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Envisioning Agricultural Education in India (Volume I)

S Kannaiyan (Author) A. Gopalam (Author)
Synopsis Major economic resources for Indian livelihood is the agricultural development which can be achieved by educational initiatives, research planning and extension methodology. The tri-functional responsibility of the university faculty in teaching, research and extension is the unique feature of India agricultural education. Agricultural education adopted as land grant pattern from the USA is professional in nature and has to be returned to meet the demands of the farmers in particular and society in general. With due consideration to the above aspect the authors painted and envisioned picture of agricultural education in five distinct capsules viz., change management options, HRD issues, curriculum development management of learning and teaching. Authors also describe the multi dimensional viewpoint of future agricultural education in different chapters for the ensured prosperity of this country. Agricultural education should consolidate the present strengths and educational planners need to transform the system by planned initiatives for appropriate human resource development in right perspective. Quality of PG education and doctoral research, faculty competence, student evaluation for competence and performance, distance education, vocationalisation, higher private investments in agriculture, university industry linkage and more so the world developments are some of the issues and concerns described in volume 1 and in the volume 2 the authors presented the current and desired learning/teaching process in well organized chapters.
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About the authors

S Kannaiyan

Professor Dr. S. Kannaiyan is the former vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. He is a renowned world famous scientist in Agricultural Microbiology and Biotechnology. Prof. Kannaiyan did his B.Sc. (Agriculture) with first class and distinctions in Planat Pathology and Agronomy and M.Sc. (Agriculture) in Agricultural Microbilogy with first class and first rank from Annamalai University by securing Dr. M.P. Damodaran's and Dean's Awards. He also obtained his Ph.D. in 1976 in Agricultural Microbiology and his Ph.D. thesis was rated as the best and outstanding one for the year 1978. He was a FAO/UNDP Fellow and worked in Charles Kettering Research Laboratory, Yellow Spring, Ohio, USA. He was working as visiting scientist at University of California, Davis, USA in USDA Senior Scientific Panel Programme. He was a British Council Visiting Fellow in the University of Nottingham, UK and Visiting Scientist to the King's College, University of London, UK. Prof. Kannaiyan started his career in the Department of Agricultrue, Government of Tamil Nadu s a Research Assistant. Prof. Kannaiyan later joined as Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Microbiology at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore in 1980. Prof. Kannaiyan is the recipient of more than 20 awards. He is a Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi and the Indian Society of Biochemists and Biotechnologists. His field of specialization are Biotechnology, Alagal and Azolla Biotechnology, Biofertilizers, Nodulation in Cereals, Agricultural Education etc. He has organized many National and International Conferences. Prof. Kannaiyan has developed a strong research group and recently has got a NATP "Team of excellence project on Biofertilizers for rice based cropping system was sanctioned in recognition of his outstanding contribution to rice Microbiology. He has published more than 400 research papers in reputed National and International Journals in the areas of Cyanobacteria, Azolla Biofertilizer, stem nodulating Sesbania rostrata and Rice Pathology. He has published 38 scientific books pertaining to Biofertilizers and Agriculture and written 14 books in Tamil on technology transfer.

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A. Gopalam

Dr. A. Gopalam. Principal Scientist in Educational Psychology at National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, is Ph.D. in Biochemistry. His initial footing as a biochemist in Central Tabacco Research Institute Rajahmundry and Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut gave him insights into the needs of agricultural development as related to agricultural education. In NAARM he is totally occupied in training function in the key focus area of Educational, Behavioral and Instructional Technology to a wide spectrum of teachers from State Agricultural University System.

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Bibliographic information

Title Envisioning Agricultural Education in India (Volume I)
Format Softcover
Date published: 28.09.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185211671
length x+226p., Tables; Figures.