The public extension system has a vital and indispensable role in providing extension support to a large population of farmers. The public extension system needs strengthening to match the scale and diversity of agriculture in India. The extension/development functionaries have to be transformed into a vibrant and useful knowledge force to bring about the desired changes in agriculture and allied sectors. The private extension/development functionaries also need to be empowered through capacity building to improve the effectiveness in the extension delivery system.
MANAGE Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension Management (PGDAEM) was launched in 2007 and completed nine batches so far, on a distance mode for the extension functionaries of Agriculture and allied sectors of the Central/State/UT governments, SAUs, KVKs and also for the functionaries working in Agri-business companies and Agri-enterprises, NGOs, Banks and Cooperatives etc.
The PGDAEM (distance education) has received an overwhelming response from both public and private sectors. In order to increase the reach out and cover large number of candidates, MANAGE is launching an alternate PGDAEM program i.e. Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension Management (PGDAEM-MOOCs) using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), an online e-learning platform.