Ethiopian ministerial delegation signs MoU with Himachal varsities
A high ministerial team from Ethiopia was on a three-day visit to Himachal Pradesh to strengthen its alliances for academic and research in the field of forestry and environment. They were here primarily to study the application of biotechnology for mass in-vitro culture of the forest plants and forge alliances for research and exchange with institutes of repute in this field.
Headed by Dr. Gemedo Dalle, Minister in Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MEFCC), the 14-member Ethiopian delegation visited Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Like Himachal Pradesh, Ethiopia also has a diverse landscape with small mountains in some areas and desert on others. It is also the second most populous country in the African continent.
Apart from Dr. Dalle, also present were Ethiopian state minister Kebede Yimam, senior researcher Dr. Wubalem Tadesse, research director general Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute (EEFRI), and deputy director general of EEFRI Dr. Agena Anjulo. During the three-day visit, Dr. Tadesse signed Memorandums of Understanding with Solan-based Shoolini University and University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni.
The team interacted with the researchers at Shoolini University to learn about the studies being carried out at the campus. The university lays immense focus on research, specifically in the sphere of biotechnology and related sciences. Lauding Shoolini for its research driven model, Dr. Dalle expressed hope that the tie-up will act as catalyst for joint research collaboration between the institutes.
“The signing of MoU will usher a new era of collaboration between Shoolini and African institutes as it will involve training of Ethiopian researchers at the University,” said Prof Khosla. He added that the MoU will further strengthen Shoolini’s reputation as a center of excellence.