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2018Training is the vital and incessant prerequisite for agricultural development. Training is considered as the course of acquiring definite skills to execute a task better. It is progressively being recognized as a chief device to build up competencies and to advance performances in diverse fields, trainers at micro and macro level have been investing time and endeavor in exploring ways and means to improve its delivery. A survey by FAO indicated that the training outcomes were not so encouraging and there were deficiencies in the conduct of trainings of extension personnel. In this context, the present study aimed at analyzing the effectiveness of training programmes in enhancing core competencies of extension personnel based on ex post facto study design. This study was conducted in the state of Kerala. The sample consisted of trainers and trainees from Community Agro-biodiversity Centre (CAbC) Wayanad, Central Training Institute (CTI) Thrissur, and State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) Trivandrum. Sixty trainees and twenty trainers were selected from each training institute. Data were collected from 240 respondents through interview. The training need of trainees of CAbC and CTI was found to be more compared to the SAMETI. The training need of trainers is found to be highest in CTI followed by CAbC and very low in case of SAMETI. Through ANOVA test and Post hoc test with Duncan method, it was found that there was significant difference between three institutes in case of trainees -five core competencies-communication ability, professionalism, programme planning and implementation, leadership skills and managerial ability. Through ANOVA test and Post hoc test with Duncan method, it was also found that there was no significant difference between CTI and CAbC institutes in case of three core competencies of trainees–subject matter expertise, resource mobilisation, ability to handle ICTs. But CTI and CAbC varied significantly with SAMETI in case of these three competencies. In case of trainers, there was significant difference between six core competencies in different training institutes i.e communication ability ,resource mobilisation, managerial ability, subject matter expertise, programme planning and implementation, to handle ICTs and there was no significant difference between three institutes in case of two core competencies i.e. professionalism and leadership skills with respect to trainers. Trainees found training effectiveness high in case of SAMETI, followed by CTI and low in case of CAbC. Trainers found training effectiveness high in case of SAMETI, followed by CTI and lowest in case of CAbC. Through Tobit regression, training effectiveness was found to be significantly affected by locus of control, job performance and satisfaction and Training Need Index in case of trainees. Through Tobit regression, training effectiveness was found to be significantly affected by locus of control and Training Need Index in case of trainers. Social constraint was the most severe constraint as perceived by the trainers of CAbC, CTI and SAMETI. Friedmans’test was used for constraint analysis.Social constraint, Economic Constraint and Personal Constraint were the constraints reported as the most severe by trainees of CAbC, CTI and SAMETI, respectively. Starting with training need assessment, relevant and specific training contents, flexibility, proper feedback and favourable work environment could enhance the effectiveness of training. Keywords:Effectiveness;Training;CoreCompetencies;TobitRegression;Friedman TestArchana Sachdev; JOSHNA JOSE
2018Pesticide Use Behaviour of Vegetable Farmers with Special Focus on Food and Environmental Safety: A Multidimensional StudyPremlata Singh; JASNA V. K.
2018Design and Development of Mobile App for Ergonomics Assessment of Drudgery Prone Activities in AgricultureSangeeta Ahuja; LAKSHMI SONKUSALE
2018HYDROLOGICAL BEHAVIOUR AND NUTRIENT FLUX IN A RAINFED HORTI- AGRI SYSTEM WITH DIFFERENT WATER CONSERVATION PRACTICESSusama Sudhishri; Raghav Maurya
2018Characterization of pathogen(s) associated with chickpea stunt disease and identification of their natural reservoirsGovind P Rao; SHREENATH Y S
2018RESPONSE SURFACE DESIGNS WITH FOUR AND SIX LEVELSRajender Parsad; ROHIT KUNDU
2018Elucidating Inheritance and Molecular Mapping of Enclosed Panicle Trait in “Saathi” RiceGopala Krishnan S; NILESH JOSHI
2018STUDIES ON SEED DEVELOPMENT, ON-SET OF GERMINATION, PHYSIOLOGICAL MATURITY AND HARVEST MATURITY IN CUCUMBER (Cucumis sativus L) cv PUSA BARKHASudhir Kumar Jain; DILSHAD AHMAD
2018Impact of Identified Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies for Adaptation, Resilience and Profitability in the Indo-Gangetic Plains of Haryana and BiharPramod Kumar; SANJAY BABAJI SAPKAL
2018Long term effect of fertilization and manuring on quality and level of carbon in four soil orders of IndiaT. J. Purakayastha; VANDANA KUMARI