Faculty of Agriculture - Overview

The Faculty of Agriculture is the biggest faculty in the University both by infrastructure and the student’s strength. Academically it comprises six departments e.g. Agronomy, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Agricultural Entomology, Plant Pathology, Crop Physiology and Forestry, Wildlife & Range Management; two institutes, e.g. Institute of Soil & Environmental Sciences and Institute of Horticultural Sciences and five allied disciplines e.g. Agricultural Economics, Marketing & Agribusiness, Agricultural Extension, Animal Sciences and Institute of Food Science & Technology. The faculty imparts practical training to the students and enriches its research endeavors through Departmental Farms, Post-graduate Agricultural Research Station (PARS), Land Utilization Department, Murree/Charrapani Research Station, Agricultural Meteorology Cell, Advanced Computer Lab, Geographical Information System (GIS), Center of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology (CABB), Saline Agriculture Research Cell (SARC) and Plant Health Clinic which have been established in the faculty to carry out high-tech research work.

The faculty enjoys a profound interaction with farmers and other stakeholders and with its alumni through Farmers Syndicate Hall. It offers B.Sc. (Hons.) Agri. (four years) degree program and the students can tailor their degree by opting any of the major subjects listed above. All these disciplines have under- as well as post graduate programmes except Crop Physiology which is allied with Agronomy for undergraduate programme. The faculty has recently upgraded and transformed its instructional programmes both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and in order to strengthen practical training of the students, an internship programme has been included in the new scheme of studies. The faculty teaching staff is highly qualified and is trained afresh periodically through local and overseas training programs. Most of the teachers are recognized by Higher Education Commission to supervise Ph.D. scholars. Each faculty member has a dynamic research programme oriented through one of the departmental research teams. Therefore, the Faculty of Agriculture remains a first choice of students for learning through out Pakistan. It, globally, has also been esteemed learning place for foreign/overseas students from all lingual and ethnic human groups. The faculty, over the time, has trained more than 11,000 undergraduate and 6000 postgraduate students in various disciplines of agriculture.

The faculty has highly structured establishment for its alumni which meets every year. At this vivid juncture the old-gold and the new faculty together review the progress and discuss the needs both in academics as well as in agriculture research in an atmosphere full of fragrance from the friendship.