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Dairy Extension
Salient Achievements Extension Activities
Facilities Courses Offered
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Mandate and Research Priorities

The Division of Dairy Extension came into existence during the year 1961 with limited staff and expanded in the 1980’s. Initially, the division was performing extension service oriented functions. Consequent to the joining of the Head of Division and the Research Officer in 1972, new dimensions of post-graduate teaching and research in extension were added.

Objectives of Dairy Extension Division

  • To establish link between the Institute and Industry on one hand and the farming community on the other.
  • To disseminate the results of research to the field for adoption through various extension teaching methods.
  • To provide feedback on problems of industry and dairy farming to the institute for investigation.
  • To undertake under-graduate and post-graduate teaching in Dairy Extension to meet the manpower requirement of extension personnel in dairy industry.
  • To conduct research on various aspects of transfer of technology, extension teaching methods, constraints, Impacts of programmes, organisational management, etc.
  • To provide consultancy in the manufacturing, packaging and quality control of milk and milk products and cattle feed.

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Salient Achievements
    • Documentation of Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITKs)
    • Empowerment of women dairy farmers
    • Human Resource Development
    • Participatory Technology Development for sustainable Dairying
    • Assessment of Training Needs
    • Identification of constraints faced by farmers
    • Pilot level testing of technologies
    • Development of adoption indices for dairy innovations

    ICTs Developed

    • NDRI at a glance
    • NDRI Song
    • Clean Milk Production
    • Hygienic milk and milk product processing & packaging
    • Scientific calf rearing practices
    • Success Story of A Dairy Entrepreneur 
    • Success Story of  women SHG (Anmol Mahila Dugdh Samitee)
    • Kaamyabi ki Dastak (already on ICAR web site)

    Multimedia Package Developed :

    • e-Book on Clean Milk Production
    • Interactive web module for dairy innovations

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The facilities created and supplied to the Institute by the Division are:

  • Farm Women Empowerment Laboratory (Capacity Building): For imparting training in value addition of milk
  • Field/Farm Technician Laboratory :

The Field/Farm Technician Laboratory attached to the division of Dairy Extension provides a base for Extension work in the villages around Karnal. The main objectives are-

  • To provide an opportunity for the students of extension education to acquire skill in organizing field extension activities.
  • To facilitate the scientists to test the field applicability of their innovations.
  • To improve the knowledge and skill of farmers regarding scientific dairy practices so as to enable them to adopt the same.

The laboratory is operated through Stockmen center. This serves as a grass root level link between the scientists and farmers. The major activities are:-

  • Dairy Development Work:
  • Organizing fertility and veterinary aid campaigns
  • Providing A.I. facility in cows and buffaloes.
  • Providing necessary treatment to animals of dairy animals.
  • Providing vaccination against contagious diseases.
  • Educating farmers regarding scientific methods of breeding, feeding, management and health care of animals.
  • Educating women in dairy farming and milk products.
  • Calf Rally/ Dairy Mela:

Calf rally and dairy Melas/ Exhibition are organized in the villages of Haryana and other states of India, with the prime objective of exposing the dairy farmers and others to the technological innovations developed by the institute. They are also motivated and encouraged to keep high-yielding crossbred animals through various competitions organized during these events.

  • Communication Center:

Under the Communication center, the division has developed the facilities of digital photography/videography, State-of-the-art projection systems, digital printing and displays of achievements and technologies of various Divisions of the Institute. These facilities are provided to various departments of the Institute through the following units:

  • Photo Lab
  • Video Lab
  • Audio-Visual Lab
  • Exhibition Unit
  • Dr. D. Sundaresan Auditorium
  • Dr. N.N. Dastur Auditorium
  • Dairy Samachar

A Quarterly extension bulletin Dairy Samachar is published by the Division in Hindi for the benefit of dairy farmers. It is dispatched to dairy farmers in different states, with the main objective that the improved technologies and package of practices of dairy farming reach the dairy farmers. The Division receives positive feedback and appreciation from the farmers/readers regarding the utility of this publication.

  • Dairy Education at Farmers’ Door

Since February, 2009 an innovative Approach was initiated by The Director NDRI to strengthen the effective dissemination of dairy production and processing technologies among farming community at their doorstep. Programme runs on 2nd Saturday of every Month, where multidisciplinary team visit farming households in the villages to disseminate technologies related to dairy science for the scientific dairy farming practices. This programme is coordinated by the Dairy Extension Division.

  • Customised Training

The Division regularly organizes the need based training to different stakeholders based on the demands from various organisations. This is in the form of either refresher training or orientation training.

