About PGDAEM Course

The Mission

To Transform the Public Extension Functionaries into Professional Cadre of Farm Advisors

Course Objectives

  • To enhance the techno-managerial competence of extension functionaries

  • To acquaint the extension functionaries on the latest developments in the field of agricultural extension

  • To equip the extension functionaries in latest tools and techniques for participatory decision making

  • To develop an insight into various extension models to enrich the agri - value chain

For Whom

  • The Diploma is open for the extension functionaries graduated in agriculture and allied areas and currently employed in the state / central / UT’s Govts

  • A minimum five years of work experience in the field of agricultural extension. Relaxable in case of deserving cases.

  • Preferable age limit is up to 45 years. However, it is relaxable in exceptional cases.

  • Candidates working in Agri-Business Companies, NGOs, Cooperatives and other private sector are also eligible on self-financing basis.

Selection of Candidates

The candidates for admission in the Diploma course will be identified and selected by concerned ATMAs following the prescribed criteria. The application of selected candidates must be forwarded through the State Nodal Officer. The admission to the Diploma Programme is made once in a year. Last date for receiving the names of selected candidates from State Nodal Officer is 30th November.


The duration of the programme is of one-year, spread over in two Semesters with 32 credit loads, each credit load is equal to 30 work hours. In each Semester contact classes will be held at SAMETI / an identified institute.

Delivery Mechanism

The programme is conducted in distance mode and supported with print material, contact classes, e-learning (study material, question bank and pre-recorded video sessions online) and assignments. The candidates are required to complete one assignment in each course in a Semester and a project report at the end of second semester.

Programme Evaluation

The candidates will be evaluated based on the performance in the written examinations and assignments. The written examination is of 70 marks and assignment is of 30 marks for each course. A minimum of 50 marks is required to qualify in each course. The candidates who score 70% marks and above will be awarded first division. The candidates who score 80% marks and above will be awarded distinction. The candidates who failed to qualify will be allowed to re-appear for the examinations in the next year. The registration is valid for only two years.


A provision is made in the revised cafeteria of State Extension Work Plan (SEWP) to meet the expenses for the Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension Management (PGDAEM). This programme has been included in the State level innovative activity with a cost norm of Rs.15,000 per candidate and an annual ceiling of Rs.3.75 Lakh @ 25 candidates per ATMA district.

For NGOs and private sectors the fee will be Rs. 15000/- to be paid by the sponsoring agency in the form of Demand Draft in favour of "MANAGE" payable at Hyderabad.

Requirement for Award of Diploma

The candidates should attend all the contact classes as scheduled, submit the assignments, project report and complete all the academic formalities prescribed as communicated to the candidates from time to time.

Undertaking by the Candidate

The candidate who registers for the Diploma has to give an undertaking stating that he/she will complete the course within a period of two years failing which the entire course expenditure i.e., Rs.15000/- will be recovered from his/her salary. The undertaking has to be forwarded by the Sponsoring Agency to MANAGE along with the application form.

Medium of Instruction: English

Courses Offered


  • Course 101: Introduction to Agricultural Extension Management (4 credits)

  • Course 102: Communication of Agricultural Innovations (3 Credits)

  • Course 103: Principles and Practices of Extension Management (3 credits)

  • Course 104: Participatory Approaches in Agricultural Extension (2 Credits)

  • Course 105: Research Methods in Agricultural Extension (2 Credits)


  • Course 201 : Market led Extension (4 Credits)

  • Course 202 : Agri-Business and Entrepreneurship Development (3 Credits)

  • Course 203 : Project Management in Agricultural Extension (2 Credits)

  • Course 204 : Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture (3 Credits)

  • Course 205 : Sustainable Livelihood in Agriculture

  • Course 206 : Project work (3 Credits)

Candidates may choose any one of the above elective courses.