BHU Faculty Exchange Program
13 November – 7 December 2011 | Ithaca, New York, USA

The Faculty Exchange Program was designed by the AIP management team, in consultation with Dr. R. P. Singh, Director, Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IASs), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), with the goal of building capacity among BHU faculty for introducing new and/or revising existing curriculum.

The representatives of Sathguru Management Consultants identified four faculty members from IASs, BHU. The selected faculty members included Dr. Alok Jha from the Department of Food Science; Dr. D. C. Rai from the Department of Animal and Dairy Science; Dr. H. B. Singh & Dr. J. P. Srivastava from the Department of Agricultural Science. The selected faculty participated in a month-long training program in curriculum development at US AIP partner universities, which included Cornell University, University of Illinois, Tuskegee University, The Ohio State University, University of Georgia and University of California, Davis.

Dr. Syed Rizvi, International Professor of Food Science, Cornell University, and Dr. Rakesh Singh, Professor and Department Head, Food Science and Technology, University of Georgia, guided Dr. Alok Jha during his training in the recent advancements in food science curriculum. Dr. Syed Rizvi and Dr. Sandra Solaiman, Professor, Animal Science, Tuskegee University, guided Dr. D. C. Rai during his training in new developments in teaching methodology for animal and dairy science. Dr. H. B. Singh and Dr. J. P. Srivastava underwent training on the recent advancements in curriculum design and teaching methodology in agriculture science and biotechnology under the guidance of Dr. K. V. Raman, Associate Director, International Programs, Cornell University.

The successful outcome of these collaborations include eight new programs proposed at BHU, including a Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Health; Bachelor of Technology in Animal Husbandry; Diploma in Meat Technology; Diary Technology; Certificate in Dairy and Poultry Farming; and a Vocational Course in Clean Milk Production. Encouraged by this progress, BHU has now approved the creation of a new institute that will include the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. A total of $200 million is being allocated to establish this new facility.

The US faculty continues to assist the BHU faculty in developing course material and an implementation plans for the proposed new curriculum and degree programs.

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