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Historical Background

The education commission (1964-66) recommended that a vigorous effort be made to establish specialised institutions to provide vocational  education in agriculture and allied fields at the pre and post matriculate levels to cater the training needs of a large number of boys and girls coming from  rural areas. The commission further suggested that  such institutions be named as Agricultural Polytechniques. The recommendations of the commission was thoroughly discussed in  during 1966-72 by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture. Planning Commission, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and other allied institutions. Finally the ICAR mooted the Idea of establishing Krishi Vigyan Kendras (Agricultural Science Centres) as innovative institutions for imparting vocational training to the practicing farmers, school drop outs and field level extension functionaries

The ICAR standing committee on agricultural education, in its meeting held in August 1973 observed that since the establishment of KVK was of national importance which would help in accelerating the agricultural production as also improving the socio economic conditions of the farming community. The assistance of all related institutions should be taken in implementing this scheme. The ICAR therefore constituted a a committee in 1973 headed by Dr. Mohan Sinha for working out detailed plan for implementing this scheme. 

The first KVK  was established in 1974 at Pondicherry under the administrative control of the Tamilnadu Agricultural University,Coimbatore.In 1976-77, the planning commission approved the proposal of the ICAR to establish 18 KVK during the Fifth Five year plan and few more added to the list.

In 1984 a high level evaluation committee on KVK was constituted by the ICAR  to review the programme. The committee recommended for the establishment of more KVKs in the country. thus by the end of the sixth Plan 89 KVKs had started functioning in the country.

The success of KVKs at many locations created a great demand for establishment of more KVKs in the country. 

The Kendra will impart learning through work experience and hence will be concerned with technical literacy, the acquisition of which does not necessarily require as a pre condition  for the ability to read and write 
The Kendra will impart training to only those extension workers who are already employed or to the practicing farmers and farm women. 
There will be no uniform syllabus for a Kendra. The syllabus and programme of each Kendra will be tailored to the felt needs, Natural resources and the potential for agricultural growth in that area 
Special features of KVK
Strong technical support
Work experience as a training device
Need based course
 Flexibility with firmness
Concept of composite training
Field oriented core staff
Limited area jurisdiction
Practical training
Strong institutional linkage
Continued follow up measures

              Deputy Director General (DDG) agri. Extension with support of three, Assistant Director General (ADG) four Principal Scientists and two Sr. Scientists in the division of Agricultural Extension at the  ICAR head quarters at New Delhi and Eight Zonal coordinators at eight different Zones with the support of 16 Sr. Scientists are involved in the implementation, supervision and monitoring of the project.
               KVK , Kottayam comes under the Zone VIII. The different officers assigned to look after the VIIIth Zone are 

Dr. P. Das 
Deputy Director General (AE) 
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) (Division of Agricultural Extension) 
Krishi Anusnadhan Bhavan 
New Delhi -12

Phone : 25843277 /25843906 -402 
Fax :91-11-25822968 / 25843277 
Email : pdas@

Dr. J. P. Mittal National Co-ordinator ( NATP) Project Implementation Unit 
Lal Bahadur Shastri Centre IARI, 
New Delhi - 110021 
Fax : 
Email : jpm100 @

Dr. S. L. Mehta
National Director
National Agricultural Technology Project  (NATP)
 Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan
New Delhi -12
Phone : 
Fax : 91+ 11 + 5768195
Email :

Dr. S. Prabhukumar Zonal Co-ordinator 
TOT -Project -ICAR)
 Zonal Co-Ordinating Unit - Zone VIII
 NDRI -Campus 
Bangalore - 560 030

Phone : 080 - 25711755 (o) 25711417 23516778 (R) 
Fax : 91-80 -25710615 
Email :