In a bid to give a push to the extension activities at Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU), which according to the officials has been struggling without a centralised extension system and decentralised dissemination pattern, a State-level workshop on ‘Redefining the extension action policy of university’ was held at the varsity premises here on Tuesday.
Stress on roadmap
N.K. Sudeep Kumar, Director of Extension, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (Tanuvas), who presided over the inaugural ceremony, stressed on the need for identifying the prevailing weaknesses in the system and evolve a concrete roadmap to address the needs of livestock farmers.
“Emphasis should be laid on implementing the research done in the institutions, breaking free from the publicity. Those associated with extension activities should spend more time in the field, instead of the cosy office rooms, and gather the existing issues. They should in turn extract the outcomes and go ahead with the solution,” he remarked.
Dr. Kumar further urged the policy makers to give a structured framework for extension activities, with sufficient, but dedicated, human resources and budget. “Validation of research output from Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), varsities and other organisations should be channelised, including the economic feasibility, before delivering it to the livestock farmers,” he added.
Source : The Hindu