Assessment of Core Competencies of Livestock Extension Professionals in India
The study was undertaken in three South Indian states, namely: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana. The data, collected in 2015-16 from nine districts in the three states, came from in-depth questionnaires filled by 270 Veterinary Assistant Surgeons (VASs), who are the middle level livestock extension professionals. The key survey questions were on ten core areas viz., specific livestock extension and subject matter competencies, technical subject matter application competencies, livestock extension program development, implementation and evaluation competencies, communication, education and informational technology competencies, personal, professional development and diversity competencies. The respondents rated the competencies on (a) how important are these competencies and (b) what is the current level of knowledge and/or skills to perform each competency. In addition, data were also collected on appropriate ways to acquire core competencies, additional competencies needed and recommend activities / programs to enhance core competencies.