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Essential Competencies of Frontline Agricultural Extension Professionals

These studies identifi ed essential job competencies of extension professionals, assessed whether these key competencies were covered in current UG extension curriculum, determined the gaps in essential job competencies of extension professionals and recommended competency-based curriculum with 11 process skills and core competencies and 97 subcompetencies for their inclusion in the UG agricultural extension curriculum.

The key fi ndings include that the agricultural extension curriculum at undergraduate level is weak, course contents need to be updated or revised, new learning strategies like job internship and handson learning are needed, extension departments and extension faculty capacity needs to be enhanced and new textbooks and training manuals are needed. To address the need, we developed this training manual focusing on ‘Essential Competencies of Frontline Agricultural Extension Professionals’.

This training manual is developed primarily to serve as an extension training resource for field- level professionals, research scholars, graduate students and extension faculty. We hope this publication would serve a useful purpose. We would be highly obliged and thankful to receive feedback on this manual for its further improvement.