INDIAN AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS RESEARCH INSTITUTE

( I.C.A.R. )

Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi - 110 012

National Information System on Agricultural Education Network in India

(NISAGENET)

Proceedings of the Workshop on 'Sensitization cum Requirement Analysis for NISAGENET' organized at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu during 25-26 May, 2005


1. Introduction
2. Inaugural Session
3. Workshop Session
4. Recommendations emerged from the workshop


Introduction


National Statistical Commission (NSC-2001) and the Department of Secondary & Higher Education of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India recommended that educational statistics related to agricultural education should be regularly compiled by the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India on an annual basis and a mechanism for the purpose be established. Such statistics are needed for various policy and planning purposes for the educational and manpower planning in the country. To cater to such requirements, a project, 'National Information System on Agricultural Education (NISAGENET)' has been approved by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under its AP Cess Fund Scheme. The project is being executed at the Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI), New Delhi. The project started on 1st January 2005.

For implementation of the technical programme of the project, it has been proposed to organize two days workshops on ‘Sensitization cum Requirement Analysis for NISAGENET' at four locations to cover all the 42 participating organizations that includes State Agricultural Universities, ICAR Deemed to be Universities, Allahabad Agricultural Institute Deemed University, Central Universities and the Central Agricultural University, Imphal. The proposed schedule for the workshops at different locations is as follows:


S.No.

Name of host organisation

Proposed dates for the workshop

1

Rajendra Agricultural University, Samastipur, Pusa-848125, Bihar

28-29 April, 2005

2

MP University of Agriculture & Technology, Udaipur-313001, Rajasthan

17-18 May, 2005

3

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore-641003, Tamil Nadu.

25-26 May, 2005

4

Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi - 110012

07-08 June, 2005

The broad objectives of these workshops are as follows:

·        Sensitization of the policy makers, managers and other administrators about the need of timely providing the information as per NSC recommendations.

·        Establishing Linkages between Coordinating NISAGENET Unit and participating organizations and their sub-centers.

·        Definition of Data requirements of NISAGENET. 

·        To discuss and finalise the schedules designed for data collection from the basic sources.

·        To discuss the requirement analysis document for possible improvements. 

·        To emphasize on technical support in designing and preparation of annual statistical report publications

·        To emphasize that the Internet connectivity, Computers and manpower assistance be provided by the SAU concerned to the local NISAGENET Unit.


For the institutions located in the southern region of the country, the third Sensitization cum Requirement Analysis workshop on NISAGENET was organized at Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu during 25-26 May 2005 as per the following programme.

 

25-05-2005

Wednesday

09.15 – 09.20

Prayer

09.20 – 11.00

Inaugural Session

·        Welcome Address by Dr. C.R. Ranganathan, Professor of Mathematics & Nodal Officer NISAGENET, Department of Physical Sciences & Information Technology, TNAU, Coimbatore

·        Presidential Address by Dr. R. Manian, Dean, AEC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore

·        Goals of NISAGENET by Dr. R.C.Goyal, Principal Scientist and Principal Investigator, NISAGENET, IASRI, New Delhi

·        Special Address by Dr. S.D.Sharma, Director, IASRI, New Delhi

·        Inaugural Address by Dr. S.D. Sundar Singh, Registrar TNAU, Coimbatore

·        Vote of thanks by Dr. C. Kailasam, Professor and Head, Department of Physical Sciences & Information Technology, TNAU, Coimbatore

11:30 – 13:00

Session I

·        Presentation on Sensitization cum Requirement Analysis for NISAGENET

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 17:00

Session II

·        Data requirement of NISAGENET

·        Discussion on schedules I, II, III designed for primary data collection

26-05-2005

Thursday

10.00 – 13.00

Session III

·        Discussion on schedules IV, V & VI designed for primary data collection

·        Discussion on Requirement Analysis for NISAGENET

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 17:00

Session IV

·        Recommendations and finalization of schedules and Requirement Analysis document

·        Valedictory Programme

Forenoon tea break: 11:15 – 11:30

Afternoon tea break: 15:15 – 15:30


The Nodal Officers from the following universities were invited to participate in this workshop at TNAU, Coimbatore.

  • Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad
  • University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka
  • Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala
  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Tamil Nadu Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Chennai

  • Under general users' expectations from NISAGENET, it was felt that the system must have the capabilities to provide readily available reports/queries on the following items:

    • University Historical Information including Establishment & Growth
    • Contact Details of University Academics and Officials such as the following:
      • Vice Chancellor
      • Director (Research/Extension/Student Welfare/Instruction) of SAUs
      • Deans of Universities
      • Dean / Associate Dean (Colleges)                 
      • Principal of Colleges                      
      • Registrar
      • Comptroller
      • Deputy Registrar

    • Affiliated Colleges Information
    • Bachelors, Masters &  Ph.D Programmes in various Disciplines
    • Mode of Admission to various Programmes
    • Prerequisite Qualification for Admission (General)
    • Prerequisite Qualification for Admission (SC/ST/OBC/Handicapped)
    • Scholarships available to Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D Programmes
    • Proportion of Reservation (SC/ST/OBC/Handicapped)

    Under NARS Management Expectations/Requirements from NISAGENET, it was emphasized that the system must have the capabilities to provide information as reports/queries on the following items:


    • Bachelors, Masters and Ph. D. students admitted, and passed at university and country level
    • College-wise number of students Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees obtained
    • Training programmes organized by SAUs
    • Students Employed Through Employment Cell In SAUs

    • University Financial Receipts
    • Source-Wise Income of University

    • College-Wise Funds Allocation

    • Budget Expenditure, Unit-Wise

    • Faculty Status in the Universities

    • Technical Staff status in the SAUs
    • Administrative and other staff details
    • Personal information of the faculty
    • Research & development activities
    • University publications
    • New varieties developed
    • Summer schools, Kisan mela’s and women training programmes etc. organised in the SAUs

    Finally the Ministry of HRD requirements were discussed. All the participants gave their suggestions for and expectations from NISAGENET. Dr. C.R. Ranganathan concluded the workshop and requested all the Nodal Officers and concerned authorities of their organisations to provide necessary support for basic data collection, development and implementation of NISAGENET. He assured full support in providing data for NISAGENET. Dr. S.D. Sharma, Director, IASRI, thanked the university authorities and the academicians, faculty and staff for the excellent arrangements made for organizing the sensitization workshop at TNAU, Coimbatore.  Lastly, Dr. C. Kailasam, Professor and Head, Department of Physical Sciences & Information Technology, TNAU, Coimbatore proposed vote of thanks.


    Recommendations emerged from the workshop:


    During the workshop sessions, the nodal officers suggested various requirements for the collection of data. The following recommendations were emerged:

    ·        There is a strong need to sensitize the data source managers (Deans/Registrars etc.) to provide all technical support to the Nodal Officers in providing data as per NISAGENET requirements. This may be achieved by organising orientation programs by the Nodal Officers at their respective universities. 

    ·        DDG (Education) and Director, IASRI may be requested to send letters to the VCs for providing additional technical staff, computer facilities and directing the concerned authorities to provide the necessary data for NISAGENET.

    ·        It was recommended that a letter might be sent to each participating organisations, requesting the concerned authorities to allow one or two associates to work with the Nodal Officer.

    ·        The nodal officers also requested that the fund allocation to their organizations is not sufficient. They may be authorised to utilize NISAGENET budget for engaging temporary casual workers to assist in data collection and data entry work.

    ·        A provision of Laptop computer for the Nodal Officers may be made in the project.

    ·        It was also suggested to design separate and independent schedules for collecting the data from university and their affiliated colleges. The fee structure for different courses separately for Indian and Foreign students may be considered for inclusion in the schedules for basic data collection.  All the terms used in the schedules for data collection need to be specifically defined and elaborated.

    ·        It was suggested that the website of NISAGENET must provide e-mail addresses of all Nodal Officers, linkages of all participating organizations and the proceedings of all workshops being organised.

