Zulum Seeks Partnership With Indian University To Advance Learning in Borno Tertiary Institutions
By Abdulkareem Haruna
Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum was on Wednesday in India on an official engagement that hopes to bring quality education opportunities for the state.
Mr Zulum, a university professor, visited Amity University located at Noida in New Delhi, India.
The visited tertiary institution, established in 2005, ranks amongst top Universities in the world according to a 2016 record even as it offers “over 300 postgraduate and undergraduate courses with more than 15,000 research and publications.”
Governor Zulum desires a partner deal with Amity University to advance training of academics from the new Borno’s tertiary institutions, exchange of research and technology on aspects of Agriculture, Energy, Medicine, Engineering, and Applied Sciences.
Being a professor of agric engineering, Zulum said he wanted the partnership, to prioritize agriculture, especially training in post-harvest losses to attain food sufficiency, which he said remains the main focus of his regime.
He optimized that a “partnership with Amity University will also focus on climate change conditions, that can improve the resilience of crops, and fight desertification.”
Zulum who is currently seeking reelection, in February 2023, for another fouyearsse second term said „a technical team from Borno will plan a visit to Amity University in early 2023 to formalize collaboration between the University and the Borno State Government.”
Dr. William Selvamurthy, the President of Amity Science, Technology and Innovation Foundation & Director General for Amity Directorate of Science and Innovation & Chancellor of Amity University and other senior officials of the institution had “in a power-point presentation highlighted the activities of Amity University and the possible areas of collaboration.
The governor had also met with Nigerian students at the Amity University whom he charged “to dedicate themselves to their studies and exhibit good character.”
Mr. Zulum was accompanied on the trip to the university by officials of the Nigerian Embassy in India, his Special Adviser on protocol, the Executive Secretary, Borno Geographic Information Service, and an SSA on Technical Matters.