Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University which is one of the premier academic institutes in the field of veterinary and animal sciences has taken pride in reaching the learners through distance mode. Though the history of distance education dates back to 19th century, only in the last quarter of 20th century the correspondence course became popular and recognized form of formal education. However this impact did not touch the veterinary education in India until 21st century. Over 70 percent of the total population are practicing animal husbandry for their livelihood and to educate them formally is a major task. Distance mode is the effective alternative to reach them.
To meet these challenges and to be recognized they must enhance their knowledge and skill and use the learned knowledge and skill to demonstrate relevance to the new societal trends. In this context, TANUVAS has taken a lead to reach out the target audience – veterinary professionals, livestock farmers and pet owners by starting Distance Education Directorate in 2011. The directorate also has in its umbrella the University Publication Division which caters to the publication of journals, magazine, books and newsletter.
The directorate also provides skill development courses for the needy farmers. It is essential to increase the employment opportunities to majority of Indians that would enable them to contribute to the growth of the state and our country. India being agriculture based, it is important that we need to train farmers to develop their skill on scientific management of various husbandry.