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Dr. Venkat Sridhar, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering has been awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Specialist grant through the U. S. Department of State and the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) to collaborate with professional counterparts on research, capacity building and outreach activities in India. Through this project Dr. Sridhar will engage with Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) in Bengaluru, Karnataka. ATREE is a research institution focusing on applied science through research, education and action that influence policy and practice on conservation of nature, management of natural resources, and sustainable development. The agricultural sector in India faces unprecedented challenges due to land use, population growth, and climate change. Innovative land use practices and cropping choices can play a crucial role in increasing the resilience and sustainability of the nation’s agricultural production. Dr. Sridhar will provide training to young researchers to evaluate climate change scenarios in the context of quantifying the exposure and sensitivity of rainfed and irrigated agricultural systems. He will also work with civil society organizations, practitioners and policy makers to create awareness on the impacts of climate change on water resources, agriculture and the benefits of adopting alternative climate adaptation strategies.