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CFAES' History in India

1955 – 1973 Ohio State accompanied and made significant inputs into the creation of the Punjab Agricultural College which eventually became the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Major inputs were made to the initial curriculum development, applied research activities and outreach program. Much of this was in the context of the spread of the Green Revolution in the Indo-Gangetic plains.
1959 – 1973 Creation of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU), Hisar, Haryana, which eventually became a major agricultural university of excellence.
1999 – 2000 Rejuvenation of Ohio State's relationship with PAU by the Honorable Richard Celeste, U.S. Ambassador to India and 64th Governor of Ohio (1983-1991).
1999 Travel to India and PAU by Ohio State President William Kirwan and delegation including CFAES Dean Bobby Moser.
2003 – 2007 Collaboration on Building Private Sector Partnerships – working with the Department of Food Science and Technology to Create Food Industry Center.
2004 – 2006 Sir Dorabji Tata Trust Soil and Water Quality Initiative – focus was on community-managed bio-industrial watersheds for sustainable use of natural resources and village livelihood improvement.
2006 Honorary Degree awarded to President Karen Holbrook, Ohio State University, by PAU.
2006 – 2008 Knowledge Initiative in Agriculture focused on Water Management – On farm water management for rain fed agriculture
Ohio State and PAU collaboration focused on building PAU’s capacity to work with other institutions in India, including (1) creation of a teaching and learning excellence program that shared experiences with the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (Bhubaneshwar), the CSA University of Agriculture and Technology (Kanpur), the National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) (Hyderabad); and (2) sharing of information on internship programs.
Ohio State and PAU exchanged visits to observe internship programs at their respective institutions and to discuss how to improve them in the sense of making them more resilient, decentralized, and embracive of private sector job markets. 
2011 – 2014 Agricultural Innovation Partnership: Ohio State was a participating institution in this USAID-funded project led by Cornell University. The project targeted the Indo-Gangetic Plains of India and aimed to improved food security in the region by improving agricultural education and extension systems and creating a convergence of public and private enterprises.
2012 PAU celebrates November 27-28, 2012, as part of PAU’s 50th Golden Jubilee anniversary celebration.

2012 – 2014

Trilateral Partnership for Food Security – Joint technical assistance provision to Egerton University in Kenya involving staff from Ohio State and PAU.
2013 – 2016 Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) – Placement of six students from Tanzania in graduate programs at PAU.
2014 – 2019 CFAES currently has an MOU with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Dr. Mark Erbaugh and Dr. Scott Shearer traveled to agro businesses including Jain irrigation, Tata, IL and FS, and Mahindra; PAU; and USDA and USAID.

Dr. Dilip Kulkarni, President of Sustainable Agriculture at Jain Irrigation Ltd., traveled to Ohio State to meet with Erbaugh/Shearer, Ohio State/CFAES administrators, and CFAES faculty to further explore collaborative activities including education abroad, joint research, and industry linkages in that areas of ag engineering, food processing, and urban agriculture.