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AIP Strengthens BHU’s Lifeline and the Key to Future Prosperity

The lifeline for any educational institution, the brick and mortar library, still plays an important role in academia despite the advent of easily accessible material through the internet. However, this does not mean that the library should remain unchanged and retain its traditional role as a repository of print and paper. The role of the library in the age of information technology is multifaceted. While retaining its original mandate, it now needs to incorporate the benefits that ICT has to offer – digitization being one of the benefits – and become the forum for intellectual pursuit for individuals and groups, students and teachers.

Technology Enabled Learning: AIP Transforms Classroom Dynamics Using Lecture Capture Fortunately, for Nitumoni Mahanta, Pukhrambam Helena Chanu, Priyanka, Rakesh P. S. and many others like them, the Assam Agricultural University, under the aegis of the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP), has recently adopted the lecture capture technology to record classroom sessions. AIP, in partnership with select agricultural universities in India and the US is trying to modernize the Indian agricultural curriculum, teaching methods, and extension services. These initiatives will empower the students to be more responsive to evolving market demands.

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Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) brings together Animal and Veterinary Sciences to increase production and rural income in the Animal Husbandry and Fisheries sectors in Eastern India
Getting accessible and affordable animal health care services for the rural communities in Eastern India continues to be a major challenge. India produces approximately 7,000 veterinary graduates annually, resulting in an average of only one veterinarian for over 25,000 livestock. The standard requirement is one veterinarian per 2,500 livestock. The state of Uttar Pradesh, which has the largest livestock population, has only two veterinary colleges producing 100 veterinarians annually.

How USAID-AIP coordination immediately brought a comprehensive Food Science Program for the benefit of 150 million people in Uttar Pradesh, India

One of the major challenges the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) is committed to addressing is the preparation of students and rural communities, particularly women, to deal with one of India’s largest growing areas – the food processing sector. There continues to be a huge demand for trained manpower with the requisite professional skills to handle food science research and technology applicable to consumers, food and beverage companies and public agencies. Over the last five years, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T), Meerut, have established a Center for Food Science and Technology to train students in the area of food processing.


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