Development Communication & Extension (DCE)


The Department of Development Communication and Extension trains a cadre of young women to understand and address the needs of the family and community and mobilize the masses for sustainable development.

The Department was established in the year 1964 as Rural Community Extension under the aegis of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Government of India. The nomenclature Community Resource Management and Extension came into being in 1983. In 2007 the Department was renamed as Development Communication and Extension after comprehensive curriculum revision. The Department strives to train a cadre of professionals to work as development practitioners and researchers. The Department curriculum provides strong theoretical foundations and experiential learning to meet the existing market demands for trained professionals in participatory development processes and communication for sustainable change.

The different courses create a holistic understanding between development issues, programme management, development of media and strategies for sustainable change. Students are trained in Behaviour Change Communication methodologies. Students acquire professional skills in developing radio programmes and documentary films along with designing a wide range of print media.

To create effective development practitioners, the key components of the curriculum are- advocacy for policy and behaviour change communication; design, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and initiatives; and training and capacity building of different stakeholders involved in the development process.


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Sikandra Road
New Delhi - 110001
Phone/Fax: +91-11-23711222



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