The admission for certificate courses for urban dwellers for 2010 has commenced in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU).


According to a release from V. Valluvarparidasan, Director, Open and Distance Learning of the university, the courses will be useful for housewives, building contractors, interior decorators and unemployed youth in urban areas.

Those who can read and write English are eligible to join the course.

Courses offered

Following are the certificate courses offered through this open and distance learning mode: landscaping and ornamental gardening (will cover topics on identification of suitable plants for outdoors, landscaping principles, styles of gardening, importance of irrigation, utility of fountains, ponds, waterfalls); nursery technology (will deal with preparation and layout of nursery beds, seed treatment, soil sterilisation aspects, propagation methods, laying and bedding, maintenance and display of plants ).

Commercial horticulture (will cover indoor plants, landscape gardening, kitchen gardening, seed production, pollination control, package and practices of flower and vegetable crops) and mushroom cultivation (covering varieties, cultivation.

Input requirement

Input requirement, processing, preparation of different mushroom dishes and business outlook); solid waste management (will cover topics like solid waste, properties of solid waste, farm ,cattle, and urban waste and waste from agro industries, waste recycling, methods of vermi composting and factors influencing vermi composting).

Medium of instruction

The duration is six months for each course and English will be the medium of instruction. There is no age limit.

Free of cost

Applications can be obtained free of cost from the Director, Open and Distance Learning, TNAU, Coimbatore- 641 003 by sending a self-addressed envelope with Rs 5 stamp. Applications can also be downloaded from the university’s website


For details and other particulars interested candidates can call 9442111047/9442111048 or email to

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