IARD Class of 2012
IARD 4020 and 6020 provides an interactive learning environment and experiential exposure in a host of agricultural thematic areas to both Indian and US students. Participants in the 2012 IARD 4020 and 6020 courses (August 2012 to March 2013) include students and faculty from the AIP partnering institutions of University of California, Davis; University of Georgia; Tuskegee University; Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology; Bihar Agricultural University; Central Agricultural University; Assam Agricultural University; and Banaras Hindu University.

Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam

Deepa Borah holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from AAU and is currently working on completing her M.Sc. in Agriculture. Ms. Borah is thankful for the opportunity to enroll in the IARD 4020 and 6020 courses at Cornell and is hopeful they will enrich her with new knowledge on agriculture, as well as rural development.


Gitashree Phukan holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. from AAU in Home Science, specializing in extension education. She is currently working on securing a Ph.D. in the same field. Ms. Phukan believes to develop India in terms of infrastructure and economy; there must be development in agricultural sector because agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy. With her training in the field of Home Science, she is closely related to rural society and organizes various need based training programs for the rural population.


Pranjit Sutradhar holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from AAU and is currently working on completing his M.Sc. in Agriculture. Mr. Sutradhar believes that the knowledge and experience gained from this course will help him advance developing agriculture in India, which in turn will improve the lives of farmers and their families.

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Prasenjit Baidya holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from AAU and is currently working on completing his M.Sc. in Agriculture. Mr. Baidya is looking forward to using the IARD 4020 and 6020 courses to increase his knowledge of rural development in agriculture and interact with the international agricultural community.

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Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Arya Pillai holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from Kerala Agriculture University and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Agricultural Sciences, specializing in Extension Education, from the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU. Her areas of interest are gender studies, rural sociology, developmental studies and journalism. By participating in the IARD 4020/6020 courses, she expects to widen her knowledge on Indian as well as International agriculture. She also looks forward to sharing her ideas and concerns on agriculture and rural development in developing nations with the international student community and is keen to understand their views.


Aarzoo Qamar holds a B Sc. in Agriculture degree from the College of Agriculture, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology Pantnagar (Udham Singh Nagar) Uttarakhand and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Agriculture (plant physiology) from the Institute of Agricultural Sciences at BHU. Ms Qamar has joined the IARD 4020 and 6020 courses to explore and gain knowledge in agriculture practices in the US and India to explore solutions to problems facing India. She looks forward to interacting with the American students and Indian students of different universities and sharing ideas about agriculture in developing nations.


Abha Kirty holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from BHU and is currently studying for her M.Sc. in Agriculture, with a concentration on horticulture. Ms. Kirty hopes the IARD course will provide implementation resources for the theoretical knowledge she has gained in the traditional Indian classroom. She looks forward to acquainting herself with various global scenarios and networking with the different groups during the filed-study trip.


Neha Meena holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry, with a minor in the field of Food Science and Quality Control, from the Institute for Excellence in Higher Education (IEHE), Bhopal, and is currently studying for her M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology at BHU. Ms. Meena believes the IARD course offered by Cornell will provide her with a valuable opportunity to gain knowledge in value added food processing and global marketing and available implementation opportunities for Southern India.


Nishant Bhanu holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from BHU and is currently a M.Sc. (Ag.) student in the Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding at BHU. Mr. Bhanu is confident that the IARD 4020 and 6020 courses will help him broaden his vision and academic horizon by providing practical modern exposure to agriculture and rural development and help him in identifying the critical gaps amidst the Indian Agricultural Interfaces and the commensurate expertise needed to fill these gaps.


Jharna Vyas holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (R.V.S.K.V.), Indore, where she graduated third in her class. She is currently studying for her M.Sc. in Plant Physiology at BHU. Ms. Vyas hopes to observe and analyze the similarities and differences between Northern and Southern India with respect to agriculture and rural development.


Raghunandan K holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad (UASD) and is currently pursuing his M.Sc. in Genetics and Plant Breeding from BHU. Mr. Raghunandan believes the IARD courses will provide a good opportunity to tackle the emerging issues in agriculture and developing nations.

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Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, Bihar
Prabhat Kumar holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology and is currently studying for his M.Sc. in Agriculture at BAU. Mr. Kumar is looking forward to learning more about rural development from an international perspective.

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Reshma Ranjan holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola (P.D.K.V.) and is currently studying for her M.Sc. in Agriculture from BAU. With 60% of the Indian population living in rural areas and more than 90% of Indian people depending on agriculture for their livelihood, Ms. Ranjan has a great desire to do something in the field of agriculture that will help the rural community. She believes participating in the IARD 4020 and 6020 courses will provide a platform for affecting change.


Swati Kumari holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from Rajendra Agricultural University (RAU) and is currently studying for her M.Sc. at BAU. Ms. Kumari believes the IARD course will provide an opportunity to develop her skills and knowledge in the field of agriculture and rural development and bring change to the prevailing condition of the developing nations through evergreen revolution and sustainable development.

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Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Manipur
Julia S. Yumnam holds a B.Sc. in Horticulture from the College of Horticulture & Forestry, Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, India and a M. Sc. in the field of Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. She is currently a Ph.D student at CAU working on the identification of novel alleles for acidity tolerance in rice. Ms. Yumnam believes participating in the IARD courses will improve her knowledge of the various agricultural research systems existing in India and will provide an opportunity to have cultural exchange with students from different places.


