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  • 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 curricula.
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  • A week-long survey was conducted from November 7–13, 2011, at SVPUA&T. The survey was carried out by the AIP team comprising Dr. Ramasamy, National Project Coordinator, AIP, along with four investigators from Sathguru Management Consultants.
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  • A baseline survey at BHU was conducted from September 29 – October 4, 2011, by the Sathguru team. The sample respondents comprised the director, registrar, dean, faculty and students of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU. The baseline survey aimed at determining the areas of intervention in agriculture course curriculum, information technology and experiential learning in Indian agricultural universities.
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  • The Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) sponsored four faculty members, two from BHU and two others from SVPUA&T to attend the Cornell University–Sathguru Management Consultants’ Global Food Safety Management Program held from August 22–25, 2011 in India. The participants gained valuable perspective on recent trends and practices in this industry.
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  • A three-day workshop was organized in Bangkok, Thailand, by USAID headquarters in Washington D.C., on October 4–6, 2011. The program was attended by USAID staff members and implementing partners involved in various developmental projects in South and South-east Asia. Dr. Ramasamy, National Project Coordinator, AIP, attended this event in Bangkok.
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  • 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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  • The Vice Chancellor, SVPUA&T, Dr Arvind Kumar Bakhshi, organized the AIP launch program on 25 May 2011 in the SVPUA&T campus. The program was attended by members from the partner educational institutions as well as the private partners.
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  • The first in a series of workshops under the aegis of AIP was held on April 2–4, 2011, at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus. During the program all Indian and US partners delineated a broader framework for revising the existing curriculum at UG and PG level and introducing new degree/diploma programs in agriculture at BHU and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T).
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  • The AIP program was officially launched at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, India, on February 3, 2011. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) representatives led by Mr. Gary Robbins and representatives from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Prof. K. V. Raman and Prof. Ronnie Coffman, and faculty members from BHU and other State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) were present during the launch program. They were accompanied by Sathguru Administrators, Mr. K. Vijayaraghavan and Dr. Suresh D.
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