Agriculture Education and Knowledge Management

Aug 24, 2010 - 04:00 pm UTC

Cosponsored by IFPRI and the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

This conference will focus on sharing experiences on the challenges facing agricultural education and knowledge management systems. It will address issues related to knowledge generated by educational and research institutes for innovative agriculture. The conference will help in devising ways to strengthen educational institutions’ effective development and delivery of learning programmes designed to impart demand-driven knowledge and skills to farming communities, professionals and other stakeholders.

Major Themes

  • Assessment of educational and human resource needs in rural development and agricultural sector.
  • Approaches, case studies, concepts and methodologies applicable to agricultural education and knowledge management systems
  • Present status and future challenges in agricultural education and knowledge management systems
  • Knowledge access, concepts, creation, applications and services within agricultural communities and organizations
  • Participation of the private sector, farmers’ organizations and NGOs in educating farmers and complimenting the efforts of the public sector
  • Scope, challenges, development and applications of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for effective agricultural education and knowledge management systems
  • Technological innovations in conventional and open and distance education systems and these systems’ effective outreach in agriculture
  • Open and distance learning (ODL) for continuing education for professionals engaged in agro-industry, research, education and extension activities
  • Development of efficient and timely knowledge sharing systems for farmer education
  • Effective pedagogical methods for agricultural education
  • Role of knowledge management in development of agricultural value chain including high-value agriculture and contract farming


Call for Papers 

Conceptual, review and research papers including case studies and developmental experiences of individuals and organizations on any of the above themes are invited. The abstract should be a maximum of 200 words. The abstracts will be screened by the Committee; and upon receiving approval, authors should prepare a full paper. The full papers, typed in double space, should be a maximum of 4,000 words. All abstracts and full papers are to be submitted to the Organizing Secretary. Author(s) are also requested to send the soft copy of their abstract (s) and paper(s) through CD or email to (or) (or)

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts: May 10, 2010
Acceptance notification: May 25, 2010
Submission of full paper: July 26, 2010

Registration Fee

Indian participants: Rs. 2500/-
Students: Rs. 1000/-
Overseas participants: US $500/-

All registration fees and completed registration forms should be sent to the Organizing Secretary. Registration fees should be sent through Demand Draft from any scheduled commercial bank in favour of “IGNOU” and payable to Agartala. Overseas participants can send banker’s cheque. The registration fee includes the registration kit, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Abstract(s), Full papers(s) and Registration Forms may be sent to:

Prof. B.S. Hansra,
Organizing Secretary,
School of Agriculture,
Indira Gandhi National Open University,
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110 068 (India),
Telephone: 91-11-29533166 (Office), 26491480 (Res.),
Fax: 91-11-29533167 (Telefax).

Dr. Suresh Babu,
Organizing Secretary (International),
Programme Leader and Senior Research Fellow,
International Food Policy Research Institute,
Washington, DC, USA,
Telephone: 001-202-862-5618 (Office),

Dr. Praveen Kumar Jain,
Co-organizing Secretary,
Assistant Professor, School of Agriculture,
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU),
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110 068 (India),
Telephone: 91-11-29573091, 29533167 (Office), 29533712 (Res.),
Fax: 91-11-29533167 (Telefax).
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Dr. K.S. Chakraborty,
Co-organizing Secretary (Local),
Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre,
Agartala (Tripura), India,
Telephone: 91-381- 2516714, 2516715 (Office), 09436123605 (Mobile),
Fax: 91-381- 2516266 (Telefax).