AESA Working Paper 2- EXTENSION RESEARCH IN INDIA-Current Status & Future Strategies
P Sethurman Sivakumar and Rasheed Sulaiman V- December 2015
“Extension research in India is currently not providing either fresh insights for extension policy or any guidance on the practice of extension. The review of articles published in two of the most important extension journals clearly revealed the current shortcomings in extension research. To improve the situation, alternative theories, models and methods are suggested in the research domains of adoption and impact studies, technology forecasting, attitude and belief measurement, perception and use of ICTs. The paper also suggests several measures to improve the methodological rigor in research, develop mastery over research and multivariate analyses, revamp curriculum to address emerging needs and energise professional societies to bring about professionalism in extension research and develop competent work force to deal with the new challenges facing extension in India”.
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Heartiest Congratulations to Dr.Sethuraman and Dr Rasheed for this scholarly masterpiece. The conclusions and the final appeal to students, teachers and professional societies have to be taken seriously by them to save the profession from further decay.I enjoyed reading each section. Please see that it reaches everyone concerned.It also provides a good model to introspect each discipline in agriculture whose status may not much different.
Congratulations to the authors! for bringing out a nice document for extension professionals.
Congratulations to the authors! for bringing out a document due for long time now. Appreciably it covers all the important aspects beautifully. Generally, we extension professionals avoid using rigorous methods including multivariate analysis etc but without going for such analysis we cant take our findings to the policy level for the want of validity of methods to arrive at the logical conclusion having wider acceptability. Recently I found a paper submitted to a multidisciplinary journal where a group of extension professionals had applied multivariate analysis though the data was limited but their approach was good to consider using this method. The methodologies & analysis tools can do a lot to improve the findings of our research to be acceptable to policy planners, which is currently at a very low level. Hope the extension professionals would spare time to read this valuable document and if possible to suggest/comment on it for the sake of improving the state of affairs in extension research in India.