Dr.S.Senthilkumar is working as Assistant Professor, Department
of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education,
Veterinary College and Research Institute, Tirunelveli. Basically a
Veterinary Graduate, he did his M.V.Sc. in Animal Husbandry
Extension at Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences
University (TANUVAS), Chennai and Ph.D. in Veterinary
Extension Education at Indian Veterinary Research Institute
(IVRI), Uttar Pradesh.
His work experience includes teaching, research and extension.
He started his career as Senior Research Fellow in NATP Project on “Strategies for enhancing
the productivity of pigs for the farming community” at Livestock Research Station,
TANUVAS. He completed three research projects as a Principal Investigator and three
research projects as Co-Principal Investigator. Now, he engaged in the NABARD sponsored
research project on “Development of mobile based technology transfer application system to
empower the small ruminant farmers in Tirunelveli district” as a Principal Investigator. He
contributed chapters in 5 books and published about more than 20 research articles, 4
educational video lessons.
Animal Husbandry is making a significant contribution to the national economy and
socio-economic development in the country. In rural India where over 15-20% families
are landless and about 80% of the land holders belong to the category of small and
marginal farmers, livestock is the main source of livelihood. India is blessed with highest
cattle population of 190.09 million and buffaloes of about 108.7 million (GOI 2012), but
the productivity per se is very poor which is major cause of concern in Indian livestock
and dairy sector (Chander et al, 2010). This might be attributed to the fact that there is an
increasing gap between technologies developed and actually being adopted or used by the
farmers which might be due to poor information dissemination to the farmers.