Department of Adult & Continuing Education & Extension
The establishment of the department of Adult Continuing Education and Extension at Kanpur University on October 24th, 1984 by U.G.C. was an attempt to combat the issues faced by the deprived and backward communities and the need to train adults in social, economic and political field. The department has conducted workshops and training programs in collaboration with degree colleges at different centers in Kanpur. These programs were based on skill enhancement in terms of Rural Development specifically. Some more programs were launched with the following focus points:
  • Research Work: Department conducted some social and educational interdisciplinary research work on issues like: Women Empowerment and Human Rights etc.

  • Training Program: The teachers and trainers were trained on environmental education, adult education and population education. Some IEC material was also developed.

  • Extension work: According to the U.G.C. guidelines, the Extension programs were given more importance in higher educational programs.
Master of Extension & Rural Development
Under the tenth five-year plan and the direction given by the UGC the department of ACEE started a course on “Master of Extension and Rural Development “in 2010, to fulfill the requirement of rural professional for nation building. The balance between theoretical sessions and practical knowledge is the uniqueness of this course. Hence apart from learning within the four walls of the classroom, the students also learn under the open sky – in fields, in villages, in the operational areas of the voluntary organization etc. The course syllabus of MERD encompasses classroom sessions, assignment presentation, symposia, field work, organizational visits, rural camps and dissertation.
Field Study tour/ Rural Camp related to social research and for comparative understanding of different cultures. Forum of teachers and students of the department organize coaching, counseling, seminars, workshops and orientation programmes from time to time. Our students have participated in various activities in International and National institutes & organizations in last few years like; National Labour Institute-Delhi, NIRD-Hyderabad, SOPS-Odisha, John Hopkins University- Hardoi project, Voice4Girls, Breakthrough- Lucknow.
All the admissions are made on the basis of entrance test. At present the per year (2-semester) tuition fee for the course PMDACEE is Rs. 0000/- and for MERD is RS. 0000/- (It may change from time to time, as per University regulations). The other details of the courses are:
Its values are based on respect for the equality, worth, and dignity of all people. This profession addresses the barriers, inequities and injustices that exist in society. Its mission is to help people to develop their full potential, enrich their lives, and prevent dysfunction. It is focused on problem solving and change. As such, workers are change agents in society and in the lives of the individuals, families and communities they serve. It responds to crises and emergencies as well as to everyday personal and social problems. It utilizes a variety of skills, techniques, and activities consistent with its holistic focus on persons and their environments.

Field of Practice for Professional Workers

Substance Abuse Child Welfare/ Elderly Care Clinical / Mental Health
Consultancy Services Community Development Correctional Institutions
Rehabilitation of Offenders Family Welfare & Planning Mother & Child Health
Poverty eradication Counselling & Therapy Vocational Rehabilitation

Corporate Sector

CSR Manager Community Dev. Officer Social Development Officer
Executive Trainee Social Welfare Officer Rural Development Officer
As far as the salary of a professional worker in development sector (in India) is concerned – it varies from organization to organization. Percentage of marks in hardly matters in recruitment-process of development sector. What does matter – is relevant working experiences, possession of suitable technical skills of project management, sound knowledge managing NGO administration. Contact Details:

Dr. Sandeep K. Singh, Head of Department 9415464292

Last date for online submission is 14.05.2018. More details log on
Sr. No. Course Name Duration Eligibility
1. PG Diploma in ACEE (PMDACEE) 1-year (2 semesters) (30 Seats) Post-Graduation with 50% marks (45% for SC/ST)
2. Master of Extension & Rural Development (MERD) 2-year (4 semesters) (60 Seats) Graduation with 45% marks (40% for SC/ST)
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