University of Agriculture, Peshawar
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The University of Agriculture, Peshawer is a research-based Agricultural Universityin Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The university is ranked fourth in agriculture after University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore.
The history of Agricultural University can be traced to the College of Agriculture established in 1957 as a constituent college of Agriculture. In 1974, the college became a Faculty of Agriculture under the University of Peshawar. It attained its autonomous status as Agricultural University, Peshawar in 1981.
The academic programs is divided into five faculties, each headed by a dean:
- Faculty of Crop Production Sciences
- Faculty of Crop Protection Sciences
- Faculty of Nutrition Sciences
- Faculty of Rural Social Sciences
- Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences
The university has three institutes: the Institute of Biotechnology and Genetics Engineering (IBGE), Institute of Business and Management Sciences (IBMS), and Institute of Development Studies (IDS).
Faculty of Crop Production Sciences
The faculty has the following departments, each one headed by a separate chairperson.
Department of Soil & Environmental Sciences
The department was established in 1966 as the Department of Soil Science. Beyond limited resources and facilities, the department has produce 30 to 35 graduates each year before 1981 when the Department was readjusted, upgraded and reinforced. In 2001 it was renamed as Department of Soil & Environmental Science thus introducing environmental courses to increase the area of study. The department has three undergraduate, two postgraduate, two PhD-level and one advanced-research laboratories. The department has been successful in conducting research regarding crop productivity and solving the soil problems throughout the mainland of Pakistan.
Department of Horticulture
The Horticulture Department is one of the biggest department in KPK Agricultural University, Peshawar with three main disciplines: Pomology, Olericulture Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture.
The Department practices insects, pests and disease control, counseling regarding day-to-day problems in the disciplines of horticulture. Currently one research project, related to guava propagation, is carried out in this department. A project of “Litchi Production in KPK” has been submitted to Pak-China joint research project. The Department has a 38-acre Horticulture Farm with 29 acres of commercial area under fruit plants, 1.5 acres commercial area under fruit nursery, one acre of mother plant garden and four acres of area specified for research. An ornamental plant nursery is used for student’s practicals, commercial purposes and beautification of the campus. Horticulture Department has two well-equipped laboratories.
Department of Agronomy
Agronomy was the only major parent department when agriculture classes started back in 1933 at Islamia College, Peshawar. The department gave birth to several other agriculture colleges, then faculty in program serves all the students of the university. The graduate and postgraduate programs are Technology and Arid Zone Agronomy. The available staff at this department is as follows: Dr.Inamullah Khan
Department of Water Management
The available staff at this department is as follows: Dr.Inamullah Khan
Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics
The Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics was established in 1963. Since then, it has been offering courses and research methodologies related to crop improvement, cytology, cytogenetics, biometry, quantitative genetics, molecular genetics and tissue culture, leading to B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. (Hons) degrees. At present the department offers advanced courses and research guidance to PhD scholars. During the past 48 years, the department has produced more than 550 well-trained graduates and 22 PhD scholars, who have been serving organizations at provincial, national and international levels. Since its inception, students here have been awarded the maximum number of gold medals and other academic distinctions. At present the department has 163 enrolled students (undergraduate, graduate and PhD).
The department has nine highly qualified PhD and experienced faculty, well-equipped laboratories and a 30-acre experimental farm for research activities. During past five years, six faculty members have received post doctorate training in developed countries. The Department of Plant Pathology, Weed Science and Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (IBGE) emerged from this department. In addition to academics, objective-oriented breeding programs are underway in wheat, maize, rice, pulses (mungbean and chick peas), cotton and oilseed crops at the department, which are funded by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Higher Education Commission and Ministry of Science and Technology. In addition, the department has established linkages program amounting Rs. 16.19 million sponsored by HEC for split PhD, joint research, joint faculty visit and organizing international symposia. Our faculty have completed 12 research projects amounting Rs. 15.79 million of these projects, eight projects were sponsored by HEC, three by PARC, and one each by PSF and AUP.
Despite the fact that 60% of the cultivable area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is rainfed, there was no organized crop breeding program in the province for the target environment. Therefore, efforts are underway at the department to tailor the current crop cultivars for the rainfed regions of the province using the indigenous and exotic germplasm in the breeding programs. Similarly, research is in progress to evolve crop cultivars for cultivation in marginal land of the province. The first wheat cultivar “Ghaznavi-98″ was released in 1998 by the wheat breeding program of the department headed by Prof. Dr. Fida Mohammad for cultivation in irrigated and rainfed regions of the province. A new wheat variety “JANBAZ” of this department was approved for commercial cultivation in Provisional Seed Council Meeting, held on November 11, 2010 under the chairmanship of Minister for Agriculture, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government after fulfilling is codal formalities. New varieties of wheat and brassica are in advanced yield trials. These will be released for cultivation. Furthermore, the department has started winter maize production which is introduced in the province for the first time. In recent past, rice and cotton breeding programs have also been launched in the Department. About 50 metric tons of certified seed of wheat and maize is produced annually at the research farm of the department for distribution to the farmers and Agriculture Extension Wing. The available staff at this department is as follows.