Department of Continuing Education is engaged in catering the training needs of the farming community and to produce skilled manpower in the field of agriculture and allied disciplines through short courses program. The department is mandated to facilitate, regulate and provide policy direction for Continuing Education, in order to meet the domestic and national demand for skilled manpower. The department is continuously revising and devising the skill related training programs in collaboration with different departments. In this way the department takes the responsibility to revamp continuing education system at the University in order to fulfill the training needs of the masses. Under this program at present more than 225 short courses are at the approved list of this department (Appendix).
The main responsibilities of the department include planning, developing, getting the new courses approved from the Statutory Bodies of the University and organizing the courses besides teaching some of them directly by the faculty of this department. These courses cover a wide range of subjects such as Crop Management, Plant Production, Plant Protection, Veterinary Sciences, Nutrition, Animal Sciences, Agri. Engineering, Basic Sciences and Computer Sciences. These courses are beneficial for intermediate level workers, self-employed people, farmers, housewives and others interested in agriculture and allied disciplines. Duration-wise, these courses start from one week to two years. As a general feature, these courses are being offered around the year in quarterly managed schedule. The department also undertakes some of the linguistic courses i.e. Spoken English, Preparation of IELTS, TOEFL, German and French as Foreign Languages for students going abroad and those who are interested in the UNO languages.
Recently the department has gone in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) PM, Secretariat, Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), Punjab Economic Opportunities Program (PEOP) and Ministry of Food & Agriculture, Faisalabad (MinFA). Punjab Skill Development Fund (PSDF), Concern Worldwide, Balochistan Rural Support Program (BRSP), Directorate of Livestock, Dairy Development & Poultry Production Gilgit-Baltistan, GIZ, Govt. of Punjab and so many other skill oriented organizations.