Department of Human Resource Development

State Agricultural Universities are forerunners in generating trained human resource, new technologies and are involved in their speedy transfer to farming community and other stakeholders.  With modern advances in almost every sphere of learning, the scenario of teaching, research and extension of State Agricultural Universities has been undergoing rapid changes.  With new facilities of accessibility to information, the local and regional dimensions bear global perspectives.  Amidst such a challenging avenue the teachers scientists and associated staff are expected to be traditional in values and modern in approach so that the new confident generation of self reliant graduates and post-graduate students are produced, new Agricultural technologies for increased production and plant protection are generated and innovative methods are adopted to transmit the knowledge to the respective beneficiary.  With an emphasis to modernize, update and buildup the capabilities of teachers, scientists and associated staff of the University, the Academic Staff College cum Distance Education Centre was set up in 1996 and renamed as Directorate of Human Resource Development in 2012.

The main objectives of the Directorate are:

To Benefit new faculty and associated staff through Orientation activities.

ToBenefit faculty through organization of refresher courses, seminars, workshop and symposia.

To Provide educational programmes through distance mode for diverse target groups namely students, farmers, professionals and entrepreneurs.

To Develop and foster resource linkages to enhance scientific awareness and management capacities.

Activities

Offering orientation course for newly recruited faculty and Associated Staff.

Offering refresher courses for in-service faculties.

Providing educational programme through distance education.

To provide educational programme to employees of department of agriculture, private agri-business personnel, unemployed graduates and individuals from other universities.

Conducting HRD programmes.

Distance Education Centre

Distance Education envisages transporting knowledge to people rather than people to educational institutes. In the state as well as in India where the agriculture is the major sector of employment, the Distance Education programs can be useful to educate rural masses, provide an opportunity of university education for those adults who seek continuation of education and for capacity building of educated youth for undertaking self employment ventures. Distance education centre at DIRECTORATE OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT was started with the following objectives:

To Enhance knowledge, skills and entrepreneurial capabilities for livelihood security of farming community.

To Strengthen the human resource in agriculture.

To Provide agricultural education to marginalized and disadvantaged groups

Infrastructures

The Directorate is located in a modern building of appreciable architectural pulchritude. There is one well furnished conference hall beset with projection and air conditioning facility. The Unit also possesses modern audio-video facility which is being utilized for imparting training to scientists/farmers and other staff to facilitate learning.

Staff

Directorate has one Director, one Assistant Director and one Assistant Professor to carry out different activities.

Significant achievements

Working on its objectives Directorate organized 19 orientation courses for newly recruited faculty. In these orientation courses 419 newly recruited staff was trained. Similarly thirteen refresher/winter/summer/short trainings courses were organized on topics having relevance to state agriculture. This has not only helped in development of curriculum and improved teaching standard but also resulted in better planning of research and outcome. Refresher courses on Management of Post Harvest Diseases of Fruit, Sustainable Agriculture - Status and Prospects, New Dimension of Research, Educational & Extension in Agricultural Sciences and on Climate change: Scenario, Impact on Agriculture and Strategies for Mitigation were organized. Similarly, winter school on Communication Skills for Home Scientists, New Dimensions of Extension Training and Management were organized. In all 463 in-service staff from swami Keshwanand and other Agricultural universities attended these refresher courses. Staff of the Directorate is also involved in organization of trainings, winter schools other workshops and meetings conducted by the other units of the university or organized by the other organizations.

Programmes conducted during last three years are given below:
Significant Achievements -2011-2014

 

S.No

Activity

Duration

Date/s

No. of Participants

1 

Training on Establishment, Purchase, Physical verification, Income Tax and Audit Rules

2

November 8-9, 2011

30

Training on Establishment, Purchase, Physical verification, Income Tax and Audit

2

November 11-12, 2011

23

Training of KVK scientists on Commodity Future Market
( Sponsored by Forward Market Commission, GOI)

2

November-17-18,2011

40

Training on Establishment, Purchase, Physical verification, Income Tax and Audit

2

November 23-24, 2011

25

Training on Establishment, Purchase, Physical verification, Income Tax and Audit

2

November 25-26, 2011

36

Training on Seed Production , Processing and Marketing- for Farm Managers and Farm In charges-(Sponsored by NSP)

3

March 12-14, 2012

24

Training on Establishment, Purchase, Physical verification, Income Tax and Audit

2

July 9 – 10, 2012

33

Training Establishment, Purchase, Physical verification, Income Tax and Audit

2

July 11-12, 2012

34

FAI – Fertilizer Orientation Course for Staff and students. Sponsorede by FAI, New Delhi

