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Agriculture University, Jodhpur

Agriculture University, Jodhpur was established on 14th September, 2013 by Government of Rajasthan under Agriculture University, Jodhpur Act 21 of 2013 to focus on holistic development of arid and semi-arid regions of the state covering 6 districts (Jodhpur, Barmer, Nagaur, Pali, Jalore and Sirohi), constituting 28% of total geographical area which is sustaining 20.8% human and 28.4% animal population of the state. The districts under jurisdiction of the university cover 3 agro-ecological zones of the state. These are Arid Western Plain Zone Ia (Jodhpur and Barmer districts), Transitional plain of Luni Basin Zone IIb (Jalore, Pali, and Sirohi districts) and part of Transitional Plain of Inland Drainage Zone IIa (Nagaur district). The university has 1 institute of diploma and 3 colleges to produce highly competent educated human resources in agriculture and allied sciences besides 2 agricultural research stations, one each in zone Ia & IIb and 3 agricultural research sub stations, one in each zone to prepare, plan and perform highly need based research in this acute water scarce but naturally rich bio-diversified zone of the country. The third most important part in tri-pillar (Teaching, Research & Extension) of agricultural development, the extension for transfer of technologies are reached to doorsteps of the farming community by 6 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (K-V-Ks), 2 in Nagaur district and 1 each in Jodhpur, Barmer, Jalore & Sirohi districts under the umbrella of the university. The different units of teaching, research and extension are coordinating to systematically run by the headquarter situated at Mandor, Jodhpur.


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    Utility Perception of Students towards Rural Awareness Work Experience Programme in Agriculture University, Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
    (Agriculture University, Jodhpur, 2023-08-05) Choudhary, Payal; Jaitawat, V.S.
    Agricultural Education is important equipment in ensuring increased agricultural productivity, sustainability, environmental & ecological security, profitability, job security and equity. Agricultural students must have practical knowledge of agriculture with theoretical knowledge. The same was supported by Randhawa Committee (1992) which suggested the Rural Agriculture Work Experience (RAWE) programme to communicate quality, practical, and production oriented education for agriculture degree program. The World Bank (1975) stated that there was little emphasis on curricula for preparing agricultural graduates for better careers in agriculture or agri-business outside Govt. jobs. As a result, the objectives for agricultural education in the 21st Century should be developed with consideration of the approaching issues. RAWE programme gives significant hands-on experience in acquiring knowledge and skill. It is a program for imparting quality, practical and production-oriented education for agriculture students. The present Research entitled “Utility Perception of Students towards Rural Awareness Work Experience Programme in Agriculture University, Jodhpur” was conducted to document the profile of RAWE students, to assess the utility perception of students towards RAWE programme and to find out the relationship between profile of students and utility perception of students towards RAWE programme. The current study also gave opportunity to the students for giving the suggestions related to RAWE programme. The current study was conducted in three constituted Colleges of Agriculture University, Jodhpur namely, College of Agriculture, Jodhpur, Sumerpur and Nagaur with sample size of 165 B.Sc. (Ag.) final year students. The respondents were personally interviewed by a well-organized interview schedule. The data were collected, tabulated, and interpreted using suitable statistical tools. The profile of the students revealed that most of the students were male, majority of respondents were from rural areas, majority of the respondent’s academic performance ranged from 7.01-8.00 OGPA. Majority of respondent’s parent had secondary and senior secondary education and were engaged in agriculture and majority of respondents had medium level of family income. The study revealed that majority of respondents had moderate level of leadership quality, achievement motivation, extension contact and mass media use during the whole period of RAWE programme. The investigation also found that majority of respondents had medium level of utility perception in gaining knowledge on communication skills, crop production and protection practices, socio-economic aspects and agricultural extension activity during the whole RAWE programme. The leadership quality, achievement motivation, extension contact and mass media use were positively and highly significantly with utility perception of students towards RAWE program. The variable, academic performance of the students had positive and significant relationship with utility perception. However, variables viz. gender, family background, parent’s education, parent’s occupation and family income had non-significant relationship with utility perception of students towards RAWE programme. . All respondents suggested that the farmer who have more than two crops in a particular season should be allotted to the students, 93.94 per cents of respondents suggested that allotted farmers should be innovative so that students can get better understanding and 84.85 per cent of students suggested that the respondents should stay with farmer near the farmer's house instead of KVK and got 1st, 2nd and 3rd rank respectively.