Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik



   Name : Mr. Raosaheb Patil
 Designation : Programme Coordinator
 Qualification : M.Sc.(Agri.) in Agricultural Microbiology
 Expertise : Crop disease & pest management (IPM), Biocontrol Production, Plant origin & fungal origin, Pesticides, Mushroom & Vermicompost production,
 E-mail : rao.ptl@gmail.com
 Name :

Mr. Rajaram Patil

 Designation : Subject Matter Specialist (Agril. Engineering)
 Qualification : M.tech. (Agri.)
 Expertise : Micro Irrigation, Cultivation, Farm Mechanization
 E-mail : rajarambpatil@gmail.com
 Name :

Mr. Hemraj Rajput

 Designation :

Subject Matter Specialist (Horticulture)

 Qualification : M. Sc. (Agri.) in Horticulture
 Expertise : Horticulture crop Production, Post harvest technology, Grape wine production, Nursery management.
 E-mail : rajsurabh@yahoo.com
Name :

Dr. Niteen Jaysing Thoke

 Designation :

Subject Matter Specialist (Agril. Extension)

 Qualification : M. Sc. (Agri.), Ph.D. in Agril. Extension
 Expertise : Extension management in agriculture, PRA survey, Information Technology, Group dynamics, Front Line Demonstration, Programme Planning, Integrated Farming.
 E-mail : niteenjay76@gmail.com
 Name :

Mr. Prakash Kadam

 Designation :

Subject Matter Specialist (Agronomy)

 Qualification : M. Sc. (Agri.) in Agronomy
 Expertise : Crop husbandry, Integrated Nutrient Management, Weed specialization, Soil & Water Management, Front Line Demonstration (Oilseed, Pulses & Cotton)
 E-mail : kgpk75@rediffmail.com
Name :

Mrs. Archana Deshmukh

 Designation : Subject Matter Specialist (Home Science)
 Qualification : M.Sc. Home Science (Food science & Nutrition)
 Expertise : Post Harvest Technology, Women Empowerment, SHG Management, Nutrition Management.
 E-mail : archanamohod1154@gmail.com
 Name :

Dr. Shyam Kadus

 Designation :

Subject Matter Specialist (Veterinary Science & A.H.)

 Qualification : M.V.Sc. in Animal Nutrition
 Expertise : Animal farm management, Nutritious management of diet, Processing of raw quality feed, Small scale income generating programmes.
 E-mail vetshyam111@rediffmail.com
 Name :

Mr. Mangesh Vyavahare

 Designation : Programme Assistant
 Qualification : M.Sc.(Agri) in Agriculture Chemistry
 Expertise : Soil & water testing, soil test based fertilizer recommendations, degraded soil Reclamation
 E-mail mangeshvyavahare@rediffmail.com
 Name :

Mr. Harshal Kale

 Designation :

Computer Programmer

 Qualification : MCA (Computer Sci.)
 Expertise : .net(C#,VB,ASP,Smart Device)
 E-mail : harsh21th@gmail.com
Name : Mr. Sandeep Bhagwat
 Designation : Farm Manager
 Qualification : M.Sc. (Horticulture)
 Expertise : Farm Management, Nursery Management, Hi-tech Horticulture, Plant protection, Landscape
 E-mail star161175@yahoo.com
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 Designation : Accountant / Superintendent
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The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik was established in 1989 through Act XX of 1989 of Maharashtra State legislature. YCMOU, Nashik is the 5th Open University in India. The goal of university is to become a “Mass University” and to provide equal educational opportunities to large sections of the society. YCMOU, Nashik is the only university in India, which is offering need-based programmes in Agriculture sciences through distance mode of education.

Main features of the university :.

  • The goal of the university is to become a ‘Mass varsity’.
  • Most of the programmes are offered in the regional language (Marathi).
  • The university is committed to becoming self sufficient in operational cost.
  • The university aims at using the latest techniques and technologies in its task of imparting education.
  • The university develops linkages so as to become instrumental in the developmental and transformational processes of the society around.
  • The university has evolved a work culture in its organization in which accountability rather than authority is the bay feature of each post.
  • The structure, functioning and philosophy of the university have relaxed entry rules, flexibility in course combination, flexibility in choosing the place and pace of study and provision of individualized study etc.

The university received an international ‘Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement’ from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada on1st August 2002 on the occasion of the 2nd Pan-commonwealth forum on Open Learning held in Durban, South Africa. YCMOU is the only university in India, which has received this prestigious award.

An extract from the citation read out on the occasion.
“What impressed the panel particularly was the institution’s use of technology, not just to attract a wide range of learners but to provide sustained academic support to retain them in the system. To do this, the university did not adopt a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. It used a variety of practices in line with students’ needs, preferred learning styles & access to technology”.