Dr. P. Vijaya Lakshmi, Professor
Dr. P. Vijaya Lakshmi has put up 19 years of experience as an extension scientist, teacher, researcher and trainer at varied capacities. She has joined the university in the year 1998 as Assistant Extension Specialist at ARS, Darsi and served the farming community. Later, she worked as a Scientist (TOT) in DAATTC, Prakasam, Medak and Rangareddy districts and gained vast experience in field level agricultural extension activities and organization of RAWEP by guiding a large number of UG students in Agriculture and Horticulture. By maintaining good rapport with farmers and line department officials, she has coordinated several extension activities and disseminated the need based farm technologies. She was highly successful in conducting rythu sadassus, on-farm trails, FLDs Kissanmelas, field days, farmer scientist interaction programmes, rythu chaitanya yatras and training programmes to line department officials and farmers. She has contributed significantly in dissemination of SRI technology and direct sowing of paddy with 8 row drum seeder in many mandals of Rangareddy district. She gave number of press notes, radio and TV programmes on various crop related technologies, besides publishing popular articles for the benefit of farming community.
In recognition of her contribution in the field of extension, she has received an award of appreciation from the Government of Andhra Pradesh in the year 2010. Dr.Vijaya Lakshmi played a major role in initiation of the project on “To Reach the Unreached” through expert consultation at DAATT Centre, Rangareddy district. She has organized more than eighty training programmes to middle level extension functionaries of agriculture and allied departments of southern states. She has played an active role in developing Mandal Wise-Farming Situation Wise Plans for all the Agro Ecological situations in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh and has provided in-depth insights concerning farming issues and suggested strategies to overcome challenges.
She has published number of research papers in national and international journals. She has documented success stories of farmers of southern region and also conducted follow up study in AP. She has also co-organized international study visit cum training programme to officers of Bangladesh, consultancy training programmes to MAO’s of Telangana State, skill development programmes and interstate training programmes for extension officials of Department of Agricultural Marketing and Agri. Business of Tamil Nadu State. Her areas of specialization are, communication, training management, extension methodologies, leadership and team building,soft skills, gender issues and women empowerment.