Report on Training programme on KVK-Net and vKVK being held
The agropedia team at IIT-Kanpur organized for a one day training programme on KVK-Net and vKVK platforms held on 30/08/2011. Participants included fifty KVK experts from the selected 24 KVKs of the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand region. The group of scientists comprised of those selected KVKs which have been equipped with the VSAT facility at their KVK centres. The training programme started with a warm welcome speech given by Dr. T. V. Prabhakar and Dr. A. K. Singh. Mr. Suneel Pandey of IIT-Kanpur gave a live demonstration on KVK-Net platform which later followed by some Hands-on session on KVK-Net platform. In continuation to this Mr. Jeetendra Singh of IIT-Kanpur, gave a live demo on vKVK platform. At the end of the training session Dr. Bangali Baboo National Director of NAIP shared some of his views and experiences on innovations and success stories based on agriculture field. He was very impressed with the three platforms agropedia, KVK-Net, vKVK. Further on, he mentioned agropedia as an excellent platform and requested the participants to make a better use of the platforms, to arrange for contents and different kinds of advisories, upload contents, share experiences, innovations, knowledge. Feedback session was conducted by Dr. R.C. Agarwal, National Coordinator of NAIP. Dr. R.C Agarwal motivated the KVK experts to give some valuable feedbacks on the two platforms especially designed for experts at KVK. The workshop ended with the vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Runa Sarkar of IIM Calcutta. In her message she requested the participants to look agropedia, use, add content and populate agropedia.
Presentation on KVK-Net
Mr. Suneel Pandey of IIT-K gave a live demonstration on KVK-Net portal (Krishi Vigyan Knowledge -Networks). KVK-Net ....an agropedia initiative is an Agricultural Knowledge sharing platform which is sponsored by ICAR and is developed by ZPD-4 and IIT- Kanpur, it is meant for the experts at KVK and has interaction tools Blogs, Discussion Board, Event, Community, Chat and Private message. It is a platform designed for the experts at KVKs for sharing information and experiences. It is a platform where the experts of one region can interact with the experts of other region. Currently, it is planned to launch it in U.P and Uttaranchal region only. After, its success it is planned to extend it to the other states of India.
In his presentation he explained the various functional features of KVK-Net. The platform has various options which make it interactive. To register in the portal one has to first create his account. User can send and receive messages, create blogs & discussion forums, comment on blogs & forums of other people and chat with other users online. Events can be created to schedule a meeting or workshop. Events are followed by Community. Under community there are seven sections in total which includes Corp Science, Horticulture, Extension, HSc. & Economics, NRM, Agriculture Engineering, Animal Husbandry and Fishery. Users can discuss issues as per the community in the relevant community page, like in crop science community the users can talk about all the crops, in the animal husbandry community people can discuss on the disease which affect animals and so on. To honour and recognize the Achievements, a separate page has been created with the sections Innovation and Success Story, where a user can write his/her success stories and share their experiences with others. Discussion Board is a forum, where a user can post any query. The KVK Directory consists of zone wise distribution of all the Krishi Vigyan Kendra's situated in India. The users can click on the links and can get detail information of the KVK of that particular zone. Users Location shows the place and the area a users belongs to. Any user one can send messages through Private messages and in the Message section a user can check his sent and received messages. The users can interact with the online users through chat. A chat window opens as you click on the name of the online user's. Any user can send invitation through Invite a friend and recommend a friend to join KVK-Net platform.
Hands on Session
The demo was followed by the Hands on session. In this session the participants browsed through KVK-Net platform and created their own account. They went through all the features of provided in the platform and also uploaded some contents and created their own blog entries. This session is mainly conducted to keep a check that the users do not face any difficulty in accessing the site.
Presentation on vKVK
The vKVK demonstration was conducted by Mr. Jeetendra Singh of IIT-Kanpur. He focused on the basic features of the vKVK (virtual Krishi Vigyan Kendra) platform. vKVK is a platform that connects KVKs with farmers through internet and mobile technology. It has SMS and Voice messages facility which facilitates effective and efficient functioning of KVKs as an agro-advisory service provider. He demonstrated the method of sending messages to the progressive and general farmers. It is a platform that provides facilities like sending messages i.e. text messages and voice messages directly to the productive and general category farmers for the services which includes sending advisory, alert and private messages. The messages are created according to zone, and then they are forwarded to the farmers of that particular zone. This platform is created with view to help farmers and guide them to follow the proper cropping system, irrigation system, and the precautions to be taken if any disease spread, insect damage, sudden changes in climatic conditions like drought, flood etc is forecasted.
Suggestions and Feedbacks:
- Provide links to market price data on agricultural goods on real time basis.
- Provide attachment option in the success story section.
- Provide attachment option in the Private Message section.
- Allow uploading of pictures of higher sizes in the profile picture.
- To include Video Chat facility in the vKVK platform
- Voice SMS - If the farmer misses the call, there should be some arrangement, so that the voice call is saved and farmer can listen to it afterwards.
- To provide Toll free Numbers to the farmers so that they can call to the scientists directly from the field. The number provided should never change.
- Time bound messages for voice mail- Time should be fixed in the morning and evening to send the voice mail messages.
Overall the workshop remained a successful one. We are thankful to the participants for being a patient listener and for a warm co-operation. We especially express our gratitude and appreciation to the KVK experts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand regions which include the following KVKs like Budaun, Etawah, Saharanpur, Bahraich, Rampur, Siddharth Nagar, Ballia, Aligarh, Pratapgarh (Kalakankar), Kashipur, Chitrakoot, Gonda, Basti, Kannauj (Jalalabad), Kanpur Dehat, KVK Varanasi, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Raebareli, Bijnor, Champawat and Raebareli for extending their support in making this endeavour of ours a success.