2nd Brainstorming Session
Distance Education In Agriculture
The 2nd Brain Storming Session of I.A.U.A was held on 17-18 August 2005 at Indian Veterinary Research Institute, IVRI, Hebbal (Bangalore) campus.
- Role of Distance
Education in Agriculture Development.
Education, Distance Education and Continuing Education - Conceptual
- Current Status of
Distance Education in Agriculture.
knowledge through Distance Education - ways and means.
- Changing attitudes
and motivating through Distance Education.
Education through Distance Education for various clients.
- Cyber Extension and
Information Communication Technology (Internet) in Agriculture.
- Imparting technical
skills and conducting practical through Distance Education.
There is general
consensus that SAUs, DUs and CAU should not award formal degrees
through ODEL in agriculture and allied disciplines at present and
instead focus on catering to societal needs on demand driven
vocational, entrepreneurial education and continued educational
programmes for farmers, extension workers, rural youth and capacity
building of agricultural graduates and faculty using ODEL.
As a first step, in
capacity building on ODEL activities and programmes at SAUs, each
university may identify a Nodal Officer to eventually establish a
Co-ordinating Cell on Distance Education. ICAR should be approached
for funding under National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP)
for establishment of Distance Education Cells at all SAUs and CAU.
Paucity of Specialised cadre of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary
extension workers to promote livestock health and production based
extension services in the State line departments, there is an urgent
need to provide qualified veterinary extension specialists or
alternatively give intensive training on Animal Husbandry and
Veterinary extension programmes to the existing agriculture
ICAR should take
the responsibility of training the faculty in SAUs and DUs on
distance education and learning techniques and developing the course
content with the involvement of agencies like IGNOU, ICRISAT, NAARM,
Dept. of Information Technology etc.
A provision may be
made for engaging experts for awareness creation and training of the
faculty in SAUs, DUs, CAU in distance education activities from the
ICAR Education Development Grant under the Head HRD.
consortium approach for creating infrastructure for development and
delivery of distance education to the clienteles should be supported
by ICAR to strengthen the existing distance education facilities at
SAUs, DUs and CAU.