Extension Education: Ready Reckoner

ISBN Number : 978-93-5495-266-1

Student Price : Rs.350

Student Dollar Price : 14$

Book Edition : First

Year of Publication : 2021

No. Of Pages : 300

About The Book

Agricultural Science as a profession has been showing an active metamorphosis lately in the pandemic period. From visualizing agriculture as a stereotype to agriculture as a respectable employment, this science has proven its worthiness. Job seekers in agricultural sector must undergo rigorous competition to gain a meaningful employment.

Agricultural Extension and Communication is one of the disciplines gaining wider popularity among the students in agriculture and allied sectors existing in ICAR-SAU system as well as in NGOs and corporate sectors. The discipline has been always an applied science which consists of the contents drawn from research, field experiences, and principles derived from several sister branches for solving the problems of youth and adults. Hence, the subject needs an eagle view of understanding by the scholars and practitioners so that the existing knowledge can be nourished.

The present book "Extension Education: Ready Reckoner" is an intense and sincere effort to present the basic and advanced areas of extension education. The students who are aspiring to crack ICAR-JRF, ICAR-SRF, ICAR-NET, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), UGC-NET/JRF, Agricultural Universities PG and Ph.D. and other related entrance exams will be immensely benefitted who otherwise would have a tough time in planning, organizing and delineating the contents of the course. The book is an attempt to fill that gap and broad base the subject matter of the discipline in a question-answer format with better comprehension. This is unique feature of this book and makes it one of its own kind. The annexure consisting of mind, based on all probable questions which are being asked again and again in one or different form, is also included, which will help the students to make checklist of their syllabus coverage.

This first part covers chapters from six important units of syllabus: Basic Extension Concepts, Communication, Training and Human Resource Development, Research Methodology, Management and Gender. The rest of the units from syllabus will be entirely covered in the second part of this book, which is under process.

A holistic view of agricultural extension is being provided in the book including newer and specialized areas of the discipline, keeping in view the syllabus of the NET/ARS examination. Rigorous attempts have been made to clarify the theoretical concepts more lucidly. The book shall serve as one of the handbooks of ARS preparation. Further, it is expected that the contents of this book will lead the readers to new vistas in the discipline and to provide directions of thought while attempting the questions.


Contents -

1. Basic Extension Concepts
2. Communication
3. Training and Human Resource Development
4. Research Methodology
5. Management
6. Gender
Appendix -1
Memory Based Sample Question Paper 1 (ICAR-ARS Mains)
Memory Based Sample Question Paper 2 (ICAR-ARS Mains)

About The Author

Dr. Girijesh Singh Mahra is working as A.R.S. Scientist at Division of Agricultural Extension, ICAR – Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He had received Vice Chancellor Gold Medal and Ram Shiromani Tewari award for "Best Graduating Student of University" in U.G. (G.B.P.U.A.T., Pantnagar, 2006 batch) and Binani Gold Medal for securing highest OGPA in P.G. (B.H.U., Varanasi, 2012 Batch). More than twenty research papers, thirty popular articles and twenty-five book/training manual chapters were accredited in his account. He had presented papers in several National/International conferences/Seminars and had won best paper award six times. He is Professional Motivational Speaker and an Academic YouTuber. He has also represented universities in national debates and organized many public speaking workshops for youth. This is his sixth authored book after self-composed poems "Kritanjali" (2009), a motivational book for youth "Behold the Fire within You" (2012), "Teen Kalam Ek Shyahi" (2018) and a review-based educational book ‘Manifesting the Perfection: Swami Vivekananda Perspective" (2019). He has co-authored book "Yes, You Can Launch Your Own Enterprise: Beginners Guide’ conferred with prestigious MANAGE Best Agriculture Extension Book Award (2020).

Dr. Sujit Sarkar is working as A.R.S. Scientist at ICAR – Indian Agricultural Research Institute (RS), Kalimpong. He has vast research and academic experience in diverse areas of extension educations and developed numerous measurement tools (Perception, Risk Perception and Value Orientation Scale on Climate Change) and concepts (Climate Smart Village, Mandarin Health Clinic, Model Large Cardamom Village). He is recognized with prestigious national awards like Jawaharlal Nehru Award, Young Scientist Award, Best Extension Professional Award from ICAR and different academic societies. For academic excellence, he was conferred with DST INSPIRE Fellow, UGC-NET, ICAR-JRF, SRF and NET, and IARI Merit Medal. So far, he published 1 book, 30 research papers, 20 technical articles and 25 book chapters.

Dr. Pratibha Joshi is a Scientist (ARS), ICAR – Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India and presently working in Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. With young and dynamic personality, she has been well recognized for research, teaching and extension in the areas of gender mainstreaming, drudgery reduction, development communication and transfer of technologies. In 11 years of professional life, she has been recognized in various platforms as Young Scientist Award (2013) by Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology, Fellow of Hind Agri-Horticulture Society of India (2014), Presidential Appreciation Award in National Seminar on Contextual Relevance of ITKs in Plant Protection (2015), Shanti Prasad Goel Award by Society for Community Mobilization for Sustainable Development (2017) and Women Scientist Award by Astha Foundation (2019). So far, she has authored and edited 8 books, 25 research papers, 30 technical articles and book chapters. Her co-authored book "Yes, You Can Launch Your Own Enterprise: Beginners Guide" conferred with prestigious MANAGE Best Agriculture Extension Book Award (2020).

Dr. Debashis Dash is working as Assistant Professor in Department of Agriculture and Allied Sciences, C.V. Raman Global University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. After completing graduation from OUAT, Bhubaneswar, Odisha in 2014, he was enrolled in the Department of Agricultural Communication, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar through ICAR-JRF entrance examination to pursue his M.Sc. (Ag.) degree programme in Agricultural Extension and Communication. In the year 2016, he topped the entrance examination and joined the same Department to pursue his Ph.D. in Agricultural Extension and Communication as major and minor in Social Sciences. He is a Life Member of Indian Society of Extension Education (Indian Journal of Extension Education) and Society of Extension Education, Agra (Indian Research Journal of Extension Education). He has cleared ICAR-NET and UGC-NET/JRF holder in Adult Education/Continuing Education/Non-formal Education. He has also cleared UGC-NET in Mass Communication. He was the topper of the Department in Masters and has the highest GPA among the enrolled Ph.D. students of the batch 2016-2018. He has several research papers, book chapters, popular articles and a technical paper under his name in various reputed national and international journals, books and conference proceedings. He has completed PGDRD course from IGNOU. Recently, he served as e-Content Developer in IDP-NAHEP, a World Bank sponsored project. He has also contributed as a resource person in remedial courses conducted by IDP-NAHEP, Pantnagar for various competitive exams.

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