AIP Conducts Curriculum Development Workshop
April 2–4, 2011 | Varanasi, India

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).This workshop was attended by several distinguished faculty members from the partner universities in India and the US, experts in the fields of agriculture, animal science, food science, gender analysis and socio-economics, academicians and administrators from different parts of the country; and representatives of USAID.

The workshop comprised 66 experts from different institutions engaged in agriculture education including the US land-grant universities, state agricultural universities, Indian agricultural institutions and private organizations.

The discussions in the workshop focused on the need and importance of a professional agricultural curriculum that can create entrepreneurs rather than job seekers among the students. The discussions during the workshop also emphasized the importance of roping in expertise from private enterprises to ensure that agricultural enterprise in the region grows in the global market and ensures high returns and better quality of life for the agriculturists who are barely making ends meet. The discussions also emphasized the importance of improving the quality of agricultural education to ensure India’s place as premier supplier of agricultural produce and also ensure food security in the country.

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