About the University:
In 1906, the foundations of an agricultural college were laid with the name “Punjab Agricultural College and Research Institute” in Lyallpur. In 1961, this college was raised to university level, resulting into the establishment of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.
Pakistan being an agriculture based economy needed an institution which could delve into scientific research for enhancing the country’s production capacity.
The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (or UAF) has been ranked 1st among all Pakistani agricultural universities by the HEC. It is the largest university in Asia. The Governor Punjab is the Chancellor of the university. The university has six faculties providing education in various departments. In addition to that there is a Division of Education and Extension which provides training courses and short courses to individuals and organizations. The division also publishes some leaflets and a journal called “Zarai Digest” to arouse awareness in farmers. The UAF has a constituent college at D.G.Khan, 2 sub-campuses at Toba Tek Singh and Dipalpur, and many affiliated institutions. A college at Lahore namely “College of Veterinary Sciences” was previously affiliated with the university, but has now developed into “University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore” (UVAS).
The six faculties of the university are:
Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology
Faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
Faculty of Animal Husbandry
Faculty of Veterinary Science
Faculty of Sciences
All faculties are situated in the main campus at Faisalabad. The campus has an old building of the previous agricultural college which houses the faculty of sciences. The rest of the faculties are in the new campus building. The university campus is located in the city center and covers an area of 1,950 acres. The UAF faculty is staffed with over 500 teachers. 224 of them are PhDs. The university offers graduate degree (B.Sc.) or first degree courses in agriculture, animal husbandry and agricultural engineering. Besides, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine DVM program spanning over 5 years is also a first degree course. M.Sc. is offered in 35 subjects, M.Phil in 5 and PhD in 28 subjects. Classes are also offered in the evening program in different subjects including MBA, MCom, and Home Economics. The university also offers diploma and certificate course programs.
UAF has completed its 50 years in 2011, and its performance shows that it has a long way to go.