University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (or UAF), originally the Punjab Agricultural College and Research Institute, Lyallpur, is a university in the city of Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. It was established in 1906 and was the first major institution of higher agricultural education in the undivided Punjab.
At independence in 1947 Pakistan was a predominantly agricultural country and in spite of subsequent industrialization and development, agriculture remains central to its economy. After independence the Government of Pakistan appointed National Commissions on Food and Education with the terms of reference to review the agrarian system and to formulate measures for developing agricultures potential. The commissions made a plea for the establishment of an agricultural university for research and education in agriculture. It was established by upgrading the former Punjab Agricultural College and Research Institute in 1961.
The university’s faculty comprises more than 500 teachers of whom 224 hold Ph.D. degrees mainly from foreign universities.
The university is organised into faculties of Agriculture, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Sciences, and a Division of Education and Extension all located at the main campus in Faisalabad, and College of Veterinary Sciences at Lahore was affiliated which has now upgraded as University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore (UVAS).
These units offer programmes leading to B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering, D.V.M., B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Phil, and Ph.D. degrees in agriculture and allied fields. HEC ranks the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad as a best university in the agriculture/veterinary field.
A notable alumnus is Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth and current head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He did his Masters in Agricultural Economics from UAF in the 1970s.
Type Education and research
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan
Location Faisalabad, Pakistan
Campus Main campus, Faisalabad and sub-campuses at Toba Tek Singh, Depal Pur, Dera Ghazi Khan
Faculty of Agriculture
This faculty, the largest of the academic units, conducting research on all aspects of crop production; teaching is undertaken at both under- and post-graduate levels by its departments namely, Agronomy, Genetics, Center of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Entomology, Horticulture, Soil Science, Forestry, Range Management, and Wildlife and Crop Physiology. The faculty offers the undergraduate degree of B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture and post-graduate degrees of M.Sc. (Hons.) and Ph.D. in agricultural disciplines.
Faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
The five constituent departments of the faculty are Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Agricultural Marketing,Environmental Economics, and Rural Sociology. The faculty offers courses in the subjects of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at graduate and postgraduate levels.
The faculty provides supporting courses for students enrolled in other faculties. The faculty offers M.A. degrees in Economics and Sociology as evening college. A data-processing centre is attached. M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are offered.
Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology
The faculty includes the departments of Structural and Environmental Engineering, Irrigation and Drainage, Food Technology, Farm Machinery, and Power and Fibre Technology.
Courses of study lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering; M.Sc. in Food Technology, Fibre Technology, Agricultural Engineering; and Doctor of Philosophy in Food Technology and Agricultural Engineering.
In B.Sc. (Agricultural Engineering) the same fundamental courses are taught as in other engineering institutions with emphasis on agricultural problems including water management, farm machinery and food processing.
Faculty of Veterinary Science
The faculty includes the department of Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Parasitology, Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary Clinical Medicine and Surgery, and Animal Reproduction. Candidates having a degree in biological sciences are considered for postgraduate admission in non-clinical subjects.
The students are enrolled for the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) and for M.Sc(Hons.) and Ph.D. degrees.
Faculty of Animal Husbandry
The faculty has departments of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Livestock Management, Animal Nutrition, and Poultry Husbandry.
It offers the degree of B.Sc. (Hons.) Animal Husbandry at the graduate level and supporting courses for students of D.V.M and B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture. It provides research facilities concerning livestock, poultry and their products to departments in the University and provide advisory services to livestock and poultry farmers. Postgraduate courses leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are offered by all the four departments in the faculty.
Faculty of Sciences
Prof. Dr. Asad Aakash is the Dean of the faculty. The faculty includes the departments of Botany, Zoology and Fisheries , Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, Business Management Sciences, Computer Science, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Islamic Studies.
It offers undergraduate courses in physical, biological and social sciences and postgraduate degree programmes in Botany, Zoology and Fisheries, Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Computer Science, Business Management and Commerce.
Graduates of pure sciences from other institutions are eligible for admission to courses leading to M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. Graduates having a relevant Bachelor’s degree may also seek admission to MBA and M.Com. degree programmes.
Division of Education and Extension
Prof. Dr. Tanveer AHMAD is the Director of the Division of Education and Extrension. The division consists of the Departments of Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Education, Continuing Education (Short Courses), Rural Home Economics, Agricultural Information Centre(AIC), Junior Laboratory School, Laboratory High School for Girls, and Laboratory High School for Boys.
The Division offers under-graduate and graduate level courses (M.Sc., M.Sc.(Hons), PhD) in Agricultural Extension, and Home Economics (Food and Nutrition, Clothing and Textile, Fine Arts) It manages short term courses offered by departments of the university. The division organises in-service training courses for personnel from the Agriculture, Education,Forestry, Livestock, and other governmental and non-government organizations responsible for agricultural and educational development. The division publishes a journal (Zarii Diagest), leaflets,and bulletins for the guidance and education of the farmers and general public.
College of Agriculture, D.G. Khan
The college imparts training in the degree of B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture. The college consists of teaching sections of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Horticulture, Agronomy, Soil and Forestry Range Management and Wildlife, Agricultural Entomology, Plant Pathology, Animal Production and Health, Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Social Sciences and Rural Development.
Sub-campus T.T. Singh
A sub-campus of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, has been established to study the poultry industry. The sub-campus, is at Toba Tek Singh.
The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, has established sub-campuses at three locations viz Depalpur, Toba Tek Singh and Dera Gazi Khan. At present the academic activities are in progress in a building provided by the Depart of Education, Government of Punjab, in the Government Degree College, Depalpur.
The following degree courses are offered:
First degree courses
- B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture: 8-semester programme after F.Sc. (Pre-Medical)
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Faisalabad: 10-semesters programme after F.Sc (Pre-Medical)
- B.Sc (Hons) Animal Husbandry: 8-semester programme after F.Sc. (Pre-Medical)
- B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering: 8-semester programme after F.Sc. (Pre-Medical), 8-semester programme after F.Sc. (Pre-Engg.)/Licentiate from a Polytechnic Institute holding a three-years Diploma.
- B.Sc. (Home Economics): 4-semester programme after F.Sc. (Pre-Medical) for female students.
Postgraduate Degree Programmes
- M.Sc./M.Sc. (Hons.) four semesters, offered in 35 subjects, after completing first degree course,
- M.Phil. in pure science four semesters, offered in five subjects after completing M.Sc. in the relevant subject,
- Ph.D., offered in 28 subjects, four semesters, after completing M.Sc. in the relevant subject
An evening college has been started in the university where M.B.A. (Regular and Executive), M.Com. and M.A. (Economics and Sociology) and M.Sc. Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Physics, Fibre Technology, Home Economics (Food and Nutrition), Statistics and Computer Science is offered.
Diploma and Certificate Courses
The university under the short courses program organises training facilities in agriculture and allied disciplines for in-service, pre-service and self-employed personnel, farmers, and others interested in agriculture. Separate courses are provided for ladies on the subjects and skills peculiar to womenfolk. The division has developed 124 courses leading to diplomas and certificates.Most of these courses have a practical bias.
The following diploma courses are offered:
- C.T. Agriculture (boys)
- Diploma in Rural Home Economics (girls)
- Diploma in Arabic
- Mali Class
- Veterinary Assistant Diploma Course
- Diploma in Grain Storage Management
- Postgraduate Diploma Course in Food Science (for Army personnel)
- Agricultural Business Management
- Computer Science
- Pre-release training course (for Army personnel).
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