Though the field of extension globally has moved beyond technology transfer to facilitation, learning, organising and building networks, extension research in India is still stuck in studying technology transfer, per se. Moreover, extension research has never received adequate attention from practitioners, managers and faculty in extension. Lack of adequate field-oriented research and poor professional standards in research have considerably eroded the credibility of extension research and practice. It is time to introspect and take corrective measures, argues Dr R. M. Prasad.
(Dr R M Prasad recently retired as Associate Director of Extension from the Kerala Agricultural University,
India and is currently working as an independent consultant. Previously he served as Training Specialist,
Kerala Horticulture Development Programme; Senior Fellow, National Institute of Rural Development;
and Advisor, Government of Meghalaya.(Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)