Perception of Teachers Regarding Gaps in Student Competencies for Industrial and Farmersâ€™ Needs
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Keywords:Agriculture, Competency, Education, Students, Teachers
This study was designed to describe the gap between the existing and desired competenciesÂ of the agricultural graduates as perceived by the teachers. A survey of active and continuously enrolled undergraduates and post-graduate students was conducted. Data forÂ the study were collected by providing them with a questionnaire. The findings of the study revealed that the teachersâ€™ perception of the competencies as existing and desired in theÂ UG students was ordered in descending manner viz. communication/ICT, entrepreneurial, extension skills, personal, managerial, market/understanding government policy, and technicalÂ competency. While in the case of PG students, the teachers ordered the competencies as important in the desired status were communication/ICT, entrepreneurial, extension skills,Â managerial, personal, market/understanding government policy, and technical competency. The majority of the teachers agreed that the lack of staff was one of the major factorsÂ affecting their fair evaluation of the students along with the overburdening of various other universitiesâ€™ works entrusted upon them. Recommendations include teachers should be assigned jobs concerning the schemes and mandates viz. teaching, research, and extensionÂ so that they can justify their scheme. The teachers in the teaching scheme should have the
prime responsibility of building competencies among the students.
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