Strengthening Transfer of Technology Among High Altitude Community of Ladakh
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Different socio-cultural environment requires different method of technological interventions, so is true of cold-arid high
altitude communities (HACs). In India, cold-arid HAC like Ladakh (J&K) and Lahoul Spiti (HP) has been neglected in
this respect because of their lack of representation at national level due to their meager proportion in terms of population
size. Though there has been considerable interest shown by social scientists in understanding the socio-cultural
environment prevailing in these parts of the world, but there has been lack of interest among researchers to understand and
contrive a model of technology intervention among such communities. This has resulted into the adoption of 'copy and
paste' model of technology intervention modalities, where models adopted for lowlanders were/are applied for HAC at
various policy decision making platforms. Therefore an effort has been made through this paper to understand the various
factors (both local and contextual) whose understanding would help extension workers and policy makers in increasing
the efficacy and rate of technology transfer among HAC. Emphasis has been given to understand the prevailing local
institutions, local wisdom and resource management practices and how these understanding could be applied in various
extension activities for an effective technology transfer and intervention. The present study limit itself to Ladakh region
due to accessibility constraints and the familiarity of the results.
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