This is a comprehensive book dealing with the fundamentals and applied aspects of Information Technology (IT), relevant to Agricultural scenario especially applicable to India. The first part deals with the fundamentals of IT, beginning with computer itself and then detailing about the software, network and internet, which should not only be useful to the beginners who are totally unaware about the computer environment, but also should help the advance users in making the concept more clear. The second part covers the applied aspects of IT for agriculture in terms of Education, Research, Extension and Production. In addition, chapters on Bioinformatics and Challenges further widen the scope of the book making it almost complete as far as the need for the knowledge on Agricultural IT is concerned. The book is intended to fulfill the requirements of not only the students, teachers, scientists and extension workers concerned with agriculture, but also has the content to satisfy the knowledge desire of policy makers and other concerned officials, who believe in capabilities of IT in tapping the real agriculture potential and ultimately in national development.
Dr. Narendrasinh B. Chauhan is Professor and Head incharge, Department of Extension Education, B.A. College of Agriculture, Anand Agricultural University, Anand. He holds an M.Sc and Ph.D (Agri.) in Extension Education. He has working experiences of many years in teaching, social research, training, students developmental activities and extension education. He has authored A Textbook of Agricultural Extension. He has also contributed by writig chapters in many books. He has also edited many books and published several popular articles, research papers and presented papers in many national and international seminars. He is Chief Editor of AAU Newsletter, published by Anand Agricultural University, Anand. He has been working as Editor of College Magazine; B.A. College of Agriculture, Anand since 1997. He is a regular agricultural cartoonist in many agricultural magazines. He is being involved in many research projects either as principle investigator or as co-principle investigator. He has guided many master and doctoral researchers. He is also member of editorial Board of Gujarat Journal of Extension Education. He has own one of the best teachers awarde of the college by B.A. College of Agriculture, Anand Agriculture University, Anand; award for skill in cattle judging by ICAR, New Delhi and award for the investigation, documentation and augmentation of grassroots innovations by SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) IIM, Ahmedabad.