Curriculum Development

AIP aims to enhance curriculum in state agricultural universities (SAUs) in the Indo-Gangetic plains to make it more contemporary and industry relevant. This can be achieved by updating existing curricula and introducing new undergraduate, diploma and certificate courses.

To achieve this goal, AIP, with support from Indian SAUs, will identify the gap(s) between current curricula and industry needs and link Indian faculty with US land-grant partners for training and development of new curricula. AIP plans to achieve this objective in two phases; during phase one, selected faculty from India will travel to US land-grant universities to revise and develop curricula. During phase two, Indian partners will collaborate on ways to customize the new curricula for local relevance and develop an implementation plan.

Updates

  • As part of AIP’s objective to promote gender-based courses in Indian agricultural universities, Dr. Cathy Rakowski, Associate Professor, Women’s Studies and Rural Sociology, The Ohio State University, traveled to India from 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 gender-based courses in agricultural studies that would include relevant socio-economic issues essential in carrying out extension programs. Dr. Rakowski also visited Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) to study the ongoing courses on gender and discuss ways in which students and faculty members could be better engaged in extension activities. She also visited two NGOs and three Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) that focus on issues concerning women in India. During her visit she tried to formulate ways in which the ongoing courses in various agricultural universities in India could be better equipped to address the issues faced by women in the Indian agricultural community.

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  • Dr. Nar Kaji Gurung, Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tuskegee University, visited Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, on June 15–21, 2012, to review the BSc in Animal Nutrition curriculum developed by Dr. D. C. Rai, Professor, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Science, BHU, during his visit to the US in November 2011. During his visit to India Dr. Gurung assisted Dr. Rai in drafting a work plan for developing B.Sc. courses in animal nutrition and specialized courses in feed formulation technology.

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  • A three-day international collaborative workshop titled “Harnessing Agricultural Education and Research for Rural Development” was held on December 19–21, 2011, at the Hotel Radisson Blu New Delhi, Dwarka. AIP, in partnership with ICAR, brought together globally recognized faculty from leading land-grant universities in the US, Indian academia, industry professionals and policy planners to reflect on agricultural education and research interventions needed to augment professional development, rural transformation and the food industry value chain. Attendees participated in meaningful discussions and formulated ways to adopt contemporary learning practices and accelerate technology absorption strategies for enhancing the food value chain.

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  • In November 2011, faculty from BHU – Dr. Alok Jha, Food Science; Dr. D. C. Rai, Animal and Dairy Science; and Dr. H. B. Singh and Dr. J. P. Srivastava, Agricultural Sciences – visited US partner universities for a month-long training opportunity in curriculum development. The BHU team developed revised curricula , which includes five Bachelor degrees, four of which are new and one revised; five new diploma programs; three certificate programs and four new vocational courses in the area of Agricultural, Veterinary, Animal and Dairy Sciences and Food Science and Technology. Currently BHU has received approval for the establishment of a new Veterinary and Animal Science Institute to implement proposed, relevant courses and the food science program at BHU’s Institute of Agriculture has implemented two certificate programs in the area of fruits and vegetable processing and sweet making.

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  • A two-day workshop on curricula validation for the undergraduate, vocational and diploma courses in Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology, Food Sciences and Animal Sciences was held October 18-19, 2011, at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T), Meerut, to discuss ways in which the state agricultural universities could work towards modifying their respective curricula to make it more contemporary and market-oriented.

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  • In July 2011, AIP supported three faculty from SVPUA&T to attend a training workshop in agribusiness management in Chennai to gain exposure in handling agriculture management. A few weeks later, the same team traveled to US land-grant universities for a three-week curriculum research and training opportunity. During their visit, the SVPUA&T team, in collaboration with faculty from Cornell University, the University of Georgia and Tuskegee University, developed 24 revised curricula in Agricultural Biotechnology, Food and Animal Sciences. As a result, undergraduate courses in the area of biotechnology and experiential learning have been implemented at SVPUA&T and additional degree, vocational, diploma and certificate courses in the area of horticulture, fisheries, seed technology and agriculture are planned for implementation. The SVPUA&T team consisted of Dr. Anil Sirohi, Dr. Archana Arya and Dr. Samsher Singh.

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  • A workshop on Curricula Development was held April 2–4, 2011, at BHU. The workshop reviewed current Indian curricula in agricultural, food, veterinary, animal and dairy sciences, as well as cross cutting themes including library, gender, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and extension/delivery, policy, with the goal of identifying opportunities for improvement in existing curricula. As a result of the workshop, action plans were developed to update and upgrade the BHU curricula.

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