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Students from University of Illinois and Rajendra Agriculture University (RAU) visit NU

January 31, 2016

A group of under-graduate students from the University of Illinois and Rajendra Agriculture University (RAU) interacted with the students of Nalanda University on January 10, 2016. Illinois student were in India to work on an ADMI project with the students from RAU. The ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss at University of Illinois and RAU are working under a collaboration on this project for Bihar state. The theme of project is “Reduction of Postharvest Loss for Smallholder Farmers.” A distinguished lecture on the topic was also delivered by Prof. Kalita on the same day.

The aim of ADMI project is to create “ADMI Village” in India. The project was launched for Bihar state in August last year with the involvement of Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India along with several other Indian institutes working in the field of agricultural research. The ADMI project will be a practical implementation of postharvest loss-reducing technologies that match Bihar’s specific challenges by focusing on postharvest loss (PHL) reduction in wheat, maize, rice and lentils in the districts of Samastipur, Begusarai, Bhagalpur, Purnea and Motihari in Bihar, India.


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University of Illinois and RAU Institute have been collaborating with Nalanda University on various aspects. One of the students from the pioneer batch, Jyothirmayee Kandula had spent her summer-internship months doing research work at the University of Illinois. RAU had collaborated with the School of Ecology and Environment to organize a three-day field trip to Samastipur village of Bihar. Currently, two students Arun Gandhi and Anshuman Shekhar from Batch 2016 of School of Ecology and Environment at Nalanda University are working with the ADMI project for their M.A. dissertation. They began their training work in December last year. After the lecture, the students interacted with each other and shared information on individual interests and research projects. Later in the evening, all the guests had dinner with NU faculty and students at Tathagat Dining Hall.

About the ADM Institute: Since its establishment in 2011, the ADM Institute has emerged as a leader in the field of postharvest loss prevention. Through groundbreaking research it has worked to create new, evidence-based knowledge and develop and introduce technologies. The Institute has built the capacity of stakeholders while driving a critical dialogue worldwide on how through the reduction of crop losses, food security and rural development can be greatly improved for producers and consumers worldwide. About RAU: The Rajendra Agricultural University is one of the institutions of national importance for providing education in Agricultural and allied sciences at different levels, viz; certificate, under graduate, postgraduate, and research etc. The University is situated in Samastipur district of Bihar state in India. Source: http://cityairnews.com/content/admi-project-kick-bihar-includes-top-level-indian-administrators

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