Directorate of Distance Education
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 per cent of the total population are practicing animal husbandry for their livelihood and to educate them formally is highly needed to meet the skilled man power requirement. Distance mode is the only alternative to reach the task. Moreover, Veterinary professionals, livestock farmers and pet owners have to cater to the food supply, bio-medical research, public health, environmental issues, disease prevention, economic challenges and other needs that address the societal well being.
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 emerging trends. In this context, TANUVAS has taken a lead to reach out the target audience – Veterinary professionals, livestock farmers, pet owners and para-veterinarians by establishing an exclusive distance unit, Directorate of Distance Education in the year 2011. The Directorate is also functioning with an University Publication Division, a constituent unit which caters to the publication of journals, magazines, books and newsletters etc., of TANUVAS.
The Directorate also provides skill development and self employment 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 and livestock based country, it is important that we need to train farmers to develop their skill on scientific management of agriculture, livestock and poultry husbandry. In this context skill development/self employment practices has become important and TANUVAS is the first Veterinary University which focusses and functioning with the distance education programmes in livestock and poultry farming activities both at state and national level.
The details of the courses offered are as follows:
SKILL DEVELOPMENT COURSES
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES – DISTANCE MODE