    ·        In order to include the information of private agricultural colleges affiliated to other central universities, there is strong need to identify and locate agricultural colleges in different states. Then linkages may be established to collect necessary data by the Nodal Officers located nearer to such colleges. DDG (Education) and Director, IASRI may also be requested to write to private agricultural colleges for providing technical support and data for NISAGENET.

     

    25 May, 2005 Wednesday


    Inaugural Session


    The inaugural function of the workshop was arranged at the Seminar Hall I of the Agricultural Engineering College & Research Institute, TNAU, Coimbatore The workshop started in the morning at 9:15 AM with prayer. Dr. R. Manian, Dean, AEC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore presided over the function. Dr. C.R. Ranganathan, Professor of Mathematics & Nodal Officer NISAGENET, the organizer of the workshop welcomed the participants. After the welcome address, the participants introduced themselves to the audience. Dr. R.C. Goyal, Principal Investigator of NISAGENET gave brief introduction of the AP Cess funded project, objectives of the workshop and the role and responsibilities of participating organisations. Dr. R. Manian, Dean, AEC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore delivered the presidential address. Dr. S.D. Sharma, Director, IASRI, delivered special address and highlighted various key points of the project including National Statistical Commission recommendations and the statistical data requirements of the Department of Secondary & Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Dr. S.D. Sundar Singh, Registrar TNAU, Coimbatore delivered the inaugural address and assured to provide all assistance and support in providing the data to NISAGENET. Dr. C. Kailasam, Professor and Head, Department of Physical Sciences & Information Technology, TNAU, Coimbatore, proposed the vote of thanks.


    Session I: Presentation on Sensitization cum Requirement Analysis for NISAGENET


    After the inaugural session Dr R.C. Goyal, PI gave a detailed presentation on objectives of the workshop and the need for Sensitization cum Requirement Analysis for NISAGENET project. The major points highlighted during the presentation were as follows:

    ·        Recommendations of National Statistical Commission (NSC)

    ·        Data requirements of Ministry of HRD

    ·        Organisational structure network of NISAGENET

    ·        Objectives and information base of NISAGENET

    ·       Establishment and strengthening of Coordinating Unit and Lead Center IASRI, New Delhi with overall responsibilities.

          ·        Establishment of NISAGENET Units at each Participating Organizations and their responsibilities

    ·        Collection and compilation of data on Agricultural Education

    ·        Designing, Development and Implementation of NISAGENET

    ·        Need of Publications of Annual Statistical Bulletins on Agricultural Education in India

    ·        Requirement Analysis including expectations of general users, National Agricultural Research System(NARS) Managers and the Ministry of HRD, Government of India from the NISAGENET

    Finally Dr. Goyal concluded that the NISAGENET system should provide a unified information system for collection, compilation and analysis of information about the activities of the agricultural education system in India. It will be possible to provide all the information as desired by the NSC. Apart from meeting NSC recommendations, the Information related to General aspects & Academics of the Universities, Infrastructural facilities, Budget provision, Manpower employed, R&D activities of all the SAU’s and Deemed universities of ICAR will be made available through a single source of information. From this information system, the annual publications and statistical bulletins on Agricultural Education may be published.


    Session II: Data requirement of NISAGENET and discussion on schedules designed for primary data collection


    For primary data collection six schedules has been designed by the lead center IASRI to broadly cover general aspects and academic data of the universities, infrastructural facilities in the universities, budget provision, manpower employed, personal information of the faculty and research & development activities. The major data items covered under these schedules were as follows:


    Academic Information - Schedule – I


  • General information about universities & its affiliated colleges
  • Details about administrative heads
  • Disciplines /Bachelors/Masters/ Ph.D. programs in the university
  • Training programs organised
  • Mode of admission to different programs
  • Strength of students
  • Scholarships and reservations in different programs
  • Placement Cell

  • Infrastructural Facilities - Schedule - II


  • Laboratory facilities
  • Lecture rooms
  • Opportunities for improving competence of Faculty
  • Sports/cultural facilities
  • Hostel facilities
  • Guest House facilities
  • Library facilities
  • Medical facilities

