We are living in such a phase where we need continuous flow of information in each and every second. Even our today’s life processes are running with the introduction of ‘e’ i.e., ‘Electronic’. In the earlier age of civilization, the information was conveyed face to face but with the continuous upgradation of technologies it moved from ‘verbal' to ‘print’ to 'multimedia’ to very recently ‘electronic technologies’.

Not only in the field of education, business, industry and other sectors, we need continuous information flow in agriculture also. As we know that 65-70% population of our country is dependent on the agriculture as their main source of livelihood, there is a urgent to give latest and continuous information flow on different aspects of agriculture so that the farmers can utilize the information and can compete with the other countries in area of agriculture production, marketing etc. not only this, farmers also want information what is going on all over the world in agriculture area so that they can modify or adopt the new technologies and walk with others. So, it is clear that we have to device such an information technology to benefit the farmers on every aspect on which they want information, and eLearning is the new effort in this direction!

eLearning can benefit every agricultural community around the world, from research scientists in universities or research stations to the poor subsistence farmers of developing countries. It can benefit persons of all ages, all locations, and bridge the gaps created by mountains, deserts, oceans, wars, and political boundaries. eLearning in agriculture can assemble resources and knowledge from distant places that may otherwise be unobtainable. It can connect farmers with far away researchers and experts. It can also dramatically increase the numbers of farmers who can be reached by single training programs. The framers of one country can share the information from the other country on any related aspects.

It can help reach out to the masses. The biggest advantage of eLearning lies in its ability to cover distances. The only requirement is an internet connection which is easily available and at one's own place. eLearning has become a widely accepted method of training and education within schools, colleges and organizations and can be used effectively as mass communication method to reap the gap between the technology generation and adoption.

It seems imperative that eLearning would coexist with other technologies and ways of acquiring knowledge and as soon as low cost PCs would be made available and broadband will penetrate deeper, particularly in rural areas, there are chances that e-learning will strengthen. The government needs to stimulate a learning culture and eLearning must become a policy issue. Also there is need to recognise the eLearning industry as a separate forum

The major hindrance to the acceptance of eLearning can be attributed to the Indian mindset that is more inclined to traditional classroom learning. The programme has to be well designed and publicized well so that it can take off by word of mouth. India is a multilingual country and most of the population knows vernacular language. Hence to make eLearning successful in India the digitized text has to come in these languages also. Rural India can benefit only by establishing eLearning centres with in local languages and the learners would be able to cross cultural boundaries by collaborating with learners from other cultures thereby reducing the gap of digital divide.

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We are living in such a phase where we need continuous flow of information in each and every second. Even our today’s life processes are running with the introduction of ‘e’ i.e., ‘Electronic’. In the earlier age of civilization, the information was conveyed face to face but with the continuous upgradation of technologies it moved from ‘verbal' to ‘print’ to 'multimedia’ to very recently ‘electronic technologies’.

Not only in the field of education, business, industry and other sectors, we need continuous information flow in agriculture also. As we know that 65-70% population of our country is dependent on the agriculture as their main source of livelihood, there is a urgent to give latest and continuous information flow on different aspects of agriculture so that the farmers can utilize the information and can compete with the other countries in area of agriculture production, marketing etc. not only this, farmers also want information what is going on all over the world in agriculture area so that they can modify or adopt the new technologies and walk with others. So, it is clear that we have to device such an information technology to benefit the farmers on every aspect on which they want information, and eLearning is the new effort in this direction!

eLearning can benefit every agricultural community around the world, from research scientists in universities or research stations to the poor subsistence farmers of developing countries. It can benefit persons of all ages, all locations, and bridge the gaps created by mountains, deserts, oceans, wars, and political boundaries. eLearning in agriculture can assemble resources and knowledge from distant places that may otherwise be unobtainable. It can connect farmers with far away researchers and experts. It can also dramatically increase the numbers of farmers who can be reached by single training programs. The framers of one country can share the information from the other country on any related aspects.

It can help reach out to the masses. The biggest advantage of eLearning lies in its ability to cover distances. The only requirement is an internet connection which is easily available and at one's own place. eLearning has become a widely accepted method of training and education within schools, colleges and organizations and can be used effectively as mass communication method to reap the gap between the technology generation and adoption.

It seems imperative that eLearning would coexist with other technologies and ways of acquiring knowledge and as soon as low cost PCs would be made available and broadband will penetrate deeper, particularly in rural areas, there are chances that e-learning will strengthen. The government needs to stimulate a learning culture and eLearning must become a policy issue. Also there is need to recognise the eLearning industry as a separate forum

The major hindrance to the acceptance of eLearning can be attributed to the Indian mindset that is more inclined to traditional classroom learning. The programme has to be well designed and publicized well so that it can take off by word of mouth. India is a multilingual country and most of the population knows vernacular language. Hence to make eLearning successful in India the digitized text has to come in these languages also. Rural India can benefit only by establishing eLearning centres with in local languages and the learners would be able to cross cultural boundaries by collaborating with learners from other cultures thereby reducing the gap of digital divide.

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