coming to India and launching of exciting professional development programmes.

Dr. Dharambir Kaur Sanghera Director and Coordinator OUHSC said that This strategic research partnership between University of Oklahoma, a world class university in a cluster of higher world ranking and Guru Nanak Dev University with Category one status, is a milestone with respect to international relations. We are delighted to be a co-founder of this exciting endeavour between two international institutes of cutting-edge scholarship. I am sure that this partnership will bring mutual benefits for all involved parties and across the entire range of academic disciplines."We are happy to sign MoU with Guru Nanak Dev University. This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration, having students fromGuru Nanak Dev University come to USA for launching of exciting professional development programmes and student’s exchange programs for Master’s and doctoral students. Being highly impressed by the infrastructure and academic pursuits going on at GNDU campus, delegates from OUHSC were all praise for university endeavours. They affirmed that ties between GNDU and OUHSC will stand fast for a long-run for the mutual benefit of the students of both the countries. They also appreciated the way GNDU students are being provided world class education in almost all the fields.

Dr. Manjit Nijjar, Vice President, Overseas Alumni Association in his message said 'Today marks nothing less than the beginning of a new era of cooperation for India and USA. By teaming up, our university is creating a unique alliance and leading the way in shaping the future of Indo-US research partnership. I am happy to look forward to continuing our dialogue in this regard. This initiative will further cement our university’s position as one of the world’s premier locations for research and innovation”. Dr. Nijjar further said “He had an excellent meeting with Prof. Sandhu, Prof, Sanghera and Prof. Bedi for strong Indo-US strategic partnership particularly in the field of research”.

On the occasion, Dean Academic Affairs, Registrar and other senior officials from were also present.





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