Five Indian Universities elected for European project
The European Commission has chosen five Indian universities for a prestigious project on 'Plant Virology In The New Era: Breeding For Resistance'. The commission has sanctioned 2,953,700 Euros for the programme which offers around 100 scholarships. Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh; Assam Agricultural University, Assam; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Rajendra Agricultural University, Bihar and University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi. SVU is the only university chosen from southern India. Besides Indian varsities the European commission has also chosen varsities from other countries, which includes, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), University of Helsinki (Finland), Martin Luther Universitat Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), and University of East Anglia (United Kingdom). The main aim of this programme is to bring research closer to agricultural practices and at enhancing its impact, not just to the plant research but also to the industry. A spokesperson who has been invited to participate in the programme said, "It is one of the prestigious programmes which will be useful to undergraduates, postgraduates, research scholars and staff members in the fields of molecular biology, genetic engineering, plant virology, crop sciences and more, who prefer going to European countries for research programmes." He further explained, "The programme will create a new generation of researchers for India and will offer high-quality academic environment focusing on research and the development of new knowledge in various advanced areas of research, taking advantage of the new technologies of next generation sequencing methodology. Such novel means have revolutionised the research field in great number of biological research areas." "However, the European part of the consortium provides a research environment very well in order to address basic and molecular research thus reassuring that education is provided at all levels," he added.