Interview with Robert Holcomb "Bob" Knott, September 10, 2020

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Robert Holcomb "Bob" Knott, Peace Corps volunteer in Ottangadu, Tamil Nadu, India from June 1970 to June 1972, talks about the training program that converted a political science grad from Stanford into an agricultural extension agent in rural India. He talks about the difficulty of learning the Tamil language and the formalities of dealing with the Indian government bureaucracy and village officials as he promoted hybrid varieties of rice and other modern agricultural techniques. He improvised, branching into poultry promotion, English tutoring, and even some soccer training at a local school.

Interview Accession

2020oh0425_pcrv0025

Interviewee Name

Robert Holcomb "Bob" Knott

Interviewer Name

Donald Allan Camp

Interview Date

2020-09-10

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Knott, Robert Holcomb Interview by Donald Allan Camp. 10 Sep. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Knott, R.H. (2020, September 10). Interview by D. A. Camp. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Knott, Robert Holcomb, interview by Donald Allan Camp. September 10, 2020, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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