AIP Conducts SVPUA&T Faculty Exchange Program
July 2011 | Chennai, India; Ithaca, New York, USA

The Faculty Exchange Program was designed in consultation with Dr. Arvind Kumar Bakhshi, Vice Chancellor, SVPUAT to build capacity among the faculty for the purpose of introducing new/revamping existing curricula. Three faculty members from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology (SVPUA&T), Dr. Anil Sirohi, Professor and Head of Plant Biotechnology; Dr. Archana Arya, Asst. Professor of Animal Science and Dr. Samsher, Professor of Food Science and Technology were nominated by Vice Chancellor of the university to attend a training workshop in Chennai on Agribusiness Management. They were interviewed regarding their interest areas and their ability to imbibe and implement the newly revised curriculum in their university. The three faculty members visited US universities during July 2011.Dr. Anil Sirohi, Professor and Head of Plant Biotechnology, SVPUA&T, visited Cornell University and gained experience in developing agricultural sciences and biotechnology curriculum at Cornell University under the guidance of Prof. K. V. Raman, Professor, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Cornell University.

Dr. Archana Arya, Professor of Animal Science and Dairy Technology, SVPUA&T, visited Tuskegee University and gained experience in developing animal and dairy science curriculum at Tuskegee University under the guidance of Dr. Sandra Solaiman, Professor and Director, Small Ruminant Research & Education, Tuskegee University.

Dr. Samsher, Professor of Food Science and Technology, SVPUA&T, visited Cornell University and The University of Georgia and gained experience in developing food science curriculum in two universities under the guidance of Dr. Syed Rizvi, Professor, Department of Food Science, Cornell University and Dr. Rakesh Singh, Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, The University of Georgia.

After their visit to these US partner universities, the three faculty members from SVPUA&T redesigned new and existing curricula. Dr. Anil Sirohi proposed to introduce 5 diploma courses and 3 certificate courses in agricultural sciences, and redesigned the existing undergraduate agriculture curriculum. He also restructured the existing undergraduate biotechnology curriculum and proposed to introduce 2 diploma and 2 certificate courses in biotechnology.

Dr. Samsher proposed to introduce 1 diploma and 3 vocational courses in food science and restructured the undergraduate (B. Tech) curriculum in food science. Dr. Archana Arya proposed to introduce 1 diploma and 4 certificate courses in animal and dairy sciences and restructured the undergraduate program in animal science at SVPUA&T.

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