Institute of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development - Overview

Institute of Agri. Extension and Rural Development was upgraded in 2012 by merging the Departments of Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Education and Agricultural Information Center. The Department of Agricultural Extension was established in 1962. Institute is offering various undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. Undergraduate degree programs include: B.Sc. (Hons.) Agri. Sciences major in Agricultural Extension, Associate Degree in Education (ADE), and B.Ed. The postgraduate programs include: M.Sc. Education, M.Ed., M.Phil. Education, M.Sc. (Hons.) Rural Development, M.Sc. (Hons.) Agricultural Extension, and Ph.D. Agricultural Extension. At present a number of doctoral students are perusing their studies and working on various projects in the Institute. The Institute organizes in-service training courses for governmental and non-governmental personnel inducting nominees of Pakistan Army (both at commissioned and non-commissioned levels), Banks, NGOs and other agencies responsible for agricultural and rural development. Various national and foreign funded research projects on food security, mobile apps, gender empowerment, communication, rural development and related social issues, cyber Extension are few of the significant projects of the Institute. The Institute is also heavily involved in the management of distance education programs of the University.