Unitech Rice Program

By Colleen Barilae – EM TV, Lae

The PNG University of Technology yesterday signed an agreement with a university from India, for a collaborative research program aimed at developing the cultivation and production of rice in Papua New Guinea.

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), in India, will be working in collaboration with the PNG University of Technology, (PNGUOT) through research projects and programs that will develop from the field of agriculture and engineering technology.

The partnership agreement was formally witnessed by visiting scientists from the TNAU and the Indian High Commissioner to PNG, Shri Madhav Chadra.

The Indian High Commissioner to PNGsaid the strong relationship between India and Papua New Guinea has paved the way for this program to happen.

The agreement also includes the Indian government’sponsored scholarships, that will enable staff and student exchange programs to take place between PNGUOT and TNAU.

This partnership agreement also includes a Deputation Scheme. The deputation scheme is a scheme that allows a faculty member from an Indian partner university to teach at UOT for a period of one year, with their salary being paid for by the Indian government.

PNGUOT Vice Chancellor Dr. Albert Schram has expressed gratitude to the Indian government for allowing 5 UOT graduates, and staff, to pursue their Masters and PhD Degree programs at Indian partner universities like TNAU and Sardar Patel University in India.

The rice research program to be collaboratively held with TNAU at UOT is aimed at minimising costs placed on the import of rice into the country.

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