The tribal region of then Bihar now Jharkhand did not escape the ken of Swami Vivekananda's eyes. Swamiji had a vision to establish a technical school and gradually a centre in the tribal area of Chhotanagpur where new ways of food production would be discovered. In this context he mentioned that in central India near Hazaribagh and such other districts of the region of Bihar, a big plot of land would have to be acquired for the purpose.
Divyayan Training Unit
Divyayan Training Unit houses different laboratories and spacious class room with audio-visual facility to build scientific temperament in the trainees, Divyayan has state-of-the-art laboratories like :Soil and plant testing lab., Honey Testing Lab., Plant Protection Lab.,Mushroom Production Lab., Bio-Fertiliser Lab., Tissue culture lab. etc.
A 100 bedded hostel is there to accommodate the trainees of various residential training programme on agriculture and allied subject.
Agricultural-cum-horticultural Demonstration Farm
There are three agricultural-cum-horticultural farm at Divyayan, Getalsud and Maheshpur. These farms are for demonstration on maximization of yields, comparison of orchards, dry-land agriculture (Particularly pulses and oil seeds)etc.
A progeny Orchard has been developed in the Divyayan campus for the demonstration and training in Mali training and horticulture training. The orchard consists of different varieties of tree like Mango, Amla, Guava, Litchi, Coconut, Barry etc.
Mushroom Training Unit
This unit has been added in 1993. Along with the training, arrangements have been made to supply commercial spawn to the trainees for adopting production of mushroom as a cottage industry. During 2007-08 unit produced 4745 packets of spawn for distribution/sale and it produced 221.35 kg.
Poultry farm demonstrating various methods of rearing poultry birds; broilers and layers. Divyayan KVK has developed a cross breed; (cross of local breed with Rhode Island Red) called “Divyayan Red” (DR) which is very popular in this area. The bird lay 150 eggs under village conditions against the local birds laying only 50-60 eggs in a year, and are resistant to diseases. Divyayan has installed incubator with hatching capacity of 2700 Divyayan Red eggs at a time, for propagation in the villages.
Dairy Unit with 58 heads of exotic cattle provides opportunity to the trainees to learn about
· Cross breed cows: rearing and management
· feed Preparation
· AI service for breed improvement
· Supply of input – cow dung to bio-gas plants.
· Fodder production and trials
· Marketing of by-products
Artificial Fish Hatchery
An artificial fish hatchery has been installed for training and demonstration purpose for the trainees of Fisheries to make them aware of the technology involved in producing fish fingerlings.
For training and demonstration purpose a fish –cum-duck unit has been created
Apiary Training Unit
A mini unit at bee-boxes and hives for training (even though small) serves the purpose of training farm-boys attending motivational as well as special courses. This unit of Divyayan KVK also extends the facility of marketing honey produced by participant farmers. During the year the unit has collected and sold more than 88.81 qtls of honey and 472 units of Bee boxes with bee colonies were made available to farmers. The major activity on bee-keeping and honey production is spread over to 26 out of 75 adopted villages of Ranchi district.
Soil-testing, Vermiculture, Bio-fertilizer Units
These units are there to motivate farmers to take up integrated nutrient management on the basis of soil tests. Farmers are advised to apply boron to cauliflower and other vegetables, sulphur to mustrad, molybdenum to pulses, zinc to mazie etc., in addition to major nutrients, depending on the status of these nutrients and crops to be grown. During the year 1192 soil samples were analyzed in t he laboratory and same number of farmers were given recommendation of fertilizer doses and they adopted the recommendation of fertilizer doses and they adopted the recommendation. The unit also distributed 3210 kg. of vermi compost and 16480 nos. of earth worm to farmers. Fast composting technology and demonstration BGA, Azola etc were also arranged.
Besides the agricultural production related endeavors, Divyayan also imparts training in the fields of farm machinery, welding, carpentry and lathe turning. Special training courses have been designed with income generation orientation which help the trainees to engage themselves in self-employment. In these courses which are practical oriented stress is also laid on demonstration and intensive hands-on experience to help the trainees in acquiring self-confidence for undertaking independent entrepreneurship
For storage, Processing and retrieval of large amount of data and also for publication of reports, news-letters etc., a well equipped computer centre is functioning. The centre has further been strengthened by addition of networking infrastructure and bringing all the computer under one intranet for sharing data and other resources. The centre has also been linked with internet for upgrading the knowledge of the training faculty.
Automatic Weather Station
An automatic weather station has been installed to record local weather data like atmospheric pressure, humidity, wind speed and rain fall. All the data gets recorded automatically and gets down loaded to computer at regular interval.