Certificate in Organic Farming (COF)

The main objective of the programme is to impart knowledge and proficiency in Organic production practices, Certification process and marketing of organically raised agricultural produces, promote self-employment and income generation.

What the course covers?
  • Basics of organic farming
  • Comparative study of cost of production between chemical and organic farming
  • Economics and viability of organic farming and case study with different crops
  • Government schemes and scheme on capacity building for organic products
  • Documentation, Inspection and certification Procedure
  • Basics of marketing, marketing channels and its functions for organic farming business.
  • Practical shall include visit and study of grower group, certified organic farm and study on ICS.
Course Code Course Title Course Credits
BAP-001 Introduction to Organic Farming 4
BAPI-001 Organic Production System 4
BAPI-002 Inspection and Certification Organic Produce 4
BAPI-003 Economics and Marketing of Organic Produce 4
Who should join?

The course is meant for everyone who is interested in promoting safe food. The course will be especially useful for rural youth, senior secondary pass outs and prospective organic farmers.


The following information will assist in the registration process for COF

  • Eligibility : 10+2 pass-outs (or) Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP) from IGNOU 10th pass can enroll simultaneously for the BPP and the Certificate programme
  • Last Date of admission : Last date for admission to COF is 31st December, 2015 and with late fee of Rs 300 is 15th January, 2016
  • Fees : Rs 4,000
  • Minimum Duration : 6 months
  • Maximum duration : 2 years
  • Total Hours contact classes : 40 hrs
  • Medium of Instruction : English
  • Online Admission :
  • Centre Name : Sri Sri Institute of Agriculture Science & Technology
  • Centre Code : 13150P
  • For whom is the course designed : It is for people who are interested in pursuing organic farming, becoming trainers, consultants, input producer, market facilitators or group farming managers.
  • How many papers : Four
  • Course material : Everything will be provided by IGNOU by post.
  • Degree/Certificate offered : Certificate in Organic Farming
  • Examination : Conducted twice a year in June and December (Term End Examination).
  • Assignments : The assignments as prescribed by the university are to be submitted to the Centre on time either in soft or hard copy.
  • Documents required for applying : For applying online, scanned copy of the following documents are required
    1. Photo
    2. Signature
    3. Matriculation Mark sheet or certificate
    4. Mark sheet of Graduation HOW DO I REGISTER FOR COF?
  • Accommodation : The Centre is located inside the beautiful and serene campus of the Art of living, Bangalore ashram with 100 acres of sprawling campus which is also a very famous tourist destination. It is the Centre of knowledge and spirituality and hence a very apt location for any academic activity with its peaceful and calm environment. The students can stay in the dormitory with a minimal charge of Rs. 200 per day which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will also give the candidate an opportunity to visit the nearby Bannerghatta national park and other such famous places in Bangalore.
  • Exam Centre : IGNOU has more than 659 exam centers all over the country and you can choose the most convenient and near to you.
  • Contact : For any other queries, We can be reached via email: Alternately you can also call on 7411-696-057/ 080-28432965.