Amritsar, Nov 13 (UNI) A 15-member delegation from California State (US) has visited the Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) and interacted with Vice-Chancellor Professor Jai Rup Singh to identify the academic areas of mutual collaboration.
The delegation included Mayor of Bakersfield, Mr Harvey L Hall, and was led by Dr Inderjit Kaur, Chief Religious Minister, Sikh Dharma International of US.
Prof Singh apprised the Mayor of Bakersfield about various academic programmes available at the University.
He said the university has a state-of-the-art infrastructure in biotechnology, human genetics, microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry, botanical and environmental sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, sports medicine and physiotherapy, religious, languages and in other arts and social sciences departments.
Prof Singh told the delegation about the various academic, sports and cultural achievements of the university at the national and international level.
The Mayor said yesterday Bakersfield and Amritsar cities have historic background and the former city has a sizeable Punjabi population. The delegation had put forth some proposals to develop the holy city of Amritsar on the pattern of Bakersfield.
He said earlier America had developed some cities of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan as sister cities.
He said the Sikh residents of Bakersfield were of the view that the culture, atmosphere and geographical conditions of their city resembled the holy city of Amritsar.
Keeping these factors in view, they said Bakersfield should be associated with Amritsar city and be developed on the pattern of Bakersfield city.
He said they were also interested to contribute for the development of this university which was named after the Great Guru, Guru Nanak Dev.