The fast changing extension scenario calls for supporting various central institute such as MANAGE/EEIs and also redefining the roles, responsibilities and restructuring of the DOE to enhance its effectiveness and operational efficiency. The support is provided in following heads under the scheme.
HRD Support: DAC has strengthened a network of training institutions in the country by supporting the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) at Hyderabad; four Extension Education Institutes (EEIs) at the Regional level and the State Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institutes (SAMETIs) at the State level.
MANAGE: MANAGE is providing training support to senior and middle level functionaries of the State Governments. It is also providing necessary support to the States in implementation of Extension Reforms (ATMA) scheme.
The self-financing educational training courses of MANAGE are two-year Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management, one-year Post Graduate Diploma in Agri-Warehousing and Cool Chain Management (AWACCM), and one year distance education Diploma in Agricultural Extension Services for Input Dealers (DAESI)
Extension Education Institutes (EEIs): Four Extension Education Institutes located at Nilokeri (Haryana), Rajendranagar, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), Anand (Gujarat) and Jorhat (Assam) are operating at the Regional level. The objective of EEIs is to improve the skills and professional competence of Extension field functionaries of Agriculture and allied departments in the field of (a) Extension Education; (b) Extension Methodology; (c) Information and Communication Technology; (d) Training Methodology; (e) Communication; (f) Extension Reforms Scheme; (g) Market led Extension; etc.
Model Training Courses (MTCs): Model Training Courses of eight days duration on thrust areas of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, and Fisheries Extension are supported by the Directorate of Extension (DOE) with the objective of improving the professional competence and upgrading the knowledge and developing technical skills of Subject Matter Specialists/Extension workers of Agriculture and allied departments.
National Gender Resource Centre in Agriculture(NGRCA): Policy level initiatives for gender mainstreaming in DAC are being promoted and coordinated by the Extension Division through a National Gender Resource Centre in Agriculture (NGRCA) which is located in the Directorate of Extension. The Centre is also mandated to perform functions of Gender Budgeting Cell of DAC. The NGRCA has taken up several studies to promote gender mainstreaming in DAC.
Exhibitions: Agricultural exhibitions are important means of reaching to a large number of farmers. DAC participates in India International Trade Fair (IITF) every year .Besides, DAC supports five regional fairs every year. State and District level exhibitions are supported under ATMA programme.
re-seasonal DAC- ICAR Interfaces: Pre-seasonal DAC-ICAR Interfaces are organized under the co-chairmanship of Secretary (A&C) and Director General (DG),ICAR to evolve joint strategies on the emerging Issues of Agriculture Sector. During the Interface both the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation(DAC) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) share a common platform to deliberate upon various recommendations made by expert group in different Subject Matter Areas. The participants in DAC-ICAR Interface involve the senior officers from DAC, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries (AHD&F) and ICAR.