Education Systems
     
 

The duration of the course is eight semesters .In each semester a package of courses from the disciplines of Co-operative Management, Development Economics, Banking and Rural Finance Management, Rural Marketing Management , Agriculture  Sciences , Quantitative Methods and Computer science are offered . The multi –disciplinary orientation built in the curriculum is the real strength of the course which enables the students to take a holistic view of the management situations .The curriculum is structured in such a way that the management courses are superimposed  on basic foundation courses .The thrust of the recently revised syllabus is on Agri-business Management. The discipline-wise distribution  of courses is outlined below:

1. Co-operative Management
2. Development Economics
3. Rural Banking and Finance Management
4. Rural Marketing Management   
5. Agricultural sciences
6. Quantitative Techniques
7. Computer Applications
8. Work Experience Programme
9. Experimental Learning in Co-operation &Banking
10. Communicative English (Non-Graded)
11. Study Tour (Non-Graded)
12. Physical Education (Non-Graded)


 
   Pedagogy  
 
The focus of the pedagogy is to impart knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate for professional manage working in a complex environment. To this end, the teaching system
Consist of district but mutually supporting sub-systems viz., class room learning, off-campus practical, work experience programme and experiential learning.

 
   1. CLASS ROOM LEARNING  
 
  Knowledge and skills are imparted through an array of teaching and learning methods encompassing lectures, case analysis ,group discussions ,role plays ,presentations and practical’s.

 
   2. OFF-CAMPUS PRACTICALS  
 
 Off-campus practicals are an integral part of almost all courses with practicals. As a part of the off-campus practical’s the students visit various organizations individually or in groups and prepare small project reports /papers on specific topics assigned to them by the course teachers. The off-campus practicals provide the students with an excellent opportunity to  experience real life situations in the field. It also enables them to acquire capacities demanded by diverse situations
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   3. WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME & EXPERIMENTAL LEARNING  
 


The seventh semester of the course is earmarked exclusively for Work Experience Programme which encompasses three major components viz., entrepreneurship development programme, field training and project work. The eighth semester is for experiential learning. 

 
   a.     ENTERPERNEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME  
 
The entrepreneurial competencies and skills are ignited through achievement motivation training and interaction with successful entrepreneurs with the objective of motivating students to take up entrepreneurship as a career.

 
   b.     FILED TRAINING  
 
 The module is designed to expose the students to the organizational and management functions of various development institutions/agencies and support service systems .The field training covers placement in the Department of Co-operation, Panchayath  Raj institutions, Krishi Bhavans ,NGOs, Co-operative Enterprises ,Financial institutions and  a week long village stay to grasp the village level department issues and  dynamics.

 
   C.    PROJECT WORK  
 
Along with the field training the students have to do an in depth project work on an organizational /managerial /operational problem of an agri-business enterprises /co-operative enterprise /financial Institutions / parastatal  and submit a project report under the  guidance of a faculty. The project work will enable the students to apply the theories, concepts, tools and technologies learned in the class room to diagnose and solve the organizational and operational problems and to sharpen their oral and written communication skills.

 
   Evolutional systems    
 
In order to keep the graduates of the programme highly competent and effective, both internal and external assessments are harmoniously blended in the evolution systems. The internal assessment is done by the course teachers’ concerned .The external assessment is conducted by the University.

 
   Study Tour    
 
With a view to expose the students to the regional and national scenario in their specialized fields, two study tours are made part and parcel of the curriculum. Leading educational, training, development, manufacturing and support service organizations of national importance are included in the itinerary of the study tours .The South India Study Tour with a minimum duration of 10 days is scheduled in the fourth semester. The All India Study Tour is held during the seventh semester for a minimum period of 20 days.

 
   Scholarship  
 
The students are eligible for several scholarships based on academic merit and / or the socio-economic conditions .Students belonging to SC/ST category are eligible for financial assistance from the scheduled Caste /Development and those belonging to other backward communities for the KPCR scholarship.

 
   Hostel Facility   
 
Hostel accommodation with mess facility is available to both men and women .Men’s hostel located at the Mannuthy campus and the Women’s hostel at the main campus, Vellanikkara. Both the locations provide ample opportunities to the inmates for developing their talents in sports and games.

 
   Co-curricular Activities  
   
As part of the professional development, opportunities are also provided to nourish and cherish the literary, artistic, cultural and organizational talents and aptitudes of the students through a chain of clubs and associations functioning under the Students Union which is elected body of the students constituted to impart practical training in the democratic values, principles, processes, and practices and to develop the organizational capabilities of the students.
The National Service Scheme (NSS) and the National Cadet Corps (NCC) units equip the students to take part actively in rural development and national integration programmes.