Agricultural Education in Distant Mode in Bangladesh Open University- A New Approach to Transfer of Technology.

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2002-07
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Faruque, Abuhena Mohammed
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF2 // Bangladesh Open University (BOU) was established in the year 1992 with six faculties to offer formal and no-formal courses in distant mode. The School of Agriculture and Rural Development is actively engaged in educating people in different disciplines of agriculture to the urban and rural people, including village farmers and eager undergraduate students. Bangladesh economy is heavily dependent on agriculture. Agricultural education therefore, bears special importance to update the production technology of agricultural commodities for their ultimate transfer to the end users, the farmers, throughout the country. The BOU follows curriculum based courses which are offered through different tutorial centres located in different geographical districts. Strict regulations are followed during enrolment, tutoring and evaluation for quality assurance of the learners. Print and electronic media are used to support students. Books are printed in modular formats. It has been observed that proper guidance, specially through practice teaching is difficult to provide to the learners, though theoretical aspects are easily dispersible. Various methods are in trial to identify the better methods of practical demonstration with interactive approach. The present paper discusses in detail the curricula, techniques of delivery, tutorial experience, students attitude and performance and problems encountered with probable suggestions regarding practicals, while offering courses on agriculture in distant mode where practical demonstration is vital for successful teaching. //
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Bangladesh
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