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Groundbreaking Workshop for Librarians on E-learning and Cyber Library Development

February 11, 2014 - Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

A groundbreaking workshop on improving library systems & development and e- learning was conducted by Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi on 5th and 6th February, 2014.  The two-day workshop  was attended by senior librarians from ten agricultural universities and senior faculty members from Banaras Hindu University, Cornell University and Sathguru Management Consultants Pvt Ltd. Conducted by the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU and held under the aegis of the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) project, the workshop helped the participants understand and get acquainted on research support services in the Agriculture & Life Sciences Library and e-learning.
Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the five-year project comprises a consortium of Indian and US land-grant universities (Cornell, Illinois, Georgia, The Ohio State, Tuskegee, and University of California, Davis) and private sector partners that include John Deere, Tata Chemicals Ltd, and Sathguru Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd. With the objective of bringing in holistic transformation in Indian agriculture, AIP plans to enhance teaching capabilities of Indian universities on how best to deliver course materials, maximize student learning, and develop strategies to maximize knowledge gain by students and teachers to enhance farm-level output.
The primary focus of this workshop was on ways to improve library science development and in fostering e- learning resources in Indian Agricultural Universities. “Today, we are living in a digital age where advances in technology have brought tremendous innovations. AIP has taken significant steps and contributed immensely towards the development of digital repositories and skills of faculty and students in the field of library science and e- learning resources”, said Dr. Ramasamy, AIP Project Coordinator
Key participants at the inaugural session of the two-day workshop series included Dr Bahiru Duguma, Director, Office of Food Security, USAID, Dr. Ramasamy, AIP Project Coordinator, Dr Ravi Pratap Singh, Director, IAS, BHU and  Dr Mary Ochs, Director, Albert R Mann Library, Cornell University.
Given their expertise, AIP partner institutes will take the lead in addressing these identified areas through targeted faculty capacity-building programs, on-the-field research and mentor support and engaged student participation. 

About USAID/India
In partnership with the Government of India, USAID/India funds activities in the areas of health, clean energy and environment, water, food security, disaster management, and education.
About Sathguru Management Consultants
Sathguru Management Consultants is a multifaceted advisory firm providing strategic, technological, functional and sectoral advisory services to an international clientele. With its global base in Hyderabad, India. Sathguru engages itself in technology management, strategic advisory, financial advisory, sector growth assessment, information technology solutions, capital markets advisory and brand affiliation management services.  Sathguru has pioneered creation of public-private partnerships for advancement of life science research, skill development and technology commercialization.
About Banaras Hindu University
Banaras Hindu University is an internationally reputed temple of learning, situated in the holy city of Varanasi. This Creative and innovative university was founded by the great nationalist leader, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, in 1916. BHU is one of the largest residential universities in Asia, with over 20,000 students. The area of the main campus of this premiere Central University is 1300 acres.
The university comprises 3 Institutes, 14 Faculties, 140 Departments, 4 Inter disciplinary Centers, a constituent college for women's and 3 Constituent Schools, spanning a vast range of subjects pertaining to all branches of humanities, social sciences, technology, medicine ,science, fine arts and performing arts. It has 6 centres of Advanced Studies, 10 Departments under Special Assistance Program and a large number of specialized Research Centers. Four Degree Colleges of the city are affiliated to the University.

Source: Business Wire India


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