- To organize teaching in Agricultural Extension with a view to providing professional competencies for personnel at various levels in Central, State Government, Public sector undertakings and commercial agencies.
- To undertake research in Agricultural Extension for promoting growth of knowledge in the discipline, contributing to the formulation of social policies and providing guidance to development agencies.
- To publish books, monographs, periodicals and research papers for use of academic and extension functionaries.
- To arrange lectures, seminars, etc. for the benefit of students, academics, extension workers and development administrators.
- To collaborate with the activities of all department faculties for mutually accomplishing the university goals.
1959 – Creation of Extension Section of Agricultural College and Research Institute, Coimbatore.
1962 – Recognition of Agricultural Extension as a subject for B.Sc. (Ag.) degree.
1968 – Creation of Post-Graduate section with M.Sc. (Ag.) degree programme.
1971 – Formation of Department of Agricultural Extension
1978 – Introduction of Ph.D. programme in Agricultural Extension
1979 – Renamed as Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology with the merger of the Department of Rural Sociology and became a unit of CARDS.
COURSES AT UG LEVEL
Courses are offered in the areas of rural sociology and educational psychology, fundamentals of agricultural extension education, communication skills and personality development , extension methods in transfer of agricultural technology, Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE) and All India Study Tour. Rural Agricultural Work Experience Programme (RAWE) is an important competence and confidence building programme introduced to the B.Sc.(Agri.) syllabus during the year 1995 based on ICAR guidelines. The RAWE programme is being organized for the IV B.Sc. (Agri.) students for the total period of 90 days. Effective work experience training strategies incorporating rural agricultural experiential learning approaches provide opportunities for a student to engage in field work activity, to review and analyze critically this work experience activity and to draw some useful conclusions and decisions from this analysis and apply the result in actual practical life and field situation.
POST GRADUATE DEGREES
Courses are offered in the areas of Rural Sociology, Rural Development Planning, Development Communication, Information Management, Extension Management, Diffusion of Innovation, Research Methodology, Tests and Measurements in Social Science Research, Instructional Technology and Human Resource Development. The courses offered are dynamics of social change, educational technology, designs and techniques in social science research, development administration, advanced management system, farm journalism, cyber extension and human relations.
METHODS OF TEACHING
A variety of methods are used to make the teaching interesting, creative and meaningful with emphasis on eliciting the maximum involvement of every student. They include lecture by faculties and guest speakers, practical’s, library work, thesis projects, term papers assignment, participation in seminar and group discussion, field visits and study tours. Self-directed learning mode, interactive sessions and involving farmer resource persons are the highlights of the teaching method.