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About PG Diploma in Agri Informatics (To be announced)

Introduction

Today a new paradigm of agricultural development is fast emerging : in both developing and developed countries the overall development of rural areas is expanding in new directions old ways of delivering important services to citizens are being challenged and traditional societies are being transformed into knowledge societies all over the world. The report of the Task Force on India as Knowledge Superpower (GOI, 2001) emphasized the necessity of developing the capacity to generate, absorb, disseminate and protect knowledge and exploit it as a powerful tool to derive societal transformation. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is seen as an important means of achieving such a transformation.

When used as a broad tool for providing local farming communities with scientific knowledge, ICT heralds the formation of knowledge societies in the rural areas of the developing world. However, this can only be realized when knowledge and information are effectively harvested for overall agricultural and rural development. The development of precision farming in countries of the North emphasizes knowledge-intensity hence the agricultural paradigm in the developing world will have to be recast to take advantage of knowledge availability to achieve multiple goals: of income, food, jobs, etc. ICT has a significant role to perform in evolving such a paradigm, as was evident from the Interdisciplinary Dialogue on IT: Reaching the Unreached (Swaminathan MS, 1993). The role of ICT to enhance food security and agricultural livelihoods are widely recognized and discussed world over. This includes the use of computers, Internet, Geographical Information Systems, mobile phones, as well as traditional media such as radio or TV . There are several e-governance initiatives in the country in the area of Agriculture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Diary and allied sectors.

Convergence of ICT with Agricultural development

Agricultural extension activities; developing farming system, research and extension having location-specific modules of research and extension and promoting market extension, sustainable agricultural development, participatory research, etc. are some of the numerous areas where ICT can play an important role. Several research studies conducted on extension organisations have revealed that the delivery of goods is effective when the grass roots extension worker covers a small area of jurisdiction, with multiple purposes (broad basing). The existing system of large jurisdictions, each with a narrow range of activities, is less effective. However, broad basing requires grass roots workers to be at the cutting edge of extension and master of many trades, which is not really possible. ICT can help here, by enabling extension workers to gather, store, retrieve and disseminate a broad range of information needed by farmers, thus transforming them from extension workers into knowledge workers. The emergence of such knowledge workers will result in the realisation of the much talked about bottom-up, demand driven technology generation, assessment, refinement and transfer. ICT helps the extension system in re-orienting itself towards the overall agricultural development of small production systems. With the appropriate knowledge, small-scale producers can even have a competitive edge over larger operations.

Objective of the course

The objective of this course is 1. To impart conceptual, theoretical and applied knowledge of Information Technology, Management, Informatics, and Agriculture
2. To impart sound knowledge in Science, Technology and Management related to Agriculture Information Systems and their applications in relevant fields with the latest technology and tools.
3. To cater the needs of industry, research, extension and scientific organizations in global era in emerging field of Agri Informatics and related areas. 3. Generating human resources with the right skills, knowledge, aptitude and leadership qualities for effective the effective design and implementation of ICT enabled agricultural production and extension services for the country
4. Conceptualization of ideas and development of various e-enabled agri information services, systems and process for improving the agricultural production and marketing system
5. To broaden the scope of Agri e-extension services in the country

About the Program

The programme aims at high standards in Information Technology, Information Systems, ICT enabled Agricultural Production/Extension Systems, Management and focuses on capacity building in Agricultural production and Extension through developing foundations in Information Technology, Information management, Media communication and Managerial Skills.

The duration of the programme is one year and the courses are carefully designed to attain both technical and managerial aspects, which enable them to grow into competent professionals. There are 10 core courses spread across 2 semesters accumulating 35 credits. Students are also required to take up 3 electives of 9 credits and the total requirement of credit is 50. As part of the course the candidates are required to undertake a project work in the final semester in any allied departments, Organizations within or outside the state including leading R&D organizations of 6 credits. The programme also includes lab sessions, field trips, visits and managerial skills development.

Salient Features of the program

1. The Students are selected through competitive entrance examinations and followed by an interview at IIITM-K
2. Students will be provided with 24x 7 lab with high-end network, high speed internet and software services
3. Active involvement with live project development exposure through Agri informatics Projects of IIITM-K.
4. Curriculum is designed carefully by eminent scientists and academicians, Government and IT industry with fully customized syllabus, covering basics and advanced levels with cutting edge technologies and also orient them more into the understanding of ICT enabled agricultural information services and Projects
5. Field visits/Trips/ organizational visits to familiarize the participants with e-extension projects in the country
6. Faculty are drawn from leading research and academic organizations, who are highly competent, recognized and proven track record of implementing such high value Agri Informatics Projects in the country.
7. Equipped with IIITM-K`s web based e-learning tools and pedagogy model for learning, Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT)
8. Exchange of Information using virtual teamwork, and online collaboration and community interaction tools
9. Supported with Learning Management System, Digital Library, Multi media based video lectures, and Wiki for open content generation
10. Training is held in IIITM-K, Technopark, with state of the art Agri Informatics laboratories like advanced GIS lab, Digital Video/Audio Production Studio, Information Systems and Content Development labs which provides ample opportunity for the participants to work with various developments.

Syllabus

Core Courses

The student should have earned 35 credits from the following 10 core courses:

  • AI1C1: Fundamentals of Agricultural Information and Communication Management
  • AI1C2: Introduction to Information Technology and Information Systems
  • AI1C3:Agricultural Extension Strategies and cyber extension
  • AI1C4:Managerial Economics and Statistical methods
  • AI1C5:Geo Informatics and Remote Sensing Applications in Agriculture
  • AI1C6: Database Management Systems
  • AI1C7 : Principles of Agri Business Management
  • AI2C1: Fundamentals of Programming and Web Technology
  • AI2C2: Agri Journalism and Mass Media Communication
  • AI2C3 : Advanced Project Management

Elective Courses

The student is required to earn at least 9 credits in 3 Elective courses one from the following list of courses:

  • AI1E1: Expert Systems and Decision Support Systems
  • AI1E2: Precision-farming Techniques
  • AI1E3: Media Journalism and Digital Audio/Video production
  • AI1E4 : Entrepreneurship Development
  • AI1E5: Datamining

Internship/Project

Students have to carry out their internship project in any reputed academic/research institutes or Government departments or organization or industry. The internship project aims at giving the student an opportunity to participate and work in a substantive project activity. The students may also get a chance to work with any of eh Agri informatics projects of the institute.  The project is worth 6 credits.Semester wise Break up of Courses

Semester : I

Sl. No

Course Code

Course Title

1

AI1C1

Fundamentals of Agri. Information and Communication Management

2

AI1C2

Introduction to IT and IS

3

AI1C3

Agricultural Extension Strategies and cyber extension

4

AI1C4

Managerial Economics and Statistical methods

5

AI1C5

Geo Informatics and Remote Sensing Applications in Agriculture

6

AI1C6

Database Management Systems

7

AI1C7

Principles of Agri Business Management

8

AIXXX

Elective 1

Semester : II

Sl. No

Course Code

Course Title

1

AI2C1

Fundamentals of Programming and Web Technology

2

AI2C2

Agri Journalism and Mass Media Communication

3

AI2C3

Advanced Project Management

4

AIXXX

Elective - I

5

AIXXX

Elective - II

6

AIXXX

Internship Project

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