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INFORMATION NETWORKING IN RESEARCH, TEACHING AND EXTENSION SYSTEMS
Vengatesan D, Santha G and Jeyalakshmi
Presently the information sharing among these systems is weak, because mostly the information sharing is done through seminars, workshops, conferences, symposia, journals, newsletter, postal system, Such king of exchange of information is delayed and is of poor quality, incomplete, sometimes outdated, not synthesized, less frequent and having less coverage. This process is laborious, expensive, time consuming and requires a lot of technical support. For example in professional work unattended; he will have to leave his routine professional work unattended; he will incur expenditure in terms of travel, stay and for other facilities. In order to improve the efficiency of information sharing, systems can be inter-limited through various network mechanisms. At the movement, very few of the system are hooked up with any of the network available in the country. Some of the latest technologies available for information exchange are INTERNET, NICNET, VSAT, E-mail, Cellular, Mobile phones, Radio paging, Video conferencing, Voice mail etc.,
The information under the systems should include production, productivity, area coverage under different cropping systems, researchable issues, status on on-going researches, thrust areas, diagnosis and analysis of field problems, availability of resources and infrastructure, indigenous knowledge, information on genetic resources, particular son genetic resources, particulars on agro-eco-systems, weather forecasting, market intelligence, demographic factors and human resource development. Extension system should have information on strategies, project experience, training needs, socio-cultural factors, HRD, the latest technological innovations available under different agro-eco-system and different production system etc. Teaching system should have the information on updating of course materials, teaching methods, uniformly of syllabus, up gradation of teaching skills, literature on previous studies etc.
An attempt is made to explain about the various information networking available in research, teaching and extension systems further this paper sill provide insight about the types of information services available of social scientists