Dr. Avani Tashkant Maniar is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Extension and Communication, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The M. S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, India. She has 22 years of teaching experience and is currently coordinating the “Rural Extension Programs” of the department. She was the Programme Coordinator of the course P.G. Diploma in Development Management run by the department. Presently, she is coordinating Master Programme of the department. She is also a Panel member of the Ph.D. committee. During the academic year 2014-2015 she was also coordinating the administration of Fashion Communication Department, Institute of Fashion Design, Faculty of Family and Community sciences, The M.S University of Baroda, Vadodara. Her major contribution is in the field of ICT in education and development focusing on designing and implementing information technology in the formal and non-formal set-up for bringing quality changes into the lives of people. The focus of her work is in Community Development Programmes Using Various Communication Strategies from Traditional to Modern. Media blending techniques and behavior communication strategies have been incorporated in all her projects for bringing change in the communities. Her expertise in collaborative community development projects for outreach activities. For the last ten years she is contributing her work towards senior citizens for improving their quality of life. She has more than 40 publication in International and National Referred Journals to her credit. Furthermore, her participation and contribution in the International and National seminars in the form of presented papers is noteworthy.
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