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Students’ Perceptions on the Effect of COVID 19 on Agricultural Higher Education in India

D. Thammi Raju , P. Ramesh , Sweety Sharma , P. Krishnan , B.S. Yashavanth , S.K. Soam and Ch. Srinivasarao

Abstract

The study analysed the temporal changes in the perceptions of students of agricultural higher education due to disruption of the COVID 19 pandemic and recommends strategies to deal with it. An online survey was conducted involving students of agricultural higher education at two intervals to capture their perceptions on the academic, physical, and psychological disruptions due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Among these three aspects, changes in behavioural aspects are significant over time, which is reflected in terms of viz., attitude, frustration, anxiety, depression, uncertainty, desire for cocooning and boredom. Students showed a positive response towards continuing educational activities through online and e-learning modes. Adapting to new normal necessitated extensive use of digital technologies in education that challenged the face to face instructions, approaches to learning and assessment. Counselling and mentoring of students are found mandatory in pandemics. The development of a sustainable digital ecosystem of learning with equal weightage on students' physical and psychological well-being is needed. New approaches of learning are to evolve due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Keyword: Agricultural education; Pandemic-led disruptions; COVID19; Temporal changes; Students’ perceptions.

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