Science and Integrated Rural Development

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Overview

  • Author :M.S. Swaminathan
  • Year of Publication :1991
  • ISBN: :9788170223573
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XII, 354
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Rural Development, Science and Technology

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About the Book :

Rural reconstruction and development are by their very nature linked to agricultural development in India, since land and water based occupations involving crop and animal husbandry, fisheries and forestry constitute the basic industry of rural India. Village uplift and the socio economic transformation of rural society hence must be based on agricultural needs and potential. This book presents a comprehensive picture of Integrated Rural Development and offers suggestions on the specific areas in which programmes for development can be initiated and successfully implemented. Each chapter concerns itself with a specific theme and offers practical and workable suggestions for qualitative and quantitative improvement in all spheres of rural development. some of the more important themes dealt with in this book are irrigation, rainfall and dry land agriculture, agricultural evolution and productivity, employment, drought management and the scientific utilisation of natural resources. Apart from general chapters on India agricultural future and rural regeneration, there are also chapters devoted to adult education for agricultural progress, non monetary inputs in education and the role of science in Integrated Rural Development, both in his analysis and his recommendations, Dr. Swaminathan has brought to bear a scientific outlook which, however, is also an extremely practical one based on rural realities. The book is therefore a source of valuable information to all those interested in harnessing science for promoting rural and agrarian prosperity.


About Author :

Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan (b. 1925) is a distinguished scientist of international repute whose work in the field of basic and plant genetics over a period of 30 years has justly earned him numerous national and international awards and honours. A Fellow of the National science Academy and of the Royal Society of London, he has also been a recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards form the President of India. In 1977he was elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. and in 1978 he become a Foreign Member of the All Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the U.S.S.R. He received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1971. More recently, he was elected Independent Chairman of the FAO Council. In the course of a varied and distinguished career he has been Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture. In April 1980 he became Member, Planning Commission of India, a position he occupied until April 1982 when he was appointed Director General of the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.