School of Agricultural Sciences : From Directors Desk

From Directors Desk

Greetings from The Director of the School

Dear YCMOU Students & Teachers

Our school of Agricultural Sciences (SAS) since its establishment in 1989 has not looked back and achieved unprecedented success in reaching the unreached section of our population. We have started with just 81 students enrollment in 1990 and over a period of time the enrollment has reached to more than 20,000 students every year after one decade of our existence. Moreover, the cumulative enrollment has been reached to more than 231,000 students in 2013. The school has practiced a vision of providing Vocational, Professional and employment generating mass education in regional language of Marathi with a mission of reaching the unreached section of population such as dropouts from the conventional education system, practicing farmers, farm women and rural youth in Maharashtra.

Fact Sheet of Agriculture Programs: The School of Agricultural Sciences has developed 16 academic programs right from the Certificate Program in Gardening to Post Graduate and Research Program in Agricultural Extension, Recognized 60 Agriculture Education Centers and Nominated more than 600 Teacher Councilors imparting instructions to more than 20,000 students in Maharashtra. The list of academic programs covers Certificate in Gardening, Foundation in Agriculture, Diploma in Horticulture, Diploma in Agri-business Management, Diploma in Agro-Journalism, Diploma in Fruit Production, Diploma in Vegetable Production, Diploma in Floriculture & Landscape Gardening, B.Sc. Agriculture, B.Sc. Horticulture and M. Sc. and Ph. D. program in Agricultural Extension. The quality of our students in comparison with the conventional Agricultural Universities in Maharashtra, as closely monitored and evaluated by the third party has been highly encouraging with regards to the Fitness to the Purpose of Education and Services.

National & International Collaborations: The school of Agricultural Sciences has been collaborating with National and International institutions like National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Mumbai, Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington and Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada for capacity building in Knowledge Management.

Innovative feature of our Agriculture Programs: Our academic programs in Agricultural Sciences are inbuilt with student friendly features such as Multiple Entry, Multiple Exit with Vertical Mobility to all academic programs from certificate to Post Graduate Level, Massive Social Opportunities for education and employment to the drop outs from conventional education system, farmers, farm women and rural youth through network of Agriculture education centers. All State Agricultural Universities in Maharashtra are imparting Agriculture Education to nearly 25,000 students while our university alone has been catering to the aspirations of more than 20,000 students in Maharashtra. Besides this, Self Instructional Learning Material, Face-to-Face Contact discussion Sessions for theory and practical component, Collective and Systematic Approach in Course Development, Supportive Learning Materials and Periodical Accreditation of Study Centers are the key parameter for the unprecedented success in our distance education system in Agriculture.