AALP class 14 started off Day Eleven of our study tour later than usual with an 8:15 a.m. wake-up call. While many back home battle a winter wonderland the class enjoyed a sunny 28 degree Delhi winter.
We headed off to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) which is situated inside the city limits of Delhi. This Institute was started in 1905 in Bihar with a generous grant. They focus their research on increasing yields, health benefits and decreasing input costs for agricultural commodities. Some examples of the important crops in India that they focus on are: basmati rice, wheat, fruits, vegetables and flowers.
After a presentation by the Joint Director of Research Dr. Malavika Dadlani we had a lively Q & A session. We were joined by several of the heads of departments from the institute.
After thank yous were given our class was surprised to be presented with a beautiful bouquet of fresh Indian red roses. We then had the opportunity to tour the grounds and see all of the research plots first hand.
After a quick lunch at Connaught Place the class "monkeyed" around with some of the "locals".
We headed off in the late afternoon to ILSC (International Language Schools of Canada) and met with Roderick Harding the director of the school. They teach English as a second language to students from all around the world.
The day ended early to prepare for the short 5 hour drive (each way) to the Taj Mahal tomorrow in Agra. See you there! Pictures to follow tomorrow
Stefanie Bech-Hansen, Marty Derks, Paul Vickers – AALP Class 14 bloggers