University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

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University of Agriculture, Faisalabad(UAF)
جامعہ زرعيه فيصل آباد
Latin: studio rusticarum Faisalabad
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
Website www.uaf.edu.pk

The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (or UAF)(Urdu: 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 term ad conditions 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.

Faculties[edit]

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

The Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology was established in 1961 when the Punjab Agriculture College, Lyallpur was given the status of University of Agriculture, Lyallpur. The main objective of the Faculty was to train manpower to cater the growing needs of mechanized farming in the province of Punjab, Pakistan. this faculty is one of the pioneer faculty of its nature in whole Pakistan.

Department of Farm Machinery and Power[edit]

The department is one of the prime departments of the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.

This Department, in collaboration with other departments offers a high quality baccalaureate program in Agri. Engineering built around a distinctive core curriculum to meet the emerging needs of agricultural mechanization education. Master and Doctoral program in Farm Machinery help to develop student’s communication, critical thinking, technical judgment, global awareness and advance scientific and technical knowledge of precision agriculture possible through different machines. The students’ teaching remains the primary focus of this department while research trials, seminars, and demonstrations at farmer fields are used to disseminate the departmental research to the industry, extension workers, and the farmers.

The department has carried out major research on the following aspects sponsored by various national and international funding agencies:

Multi-crop reaper. Rotary pit digger for sugarcane planting. Multi-operational machine for one pass system. Modification in Korean Rice Transplanted. Adoption and development of low and medium pressure sprayer. Design and development of green house type solar dryer. Reclamation of saline sodic soils by deep plowing. Zone Disk Tiller Drill (Registered by GOP) University Boom Sprayer. (Registered by GOP) University Boom Sprayer Test Bench. (Registered by GOP) Pakistan Earthquake: Resource Development for policy makers internationally Development of Machinery Database of typical farm equipment and their impact on yield using GIS Wheat Growing Campaign by Govt. of Punjab. Development and Fabrication of gasifier for small farmers. Potato Digger Biofuel Solar Energy for extraction of juice from medicinal plants Designed and installed fixed focus Scheffler (10 m2) solar system for drying crops, distillation of essential oils, nuts roasting etc.

Department of Structures & Environmental Engineering[edit]

Department of Structures and Environment Engineering is based upon very dynamic, versatile and highly qualified faculty, which has vast brainy of knowledge, innovative ideas, developmental fondness and professional attributes to provide a platform to the students to explore the realism of learning in an integrated manner. The department has a committed vision in disseminating quality and standardized engineering education and research facilities to the nation for the last fifty years. The department provides facilities like updated research laboratories, lecture rooms for under graduate and postgraduate students, and computer laboratory as well. A wide range of state of the art equipment has been provided to facilitate high tech research work.

Department of Irrigation & Drainage[edit]

Tremendous potential for the development of Pakistan’s water resources requires services of the engineers to plan, design, construct and utilize irrigation water facilities efficiently. The water losses taking place during conveyance and application phases cause water shortage on one hand and water logging conditions on the other. To meet the growing demands for efficient water resources management, the Department of Irrigation and Drainage forms an important component of the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology in producing graduates in the field of Agricultural Engineering. These agricultural Engineers, by the virtue of their special training, are capable of working both with agricultural scientists and engineers of other disciplines. The department has taken a number of steps in order to fulfill program mission and objectives (described in the subsequent section). A large number of laboratories and computing facilities are available for the students. The Department has Fluid Flow Systems, Soil Mechanics, Hydrology, Irrigation, Water Quality and GIS and Remote Sensing laboratories. More laboratory equipments, under JICA program, have been purchased and installed in the labs in order to improve Practical or Laboratory component of the program. The department offers subjects in the area of Fluid Mechanics, Irrigation and Drainage, Hydrology, Soil Mechanics, Water Management, Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, Pumps and Tube wells and GIS and Remote Sensing applications in water resources management. The trained graduates are working successfully in the various fields such as water management programs of the country, projects related to water resources development, pressurized irrigation projects, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, PARC, PCRWR, IWASRI, NESPAK, HALCROW, WB, ADB etc.

Department of Fibre and Textile Technology[edit]

This department of Fibre Technology was established in the Faculty of Agriculture Engineering & Technology in 1964. It is the sole department in the country which offers master degree programme in Fibre Technology. The main objective of this department is to impart scientific knowledge and technological training to the students in the field of Fibre science, Textile Technology (spinning , knitting , dyeing , finishing, testing & quality control), pulp, paper and cardboard technology to meet the demand of the fast growing industry .

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 Faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, established in 1963, , with its constituent departments of Agricultural Economics, Farm Management, Agricultural Marketing, Cooperation and Credit and Rural Sociology, has now been functioning for over 51 years in the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. We have endeavored to keep ourselves abreast with the requirements in terms of academic programmes/activities over these years. However, looking at the likely shape of agricultural development, the direction and quality of research and the make-up of trained manpower output in the discipline of agricultural social sciences, the future trends need to be looked into seriously so as to be able to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

A perusal of the functioning of the various constituent departments of the faculty showed that over the years, the programmes of some of the departments had become less demanding in terms of academic and research output in line with the present day requirements. Especially under WTO set up, where we are shifting from subsistence agriculture to commercial agriculture putting further pressure to shift our emphasis to resource management strategy. Therefore, there was a strong need for a meaningful restructuring and fine tuning of the faculty to meet the challenges of the emerging requirements of the economy in the coming years.

Keeping in view this need of time, the Faculty was restructured in 2012. The name of faculty was changed to Faculty of Social Sciences and the Departments of Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, and Environmental & Resource Economics were merged into a new institute, Institute of Agricultural & Resource Economics (IARE). Professor Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq is the first Director of IARE serving from June 2012 till date.

Institute of Agricultural and Resource Economics now offers various degree programs serving the needs of society: 1. BSc (Hons) Agricultural & Resource Economics (4 years) 2. MSc (Hons) Agricultural Economics (2 Years) 3. MSc (Hons) Development Economics (2 Years) 4. MSc (Hons) Environmental & Resource Economics (2 Years) 5. MSc Economics (Distance Learning Program) (2 Years) 6. M.Phil Economics (2 Years) 7. PhD Agricultural Economics 8. PhD Environmental & Resource Economics 9. PhD Economics

The Faculty of Social Sciences is now divided in following institutes:

-Institute of Agricultural and Resource Economics -Institute of Business Management Sciences (offers programs both at undergraduate and postgraduate level) -Institute of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (offers programs at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral level)

- Department of Rural Sociology (Offers programs at postgraduate level as well as PhD program)

Professor Dr Zafar Iqbql is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. [2]

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

Sub-campuses[edit]

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 5, 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:

Intermediate(Pre-Agriculture)[edit]

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