Academic Linkages with Oversea Institutions

To ensure the maintenance of international standards and to facilitate adequate staff exposure to developments in the more advanced overseas countries, the Department after the civil war maintained links with such institutions as Michigan State University, U.S.A. and National College of Agricultural Engineering, Silsoe, England (now Cranfield University). Such famous names in the profession as Prof. Carl W. Hall, Prof Bill Stout, Prof. B. Biokert, Prof. R.S. Broughton, Prof. R.W. Radley and others came to the Department under the linkage programme for short-term teaching/research or as external examiners. The Department had a very viable academic linkage with the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University), Halifax NS, Canada. The linkage, which commenced in 1987, was funded by CIDA for staff training at the Ph.D level. The linkage also provided funds for the procurement of teaching and research equipment to improve facilities in the workshops/ laboratories. Also, the linkage provided for one academic staff to spend 3-months research leave in Canada for the 6 year duration of the linkage. Similarly, the Department had a viable academic linkage with the Belgian Administration Development Union (BADU), based at the Katholic University of Leuven. The project was on Water resources development for domestic use and small scale irrigation schemes. The linkage provided funds for procurement of teaching and research equipment in the soil and water laboratory.