University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

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University of Agriculture, Faisalabad(UAF)
Zarai University(جامعہ زرعيه فيصل آباد)
Motto “The University brings out all abilities, including incapability.”
Established 1906; upgraded in 1961
Type Education and research
Chancellor Governor of Punjab
Students 16,000+[citation needed]
Location Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan Pakistan
Campus 1,950 acres (7.9 km2)
Affiliations Higher Education Commission, University Grants Commission (Pakistan), Pakistan Engineering Council

The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (or UAF)جامعہ زرعيه فيصل آباد, originally the Punjab Agricultural College and Research Institute, is a university in the city of Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. It was established in 1906[citation needed] as the first major institution of higher agricultural education in the undivided Punjab.

At independence in 1947, Pakistan was a predominantly agricultural country. 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 agricultural 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 1,950 acre university campus represents both history and the present era. The new campus is lush green with a conglomeration of monolithic blocks built in modern style. The old campus is reminiscent of traditional Muslim architecture. The campus is located in the centre of the city at a distance of 12 km northeast of the Faisalabad International Airport, about 2 km.

The university's faculty comprises more than 500 teachers.[citation needed] Of those, nearly half hold Ph.D. degrees, mainly from foreign universities. The university has several boys hostels and couple of girls hostels. It accommodates over 5,000 students and approximately 3,000 day scholars. Premier hostels are Jinnah hostel (named after the first Governor General of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah), Iqbal Hall and Fatima Jinnah Hostel.


The university is organised into faculties of Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Food Engineering, Social sciences, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science and Sciences. A community college is also located on the main campus in Faisalabad. The College of Veterinary Sciences at Lahore was affiliated and is now a distinct entity known as the 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 in Pakistan.[1]

Faculty of Agriculture[edit]

This faculty, the largest of the academic units, conducts research on all aspects of crop production; teaching is undertaken at the undergraduate and graduate levels by its departments: 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 B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture and the M.Sc. (Hons.) and Ph.D. in agricultural disciplines. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Arshad is now Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, is a prolific researcher and scholar associated with the university.

Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology[edit]

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,Food Engineering,Textile Techonology,; M.Sc. in Food Technology, Fibre Technology, Agricultural Engineering; and Doctor of Philosophy in Food Technology and Agricultural Engineering.

Faculty of Veterinary Science[edit]

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 who hold degrees in biological sciences are considered for graduate 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 Social Sciences[edit]

The three institutes in the faculty are the Institute of Economics and Resource Management, the Institute of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development and the Institute of Business Management Sciences. The faculty offers coursework in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at the graduate and postgraduate levels. The faculty provides supporting courses for students enrolled in other faculties. The faculty offers M.A. degrees to evening students in Economics and Sociology. A data-processing centre is attached. M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are offered. Professor Dr Zafar Iqbql is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Faculty of Animal Husbandry[edit]

The faculty includes the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, the Department of Livestock Management, the Department of Animal Nutrition and the Department of Poultry Science. It offers the degree of B.Sc. (Hons.) Animal Husbandry 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 it provides 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. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sarwar (T.I.) is the dean of the faculty.

Faculty of Sciences[edit]

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. Prof. Dr. Munir Ahmad Sheikh is the Dean of the faculty.

Institute of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development[edit]

The Division of Education & Extension doesn't exist now. Its bigger part has been shifted to the Faculty of Social Sciences. Prof. Dr. Tanvir Ali (Ex. Director, Graduate Studies / Ex. Director, Division of Education and Extension) is now the Director of the Institute of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Faculty of Social Sciences. The institute deals with disciplines like Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Information (Mass Communication), Rural Sociology, Population Science, Gender Studies, and Rural Development.

It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs like B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture (Agri. Extension Major); M.Sc., M.Sc.(Hons), and PhD. A quarterly agricultural journal is published for farmers. The Institute has recently (on August 14, 2012) started FM Radio 100.4 for dissemination of agricultural innovations among adjoining farmer community in addition to providing information, education, and entertainment to general public.

University of Agriculture, Faisalabad


College of Agriculture, Dera Ghazi Khan[edit]

UAF College of Agriculture, Dera Ghazi Khan 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 Toba Tek Singh[edit]

A sub-campus of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, has been established in Toba Tek Singh on June 05, 2005 to study the poultry industry. Special efforts for establishing this sub campus are of Prof. Dr. Bashir Ahmed (Ex- Vice Chancellor) and Ch. Muhammad Ashfaq (Ex- district Nazim).

Academic programmes[edit]

The following degree courses are offered:


F.Sc. : 2 Years programme (Pre-Agriculture)

First degree courses[edit]

  • 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. (Hons) Poultry Science : 8-Semester programme after F.Sc. (Pre-Medical) at UAF Sub Campus Toba Tek Singh
  • B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering: 8-semester programme after F.Sc. (Pre-Engineering), 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[edit]

  • 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.Sc. Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Physics, Fibre Technology, Home Economics (Food and Nutrition), Statistics and Computer Science is offered. The other programs like M.A. Economics, and M.A. Sociology have been stopped after few years of good experience.

Diploma and certificate courses[edit]

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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Coordinates: 31°26′2.18″N 73°3′53.6″E / 31.4339389°N 73.064889°E / 31.4339389; 73.064889