1st International Extension Congress 2018 Inaugurated on the theme of New Horizons of Extension: Challenges and Opportunities

Bhubaneswar: The First International Extension Congress 2018 was organized at ICAR – Central Institute for Women in Agriculture (ICAR-CIWA), Bhubaneswar from 1-3 February, 2018 with a vision of “Incessantly evolving and developing Extension Education –the Art and Science for meeting challenges and harnessing opportunities” and with a mission of “ Providing platform to evolve and develop the subject based on the objective-oriented Research related to identified theme areas and interaction among the Extension Professionals”. The Inaugural programme was held on 2nd February 2018 in which Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Prof. S. Pasupalak, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor OUAT and Sri Saurabh Garg, IAS Principal Secretary (Agriculture), Govt. of Odisha were the Guests of Honour. During the chief guest address Dr. Mohapatra informed that extension is not technology transfer and it is beyond that of working on other domains like marketing. He also informemd that extension will be the base for research and which will be the key for agricultural development in the country.
The entire congress comprised of 10 technical sessions in which emerging challenges and innovative approaches in Extension, advancements and futuristic assessment of core areas of extension, envisioning extension in changing context of agriculture and society, professionalism and ethics in extension to several other themes were discussed through interactive presentations and panel discussions. The concluding technical session was based upon interface among all stakeholders. Besides, the programme was graced by several delegates in field of Agriculture and allied disciplines from within and outside India. The congress was attended by several Professionals including Scientists, Policy makers, Extension Personnel and students from the country as well as abroad. On the eve of congress, 15 nos. of exhibition stalls were arranged to display the newly emerging extension technologies of ICAR/SAUs.