Information Dissemination and Fostering Agricultural Research: Role of the Scientific Societies in India

Abhinav Kumar, Vinod Kumar, Ashok Kumar Sharma and P. D. Meena


In India, around 70% of the population earns its livelihood from agriculture. It fulfils the basic need of human beings and animals. Agriculture is an important source of raw material for many agro-based industries in India. Quality research and development of human resources are the crucial parameters for sustainable development of agriculture across the diversified agro-ecological regions of India. Public and private research institutions have played important role in sustainable development of agriculture sector in India. The role of scientific societies is equally important and committed to accelerate the growth and development of agricultural research, education and extension in the country. The purpose of this study explores the quantitative and qualitative growth of the agricultural societies in India and their role in the agricultural research information dissemination in the country. The information about agricultural societies in India were obtained by several means such published literature & internet and analyzed. The information collection methodology used in study is Forward-Backward Information Search (FBIS). The agricultural societies have grown manifold over the past four decades in India, These societies generally share a common objective to fortify agriculture science discipline, and they achieve this objective through several activities such as publishing journals, organizing conference, seminar, meetings, recognizing achievement of scientists, etc. There are about 116 societies in agricultural sciences so far information collected for this study. This study was necessary for the practical purpose to identify the role of scientific societies are playing in agriculture development in India.

Keyword: Indian agricultural associations; Journal; NAAS; ICAR; Societies; Academies;

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