In honor of Bhau Jain’s leadership of an evergreen revolution in agriculture through responsible research, sustainable utilization of resources, and inclusive engagement of farmers, scientist, and business leaders, the University of Nebraska is naming the Nebraska-Jain partnership in research and training the Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain/University of Nebraska Water for Food Collaborative Program and the participating scientists and students the B.H. Jain Scholars and Fellows.
You can watch the 3 minute award video from the Water For Food Global Conference here.
In May 2012 the University of Nebraska and Jain Irrigation entered into a formal memorandum of agreement, highlighting cooperation in irrigation technology, crop improvement, and strengthening of talent through education and joint research of young Indian and U.S. scientists. The MOU called for the establishment of “Jain Irrigation – University of Nebraska Water for Food Research and Education Program” to develop new approaches to improve “more crop per drop” in India through practical, multi-disciplinary research in collaboration with farmers, the effective communication of the work to different audiences, and complementary education, outreach and capacity building programs. Three years later, Jain Irrigation entered into a grant agreement with the University of Nebraska Foundation, donating resources to support scientific research and education exchanges in those priority areas.
The primary relationship between Jain Irrigation and University of Nebraska institutions relates to Life Sciences, Agriculture and Water Resources. Bhau Jain also provided opportunities for University of Nebraska undergraduate students to spend time at Jain Hills in Jalgaon learning about resource management, agriculture and the Gandhi Research Foundation he founded.