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Introduction

With the establishment of Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry at Nauni in 1985, the Directorate of Extension Education also came into being. The Directorate is the central hub for planning, organization and monitoring of all the extension activities undertaken by the University. In addition, the Directorate also works in close collaboration with the various departments of both the colleges of the university,Institute of Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences, located at Neri, Hamirpur, Directorates of Agriculture and Horticulture, Agricultural Technology Management Agency, ICAR and other extension education agencies. Besides this, four KrishiVigyanKendrasinChamba, Shimla, Solan and Kinnaur districts are also under the direct administrative control of this directorate. These KVKs provide trainings and transfer of technology to the farmers, rural youth and field functionaries of the line departments.

The Directorate of Extension Education is actively involved in the transfer of latest technologies, emerging out of research laboratories of the university to the farmers’ field. The Directorate also obtains constant feedback from farmers and other stakeholders in planning its future strategies and implementation of demand-driven research for the benefit of stakeholders.

Audyaniki evam Vaniki 

 

Objectives

  1. Planning, coordination, organisation and evaluation of the extension education programmes of the university
  2. Transfer of improved technology to the farmers, orchardists, NGOs and personnel of the line departments on horticulture, forestry and allied disciplines
  3. Providing farm advisory services and technical know-how through publications, diagnostic visits to the stake holders

Functions

The Directorate of Extension Education of the university has been entrusted with following functions:

  1. Organization of farm advisory service and technical know-how on horticulture, forestry and allied disciplines for the farmers at their doorstep.
  2. Imparting trainings for the capacity building of farmers and other stake holdersthrough organisation of on-campus and location-specific programmes
  3. To provide self-employment oriented vocational trainings to the rural youth
  4. To develop demand-driven technologies in horticulture, forestry and allied sectors
  5. To Provide diagnostic and farm advisory services to the stake holders and speedy disposal of their queries through a single window system
  6. Strengthening linkages between the university researchers and farmers/orchardists/NGOs/line departments and other development organisations

Activities of the Directorate

The Directorate is having a competent faculty of scientists at the main campus as its resource pool for dissemination of knowledge and amelioration of farmers’ problems. A well-maintained museum, Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC), state-of-the-art printing press, fully-equipped air-conditioned seminar and lecture halls are also available to cater to the needs of various stake holders coming to the directorate. The Directorate also has a Farmers’ Hostel and Officers’ Hostel for stay arrangements of the trainees.

 

The Directorate of Extension Education undertakes the following activities:

1. Extension Service

A. State Level Officers’ Workshops
This directorate organises State Level Officers’ Workshops on Horticultural, Vegetable and Forestry Crops for recommendation and adoption of improved technologies. The techniques are proposed after rigorous evaluation at the state level and are discussed threadbare in these workshops before adoption.

B. National level training programmes/seminars
The Directorate organises several national level training programmes for scientists and other extension functionaries sponsored by Ministry of Agriculture and other government agencies. Apart from this, the directorate also organises seminars, conferences and symposia from time to time.

C. PradhanMantriAdarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY) and MukhyaMantriAdarsh Gram Yojana (MMAGY)
This directorate is acting as a nodal agency for the implementation of PMAGY and MMAGY schemes of the government and provides technological backup onagro-technology related issues of the scheme

2. Farmers’ education and training

This directorate organises several training programmes every year for the benefit of farmers, extension functionaries, rural youth and women. Broad subject lines of some of these programmes being undertaken at the Directorate are listed below:

  • Horticulture and forestry crop cultivation
  • Protected cultivation of horticultural crops
  • Mushroom cultivation
  • Plant protection
  • Bee keeping
  • Dairy farming
  • Watershed management
  • Organic farming and vermicomposting
  • Natural resource management

3. Farmers’ Advisory Service

Apart from trainings, the directorate also addresses farmers’ issues through various modes to ensure inclusive development of farmers.

