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President

AAAP, the annual alumni summit of Pantnagar, was formed in 2008 as an effort to celebrate the increasing recognition of Pantnagar fraternity in bringing a sizeable change in the agriculture sector. Pantnagar has been a beacon of light for the entire nation and has been one of the pioneers of green revolution in India. The college has completed more than 50 golden years after a long and distinguished journey. The pre-eminence that the college has achieved among agriculture colleges in the world has been possible due to the commitment and efforts of the entire Pantnagarian community- students, alumni, faculty and staff. It is therefore our responsibility to contribute towards all efforts to ensure that the college retains its pre-eminent position in the years to come.

AAAP, one of the revered alumni conclaves of this country, aims at spotting and facilitating good work done by Pantnagar community for the betterment of agriculture and farming community and sensitize tomorrow’s leaders about the new avenues and associated activities. I once again emphasize the salient objectives of the association to garner better understanding of the association.

The broad objectives of association are-
• To assist and support any activity for the overall well being of the farming community.
• To keep a roster of all alumni and their pertinent data.
• To provide a forum for the Alumni for exchange of ideas on academic, cultural and social issues of the day.
• To organize and coordinate reunion activities of the Alumni
• To provide health care and financial support to needy members.
• To serve as a platform for placement assistance for its members.

We have already organized four reunions in Delhi and with 2000 plus registered members, the events were truly memorable for every Pantnagarian. This association throws myriad opportunities like brainstorming current affairs, alumni search, job posting, scholarship program- “AAAP Ratna” and many other exciting platforms. The AAAP platform presents a unique platform for several generations of former students and industry leaders to interact and exchange thoughts, ideas, memories and experiences. We intend to take this event to a higher level every passing year and solicit your active participation in the same.

Our association has representatives from diverse areas in the Agri business ranging from Ag input, banking, consultancy and service industry, covering all aspects of the business. This makes AAAP an enriching platform catering to the need of every pass out from Pantnagar or any working professional looking for right guidance in this ever challenging corporate world. I take this opportunity to invite every Pantnagarians to be a part of AAAP, get enlightened, reconnect and relive old memories while making new ones.

I hope every passing year AAAP will instill a renewed sense of commitment, hope and dedication towards our Agriculture College and our esteemed university

Best wishes for the forthcoming coming festive season.

N.K.Arora
President AAAP (Batch 1972, ID 6068)

Ambassador Islam A. Siddiqui's Message


Islam A. Siddiqui

I am delighted to connect with the Agri Alumni Association of Pantnagar and am looking forward to meeting in person many of my fellow GPPUAT alumni at the meeting on November 20 in New Delhi. After leaving India on a scholarship from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in September 1964, I completed my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology from Illinois. The next 29 years were spent in Davis, California, first as a researcher at the University of California-Davis (1968- 1969) and subsequently with the California Department of Food & Agriculture, Sacramento, California (1969-1997).

I would still be living in beautiful California, had it not been a call from the White House in September 1997, offering me a political appointment in the Clinton Administration, initially as Deputy Undersecretary and subsequently as Undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. At the end of the Clinton Administration, I spent the next 8 years (2001-2009) in the private sector as Vice President with CropLife America. I was honored once again to be nominated by President Obama as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the rank on an Ambassador, effective August 2009. In addition to being one of the highest ranking Indian American in two U.S. Administrations, I really treasured the GBPUAT’s decision to confer upon me the Honorary Doctor of Science in May 2011. It also re-kindled my desire to work actively with others in serving my alma mater in the years ahead.

I am asked many times the reason for my success as a student and then immigrant in this highly competitive American society. My answer is very simple: hard work, commitment and mentors who saw the potential and believed in me. As I gradually begin to wind down my official commitments, I am looking forward to giving back to the society, which nurtured me and made what I am today. Among other projects, I commit to be active in the AAAP.


Best wishes!
Ambassador Islam A. Siddiqui
Chief Agricultural Negotiator
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Executive Office of the President

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