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Updated on 30 Apr, 2024

The School of Agriculture (SOA), established in January 2005 at IGNOU, strives for a flagship role in turning the rural unemployed youth to first rate agricultural entrepreneurs and agri-business managers of tomorrow. The impact of agricultural education through distance mode will soon be discernible in development of new breeds of entrepreneurs, increased employment opportunities, higher earnings and better work environment. SOA has been focusing on academic, research and extension activities in agriculture at the national and international level with the following mission, vision and objectives:

To improve and sustain the quality of human life and productivity of Agriculture and Allied Sectors through Open and Distance Learning (ODL).

To extend outreach of agriculture education by harnessing convergence between ODL and conventional system through national and international linkages.


  • To strengthen the human resource in agriculture and allied sectors through ODL;
  • To provide equitable quality education in agriculture to marginalized and disadvantaged groups;
  • To enhance knowledge, skills and entrepreneurial capabilities for livelihood security;
  • To use ICT for improving outreach and effectiveness of distance education in agriculture;
  • To conduct research in emerging areas for effective technology transfer and adoption;
  • To establish national and International linkages in agriculture education and knowledge management for sustainable development;
  • To plan and conduct research and training through ODL in agriculture production and management systems under different locations including North Eastern region; and
  • To develop and maintain an open repository of agricultural educational resources.


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[Updated on 18-Jul-2024]