  • Budget Information - Schedule - III

  • University financial receipts from different sources
  • Source-wise income of university
  • Funds allocation to different colleges
  • Details of budget expenditure


  • Manpower Information - Schedule - IV

  • Sanctioned, In Position and Vacant
  • Status of faculty members
  • Status of technical staff
  • Status of administrative staff
  • Status of auxiliary staff and
  • Additional staff requirements

  • Personal Information - Schedule - V

  • Background information
  • Academic details
  • Service particulars
  • Training programmes attended
  • Number of publications
  • Varieties developed
  • Packages of practices developed
  • Awards and achievements

  • Achievements & Highlights - Schedule - VI

  • University academic achievements
  • University R&D activities
  • Workshops, Seminar/Conferences, Summer/Winter schools, Field demonstrations, Women training programs, Kisan melas, organized and plan to organize in the coming year
  • University publications
  • Technologies developed
  • On-going research projects


  • In this session the schedules were presented one by one for discussion and valuable comments of the participants. The Nodal Officers present from different universities discussed each item of the schedules and provided constructive suggestions for data quantity and quality improvement. The feasibility of obtaining information on the data items was discussed at length. It was suggested that schedules should be accompanied with the illustrative descriptions of the data items and the definitions of terms and concepts used. The suggestions of the various participants were noted down for modifications and inclusion into the schedule.


    In this session the following participants (Nodal Officers, participants from TNAU, Coimbatore and IASRI, New Delhi) actively participated in the discussions and suggestions for improvements in the basic data collection schedules:


  • Dr S D Sharma, Director, IASRI, New Delhi
  • Dr. R. Manian, Dean, AEC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore
  • Dr. C.R. Ranganathan, Professor of Mathematics & Nodal Officer NISAGENET, TNAU, Coimbatore
  • Dr. C. Kailasam, Professor and Head, Department of Physical Sciences & Information Technology, TNAU, Coimbatore
  • Dr R C Goyal, Principal Scientist and Principal Investigator, NISAGENET, IASRI, New Delhi
  • Dr. R. Palanisamy, Professor (Mathematics), Department of Physical Sciences & IT, Agricultural Engineering College & Research Institute, TNAU, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Dr. B.S. Kulkarni, Professor & Head, Department of Statistics, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad, A.P           
  • Sh. P.A. Katarki, Associate Professor & Head, Deptt. of Agri. Statistics, College of Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka
  • Prof. K. Madhavan Nair, Coordinator, Centre for Information Technology, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala           
  • Dr. G. Thulasi, Professor & Head, Bioinformatics Centre, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu     
  • Dr. R. Venkatachalam, Assistant Professor (IT), TNAU, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Dr. M. Suresh, Assistant Professor (Ag. Stat.) TNAU, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Dr. S.R. Krishna Priya, Senior Research Fellow(Statistics), Department of Physical Sciences & IT, AEC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Sh. R. Gangai Selvi, Senior Research Fellow(Statistics), Department of Physical Sciences & IT, AEC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Sh. P.G. Saravanan, Senior Research Fellow(Statistics), Department of Physical Sciences & IT, AEC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Sh. R. Pangayar Selvi, Senior Research Fellow(Mathematics), Department of Physical Sciences & IT, AEC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu


  • 26 May 2005 Thursday


    Session III & IV: Discussion on schedules, Requirement analysis and recommendations

    The suggestions of the participants received the previous day were incorporated into the schedules. As suggested in the workshop, independent schedules were prepared for the university and the affiliated colleges. The modified schedules were presented to the members for further comments and suggestions of the participants. Most of the suggestions were incorporated on the spot itself, into the schedules and in particular, the schedule for college level data collection was finalised.


    Thereafter, Dr. R. C. Goyal made a presentation wherein the expectations and requirements of the users from the NISAGENET were discussed. Broadly following three classes of users' expectations and the requirements were discussed: 

  • General users' expectations from NISAGENET
  • NARS Management expectations/requirements
  • Government and Ministry of HRD expectations/requirements