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.

Inaugural Session
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. The session started with a brief discussion among the audiences on modification of course curriculum in agriculture, biotechnology, food science and animal science. The inaugural session concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Devi Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, SVPUA&T.

First Technical Session on October 18, 2011
The first day of the technical session was chaired by Dr. Raghubir Singh, Dean, College of Agriculture, SVPUA&T and Dr. Anil Kumar Chauhan, Prof., Animal Science, BHU served as co-Chairman. The first speaker was Dr. D. Suresh from Sathguru Management Consultants. He spoke on the need for curriculum development, gender equity and e-learning curriculum. In the next session, Dr. Anil Sirohi, Dean, College of Biotechnology, SVPUA&T, discussed his visit to Cornell University, University of Georgia and Tuskegee University along with Prof. Samsher Singh and Dr. Archana Arya, where they reviewed the curricula of the US universities and compared them with their Indian counterpart to make changes to the latter to ensure that the courses taught in BHU and SVPUA&T are at par with the international standards.The third speaker was Dr. Ashok Kumar, Professor in Soil Science, SVPUA&T. He discussed introducing four new courses in natural resources conservation, bio-energy and climate change. Dr. Kumar also proposed restructuring the Rural Agriculture Work Experience (RAWE) program, worth two new innovative experiential learning programs.
After the presentations, there was a brief discussion among the speakers. The session was summarized by Dr. Raghubir Singh who concluded that these modifications in the universities could generate handsome revenue.

Second Technical Session on October 18, 2011
The second session was chaired by Dr. S. K. Kaushik, Joint Director, Central Potato Research Institute, Modipuram, Meerut and co-Chaired by Dr. Rajesh Singh, Prof. in Genetics and Plant Breeding, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P.
Dr. Anil Sirohi was the first speaker and he discussed course pedagogy development in the field of Biotechnology. The audience was also briefed on the guiding principles for developing the course. Dr. Sirohi also discussed the duplications of content in the existing B.Tech program in Biotechnology. Three innovative experiential learning programs viz. Student Applied Biotechnology Research in Industry, Student Market Applied team and Bioscience Internship were included in the program. He also proposed one diploma course titled Biotechnology Laboratory Technician and two certificate courses – one on ‘tissue culture’ and the other on ‘diagnostic techniques’.

Third Technical Session on October 19, 2011
The third technical session on the second day was chaired by Dr. Devi Singh and co-Chaired by Dr. S. P. Singh. The first presentation was made by Prof. Samsher Singh on course pedagogy under Food Science and Technology program. Prof. Singh proposed to introduce the following programs – a B.Tech (Food Science & Technology) degree program for four-year duration, a diploma in food processing that would run for two years and three vocational courses of six-day duration each. After a brief presentation by Prof. Singh, Dr. Ravindra Kumar and other scientists discussed few issues related to the duration of the courses.

Fourth Technical Session on October 19, 2011
The fourth session was chaired by Dr. Arya Sharma, Director, Professional Development Credit and co-Chaired by Dr. Y. P. Singh, Prof. in Animal Science, SVPUA&T. The first speaker in the technical session was Dr. Archana Malik. She elaborated on the degree, diploma and vocational courses developed in the department of B. SC in Animal science. Dr. Malik also proposed diploma programs for Vet-Techs for two-year duration and a certificate program in Diary Cattle Production.
The Plenary Session was held on October 19, 2011 with Dr. K. V. Raman as the chairman and Dr. A. Sharma, the co-Chairman. The proceedings of the two days of the workshop was presented by Dr. Ravindra Kumar (Chairman, Proceeding Committee) for developing undergraduate courses, vocational and diploma courses in agriculture, biotechnology, food science and animal science. Dr. Raman discussed the soon-to-be introduced National Agriculture Education Program (NAEP) by ICAR, New Delhi. He also discussed the positive developments at SVPUA&T. Dr. A. Sharma shared his experiences of two days validation session and advised SVBPUA&T to strengthen the teaching staff and develop facilities for the proposed program.

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