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Department of Home Science Extension and Communication Management


Department of Home Science Extension and Communication Management

The Department originally named as 'Home science Education and Extension' was established as a separate department with the introduction of Master's Programme in 1970. Prior to its independent existence the courses in Home Science Extension Education were taught for four years i.e. 1966 to1970 to B.Sc. Home Science students under the umbrella of College Academic programme. The turning point occurred in 1970 when the status of the department got elevated by starting M.Sc. programme. The Ph.D programme was initiated in 1986 after appropriate upgradation of infrastructure and Human Resource. So far 150 M.Sc. and 15 Ph.D students have obtained degrees in the discipline. The course curriculum has undergone several changes as per national, societal and educational needs. Academic programme of B.Sc. includes one semester of internship in rural experience for skill development of students under Rural Awareness Work Experience Programme. Practical trainings are provided in well equipped laboratories & field situations. Course manuals have been prepared by faculty as a supplementary tool to effective teaching. Infrastructure and other facilities have been developed for improving communication and instructional delivery messages to both formal and non-formal stream of learners. Efforts are continuously being made to strengthen research facilities and improving teaching through financial assistance under funded research projects. The faculty has advanced academically by attaining higher education and training in India and abroad. A number of modularized instructional resources i.e. printed, electronic and multimedia have been tested to improve instructional delivery for effective communication. The department was merged with department of Extension Education, College of Agriculture after nearly 33 years of its existence in September 2003. It has recently been reestablished as an independent department in College of Home Science, again. Though, the department has continued to offer B.Sc. H.Sc. and FWTP (one year diploma course) programmes in Home Science during this period, the professional electives (at UG level) and M.Sc. & Ph.D programmes were disrupted for some time (2003-2007) which have been revived again.

Department of Home Science Extension and Communication Management
Punjab Agricultural University
Ludhiana, Punjab


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