1st International Extension Congress Organized with Innovative Methodology

1-3 February 2018, Bhubaneswar

Orissa Society of Extension Education organized the 1st International Extension Congress (IEC2018) from February 1-3, 2018 at ICAR – Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar under the aegis of Division of Agricultural Extension, ICAR, New Delhi.

ICAR –National Rice Institute, Cuttack; Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, ICAR – Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar and Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi were organizing partners while ICAR- Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and Academy of Extension Sciences were Congress collaborators.

The innovative methodologies followed to organize the Congress involved Dissensus based Delphi survey for title, themes and sub-themes selection; ample time to conduct research on these themes / sub-themes and submit papers; moderated sessions instead of conventional paper presentation supported with Sli.do software for audience interaction, web streaming and digital screen for online participation.

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR)graced the Inaugural Programme as Chief Guest. In his address, Dr. Mohapatra said extension is not technology transfer and it is beyond that of working on other domains like marketing and facilitating agricultural development in all ways and means. Extension has to be the base for research which will be the key for agricultural development in the country, he added. Dr. Mohapatra emphasized that the teaching must ensure development of quality professionals through changed of modified syllabus.

1st International Extension Congress Organized with Innovative Methodology  1st International Extension Congress Organized with Innovative Methodology

Dr. A. K. Singh, DDG (Agril. Extension), Prof. S. Pasupalak, Vice Chancellor, OUAT and Sri Saurabh Garg, IAS Principal Secretary (Agriculture), Govt. of Odisha were Guests of Honour.

Dr.A.K. Singh, and President of the Congress remarked that the National Demonstration programme was cruicial in making Green Revolution a success. He said presently, extension researchers need to develop methods and models to address the issues before agriculture development.

The valedictory session of the congress was chaired by Prof. (Dr) A.K. Srivastava, Chairman, ASRB, ICAR, New Delhi and presided by Dr. A. K. Singh, DDG (Agril. Extension), ICAR, New Delhi in the presence of Dr. D. P. Ray, Former VC of OUAT and others.

Dr. Srivastava briefed about the conversing about the significance of Extension in achieving green revolution in India and also informed some of the key messages that extension has to be do for the promotion of dairy and livestock sector.

Dr. G.A. K. Kumar, Secretary of the congress presented the recommendations of congress.

The valedictory session was graced by Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director, NRRI and Dr. S.K. Srivastava, Director, ICAR-CIWA.

The congress comprised of ten technical sessions in which emerging challenges and innovative approaches in Extension, advancements and futuristic assessment of core areas of extension, envisioning extension in changing context of agriculture and society, professionalism and ethics in extension to several other themes were discussed through interactive presentations and panel discussions.

The congress was attended by several Professionals including Scientists, Policy makers, Extension Personnel and students from the country as well as abroad. On the eve of congress, 20 exhibition stalls were arranged to display the newly emerging extension technologies of ICAR/SAUs.

(Source: ICAR –National Rice Institute, Cuttack)