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Extension Activities

Farm school:

  • A unique extension initiative is taken by Dairy Extension Division, in which 22 farmers of Gorgarh village in Karnal district were enrolled in all the aspects of agriculture in the mode of non- formal education.  
  • Experts from NDRI visit the village and take class during every Friday and Saturday.
  • Formal examination pattern will be followed after completion of classes and certificates will be distributed to the participating farmers.
  • The first batch of the farmer group was enrolled in the programme during August, 2014.

Fodder Museum:

  • A fodder museum has been established in the Farm of NDRI to showcase different fodder production systems.
  • High yielding fodder crop varieties are maintained in the live museum to sensitize the different stakeholders including the visitors and students from outside.


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Ongoing Research Projects

Research Work undertaken by the division is duly approved by the divisional IRC and the Institute IRC. The research projects are formulated and approved under Research Programme, “Promoting Dairy Enterprise through Transfer of Technologies, Improved Farm Financing, Supply Chain Management and Better Market Access.”

At present, four institute funded projects are being carried out in the division:

  1. Participatory Development of Need-based Interactive Information    Delivery System for Dairy Stakeholder
  2. Impact of Dairy Production Technologies Transferred by NDRI among dairy farmers in Karnal District
  3. Livelihood Perspective of Dairy Based Integrated Farming System
  4. Effectiveness of Mobile Advisory Services in Dairy farming

Externally funded project

  • Preparedness of livestock rearers among tribal in disaster prone areas of Uttarakhand


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Mandate and Research Priorities


  • To carry out extension research on the basis of clientele needs
  • To enable the end-users to adopt the innovations in dairy farming
  • To carry out technology assessment and refinement of dairy innovations evolved by NDRI
  • To undertake HRD programmes in dairy extension
  • To promote convergence and collaboration for sustainable dairy farming

Research Priorities:

  • Participatory Technology Development and Dissemination of dairy innovations
  • Demand-driven, System-oriented Extension Approaches for enhanced productivity as well as in view of changing climatic conditions
  • Low-External-Input- Dairying for Resource-Poor dairy farmers
  • Gender perspectives in Technology-Transfer
  • Entrepreneurship Development Focused on Dairy Innovations
  • Organizational Management and Communication Networks in Dairy  sector
  • Dairy Innovation System Researches
  • ICT-mediated Dairy Extension

 Linkages and Collaboration:

  • MANAGE, Hyderabad
  • Directorate of Extension, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi
  • Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Depts. of various States and ATMA
  • State Dairy Co-operative Federations
  • NGOs
  • NABARD & other financial institutions
  • Academic linkages with SAUs, ICAR institutes and foreign universities
Courses Offered

Course No.


B. Tech. (DT)

DX-221 (1+1)

Dairy Extension Education

DX-311 (1+1)

Communication Skills

PG Degree Programme

DX- 611

Fundamentals of Dairy & Animal Husbandry Extension

DX- 612

Communication for Dairy Development

DX- 613

Training for Human Resource Development

DX- 614

Social Psychology and Group Dynamics

DX- 615

Programme Planning and Evaluation for Rural Development


e-Extension for Rural Development


Credit Seminar

DX- 6210

Research Methodology in Social Sciences

DX- 622

Extension Techniques & Audio-Visual Aids

DX- 623

Participatory  Methods for Technology Development & Transfer

DX- 624

Management in Extension

DX- 625

Diffusion and Adoption of Dairy  and Animal Husbandry Innovations

DX- 626

Gender Sensitization for Development

DX- 627

Entrepreneurship Development


DX- 711

Organizational Management

DX- 712

Farm Journalism and Public Relations

DX- 713

Advances in Training Technology

DX- 714

Dynamics  of  Change

DX- 715

Policies  and Regulations in Dairy and Livestock Sector


Credit Seminar

DX- 721

Advanced  Research Techniques in Social Research

DX- 722

Organizational  Communication

DX- 723

Educational  Technology


Advances in Extension

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Dr. K.S. Kadian Principal Scientist & Head
Dr. (Mrs.) Jancy Gupta Principal Scientist
Dr. K. Ponnusamy Principal Scientist
Dr. Sujeet Kumar Jha Principal Scientist
Dr. Gopal Sankhala Principal Scientist
Dr. B.S. Meena Principal Scientist
Dr. H.R. Meena Principal Scientist
Mrs. Ritu Chakravarty Scientist
Dr. Sanjit Maiti Scientist
Dr. Sanchita Garai Scientist

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