Cornell University’s Academic Collaboration with Indian Partners
Cornell University, in collaboration with Sathguru Management Consultants based in Hyderabad, India, is the lead implementing partner in the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP), which seeks to reduce rural poverty and hunger in the Indo-Gangetic Plain by improving agricultural education through curriculum development and innovative extension interventions. The project is conducted with support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the Feed the Future initiative, and includes a consortium of agricultural universities and institutes in India, land-grant universities in the US and private enterprises. Presently, the Institute of Agricultural Sciences at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi; Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T), Meerut; Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat; Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal; and Bihar Agricultural University (BAU), Sabour are working together with Cornell University, Ohio State University, Tuskegee University, University of California, Davis, University of Georgia and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and private enterprises including Tata Chemicals Limited and John Deere.

As a partner in the AIP project, Cornell has participated in curriculum development workshops in India, to review and assess agricultural curricula at Indian state agricultural universities and develop action plans to update and upgrade the curricula. In 2011, Cornell hosted faculty from SVPUA&T and BHU for collaboration on curricula reform in emerging areas of agriculture and rural development. These collaborations led to proposals by SVPUA&T & BHU faculty for new and revised curriculum programs in the areas of Agriculture, Biotechnology, Food Science and Technology and Veterinary, Animal and Dairy 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. 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. Cornell also hosts students from partnering Indian SAUs to participate, via e-learning, in two International Agricultural and Rural Development courses, which focus on agriculture in developing nations. These courses feature advanced e-learning platforms and an experiential field visit to India, which promotes interdisciplinary exchange among US and Indian faculty and students. Students maintain a WordPress blog during the trip that can be viewed at
http://2012iard6020public.wordpress.com/.

Cornell faculty members routinely participate in training workshops, which focus on imparting best agricultural practices to scholars, producers and small-scale entrepreneurs throughout India. These workshops have included training programs for fruit and vegetable producers and sweet makers and street food vendors, both organized by the Center of Food Science and Technology at BHU.

Cornell is committed to continued collaboration with our current and future Indian partners and scheduled to host several more faculty from Indian SAUs in the study of library science, e-learning, and development of Centers for Teaching Excellence.

For more information on Cornell University’s international collaborations, please visit
http://p.cals.cornell.edu/index.cfm/.

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