Outreach and Engagement
VT India aims to emphasize rural development in its research and education initiatives.
Initiatives are designed to foster population centers that can rely on their own capabilities and resources to operate as functional, prospering and growing entities. Areas of focus include healthcare, urban planning, energy and water resources. Agricultural potential will also be explored in harmony with geographic, demographic and cultural contexts. Developing holistic solutions to promote self-reliant communities will involve engagement with local industry, institutions of higher learning, and charitable as well as nongovernmental organizations.
The primary work of our Development activities includes addressing societal challenges, sustainable energy, antibiotic resistance, etc.
As examples, The Scientists from Virginia Tech were involved in a project on Papayamealybug control in India and are presently working on Antibiotic resistance. Our interest includes involvement of Women and Gender in International Development programs.
Our outreach program aims to transform lives and communities with engagement work. Economic development activities including impact studies for Industries such as Coal, Food Sustainability are some areas we are looking for active participation.
Identifying obstacles that prevent People, Organisations and Governments from reaching key objectives, outreach and international affairs builds capacity through robust application of Virginia Tech’s expertise of worldwide problems of poverty, hunger, environment degradation and agriculture challenges.
Dr. Guru Ghosh
VICE PRESIDENT FOR OUTREACH AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS