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It is CTI’s vision to facilitate the acquisition of managerial and technical skills by extension workers, aspiring entrepreneurs, managers, scientists and administrators in all sectors of agricultural economy to enable them to provide the most effective support and service to the farming community for practicing sustainable agriculture.

Word from the Vice Chancellor

Over the years there has been substantial increase in the volume of training activity taken up by the Kerala Agricultural University.  More and more organizations at the State and National level have started realizing and accepting the training capabilities of the University in the Agriculture and allied sectors.  Being the premium institution with R&D functions in these areas the depth and spread of KAU’s intellectual and technological resources is unparalleled and largely unutilized.  The scope for further broad basing of its training services therefore is huge.  The well established statewide network of campuses and research institutions is an added strength for the KAU in this line.   Of late the University has embarked on an ambitious programme to offer customized training programmes to prospective clients from outside the nation, especially ASEAN and Third World countries.   An easy to access procedure has already been streamlined and put in place to facilitate this.  Matching training infrastructure also as to be developed concurrently.   Proposals are on for the establishment of an international research and development institute for Human Resources in Farm Sciences at the Kerala Agricultural University. Another area vying for immediate attention is in-house HRD.  An imaginative programme to balance the physical, emotional, Intellectual and spiritual needs of the University’s valued manpower has to be conceived and pursued without further delay to maintain them in a state of alert and anticipated preparedness to meet emerging challenges.

The Director of Extension, KAU writes:


Training is about knowing where you stand (no matter how good or bad the current situation looks) at present, and where you will be after some point of time.   Training is a learning process that involves the acquisition of knowledge, sharpening of skills, concepts, rules, or changing of attitudes and behaviour to enhance the performance of employees.

The Central Training Institute, Mannuthy is a subsystem of the Kerala Agricultural University.  It ensures that randomness is reduced and training takes place in structured format.   The principal objective of training is to make sure the availability of a skilled and willing workforce.   In addition to that, there are four other objectives:  Individual, Organizational, Functional and Societal.

Individual Objectives – help employees in achieving their personal goals, which in turn, enhances the individual contribution to an organization.

Organizational Objectives – assist the organization with its primary objective by bringing individual effectiveness.

Functional Objectives – maintain the department’s contribution at a level suitable to the organization’s needs.

Societal Objectives – ensure that an organization is ethically and socially responsible to the needs and challenges of the society.

The Central Training institute, Mannuthy has been striving to ensure that all these objectives are met through it multifaceted approach to training.


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Central Training Institute
Kerala Agricultural University
Mannuthy P.O.
Thrissur Kerala 680651