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    The Education Commission (1964-66) recommended that a vigorous effort be made to establish specialised institutions to provide vocational education in agriculture and allied fields at the pre and post-matriculate levels to cater the training needs of a large number of boys and girls coming from rural areas. The Commission, further, suggested that such institutions be named as 'Agricultural Polytechnics'.The recommendation of the Commission was thoroughly discussed during 1966-72 by the Ministry of Education,
    Ministry of Agriculture, Planning Commission, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and other allied institutions. Finally, the ICAR mooted the idea of establishing Krishi Vigyan Kendras (Agricultural Science Centres) as innovative institutions of imparting vocational training to the practising farmers, school drop-outs and field level extension Functionaries. The first KVK, on a pilot basis, was established in 1974 at Pondicherry under the administrative control of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. In 1976-77, the Planning Commission approved the proposal of the ICAR to establish 18 KVKs during the Fifth Five Year Plan. By the end of the Fifth Plan, thus 19 KVKs (including one established on pilot basis at Pondicherry) were established in the country. With the growing demand for more such Kendras, 12 more KVKs were approved by the Governing Body (GB) of the Council in 1979 and they were established in the same year from Agricultural Produce Cess Fund (AP Cess). Pending clearance of the Sixth Five Year Plan scheme on KVK by the planning Commission, 14 additional KVKs were again approved by the GB of the Council in 1981, which were established during 1982-83 from AP Cess fund. On the advice of the Department of Finance,Government of India, a High Level Evaluation Committee on KVK was constituted by the ICAR in 1984, who after thorough review of the programme, strongly recommended for the establishment of more KVKs in the country. The Planning Commission, keeping in view the demand of people from various corner to establish more KVKs in the country and recommendations of the High Level Evaluation Committee on KVK (1984), approved scheme of ICAR to establish 44 new KVKs during the sixth Plan.Thus by the end of the Sixth Plan, 89 KVKs had started functioning in the country.

    During the VIIth Five Year Plan, 20 new KVKs were established. The success of KVKs at many locations created a great demand for establishment of more KVKs in the remaining destricts of the country. Accordingly, the Planning Commission, further approved 74 new KVKs to be established during the period 1992-93. Again in the VIIIth Five Year Plan (1992-97), 78 new KVKs were approved and the same were established in the country, making total number of functionla KVKs by the end of the VIIIthPlan to 261. Now KVKs were approved and the same were established in the country, making total number of functionla KVKs by the end of the XIth Plan to 600.

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