Training has become one of the most important activities of the Directorate of Extension Education. With the augmentation in infrastructural facilities in the Farmers’ Training Centre, in the recent years, a series of short as well as long duration training programmes are being offered to a wide cross section of client groups, including farmers, farm women, officials, non officials and representatives from non government organizations, industries and financial institutions etc.
For offering such training programmes, the Directorate of Extension Education developed quite a few training modules depending upon training need of prospective client groups. Besides conducting training programmes, workshops, conferences and seminars are also conducted by the Directorate. Following sections depict the training modules developed during the period under reporting, actual training programmes, workshop / conference / seminars conducted along with relevant details.
Development of Training Modules
The Directorate of Extension Education embarked upon conducting a series of training programmes for variety of clientele groups. Many of such training programmes also involved development of training modules in the line of the requirements of the client organizations. As a result, number of training modules could be developed in association with the concerned Scientists, which were highly acclaimed by their respective clients. This was evidenced through the requests for repeating such programmes over the years. A few notable training modules developed in this way during the period under reporting, are as follows:
* Orientation on Basic Agriculture for Non Agricultural Officers of Agriculture and
Horticulture departments Under the Govt. of Sikkim (Duration: Six months)
* Betelvine Production Technology for Extension Officers ( One Week)
* Entrepreneurship Development in Floriculture for Farmers (Three days)
* Recent Advances in Participatory Extension Methodology for Agriculture and
Rural Development ( conducted as one month course in Winter School)
* Eco Friendly Farming System for Wasteland Development for farm women
* Agri—Clinics and Agri—Business Management for Agricultural and Allied Sector
Graduates (Two months)
Training Programmes (Courses) Conducted
During the period under reference, The Directorate of Extension Education conducted series of training courses, all of which were sponsored by some agency or other. It may be mentioned here that the University does not have any provision of funds for conducting training programmes. As a result, it is not possible to frame any training schedule in a proactive manner. As and when demands are placed by the client organizations, courses are organized. Table below provides a detailed account of training courses Conducted during 2001-02 and 2002-03. It is evident from the table that in terms of total trainee days (Total days of training X Total No. of Participants), the performance in 2 002-03 was much improved over 2001-02