“Transferring Agricultural Technology for Social and Economic Growth of Farming Community”
Dr.Patel Prabhubhai Purushottamdas, a son of farmer born on 1st June,1954 in middle class family. He belongs to village SONVAD, Ta:kadi, Dist-Mehsana (Gujarat). After completion of matriculation in the year 1972, he enrolled at B.A.College of Agriculture, Anand for higher study and graduated with first class (65.8%) in the year1976. He joined his Post-Graduate study for the M.Sc(Agri) degree in Extension Education at N.M. College of Agriculture, GAU, Navsari and earned the degree in the year 1978 with First Class (3.46/4.00 OGPA). After completion of the Post-Graduation, he first appointed in the Directorate of Extension Education, Gujarat Agricultural University, Ahmedabad as Agricultural Officer and joined on 14/5/1979. Dr. Patel was selected as Assistant Professor (Ext.Edu.) and assumed on 6-9-1984 at N.M. College of Agriculture, Gujarat Agricultural University, Navsari. Under the Faculty Improvement Scheme of GAU, Dr. Patel was deputed for higher study leading to Ph.D degree in Extension Education at Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani (MS) on 25-10-1987 and completed the study on 9-3-1990 (28 months only). He secured First Class (3.72/4.00 OGPA) in Ph.D. Again, he has resumed in Directorate of Extension Education, Ahmedabad and worked up to 25-8-2004. After division of erstwhile GAU, he opted and transferred to newly established Anand Agricultural University, Anand, and joined as Professor (Ext.Edu.) in Extension Education Institute (EEI). During the period, he worked in EEI as well as Directorate of Extension Education, Anand Agricultural University. Dr. Patel has also shoulder the responsibilities of Principal, Extension Education Institute, AAU, Anand. In view of his experience and expertise in the field of Extension Education, the University has posted him as Director of Extension Education, AAU, Anand on 1-1-2007. He is at present continued as Director of Extension Education of Anand Agricultural University.
During his tenure, he has worked in Gujarat Agricultural University as well as Anand Agricultural University in the different capacities such as Training Coordinator, Professor of Extension Education, Associate Director of Extension Education, Principal of EEI and Director of Extension Education. Dr. Patel has contributed a lot more in teaching, research and extension education activities during his service period. As about 31 research papers in National and International journals, 23 popular articles in Gujarati language, 27 booklets and 03 books and 13 video films/CDs were published by him. In addition to these, 16 TV programmes, 24 AIR programmes were telecasted and broadcasted, respectively by him. As about 10 seminars, 28 workshops, 07 training programmes, 01 symposium, 05 conferences, 02 summer/winter schools were attended and presented papers on related/fields. He has been awarded “Bharat Jyoti Award” and certificate of excellence by India International Friendship Society, New Delhi. He had been awarded state level award by the Government of Gujarat for the best project in the state under the project "Swarnim Swant Sukhay Project". Also appreciated by principal Secretary Government of Gujarat for working in Award Selection Committee(JURY) to select progressive farmers from the country "Vibrant Gujarat Sumit 2013". He has also contributed in re-structuring of Extension Education Programme, Extension Reforms, Establishing new strategies in application of Extension Methodology, formulating farmers interest group and SHGs in rural areas.
Dr. Patel is member of scientific body/committees (12), Govt. body/committees (13), worked in judging panel (08) and member in selection/interview committee as expert in Extension Education subject (23 times). He has planned and organized the Krushi Mahotsva-2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2015-16 ( Ten Mega Events-an Extension Education Role Model) and shoulder the responsibilities as Nodal Officer in Anand Agricultural University. He has guided six M.Sc(Agri) and two Ph.D students in Extension Education. He has examined 22 theses and as about 12 theses Viva-voce examinations were conducted.
Dr. Patel has handled many ICAR and other agency projects of Extension Education. He has proposed different projects on Extension Education, Teaching and Research and made available of Rs. 85.0 crores to the GAU as well as to AAU. Dr. Patel also appointed as National Facilitators for ATMA Project by MANAGE, Hyderabad. Accordingly, he has trained many district and State level officials of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, CG, M.P, etc. and guided them to prepare SREPs and SEWP for ATMA Project and get it sanctioned from Govt. of India. Initially, the office of the State Nodal Officer (ATMA) and Director (SAMETI) was established in the year 2005 with the Directorate of Extension Education, AAU,Anand. Dr. Patel has handled this challengeable job and supported to State Nodal Officer (ATMA).
Dr. Patel has prepared the draft proposal for 11th and 12th FYP, programmes/projects in Extension Education in Anand Agricultural University and got it approved. Besides these, under the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna of Govt. of Gujarat, three tribal projects, viz Polytechnic in Agril. Engineering at Dahod worth of Rs.17.67 crores, Agri. Polyclinic at Dahod of Rs.1.67 crores and Tribal Farm Women Training Centre at Devgadhbaria worth of Rs. 3.93 crores were proposed, get it sanctioned and implemented in the year 2008. In order to open the doors to attain highest position of the 10th (SSCE) pass candidates, the Diploma Agril. Schools including Home Science School (10+2) are converted into Polytechnics like Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Food Science and Home Economics (10+3) by him.
Under his able guidance and leadership, Sardar Patel educational Museum set-up in Anand Agricultural University which is worth visit not only for farmers but for students and visitors/officers from India and abroad.
He made many farmers progressive and also about 55 farmers earned award at district, state and national level as Dr. Patel advised and recommended to them.
At present as about 51 Extension Education projects/schemes like KVKs, SSK, ATIC, FAS, T&V, TOT Projects, EEI and diploma/certificate courses etc. of AAU are planned, organized, guided, supervised, monitored and controlled by Dr. Patel, Director of Extension Education, AAU, Anand.
Extension Efforts to Reach Un-reachedP. P. PATEL