Dissertation Proposal Defense - Ramjee Ghimire - March 19

Date: March 19, 2015
Location: Natural Resources - RM 130

Assessment of the Core Competencies of Agricultural Extension Professionals in Nepal 

Dissertation Proposal Defense 


Ramjee Ghimire 

Thursday, March 19, 2015 

Time: 10:30 am 

Room # 130, Natural Resources Building 


Competent extension professionals are the assets of Agricultural Extension Services. Diverse and dynamic agricultural systems, advancing science and technologies, changing sociodemographics, increasing globalization, and growing competition for resources demand agricultural extension professionals to be proficient in the technical aspects of their areas of expertise, as well as in the delivery of the services. Extension professionals need core competencies, which refer to knowledge, skills, and abilities, in order for them to execute their tasks well. Extension professionals in many developing countries, including Nepal, were trained in a traditional education system, with focus on technical subjects. Little is known about their core competency needs and their abilities, for serving their clients in changing contexts. Management of extension services, including human resource development, remains a challenge. This study seeks to identify and examine core competencies of extension professionals in Nepal utilizing competence-based human resource management theories. The goal of the study is to develop a list of the core competencies of the Nepalese agricultural extension professionals. Findings may have implications for designing and improving Nepal’s agricultural extension education and training programs and related curricula. 

Committee Members: 

  • Dr. Murari Suvedi, Chairperson 
  • Dr. Michael Kaplowitz, Member 
  • Dr. Robert Richardson, Member 
  • Dr. John Dirkx, Member