2

Sept. 10-11, 2012

150

10 

Orientation Programme for newly recruited Asstt. Professors

14

Jan. 8-21, 2013

26

11 

Orientation Programme for newly recruited Asstt. Professors

14

Feb. 13-26, 2013

25

12 

Orientation Programme for newly recruited Asstt. Professors

14

Sept.  17 – 30, 2013

16

13 

Lecture on Managing stress for Better work Productivity for Scientists and non teaching staff

1 Hr

Sept. 26, 2013

50

14 

Lecture on Balancing life by Managing Time for Scientists and non teaching staff

1 Hr

Sept. 27, 2013

55

15 

Training Programme on Practical
Photography, Videography and Handling of Audio-Visual Aids for staff of SKRAU

2

February 12-13, 2014

25

16 

Refresher course on “Climate Change: Scenario, Impact on Agriculture and Strategie for Mitigation”

21

February 18, 2014 to March 10, 201.

18

17

Lecture “Enhancing Water Productivity in Irrigated Saline Environment in Climate Change Scenario” for staff and students of Deptt of Soil Science, Agronomy and Horticulture

2 Hrs

February 18, 2014

45

 

The distance education course Jaivik Krishi and Jal Bachat Kheti were launched on 17 Jan. 2005 and in 2006, respectively. These courses have been designed to benefit wide range of target group including less literate farmers, educated youth seeking self employment, NGOs and entrepreneurs seeking knowledge of organic farming management, water saving management, certification and marketing of organic produce. These courses are through postal correspondence and non-formal in nature These Distance Education programme was approved by DEAC (Distance Education Advisory Committee). The duration of these courses are of three months and every batch is being e registered up to 16th of every month. Minimum eligibility for these courses is a person to be literate (Can read and write) and of 18 year of age and above. Literate and higher educated person can also apply for these courses. Fee for each of the courses is Rs 1000/-without contact session and Rs 1700/- with contact session of two days. So far 336 farmers/scientists were awarded certificate on Javik Krishi and 70 farmers/scientists were awarded certificate on Jal Bachat Kheti.

Coming programmes:

Workshop  on Stress  Management

Training programme on “Breeder and TFL seed production & Processing” for Farm staff

Training on "Prioritization, Writing Research Proposals and Documentation" for Scientific staff

Training on Human Resource Development for Scientific staff:

Refresher Course on : Natural Resources Management for sustainable Agriculture in Arid and Semi-arid Areas.

Hindi Work shop

Perspectives

Orientation/Refresher/other courses

The changing scenario in education and Agriculture necessitates continued orientation and updating of educators. There is a need of regular exposure to holistic and specific developments taking place in agricultural sciences. The Directorate  activities are to be geared to achieve these objectives. In order to achieve the objectives orientation courses will be organized as and when new faculty is recruited. Further, to enhance knowledge of in service faculty in frontier areas of agricultural science refresher courses and winter/summer schools will be organized. It is proposed to organize refresher/winter/summer courses on:

Crop diversification,

Water management,

Integrated nutrient Managemen

Natural resource management

Intellectual Property and its Managing in Agriculture

Prioritization, Monitoring and Evaluation Techniques for Agricultural Research

Advances in Training Management.

Leadership and Personality Development,

In order to improve efficiency in day to day working of teaching and non teaching in-service staff following short duration skill oriented training programmes will be also organized on:

General establishment rules

Accounts

TA/Medical rules

Application of computers in office atomization

Breeder seed production

Efficient use of farm Machinery

Nursery Development and Management

Distance Education Programmes

It is intended to start certificate courses of three -six month duration on

High-tech protected horticulture,

Plant protection,

Commercial floriculture

Ware house management,

Agro-techniques for cultivation of commercially  important crops,

Efficient use of farm Machinery

Collaboration
To strengthen the activities of Directorate collaboration with other National Academic colleges and institutes like NAARM will be explored and other major institutes of international excellence is also envisaged during the period.

Expected outcome
Academic programmes offered by the DIRECTORATE OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT will definitely improve the quality of teaching and research with efficient technology transfer to serve end users in better way. Considering Distance Education mode as future technology of imparting education, the S.K.RAU can expect outreach of agricultural education to farming sector, youth seeking self-employment and the professionals requiring specialized agricultural knowledge for agro industrial enterprises. As a result the S.K. RAU will emerge as an academic institution responsive to social needs and trends of international excellence.

 

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