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.


AIP Conducts Collaborative Workshop on Agricultural Education and Rural Development to Transform Food Industry Value Chain

April 24th, 2018 by
December 19–21, 2011 | New Delhi, India

A three-day international collaborative workshop titled “Harnessing Agricultural Education and Research for Rural Development” was held on December 19–21, 2011, at Hotel Radisson Blu, New Delhi, Dwarka.

AIP, in partnership with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), brought together academia, industry and policy planners to reflect on the accomplishments and formulate further interventions to augment professional development, rural transformation and the food industry value chain. The workshop brought globally recognized faculty from leading land-grant universities in the US, Indian academia and industry professionals together to participate in meaningful discussions and formulate ways to adopt contemporary learning practices and accelerate technology absorption strategies for enhancing the food value chain.

The consortium of scientists, policy planners, extension specialists, and agricultural leaders who met in New Delhi came from several institutions that are spread across three continents including ICAR, Banaras Hindu University, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology and other state agricultural universities in India; six land-grant universities in the U.S. – Cornell University, The University of Georgia, the University of Illinois, Tuskegee University, the University of California-Davis and The Ohio State University; the Egerton University, Kenya, and Bunda College of Agriculture, Malawi, in Africa. Private and public sector partners including Tata Chemicals Ltd., Sathguru Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Coca-Cola India, Haldiram’s Food International Ltd., as well as the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and the National Academy of Agricultural Research Management also participated in the workshop.

A special event was held on Dec 20, 2011, at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa Campus, New Delhi, which was convened by USAID and AIP partners. At IARI, Dr. Rajiv Shah, 16th Administrator, USAID; Prof. M. S. Swaminathan, Chairman, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF); and Dr. S. Ayyappan, Director General, ICAR & Secretary, DARE, addressed the audience.

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Tuskegee University Assists BHU in Initiating New Courses in Animal Nutrition

June 21st, 2012 by

June 15–21, 2012 | Varanasi, India

Dr. Nar Kaji Gurung, Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tuskegee University, visited Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, from June 15–21, 2012 to review the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Animal Nutrition curriculum developed by Dr. D.C. Rai, Professor, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Science, BHU, during his visit to Cornell and Tuskegee in December 2011.

During his week-long visit, Dr. Gurung toured the BHU dairy farm, agriculture farm and fishery farm and visited with faculty from the Biotechnology Department, Centre of Food Science and Technology and Department of Home Science. He also had the opportunity to tour BHU’s new Rajiv Gandhi South Campus (RGSC), where a new institute of Veterinary Science has been proposed. Dr. Rai accompanied Dr. Gurung to the surrounding villages of Varanasi, where he visited 12 dairy farms and interacted with cattle breeders. Dr. Gurung toured the Chiraigaon Block of Varanasi, where the dairy and goat farms are located, and the Dugdh Ganga Cattle Feed Factory at Ashapur, Sarnath. There he shared his knowledge with farmers and offered tips on hygienic practices during raw milk production, handling and management. Dr. Gurung delivered a lecture on the “Status of Animal and Dairy Science Education” and hosted a discussion with BHU faculty on a research project titled “A comparative study of production practices adopted by small farmers of rural India for small ruminants (especially goats) with limited-resource farmers of Alabama,” which is a collaborative, on-farm project involving two undergraduate students from Tuskegee University and two postgraduate students from BHU. The project’s goal is to provide a better platform for improving animal nutrition and productivity, therefore helping reduce rural poverty and increase livelihood security in the Indo-Gangetic Plains.

Before departing BHU, Dr. Gurung briefed BHU leadership on the activities completed during his visit, including a work plan to assist Dr D.C. Rai in the development of B.Sc. courses in animal nutrition and specialized courses in feed formulation technology.

Dr. Rakowski Visits India for Developing and Incorporating Gender-based Courses

June 11th, 2012 by
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.

BHU Faculty Exchange Program

December 7th, 2011 by
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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Curricula Validation Workshop

October 19th, 2011 by
October 18-19, 2011 | Meerut, India

Validation workshop on curricula developed for undergraduate, vocational and diploma courses in agriculture, biotechnology, food science and animal science.

