AGRICUTURAL EXTENSION AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

The Department offers graduate programs leading to MS and PhD degrees.

Research facilities are available for field studies in extension and rural education using the farmers’ situation as a social laboratory. Major research thrusts are identification of constraints to agro rural development; development of alternative extension methods, strategies and approaches; and extension teaching methods & techniques. Adoption and diffusion of  agricultural innovations and  their  socio-cultural  barriers  &  development  of feedback mechanism on farmers’ reactions on new technologies.

Faculty: Dr. Md. Enamul Haque,  Professor; Dr. Md. Safiul Islam Afrad, Professor, Dr. Shaikh Shamim Hasan, Associate Professor; Farhana Yeasmin, Associate Professor; Mohammed Rokonuzzaman, Associate Professor; Muhammad Ziaul Hoque, Assistant Professor and Foyez Ahmed Prodhan, Assistant Professor.

Adjunct Faculty: Md. Amir Hossain, Former Professor, GTI, BAU; Dr. Md. Mozahar Ali, Professor, GTI, Dr. M.A. Momen Miah, Professor, BAU; Dr. M. A. Razzaque,   Ex   Director,   BARC;   Md. Shadat Ullah, Professor, SAU; Dr. Md. Mahfuzul Haque, Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension Education, BAU.

Research Supervisor: Dr. Md. Mozahar Ali, Dr. AKMA Hannan Bhuiyan, Former Professor, BSMRAU; Dhaka; Mr. Md. Shadat Ullah, Professor, SAU; Dr. M. A Razzaque, Ex Director, BARC; Dr. A.N.M. Waliullah, DAE;   Dr.   Md.   Shafiqul   Islam,   Director, BARD, Comilla; Dr. Golam Rabbani Akanda, Professor, PSTU; Dr. M.A. Muttaleb, PSO, BRRI, Mrs. Mahbuba Moonmon, AEO, DAE and Dr. S.K.M. Ahaduzzaman, FAO, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

COURSES

AER 501 Agricultural Extension and Communication (3 cr): Principles, strategies, philosophies and theories of extension education and rural communication and their implications in agricultural extension programs and evaluation of extension programs.

AER 505 Adult Education (3 cr): Philosophy, principles, and major goals of adult education; extension workers, community  leaders  and  agricultural teachers to develop programs and effective methods  of  teaching  adult  farmers;  and role of adult education in agro-rural development.

AER 510 Research Methodology in Extension Education (3 cr): Characteristics of science and scientific methods; types and methods of social research,  selection  of  researchable problems and formulation of theoretical framework; sampling techniques; scaling techniques, development of research instrument, procedure of data collection, analysis;   and   preparation   of   research report.

AER 515 Modeling and Theory Building in Social Science (3 cr): Characteristics and general aims of science and scientific methods; basic concepts of modeling and theory buildings; structure and formats of theory; identification and analysis of programs; and strategies for developing a scientific body of knowledge.

AER 525 Sociology and Psychology of Extension Education (3 cr):    Basic concepts of sociology and social psychology, social structure, stratification and social institutions in rural Bangladesh and their roles in extension education; review of some sociological theories and livelihood strategies and asset pentagon.

AER 530 Extension Program Management and Administration (3 cr):   Principles, theories and management concepts of administering  extension       organizations with major emphasis on program management; administration, supervision and evaluation of extension personnel; and identification of forces affecting administration of agricultural programs.

AER 540 Gender Issues and Youth Programs in Agriculture (3 cr): Concepts of society, culture, environment and technological innovations concerning women’s  participation  in development  in general and women’s involvement in     agriculture in  particular,  gender  issues  and trends; women’s accessibility to extension support services and resources. Youth programs in Bangladesh; and problems and prospects of women and youth development.

AER 545 Community Development (3 cr): Concepts, principles and approaches of community development; rural development and their problems and implications in  hindering  rural  (farming  community) life; community development problems in selected Asian countries with special emphasis on the merits of universal approach- es and strategies of community development works in SAARC countries.

