The University of Agricultural sciences, Bangalore took a lead in starting the correspondence course during the year 1974 on different aspects for educating the literate farmers on principles involved in production technologies, to motive the participant farmers to apply such knowledge gainfully. The Directorate of Extension in consultation with the concerned scientists of University designs the correspondence course with suitable syllabus in vernacular language.
The Agri. Clinics and Agri Business Center (AC & ABC)at the Directorate of Extension was started during the year 2002 with the financial support from the national Bank for agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), to provide training to the unemployed agricultural Graduates to set up their own Agri. Clinics and Agri. Business Centers. It has been formulated by the Small Farmers’ Agri-business consortium (SFAC), New Delhi. MANAGE, Hyderabad is coordinating in Organizing the Training programmes.
The directorate of Extension in also facilitating certificate courses of IGNOU & KSOU and contact classes for PGDAEM of MANAGE, Hyderabad
The University from 2012, started Distance Education Unit in the Directorate of Extension combining all the non-formal education activities under one umbrella.
- To diffuse technical “Know-how” to the literate farmers.
- To disseminate information at the convenient time and place of the farmers.
- To teach farmers who are residing at remote places.
- To provide selected technologies for the target group of famers.
- Identifying the topics for the course in consultation with concerned scientists.
- Developing syllabus and notes in vernacular language.
- Publicity of courses through media for farming community.
- Registration & providing lesson wise course materials to participants regularly.
- Collecting feed back and evaluation.
- Issuing certificates after the completion of course.