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, College of Horticulture and Forestry located at Neri Hamirpur, College of Horticulture and Forestry Thunag Mandi, Directorates of Agriculture and Horticulture, Agricultural Technology Management Agency, ICAR and other extension education agencies. Besides this, four Krishi Vigyan Kendras in Chamba, Shimla, Solan, Kinnaur, and Lahaul & Spiti-II at Tabo 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.
The Directorate of Extension Education of the university has been entrusted with following functions:
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.
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
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
Apart from trainings, the directorate also addresses farmers’ issues through various modes to ensure inclusive development of farmers.
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:
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:
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.
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