The mission, led by Premier Scott Moe, is planned to ignite meaningful discussion, long-lasting partnerships and useful knowledge mobilizations between the province and India in areas of critical minerals, food and water security, post-secondary education, and sustainability. Several other members of Saskatchewan’s post-secondary institutions and private sectors are also on the mission.
On March 1, 2023, USask signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chandigarh University, signifying the university's commitment to partnering with world-class researchers and institutes in India. Two other MOU signings followed on March 2, 2023, with the National Institute Technology Jalandhar and Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. The MOUs and the resulting collaboration will help Saskatchewan and India share collective knowledge in areas related to food security, agriculture, and more.
Along with the MOU signings, Singh moderated several roundtable discussions with delegates from Canada and India. One roundtable conversation focused on the connection between food, water, and energy, and the energy transition in the Saskatchewan and Indian markets. Another touched on critical minerals and the importance they will play in the future of Saskatchewan and India’s economies.
“We’re happy to work together and have collaborative discussions to solve the challenges we’re facing, including developing our critical mineral economies and finding greater adoption of new methods of soil improvement,” said Singh.
Also, while in India, Singh will play a key role in the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI’s) Bi-national Cluster on One Health, of which he is the Canadian Chair.
“Part of being the university the world needs is to increase our internationalization efforts in research and engagement. With opportunities to collaborate with institutions and government in India, USask’s research and our positive impact is extending well past Canada’s borders,” said Singh.
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