AER 550 Monitoring and Evaluation of

Extension   Program   (3   cr):   Meaning, purpose, and scope of monitoring; quantitative and qualitative monitoring; procedure for monitoring of demonstrations and field days, farmers groups, farmers training, motivational tours/visits, district and upazila fairs, and printed media; using monitoring data; basic concepts in evaluation; steps in evaluating extension programs; aspects of evaluation of a training program:  total  effect  of  training methods and techniques used, instructors, trainees’ performance, and content; re- view of evaluation study of an extension program.

AER 555 Extension Teaching Methods and Techniques (3 cr): Principles and    techniques used in planning, organizing and conducting educational programs for extension workers in agriculture, development workers, professional trainers of both public and private agencies (NGOs). Selection   and   organization   of   subject matter  content  for  specific  courses, analysis of widely used teaching methods by extension agencies in Bangladesh.

AER 596 Reading and Conference (Credit  to  be  arranged  but  not  more than 3 cr): Special study assigned by the Major Professor on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee and/or the     interest of the student.

AER 597 Special Problems (Credit to be arranged but not more than 3 cr): Investigation of special problems not related to a thesis problem as assigned by the Major Professor.

AER 598 Seminar (1 cr): Discussion on an  assigned  topic  in  the  field  of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development.

AER 599 MS Thesis Research (Credit to be arranged but not less than 12 cr): Original thesis research

AER 601 Sociology and Anthropology of Agriculture (3 cr): Nature and meaning of sociology and anthropology of development with special reference to agricultural development; application of theories and concepts to the problems of development; contemporary issues and problems of development; genesis of agriculture, gender issues, kinship relationship; and methodology of anthropological study and case study of ethnic group.

AER 610 Research Systems Management (3 cr):  Research systems and theories and practices of management; current issues and problems in management of research organizations.

AER 620 Project Planning and Develop- ment in Agricultural Extension (3 cr): Concepts of project, its goals and objec- tives; analysis of major steps in designing, planning, and implementation of a project; appraisal and evaluation of project.

AER 625 Group Dynamics and Leadership (3 cr): Introduction to group dynamics; causes of group failure; theory of action; internal and external dynamics of groups; group participation; problem solving steps in tackling group problems; identification of target groups. Concept of leadership; the leader and the group; functions, skills and style of leadership; leadership in organization.

AER 630 Agricultural Knowledge   Sys- tems (3 cr): Concepts, analysis and sys- tems approach to integration of research, extension and the farming community.

AER 640 Transfer of Technology (3 cr): Analysis   of   processes   in   technology transfer to sensitize the clientele from technology  generation  to  utilization, impact of technology on planned social change.

AER 645 Project Preparation and Management (3 cr): Conceptual framework of a project; project management environment in Bangladesh; project processing procedures; project executive agencies in Bangladesh; monitoring and evaluation of project; factors affecting project schedule and cost effectiveness.

AER 660 Comparative Extension Education Systems (3 cr): Analysis of national extension education systems prevailing in selected countries (India, Pakistan, Japan,  the USA etc.) with     emphasis on comparative merits and elements having universal application for strengthening the extension system in Bangladesh.

AER 665 Data Analysis and Interpretation in Extension Education (3 cr): Application and interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics for research and agricultural extension education; data entry techniques and use of computers (SPSS/Pc+).

AER 670 Philosophy of Rural Development (3 cr): Analysis of theories, philosophies and strategies for rural development programs at national, regional and global levels; role of NGOs in rural development.

AER 680 Rural Institutions and Participatory Development (3 cr): Concept, meaning and development of rural institutions; identification, description and analysis of changes in rural institutions affecting socio-cultural, economic and political life of rural communities engaged in agriculture

AER 685 Research Methods and Designs in Social Science (3 cr): Meaning and purpose of research design, type of re- search design in social science; measurement of validity and reliability; scaling techniques;  hypothesis  testing;  selection and use of appropriate tests: correlation, regression, t-test, χ2 etc. in the interpretation of results

AER 696 Reading and Conference (Credit  to  be  arranged  but  not  more than 3 cr): Special study assigned by the Major Professor on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee and/or the     interest of the student.

AER 697 Special Problems (Credit to be arranged but not more than 3 cr): Investigation of special problems not related to a thesis problem as assigned by the Major Professor.

AER 698 Seminar (2 cr, not more then 1 cr per term): Discussion on an assigned topic in the field of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development.