Inaugural Session
A two-day validation workshop for the undergraduate, vocational and diploma courses in agricultural sciences, biotechnology, food sciences and animal sciences was held during October 18-19, 2011 at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T), Meerut. The workshop was attended by USAID representatives, faculty members of Banaras Hindu University and SVPUA&T. The session started with a brief discussion among the audiences on modification of course curriculum in agriculture, biotechnology, food science and animal science. The inaugural session concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Devi Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, SVPUA&T.

First Technical Session on October 18, 2011
The first day of the technical session was chaired by Dr. Raghubir Singh, Dean, College of Agriculture, SVPUA&T and Dr. Anil Kumar Chauhan, Prof., Animal Science, BHU served as co-Chairman. The first speaker was Dr. D. Suresh from Sathguru Management Consultants. He spoke on the need for curriculum development, gender equity and e-learning curriculum. In the next session, Dr. Anil Sirohi, Dean, College of Biotechnology, SVPUA&T, discussed his visit to Cornell University, University of Georgia and Tuskegee University along with Prof. Samsher Singh and Dr. Archana Arya, where they reviewed the curricula of the US universities and compared them with their Indian counterpart to make changes to the latter to ensure that the courses taught in BHU and SVPUA&T are at par with the international standards.The third speaker was Dr. Ashok Kumar, Professor in Soil Science, SVPUA&T. He discussed introducing four new courses in natural resources conservation, bio-energy and climate change. Dr. Kumar also proposed restructuring the Rural Agriculture Work Experience (RAWE) program, worth two new innovative experiential learning programs.
After the presentations, there was a brief discussion among the speakers. The session was summarized by Dr. Raghubir Singh who concluded that these modifications in the universities could generate handsome revenue.

Second Technical Session on October 18, 2011
The second session was chaired by Dr. S. K. Kaushik, Joint Director, Central Potato Research Institute, Modipuram, Meerut and co-Chaired by Dr. Rajesh Singh, Prof. in Genetics and Plant Breeding, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P.
Dr. Anil Sirohi was the first speaker and he discussed course pedagogy development in the field of Biotechnology. The audience was also briefed on the guiding principles for developing the course. Dr. Sirohi also discussed the duplications of content in the existing B.Tech program in Biotechnology. Three innovative experiential learning programs viz. Student Applied Biotechnology Research in Industry, Student Market Applied team and Bioscience Internship were included in the program. He also proposed one diploma course titled Biotechnology Laboratory Technician and two certificate courses – one on ‘tissue culture’ and the other on ‘diagnostic techniques’.

Third Technical Session on October 19, 2011
The third technical session on the second day was chaired by Dr. Devi Singh and co-Chaired by Dr. S. P. Singh. The first presentation was made by Prof. Samsher Singh on course pedagogy under Food Science and Technology program. Prof. Singh proposed to introduce the following programs – a B.Tech (Food Science & Technology) degree program for four-year duration, a diploma in food processing that would run for two years and three vocational courses of six-day duration each. After a brief presentation by Prof. Singh, Dr. Ravindra Kumar and other scientists discussed few issues related to the duration of the courses.

Fourth Technical Session on October 19, 2011
The fourth session was chaired by Dr. Arya Sharma, Director, Professional Development Credit and co-Chaired by Dr. Y. P. Singh, Prof. in Animal Science, SVPUA&T. The first speaker in the technical session was Dr. Archana Malik. She elaborated on the degree, diploma and vocational courses developed in the department of B. SC in Animal science. Dr. Malik also proposed diploma programs for Vet-Techs for two-year duration and a certificate program in Diary Cattle Production.
The Plenary Session was held on October 19, 2011 with Dr. K. V. Raman as the chairman and Dr. A. Sharma, the co-Chairman. The proceedings of the two days of the workshop was presented by Dr. Ravindra Kumar (Chairman, Proceeding Committee) for developing undergraduate courses, vocational and diploma courses in agriculture, biotechnology, food science and animal science. Dr. Raman discussed the soon-to-be introduced National Agriculture Education Program (NAEP) by ICAR, New Delhi. He also discussed the positive developments at SVPUA&T. Dr. A. Sharma shared his experiences of two days validation session and advised SVBPUA&T to strengthen the teaching staff and develop facilities for the proposed program.

