The strength of any organization is determined not mere by number of employees but by the technical competence of its human resources. Training plays an important role in improving the professional competence of employees in performing their duties. But training is a costly input involving human, material, financial and other resources. Thus it becomes essential for the training institutions/sponsoring institutions to know what has been the effect and impact of the training programme. Hence there is every need to take follow up activities to find out the utility of knowledge and skills learnt in the field situation or in the organizations. Identify the constraints/ reasons for non-utilization of knowledge and skills acquired by the participants will help to provide reinforcement for application as well as refining training programmes. Also future need areas also can be identified during follow up to plan future programmes accordingly.
EEI conducts follow up study regularly once in three years to identify the future needs of the officers and to make further improvements in the content delivery. During the visits to the client states, EEI faculty conduct state level review meetings, interact with the Commissioners/Directors, training in-charges, participants and the farmers of on campus and off campus training programmes conducted by EEI during previous 3 years.
EEI Faculty involved in Follow up:
|Tamilnadu||24-27 July 2007|
and Dr.V.Sudha Rani
|Karnataka||24-27 July 2007
|Dr.P.Rameshkumar Reddy, Dr.B.Jamuna Rani
|Orissa||16thto 19thJuly 2011|
|Andhra Pradesh||16thto 25thJune 2011|
Each individual team visited 3-4 districts in each state and met the EEI trained officials of development departments at their work place, and also interacted with the farmers, the end users in the field. EEI has developed suitable formats, interview schedules and check lists to elicit information and get real feedback on EEI training programmes. The follow up teams also conducted brain storming sessions and focus group discussions to find out the field realities and to provide need based suggestions.
The follow up visits helped the faculty to know the applicability of training imparted by EEI in the field and also the problems in utilization at back home situation and to suggest suitable modifications based on field realities.
The reports of Follow up visits in 3 client states indicates that EEI Rajendranagar has created positive impact on the development departments, trainees of EEI and the farming community of client states.
The following results provide the glimpses of feed back on EEI and its training programmes.
- All the trainees expressed that the training they received at EEI is useful to them at field level in various extension activities viz., farmers trainings, demonstrations, group discussions, formation of SHGs and net working them and federating at various levels. farmers interactions and in planning and implementation of different departmental programmes and schemes.
- Majority of the trainees (90%) referred the reading material provided to them as and when they took up related activity.
- Trainees expressed their willingness to under go training at EEI, regularly to keep them selves abreast with recent developments in Agricultural Extension approaches and management.
- The officers developed video programmes on various aspects for use to train farmers
- They have shown the groups formed by them and interventions made by them by liking to markets
Suggestions for Improvement
- EEI trainings should be conducted to all district level officers.
- Training programmes should be conducted from Monday to Friday.
- Need to include some of the subject matter experts along with Extension Institute staff.
- More information on marketing aspects are required to deal with farming community.
- In Training programmes practical orientation must be increased through field visits.
- Majority of the trainees requested that the training calendar of EEI may be circulated among all the staff by the concerned departments so that they themselves can choose for deputation in the need ful areas and improve their performance.
- NGOs or Self Help Group representatives or private organizations may be involved in training programmes
- Provision of (infrastructure) digital cameras, A.V. Aids etc; for effective use of mass media in disseminating information. They also requested for the training in use of A.V. aids kit. and computer applications
- Trainees suggested to conduct follow up every year.
- Because of too many other departmental activities being entrusted on, they felt that they are unable to use the learnt skills.
- Few trainees felt trainees were sent for training just before retirement, which may be avoided.
- Expertise of the trained officer should be utilized .