PhD Scholar, SKRAU Bikaner
The students READY (Rural Entrepreneurship Awareness Development Yojana) programme aims to provide rural entrepreneurship awareness, practical experience in real-life situation in rural agriculture and creating awareness to undergraduate students about practical agriculture and allied sciences. The SKNAU, Jobner started this programme from the year 2020-21. The study was conducted in 4 constituent and 4 affiliated colleges of SKNAU, Jobner and a sample of 60 students from both types of colleges were selected using simple random sampling through proportional allocation method. For measuring the opinion of students of SKNAU, Jobner regarding Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE), a schedule was prepared by consulting various experts and through research reviews. Thus, this schedule included 40 opinion-based questions. The investigation revealed that majority of students of constituent colleges (71.67%) had favourable opinion whereas, 15 per cent and 13.33 per cent students of constituent colleges were having more favourable and less favourable opinion level regarding RAWE, respectively. Among different statements of opinion, the statements “Village Attachment Programme has helped me to know about the Agronomical Interventions”, “You are benefitted by gaining the experience about farming during Unit Attachments”, “Practical training in plant clinic for 2 weeks was sufficient” and “Interaction with extension agents motivated you for better performance on RAWE” with 98.33 MPS was found to the highest level of the opinion of students of constituent colleges. Whereas the statements “Conduct of PRA in allotted village was difficult” and “Conversation in local language is difficult” (28.33 and 21.67 MPS respectively) was found to the least level of opinion of students of constituent colleges. A significant difference was found in the opinion of students of constituent and affiliated colleges regarding at most statements of RAWE.