Dr. Rakowski Visits India for Developing and Incorporating Gender-based Courses
June 11–30, 2012 | India

As part of AIP’s objective of promoting gender-based courses in Indian agricultural universities, Dr. Cathy Rakowski, Associate Professor, Women’s Studies and Rural Sociology, The Ohio State University, travelled to India June 11-30, 2012, to meet with faculty from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T), Meerut, to discuss developing gender-based courses in agriculture that would include attention to relevant socio-economic issues important in carrying out extension programs. Dr. Rakowski also visited Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) to study their current courses on gender issues and discuss ways in which students and faculty members could be engaged in extension activities.Apart from visiting the BHU, SVPUA&T, and TNAU, Dr. Rakowski also visited two NGOs and three Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) that focus on issues concerning women in India. Her research will be used to finalize a work plan for introducing gender-based courses at Indian agricultural universities. This work plan will include visits by BHU faculty members to Ohio State for training in gender-related courses and extension activities.

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