  • Farmers’ telephone helpline facility on phone no. 01792-252426 since 6th August 2001
  • Diagnostic field visits
  • On-farm trials
  • Method and technology demonstrations
  • Kisan Melas, Field days, Kisan Diwas etc.
  • Field trips
  • Front-line demonstrations

4. Farmers’ Information and Communication Service

Publication unit for publishing farmer-friendly literature and packages of practices is functional at the Directorate. The unit has a modern state-of-the-art printing-press for printing various publications of the university for the benefit of various stake holders at very affordable rates. Some of the publications developed and printed at the directorate are:

Farmer-friendly literature published by the university

  1. फल उत्पादन एवं संरक्षण
  2. सब्जी उत्पादन एवं सरंक्षण
  3. खुम्ब उत्पादन
  4. फूलों की व्यावसायिक खेती
  5. किवी फल उत्पादन की वैज्ञानिक तकनीक
  6. टमाटर उत्पादन
  7. आम के मुख्य हानिकारक कीट रोग एवं रोकथाम
  8. शीतोष्ण फल वृक्षों की सीधी एवं काट छांट
  9. बागबानी के लिए केंचुआ खाद का उत्पादन एवं महत्व
  10. अनार की खेती
  11. हरड़ एवं रीठा - बहुमूल्य वन सम्पदा
  12. व्यावसायिक फूलों का नर्सरी उत्पादन
  13. मधुमक्खी पालन
  14. मटर व फ्रांस बीन की खेती
  15. बागबानी फसलों की संरक्षित खेती
  16. औषधीय एवं सुगन्धित पौधों की व्यावसायिक खेती
  17. फल एवं सब्जियों से जैम, मुरब्बा तथा कैंडी
  18. आंवला
  19. फूलों की सरंक्षित खेती
  20. औद्यानिकी एवं वानिकी (अर्धवार्षिक पत्रिका)
  21. A Manual on Forest Entomology
  22. Package of Practices for Forestry Crops
  23. Package of Practices for Floriculture Crops

 

  • Museum of the university provides an overview of various university activities and research and technology development work being done at the University
  • Providing information to farmers through Radio talks on AIR, TV talks and Live Phone-in Service onDoordarshan
  • Farmers’ problem redressal through courier service in collaboration with All India Radio.
  • Farmers’ query handling through university’s native helpline and Kisan Call Centre (1800-180-1551) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India

5. Agricultural Technology Information Centre

Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) is the single window service for the farmers established under the National Agricultural Technology Project sanctioned to this Directorate with the following objectives:

  • To build up confidence among various stake holders and to strengthen linkages between the farmers and the university
  • To provide diagnostic and advisory services such as soil and water testing, plant health clinic etc.
  • To sell and distribute improved products emerging as a result of research being undertaken at the university such as seeds, planting material and processed products etc.
  • To provide an overview of improved technologies through published literature, other communication tools as well as audio-visual aids

 

KRISHI VIGYAN KENDRAS (KVKs)

KVKs are the grass-root level institutions in each district funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. The primary aim of the establishment of KVKs is fine-tuning the agriculturaltechnologies at the micro-level and transfer of improved technologies through skill up-gradation trainings of the various take holders namely farmers, rural youth and extension functionaries of line departments. The KVKs act as a conduit between the University researchers and farming community of the area. The Directorate of Extension Education has four KVKs under its control.

  1. KVK, Chamba at Saru
    Telefax: 01899-232219,
    Email: kvkchamba@yahoo.in

  2. KVK, Shimla at Rohru
    Telefax: 01781-240365,
    Email: kvk_shimla@gmail.com

  3. KVK, Kinnaur at ReckongPeo
    Telefax: 01786-222122,
    Email:kvkkinnaur1995@gmail.com

  4. KVK, Solan at Kandaghat
    Telefax: 01792-256232
    Email: kvkkghat@rediffmail.com

Contact Detail

Dr Vijay Singh Thakur

Director Extension Education
Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture &
Forestry, Nauni, Solan , HP, 173230
Contact Details:
Phone: +91-1792-252706(O),
Fax : +91-1792-252288
Email: dextuhf@rediffmail.com