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Open and Distance Learning Programme of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University: An Innovative Approach in Technology Transfer

Ramasamy Chinnachamy

Durai Rajangam Durai
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

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     Last modified: October 15, 2006
     Presentation date: 11/01/2006 2:30 PM in NT Manchester
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Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has ventured "Distance Education", based on the experiences gained with the expertise of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), as its fourth frontier area to accelerate agricultural development and ensure food security. TNAU aims at empowering people through knowledge transfer by creating demand driven avenues for a life long learning process in a developing economy. TNAU offers 7 certificate courses, 2 PG Diploma and 2 PG Degree courses through distance learning mode. The courses are designed to transfer know how and do how in agriculture and allied enterprises leading to improvements in adoption of modern technologies and establishment of agro based enterprises in rural areas. The course materials meant for ODL programmes were prepared on Self Instructional Materials (SIM) mode. Scientists of TNAU were given hands on training through Tech Mode workshop at ICRISAT in various softwares available for open and distance learning materials preparation. This paper addresses issues in offering education programmes in distance mode to the farmers, unemployed rural youth, self help groups and middle level extension functionaries, extent of knowledge transfer and avenues for strengthening this mode. The experiences gained have enabled to prescribe policies for strengthening knowledge transfer through the ODL mode.

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