Reports
AIP sensitizes librarians on enhancing library systems & management and e- learning
February 5-6, 2014 | Varanasi, U.P

A two- day long collaborative workshop on improving library systems & management and e- learning was conducted by Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) at Banaras Hindu University,Varanasi on 5th and 6th February, 2014. The workshop was attended by senior librarians from ten agricultural universities and senior faculty members from Banaras Hindu University, Cornell University and Sathguru Management Consultants Pvt Ltd. The focus of the workshop was primarily on research support services that an agriculture and life sciences library might offer, including research data management, utilization of GIS data and technologies, and citation management, information literacy & E-resources.

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AIP Participates in BGRI Technical Workshop 2013
August 19-22, 2013 | New Delhi

The Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) university partners in collaboration with private institutions actively engage in outreach and dissemination efforts that monitor and prepare the wheat farmers for an attack of wheat rust. AIP’s partners have engaged in facilitating research and improving extension services that enable farmers to adopt new rust resistant wheat varieties and initiate other mitigation strategies to counter the devastating effects of wheat rust in the region. Agronomists working in the area of wheat from various universities in the region—Banaras Hindu University, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology and the Assam Agricultural University—participated in the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) Technical Workshop 2013 held from 19 to 22 August 2013 in New Delhi with support from the AIP. Participants at the workshop were made aware of scientific advancements and innovative extension strategies in mitigating the threat of rust in wheat.

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Educating Future Agricultural Scientists and Academicians in India
February 7–9, 2013 | Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Dr. Rattan Lal, an academic partner in the AIP project and the Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at The Ohio State University, presented a report on “Educating Future Agricultural Scientists and Academicians in India” at Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) in Bhubaneswar, India. The report explores the need for India to address both meeting its food demand and increasingly affluent population, as well as many of today’s major challenges such as climate change, water pollution and scarcity, dwindling biodiversity, degrading soils and increasing energy demand, urbanization and brick making, use of traditional biofuels, and sanitation. Operating under the premise that as an enterprise, agriculture must provide raw materials for agribusiness and industry and address regulatory issues while raising the profile of the agricultural profession, agricultural curricula should be flexible, cross-disciplinary, demand-driven and provide skills through hands-on training and the promotion of entrepreneurship.

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Training Program on Affordable Production of Baked Food
November 6–8, 2012 | Meerut, India
The Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) conducted a training program for baked food processors in association with the Department of Agricultural Engineering & Food Technology, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology (SVPUA&T), Meerut. During the training students, housewives, educated and unemployed youths, producers of baked food and entrepreneurs, scientists and scholars from Assam Agriculture University (AAU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi were trained.

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US and Indian Faculty Collaborate to Organize an International Workshop on Teaching Excellence to Promote Innovative Teaching Methodologies in Indian Academia
July 16–18, 2012 | New Delhi, India
The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, organized a three-day “International Workshop on Innovative Teaching for Improved Learning,” July 16-18, 2012, at ITC Sheraton Hotel in Saket, New Delhi, to address ways in which Indian institutions of higher learning can achieve excellence in teaching and learning methodologies. Attendees included vice-chancellors, senior faculty members and top officials from various AIP partner universities.

Training Program for Fruit and Vegetable Producers
March 13–15, 2012 | Varanasi, India
AIP sponsored a three-day training program for fruit and vegetable producers, organized by the Centre of Food Science and Technology (CFST), Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (BHU). The program focused on imparting training to scholars, producers and small-scale entrepreneurs from several Indian states on the best practices to follow in the production of fruits and vegetables. Topics included discussions on utilization, marketing, packaging and preservation of fruits and vegetables in national and international markets. The training also focused on several aspects related to production and marketing of food items in India including the current scenario of fruit and vegetable production, post-harvest management, hygienic packaging, and drying food items for edible purposes.

AIP Sponsors Wheat Scientists’ BHU Visit
March 1–3, 2012 | Varanasi, India
In line with its technology adoption and income improvement activities for wheat farmers in the Indo-Gangetic plains, the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) program supported the visit of a team of wheat scientists to Banaras Hindu University (BHU) as part of a training workshop.The workshop, meant for scientists from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan was on wheat rust surveillance, data collection and monitoring strategies under the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat (DRRW) project. Held from March 01 to 03, 2012 and led by Cornell University and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the program added substantial value towards enhancing the scientific community’s knowledge base towards the current developments in wheat management in the Indo-Gangetic plains.


AIP Conducts Sweet Makers Training Program to Improve their Income
January 18–20, 2012 | Varanasi, India
A three-day training program focusing on cross-cutting socio-economic themes in agriculture was organized at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) by the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP). During this program, vocational exposure was given to small entrepreneurs by faculty members from various universities, wherein they shared their expertise in the area of processing techniques involved in preparation of dairy products.During the three days, there were discussions on the importance of traditional dairy products in the Indian context and the need to update the sweet makers on the international standards of food processing. Some of the discussions surrounded the need for the Indian sweet makers to adhere strictly to international standards while manufacturing quality food products.

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AIP Conducts Collaborative Workshop on Agricultural Education and Rural Development to Transform Food Industry Value Chain
December 19–21, 2011 | New Delhi, India
A three-day international collaborative workshop titled “Harnessing Agricultural Education and Research for Rural Development” was held on December 19–21, 2011, at Hotel Radisson Blu, New Delhi, Dwarka.AIP, in partnership with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), brought together academia, industry and policy planners to reflect on the accomplishments and formulate further interventions to augment professional development, rural transformation and the food industry value chain. The workshop brought globally recognized faculty from leading land-grant universities in the US, Indian academia and industry professionals together to participate in meaningful discussions and formulate ways to adopt contemporary learning practices and accelerate technology absorption strategies for enhancing the food value chain.

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Library Workshop on E-resource Management to Enhance Resource Development and Digitization in Indian Agricultural University Libraries
December 15–16, 2011 | Varanasi, India
A two-day international “Strengthening the Academic Library to Enhance Agriculture Education” workshop was jointly organized by the Institute of Agricultural Sciences and the Central Library at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), in collaboration with the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University.

The workshop, conducted December 15–16, 2011, focused on ways the library documentation community might better generate use of available printed and online resources in research activities and information literacy. The workshop objectives were to understand and implement e-learning, e-resource development and digitization of study materials to increase their accessibility and long-term preservation.


BHU Faculty Exchange Program
November 2011 | Ithaca, New York, USA
The Faculty Exchange Program was designed by the AIP management team, in consultation with Dr. R. P. Singh, Director, Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IASs), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), with the goal of building capacity among BHU faculty for introducing new and/or revising existing curriculum.The representatives of Sathguru Management Consultants identified four faculty members from IASs, BHU. The selected faculty members included Dr. Alok Jha from the Department of Food Science; Dr. D. C. Rai from the Department of Animal and Dairy Science; Dr. H. B. Singh & Dr. J. P. Srivastava from the Department of Agricultural Science. The selected faculty participated in a month-long training program in curriculum development at US AIP partner universities, which included Cornell University, University of Illinois, Tuskegee University, The Ohio State University, University of Georgia and University of California, Davis.


Curricula Validation Workshop
October 18–19, 2011 | Meerut, India
Validation workshop on curricula developed for undergraduate, vocational and diploma courses in agriculture, biotechnology, food science and animal science.A two-day validation workshop for the undergraduate, vocational and diploma courses in agricultural sciences, biotechnology, food sciences and animal sciences was held during October 18-19, 2011 at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T), Meerut. The workshop was attended by USAID representatives, faculty members of Banaras Hindu University and SVPUA&T.

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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.

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