Ipsita Kar holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology and is currently pursuing an M.Sc. in Agronomy at CAU. As a participant in IARD 4020 and 6020, Ms. Kar is looking forward to learning about recent technologies, approaches and trends in agriculture and rural development around the world. She hopes to use this knowledge in her work towards improving development of the rural sector.


Suchiradipta Bhattacharjee holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from CAU and is currently working on her M.Sc. in Agricultural Extension. Ms. Bhattacharjee believes her participation in the IARD 4020/6020 courses, and especially in the Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Development thematic group, will give provide a detailed understanding of the structure of the farming society and their survival strategies at various levels, as well as acquaint her with organizations and actors working with the farmers and for the farmers at the grassroots level. She looks forward to learning more about the various steps taken by the Indian government at central and state level for betterment of the farming community and their practical implications on the farming community at the micro-level and the nation at a macro-level.


Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture &Technology, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
Aditi Sharma holds a B.Tech. in Biotechnology as a Gold medalist from Shobhit University and is currently pursuing an M.Tech. in Biotechnology from SVPUA&T. Ms. Sharma is looking forward to an innovative and challenging environment while participating in Cornell’s IARD program. She hopes the course will provide an opportunity to learn about agriculture systems on a global scale and assist her in exploring various aspects of the agriculture sector and its implications for Biotechnology to address related issues for the betterment of mankind from an international perspective.


Ashish Kumar holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from SVPUA&T and is currently working on his M.Sc. (Agriculture) in Plant Pathology. Mr. Kumar spent his childhood growing up in the village of Ghatayan and is aware of the need for social organizations, extension systems, marketing systems, problems and available resources in villages. He is taking IARD 4020 and 6020 to gain the information needed to improve the welfare and of people living in villages.


Srishti Kaushik holds a B. Tech in Biotechnology from Shobhit University, Meerut, India. She is currently doing an M. Tech in Biotechnology from SVPUA&T, Meerut. Ms. Kaushik has been very interested in understanding the prevalent agricultural systems in developing nations like India. She enrolled herself in the IARD 4020 and 6020 program so that she could enhance her knowledge by interacting with the international agricultural community. This will enable her utilize her knowledge in biotechnology and agricultural techniques in the Indian agricultural system.


Varshika Gangwar holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture Processing and Food Engineering from Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture Technology and Sciences, Allahabad. She is currently pursuing an M.Tech. in Agriculture Engineering and Food Technology at SVPUA&T. Ms. Gangwar has always been interested in the empowerment of agricultural resources and people related. She joined the IARD 4020 and 6020 courses to gather as much as knowledge possible to improve rural areas and their people in India.


University of California, Davis, California, USA
Diane Charlton is a PhD student in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. Her areas of focus are international economic development and migration. In the spring of 2012 she received a grant from the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research to investigate how the U.S. recession in 2008 affected migration from rural Mexico to U.S. farm work and the subsequent impacts on poverty. She received another grant from the Center for Poverty Research in fall of 2012 to research how variation in the number of agricultural migrant students affects the school outcomes of their non-migrant peers in California elementary schools. In IARD 4020 and 6020, she hopes to learn about the rural economy, agriculture, and social diversity throughout India. She is interested in investigating the linkages between agriculture and nutrition, the impacts of migration on the rural economy, rural credit markets, and the structure of rural markets.


Janel Wright is a graduate student in International Agricultural Development at the University of California, Davis. She is specializing in human nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and food security and is currently involved in regional food systems research. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Social Work from Gordon College, and has worked in urban contexts increasing food access for minority populations. She is interested in combating malnutrition with small, innovative sustainable agriculture projects for minority communities in the U.S. and abroad. She is honored to be participating in “Agriculture in Developing Nations,” and hopes to gain insight into the challenges India faces agriculturally and nutritionally, to collaborate with fellow U.S. students and Indian students, and to gain a full appreciation of India’s varied land, people, and history.


University of Georgia, Georgia, USA
Katrina Sharp graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Agricultural Education with a minor in International Agriculture and is currently working on a master’s degree at the University of Georgia in Agricultural Leadership and with an emphasis on international agriculture education and international development. Ms. Sharp looks forward to gaining different perspectives on rural development; the opportunity to work with partners from different universities; and obtaining field work experience to supplement her theoretical knowledge of development.


Tyson Deal obtained a degree in anthropology from University of Georgia (UGA) in 1998, and then returned to school at Colorado State University to study horticulture in 2001. She returned to UGA for a Master of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication (ALEC). Her focus is in international agricultural development and food security. Ms. Deal is pleased to study International Agriculture with professors and students from Cornell. Agriculture in India has many complexities and she is excited to deconstruct the related opportunities and problems.


Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA
Gregory “Chris” Bernard is an Integrative Biosciences Ph.D. Fellow at Tuskegee University. He has intensive experience in animal and plant pathology and molecular and cellular genetics. Mr. Bernard believes demand for additional food sources will increase as the world population continues to grow. He believes the IARD 4020 and 6020 courses will provide important international research collaborations that will be advantageous to his growth as a scientist and as a person and hopes to enhance his knowledge of multicultural crop production strategies and learn valuable skills that will be used to address the needs of agriculturists and consumers on a worldwide scale.


India Howard holds a B.Sc. in Biological and Environmental Science from Troy University and is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Animal Science at Tuskegee University. Ms. Howard believes the opportunity to learn about, and travel to, India, as provided by participation in IARD 4020 and 6020, will be cultivating, both educationally and culturally. She is looking forward to studying the prospects on rural infrastructure and agricultural development and eagerly anticipates the opportunity to witness the methods of land and animal management, which will help to broaden her perspectives.


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