Ludhiana: Dr. Baljit Singh, graduate and member of the board of directors of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, has been selected for the key position as Vice President (Research) of the University of Saskatchewan (USask), Canada. He will join USask on February 1st, 2021. He currently serves as the Dean of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Calgary, Canada.
Dr. Baljit is a highly skilled researcher, educator and administrator in veterinary medicine with expertise in the cell and molecular biology of pneumonia.
He received his Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Masters in Veterinary Science from PAU in 1989 before the University’s College of Veterinary Science was promoted to Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). He received his PhD from the University of Guelph in Ontario and his PhD from Texas A&M University and Columbia University in New York (USA).
He had received many international awards including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, Canada (2009), the highest teaching award in Canada, the Provost Prize for Innovative Teaching and Learning Practices, the University of Saskatchewan (2008) and the Carl J Norden Distinguished Teacher Award (2003)). He is known for the CREATE research program (One Health) for integrated training in the areas of infectious disease control, food safety and public order, in which GADVASU was involved as a cooperation partner. In order to further strengthen his collaboration with GADVASU, Ludhiana Dr. Singh visits and initiated research training programs for veterinarians.
Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Vice Chancellor of GADVASU, said delighted that the appointment of a College of Veterinary Science alumnus, Dr. Baljit as Vice President (Research) USask for both the universities PAU and GADVASU is a matter of pride. He said that GADVASU was involved in three major collaborative projects with Dr. Baljit is working and hoping that Dr. As a research doyen at USask, Baljit will develop more mutual research and teaching collaborations. A number of international workshops have been planned and conducted with the University of Calgary to improve the teaching skills of the GADVASU faculty. Dr. Baljit was the brain behind organizing regular One Health teaching courses at GADVASU that addressed issues of emerging zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance and disease modeling. We will strengthen our student and teacher exchange program with more strength. He said that Dr. Baljit is a pillar of light and a symbol of motivation for young researchers and leading veterinarians.