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AIP Conducts SVPUA&T Faculty Exchange Program

July 24th, 2011 by
July 2011 | Chennai, India; Ithaca, New York, USA

The Faculty Exchange Program was designed in consultation with Dr. Arvind Kumar Bakhshi, Vice Chancellor, SVPUAT to build capacity among the faculty for the purpose of introducing new/revamping existing curricula. Three faculty members from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology (SVPUA&T), Dr. Anil Sirohi, Professor and Head of Plant Biotechnology; Dr. Archana Arya, Asst. Professor of Animal Science and Dr. Samsher, Professor of Food Science and Technology were nominated by Vice Chancellor of the university to attend a training workshop in Chennai on Agribusiness Management. They were interviewed regarding their interest areas and their ability to imbibe and implement the newly revised curriculum in their university. The three faculty members visited US universities during July 2011.Dr. Anil Sirohi, Professor and Head of Plant Biotechnology, SVPUA&T, visited Cornell University and gained experience in developing agricultural sciences and biotechnology curriculum at Cornell University under the guidance of Prof. K. V. Raman, Professor, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Cornell University.

Dr. Archana Arya, Professor of Animal Science and Dairy Technology, SVPUA&T, visited Tuskegee University and gained experience in developing animal and dairy science curriculum at Tuskegee University under the guidance of Dr. Sandra Solaiman, Professor and Director, Small Ruminant Research & Education, Tuskegee University.

Dr. Samsher, Professor of Food Science and Technology, SVPUA&T, visited Cornell University and The University of Georgia and gained experience in developing food science curriculum in two universities under the guidance of Dr. Syed Rizvi, Professor, Department of Food Science, Cornell University and Dr. Rakesh Singh, Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, The University of Georgia.

After their visit to these US partner universities, the three faculty members from SVPUA&T redesigned new and existing curricula. Dr. Anil Sirohi proposed to introduce 5 diploma courses and 3 certificate courses in agricultural sciences, and redesigned the existing undergraduate agriculture curriculum. He also restructured the existing undergraduate biotechnology curriculum and proposed to introduce 2 diploma and 2 certificate courses in biotechnology.

Dr. Samsher proposed to introduce 1 diploma and 3 vocational courses in food science and restructured the undergraduate (B. Tech) curriculum in food science. Dr. Archana Arya proposed to introduce 1 diploma and 4 certificate courses in animal and dairy sciences and restructured the undergraduate program in animal science at SVPUA&T

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AIP Conducts Curriculum Development Workshop

April 4th, 2011 by
April 2–4, 2011 | Varanasi, India

The first in a series of workshops under the aegis of AIP was held on April 2–4, 2011, at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus.

During the program all Indian and US partners delineated a broader framework for revising the existing curriculum at UG and PG level and introducing new degree/diploma programs in agriculture at BHU and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T).This workshop was attended by several distinguished faculty members from the partner universities in India and the US, experts in the fields of agriculture, animal science, food science, gender analysis and socio-economics, academicians and administrators from different parts of the country; and representatives of USAID.

The workshop comprised 66 experts from different institutions engaged in agriculture education including the US land-grant universities, state agricultural universities, Indian agricultural institutions and private organizations.

The discussions in the workshop focused on the need and importance of a professional agricultural curriculum that can create entrepreneurs rather than job seekers among the students. The discussions during the workshop also emphasized the importance of roping in expertise from private enterprises to ensure that agricultural enterprise in the region grows in the global market and ensures high returns and better quality of life for the agriculturists who are barely making ends meet. The discussions also emphasized the importance of improving the quality of agricultural education to ensure India’s place as premier supplier of agricultural produce and also ensure food security in the country.

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