For over two decades, Cornell University and Sathguru have worked together to provide exposure to administrators, managers, social entrepreneurs, development workers, in the areas of development in food, agriculture, health care, nutrition and more. Towards this endeavour, Cornell and Sathguru have brought together over forty partners from the US and the subcontinent to work towards development projects in various social and business sectors.
The Cornell-Sathguru Foundation for Development, a collaborative endeavour to build capacity in the food and agriculture sector in the subcontinent by Sathguru Management Consultants and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Cornell University has received a shot in the arm in its endeavour to build capacity in the social and economic development efforts in India.
The IARD program, originally envisaged as a course component at CALS to expose its graduate students to agricultural practices in emerging economies, has over the years evolved into a course that has also enabled Indian students from agricultural universities all over India with their peers at CALS and also learn from them. The course has been effective in creating a convergence between different ideas and enabling participants to attain a holistic view of agriculture and rural development as practiced by different cultures.
The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), New Delhi will extend financial support for the participants of the International Agriculture and Rural Development (IARD 602) program an endeavour towards experiential learning in international agriculture by CALS. Under the terms of the award, over a period of three years, 42 participants from India and the US who enrol in the IARD 602 program can avail of support to share their insights, learn from each other and become exposed to the various social and cultural issues that govern development in different milieus.
The aid from IUSSTF will contribute greatly towards enabling talented students to gain exposure to new ideas that will contribute greatly towards enhancing their ability to find solutions to developmental issues in the subcontinent.