Northern region in the state of West Bengal endowed with three distinctly pronounced agro-climatic zone namely, Terai, Old Alluvial and Hill, is comprised of six districts i.e., Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling (Hill), North & South Dinajpur and Malda. The region is better known for its historical background, cultural & language ethnicity and socio-political back up. Agriculture, in general is said to be backward and benefits of improved package of practices of agriculture and allied sectors have percolated very slowly down to the ground level resulting in overall retarded growth rate in the sector. The erstwhile satellite campus of only State-aided Agricultural University, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya with its Headquarter at Mohanpur, Nadia that had emerged as North Bengal Campus with location at Cooch Behar was established at 1979. The Campus had tried its level best to play an active role in changing the attitude of farming folk towards adapting them to the modern diversified and market driven agriculture. Later, the said campus is upgraded to a full-fledged University in the year 2001 sensing the need and gravity of dissemination of technology down to the ground level. The University had owned the privilege to activate its extension function through one Remandated Krishi Vigyan Kendra supported by the ICAR at main campus at Pundibari, Cooch Behar since its very inception. As the periphery of work by the Remandated ZARS-KVK was confined only for one districts, the Cooch Behar, the University made an effort to establish an Extension Education Organization in accordance with the provision of its Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya Act, 2000 in order to facilitate its extension activities in all six northern districts under its geographic jurisdiction utilizing the available manpower & manpower in RRS system. Accordingly, the Directorate of Extension Education was established since its inception in 2001 to cater the ‘research & extension’ need of the entire state with special emphasis on its Northern districts. The functioning of the directorate is administered by University Extension Education Council.
Organisational Structure of Directorate of Extension Education :