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Banaras Hindu University (BHU) agricultural students make a place for themselves in the international arena
Hindustan
, April 3, 2012
Six students from the Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS), BHU have distinguished themselves by successfully completing two semesters in the International Agriculture and Rural Development course conducted by Cornell University, USA.

Prof. R. P. Singh, Director, IAS, said that Arti Singh, Bindvi Arora, Girijesh Singh, Navendu Shekhar, Prasann Kumar and Swati Pahuja took up and successfully completed their first semester through e-learning from Cornell University and studied their second semester through practical coursework along with their peers from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut; Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore and Cornell University, USA through their study tours at several agricultural institutions in Chennai, Coimbaotre, Ooty, Cochin and Hyderabad. These students also delivered their final project presentations through a two-day video conference with Cornell University. Dr. O. P. Mishra coordinated the conference successfully.
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Six students successfully complete US university course
Dainik Jagaran
, April 3, 2012
Six students from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have successfully completed a Cornell University course. The educational collaboration between the two universities has enabled the students to complete their two semesters through e-learning from BHU.

The students will now continue their regular courses at BHU. These students, supported by USAID, enrolled in and successfully completed Cornell University’s International Agriculture and Rural Development program. Prof. R. P. Singh, Director, Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS), BHU has acclaimed this as a major achievement and further added that the students who have completed the course are Arti Singh, Bindvi Arora, Girijesh Singh Mahra, Navendu Shekhar, Prasann Kumar and Swati Pahuja. Dr. O. P. Mishra, coordinator of the course, helped in assessing the students through a video conference with Cornell University. The students did their practical coursework along with their peers from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut; Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore and Cornell University, USA by visiting both educational institutions and various industries in Chennai, Coimbatore, Ooty, Cochin and Hyderabad.
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Dr. K. V. Raman speaks on improving Indian agriculture education
Agriculture Today
, March, 2012
Dr. K. V. Raman is the Associate Director, Special Projects, Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and was in India on the occasion of a three-day collaborative workshop on Harnessing Agriculture Education and Research for Rural Development under the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) program during 19-21 December, 2011.

Prof. K. V. Raman in an interaction with Agriculture Today representative, Ms. Sanjeeta Sinha, spoke on Indian agriculture education.
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Assam Agricultural University moves to forge new linkages with Cornell University under the Agricultural Innovation Partnership program
The Telegraph
, February 14, 2012
Assam Agricultural University (AAU) plans to extend linkages with Cornell University on education and research activities under the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) program. AAU is also mulling over a dual degree from the two universities for its students, besides diploma and certificate courses.
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Assam Agricultural University (AAU) to tie-up with Cornell University under the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) program
The Assam Tribune
, February 14, 2012
Assam Agricultural University (AAU) today announced its academic collaboration with Cornell University of USA which is being launched from the current academic year.Talking to media persons today, Dr. Kamal Malla Bujarbaruah, Vice Chancellor of AAU, said that Dr W Ronnie Coffman, Director, International Programs in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, visited the AAU campus here yesterday and agreed to sign an MoU for the academic collaboration.
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Former Borlaug fellow establishes new food science program in India
Chronicleonline
, February 13, 2012
How do you start a food science and technology (FST) center where no land, buildings, laboratories, research facilities, students or faculty exist?

Alok Jha, a 2006 Borlaug fellow at Cornell, faced this challenge as a faculty member at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in his native India in 2007. Since then, he has established such a program at BHU that is awarding Ph.D. and master’s degrees in food science and will begin accepting undergraduates in 2013.
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Cyber literacy links librarians with counterparts in India
Chronicleonline, January 25, 2012
In mid-December, four Cornell librarians and information technologists conferred with some 65 counterparts from India and Africa in India at a workshop on information literacy. One outcome of the trip is that librarians from India will come to Cornell to enhance their information linkages and knowledge.
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Fertile Beginning
Times of India, January 9, 2012
The Agricultural Innovation Partnership aims at increasing farm productivity and providing food security in the Indo-Gangetic valley through collaborations between Indian and US universities.

The Indo-Gangetic valley is home to a large section of India’s population that lives on less than Rs. 50 per day. Being one of the most fertile regions, it has the potential of providing food security and increasing the prosperity of farmers. The Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP), started jointly by India and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2011, focuses on the Indo-Gangetic region. The AIP is a programme aimed at increasing farm productivity through better cropping practices and access to improved technologies and markets.
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Training of librarians of agriculture varsities
Times of India, December 15, 2011
The Banaras Hindu (BHU), in collaboration with Cornell University, inaugurated a two-day international workshop on ‘Strengthening the Academic Library to Enhance Agricultural Education’ at the seminar hall of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS), BHU on Thursday. The workshop was a part of the on going Agricultural Innovation Partnership project funded by the USAID. Delegates were informed about various steps taken by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in digitizing the agricultural literature available in India. Mary Ochs, director, Mann Library, Cornell University told the audience about the various steps taken by Cornell University in implementing e-resources through her lecture ‘Collection Building and Access to E-resources for Agriculture Researches’.
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BHU library gets assistance from US varsity
Times of India, April 5, 2011
The Cornell University of US has offered technical assistance to the central library of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to make it a world class library.

Mary Anderson of Cornell University, who is on a visit to the BHU as resource person for workshop on curriculum development under USAID project Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP), offered the proposal of technical assistance during a special lecture on ‘libraries of 21st century’. The lecture was organised by the central library, BHU, on Monday.

The partnership will form a consortium of state agricultural universities in India and five land grant universities in the U.S. The consortium, led by the Institute of Agriculture Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Cornell University, will strengthen the capacity of state agriculture universities by revising university curricula to include important issues such as market-led demand and the potential impact of climate change on agriculture. It will also develop and pilot innovative extension models, to improve the expertise of agriculture graduates in their provision of management and agri-technology support to farmers as they move from subsistence farming.
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Indo-US AIP launched in BHU
Pioneer
, April 2, 2011
India and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday announced the launch of Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP for increasing agricultural productivity and strengthening food security in the region. The partnership, launched under the Feed the Future (FTF), the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, renews the US. commitment to invest in sustainably reducing hunger and poverty in 20 food insecure countries in the world.

The partnership will form a consortium of state agricultural universities in India and five land grant universities in the U.S. The consortium, led by the Institute of Agrioculture Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Cornell University, will strengthen the capacity of state agriculture universities by revising university curricula to include important issues such as market-led demand and the potential impact of climate change on agriculture. It will also develop and pilot innovative extension models, to improve the expertise of agriculture graduates in their provision of management and agri-technology support to farmers as they move from subsistence farming.
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