Agriculture and Forestry University

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Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU)
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Logo Of Agriculture And Forestry University
Established2010
TypePublic Coeducational
ChancellorPrime Minister of Nepal
Vice-ChancellorProf. Dr. Kailash Pyakuryal
Students56 B.V.Sc. & A.H, 165 B. Sc. Ag., 50 B. Sc. Forestry, 15 B. Sc. Fisheries Per batch
LocationRampur, Chitwan and hetauda, makawanpur, Nepal
CampusChitwan and Makawanpur
Websiteafu.edu.np
 
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Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU)
Logo Of Agriculture And Forestry University 2014-05-30 13-10.png
Logo Of Agriculture And Forestry University
Established2010
TypePublic Coeducational
ChancellorPrime Minister of Nepal
Vice-ChancellorProf. Dr. Kailash Pyakuryal
Students56 B.V.Sc. & A.H, 165 B. Sc. Ag., 50 B. Sc. Forestry, 15 B. Sc. Fisheries Per batch
LocationRampur, Chitwan and hetauda, makawanpur, Nepal
CampusChitwan and Makawanpur
Websiteafu.edu.np

The Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) was established in Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal in 2010.This is the first agriculture and forestry university in the country. The university aims at producing highly skilled human resources required to work on quality research and development in agriculture. It aims at all round development of agriculture and forestry which would raise the socio-economic conditions of rural people through quality teaching, research and extension in agriculture, livestock and forestry. The mission of Agriculture and Forestry University is to produce competent manpower to promote education, research and development in agriculture, forestry and allied disciplines.

This university was founded merging Rampur Agriculture Campus of the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science and Forestry Campus, Hetauda of the Institute of Forestry of Tribhuvan University of Nepal. This university inherits undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs in agricultural sciences of Rampur Campus and undergraduate program in forestry of Hetauda Campus. The educational programs are supported by quality research and developmental activities. The Rampur Campus has 4-years B.Sc. Ag, 5-years B.V.Sc. & A.H, 4 years B.Sc Fisheries, 2 year Master programs in Agriculture, Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Aquaculture, and Ph.D. programs. The Hetauda Forestry Campus has Technical Certificate Level and Bachelor of Forestry programs. Besides improving the existing academic programs, the university is planning to start Master and Ph.D. programs in forestry and also additional programs such as biotechnology, agri-business, biodiversity, climate change and the likes in the near future.

The university has 140 faculty members in Rampur Agriculture Campus and 55 in Hetauda Forestry Campus. The current university strength consists of around 800 undergraduate students, 200 postgraduate students and around 50 Ph.D. scholars in different disciplines of agriculture and forestry.But this capability is merely a theoritical estimate and it is severed by poor level of infrastructure, budget problems, administrative inefficiency and sheer negligence,political friction and ongoing disputes with Tribhuvan University.

Rampur academic complex extends in an area of 280 ha and Hetauda Campus has an area of 95 ha. The faculty members of the university are involved in different research and developmental activities with the support of national and international institutions and agencies. They focus their research works on increasing production and productivity of agricultural commodities, post-harvest technology, improving self-life of food products, biodiversity conservation, and local innovation adopting participatory approaches to enhance sustainable livelihood systems of farming communities. The postgraduate students are contributing thesis researches to generate knowledge and technologies to address the issues of agriculture and forestry in the nation.

At present, the various class rooms, farm buildings, laboratories, student dormitories and residential buildings need complete renovations.Most part of the boys hostel is unlivable ;water supply and drainage , latrine, garbage disposal ,clean drinking water , room lighting and other amenities are long dead .The lab facilities and equipment are not up to the course requirements , the veterinary teaching hospital is almost non-functional except occasional services and the employees there have not been regular. Even then, the available resources are being diverted towards larger and long term projects.This fact has been consistently played down by the administration .The university needs more support both national and international for human resources development. Since it is a new university, the faculty and students also need to get more exposure to learn how great universities work and become more meaningful to their societies. Faculty and student exchange would benefit both the parties in the long run.

The University of Agriculture and Forestry was formally launched in 2010. The Office of the Vice Chancellor and Office of the Rector are located in Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal.

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Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) has been established as a result of a bill enacted by Nepalese Parliament on June, 2010 at Rampur, Chitwan constituting two campuses under Tribhuvan University; Agriculture Campus, Rampur, Chitwan and the Forestry Campus, Hetauda, Makawanpur. The University Complex of AFU and its Central Office is at Rampur, Chitwan. In this regard, Nepal has high expectations from AFU such as that related with green revolution, white revolution and to help bring the improvement in the livelihood of farming communities and receive better benefits from the agriculture and forests. It is widely believed that this university will be instrumental in transforming traditional and subsistence farming system into a vibrant professional, commercial and an industrial enterprise so as to enhance food security and economic growth and sustainable development.

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