IIT Kanpur, a premier engineering and research institute of the country, has successfully implemented various agricultural projects with innovative technologies and capacity building for sustainable development. Its ‘Agropedia’, a semantically enabled agricultural knowledge management repository is a first of its kind in Indian agriculture. Agropedia, received the “eIndia Jury Award 2010” as the best ICT-enabled Agricultural Initiative of the Year. The Institute’s yet another product, ‘Openagri’, an open access agriculture research repository, is a focused research space for hosting agriculture documents. IIT-Kanpur’s ‘Voice-Krishi Vigyan Kendra’ (vKVK), developed to facilitate communication between extension personnel and farming communities is presently reaching to the extension personnel of 90 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and likely to be up scaled by ICAR to all 630 KVKs in the 12th Five Year Plan. KVK-Net and Agrotagger were also developed by this prestigious institution.
Dr. T.V Prabhakar, from CSE Department IIT-Kanpur, the Project Investigator of the agropedia project was awarded the “Agriculture Leadership Awards 2012” in the 5th Agricultural leadership Summit 2012 organised by ‘Agriculture Today’, The National Agriculture Magazine. The Organising Committee of Agriculture Leadership Award 2012, met in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Prof. MS. Swaminathan, Father of India’s Green Revolution, to present the Agriculture Leadership Awards 2012 to the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur for its Innovative Project “ICT Mediated Knowledge Management” for agriculture extension.
Dr. Prabhakar received the award on behalf of the agropedia team from Mr. Harish Rawat, Minister of State in the Union Cabinet in the Ministry of Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs on 19th September 2012 at ‘Taj Palace’, New Delhi.
Some photos of the award