 

AER  699  PhD  Dissertation  Research

(Credit to be arranged but not less than

30 cr): Original thesis research.

Note: Students having cumulative GPA below 3.00 will not be allowed to enroll AER 596, AER 597, AER 696 and AER 697 until he/she raises the cumulative GPA to 3.00 or above.

Table 3. Minimum Course and Research Requirement for MS Degree1

A. Major Courses Cr.        Minor Courses                                                       Cr.

 

1a. Core 15 2a. Core 3
AER 501 Agricultural Extension & 3 STT 501 Methods of Statistics 3
Communication
AER 510 Research Methodology in 3
Extension Education
AER 525 Sociology and Psychology of 3
Extension Education
AER 530 Extension Program 3
Management & Administration
AER 545 Community Development 3
1b. Elective                                                        6          2b. Elective                                          6
AER 505 Adult Education 3 AEC 520 Agricultural 3
Marketing & Trade
AER 540 Gender Issues and Youth 3 AEC 511 Farm Management 3
Program in Agriculture
AER 550 Monitoring and Evaluation of 3 AFE 512 Farming System 3
Extension Program
AER 555 Extension Teaching Methods 3 AGR 501 Principles of Crop 3
and Techniques Production
AER 620 Project Planning and Development in Agricultural Extension 3 ENT 510 Principles of Insect Control 3
AER 625 Group Dynamics and Leader- 3 ENT 518 Integrated Pest 3
ship Management
AER 630 Agricultural Knowledge 3 HRT 501 Principles of 3
System Vegetable Production
AER 640 Transfer of Technology 3 HRT 506 Principles of Fruit 3
Production
STT 520 Sampling & Survey 3

 

 

  1. B. Seminar                                           1

                      Other Courses2                                                     

 

  AER 598   Seminar                                             1                                            

  1. Thesis Research 12

  AER 599  Thesis Research                        Variable                                                                        Total                                                                                                                                            43

 

1   Degree requirements may be changed on the recommendation of the Board of Studies and the

Advisory Committee.

2Approved by the Advisory Committee

Table 4. Minimum Course and Research Requirement for PhD Degree1

 

A. Major Courses Credit Minor Courses Credit
1a. Core 18 2a. Core 6
AER550

 

AER 555

Monitoring and Evaluation of

Extension Program

Extension Teaching Methods

3

 

3

STT 505

 

STT 525

Regression Analysis

 

Multivariate Analysis

3

 

3

 

AER 620

and Techniques

Project Planning and

 

3

 

 

AER 625

Development in Agricultural

Extension

Group Dynamics and Leader-

 

 

3

 

AER 640

ship

Training and Technology

 

3

 

AER 685

Transfer

Research Methods and De-

 

3

                     signs in Social Science                                          
1b. Elective 12 2b. Electiv e 9
AER  515 Modeling      and      Theory

Building in Social Science

3 AEC 511 Farm Management 3
AER 540 Gender Issues and Youth

Programs in Agriculture

3 AEC 540 Agricultural

Development

3
AER 601 Sociology & Anthropology of Agriculture 3 AFE 501 Agroforestry Concepts and Practices 3
AER 610 Research System

Management

3 AFE 512 Farming Systems 3
AER 630 Agricultural Knowledge Sys- tems 3 AGR 501 Principles of Crop

Production

3
AER 645 Project Preparation & Management 3 AGR 525 Principles of Seed

Science & Technology

3
AER 660 Comparative Extension Edu- cation Systems 3 ENT 518 Integrated Pest

Management

3
AER 665 Data Analysis and Interpretation in Extension Education 3 HRT 501 Principles of Vegetable

Production

3
AER 670 Philosophy of Rural

Development

3 HRT 506 Principles of Fruit

Production

3
AER 680 Rural Institutions and

Participatory Development

3 STT 520 Sampling & Survey

 

Other Courses2

3
B. Seminar 2
AER 698 Seminar 2
  1. C. Dissertation Research 30

AER 699     Dissertation Research              Variable

Total                                                                                                                                             77

1Degree requirements may be changed on the recommendation of the Board of Studies and the

Advisory Committee

2Approved by the Advisory Committee