The diploma programme in Dry land Resources Management seeks to train middle level human resource capacity to address the ever increasing need to realize sustainable dry lands production. The frontiers of these ecologically fragile regions are expanding due to increasing demand on livelihood resources for supporting increasing human needs and welfare. The training of diploma holders has an advantage of imparting knowledge and skills to graduates who will deal with grassroots development issues in the areas that target improved human welfare. This curriculum has been enriched with courses that will enable graduates to offer services that will facilitate participatory approaches in dealing with issues of dry lands resource management. Graduates will have technical skills and knowledge that will enable them work in dry lands and among the communities therein. The program will be offered to both regular and Self-Sponsored students SSP.
Dry lands cover over 80 % of Kenya‘s landmass. These lands embrace a rich diversity of flora and fauna that constitute an important economic resource base. They are an important resource that supports the tourism and livestock based industries. In the past, utilizations of dry lands have emphasized livestock production and wildlife at the expense of other possible production enterprises. The reason given for this attitude was that the dry lands lacked capacity to sustain arable agriculture with use of existing technologies developed for use in high potential areas.Worldwide, the dry lands are a source of irrigated food crops and other products. The diploma programme in dry lands management is geared to the production of middle level graduates with the capacity to diagnose the needs of the dry lands and provide appropriate advisory services on the management of these resources.
The aim of the programme is to equip graduates with relevant technical knowledge and skills that will:
Enable them to disseminate technologies appropriate for sound management of dry lands. Provide advisory services to the clientele dealing with the management of the dry lands. Work as field officers capable of diagnosing pastoralists and farmers needs. Provide linkage between the pastoralists, farmers and researchers in designing appropriate development technologies.
All candidates admitted to the diploma programme in Dry Land Resources Management must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements stipulated in the common university entrance regulations.In addition, candidates MUST have passed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education KCSE. with at least a C grade in each of the following: Biology or Biological sciences, Chemistry or Physical Science, Geography, English or Kiswahili
Those holding qualifications equivalent to the above from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted. An added advantage will be given to candidates who have passed with at least a C grade in Agriculture or Business Studies at KCSE.
Course Structure and Duration
The Diploma in Dry Land Resources Management shall normally take a full time student three academic years each with two seventeen – week semesters comprising of fifteen and two weeks of teaching and examination, respectively. During this period students will register for a minimum of eighteen Credit Factors per Semester.
To graduate with a Diploma in Dry Land Resources Management, a student will be required to take and pass a minimum of 118 Credit Factors which includes the University common core courses approved by the Senate.
The course codes are DLRM stands for ―Dry Land Resources Management″ followed by 4 digits. The first digit denotes a Diploma Programme. Second digit indicates the year the course is offered or level of the course. Third digitindicates the nature or sub-discipline of the course within the discipline,0 – Introductory courses,1 - Principle courses, 2 - Ecology, 3 - Climate, 4 - Management courses, 5 - Applied courses, 6 - Planning, 7-Research ,Seminars, and Students Projects, and8-Policy, Law and Administration. The fourth digit indicates the serial number of individual courses within a particular sub-discipline within the discipline.
All examinations for the Diploma in Dryland Resources Management shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
The grading of examination for Diploma in Dryland Resources Management shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.
The classification for Diploma in Dryland Resources Management shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII for undergraduate students