Department of Agriculture
Pakistan is among the population bulging centers of the world. Thus, in order to cope with the demand for food and clothing for the existing population and the added mouths is the biggest challenge. Malakand Division comprises one-third area of Khyber Pakthunkha and possesses an immense potential for Hill Farming and Horticulture. The peculiar terrain of Malakand Division and consequently its agro-ecological conditions warrant a distinct package of production technology for horticultural and field crops grown in this area as compared to the central and southern plain areas of the province. The area is bestowed with the marvelous natural resources like timber and medicinal plants but besides maize, potato, vegetables particularly off-season vegetables, dry and fresh fruits of this area have no match in the whole country. Hence, Agriculture is a recent addition into the galaxy of departments at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Sheringal Dir Upper during 2015-16. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy of Pakistan. Among different sectors, it contributes about 21% to gross domestic product (GDP) and offers livelihoods to 44% of the population. Whereas, agriculture as a discipline is not taught in any of the universities in the Malakand Division, hence in order to cater to the needs of the farming community of Himalayan-Hindu Kush region, the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University has taken the lead to commission this important discipline into the array of its departments during Fall-2015-16. So far this department is offering B.Sc Hons. Agr. Degree Program and intends to offer the specialization in Agronomy and Horticulture in the beginning.
- To train manpower to take responsibility of thrashing the problems faced by the farming community of Pakistan and specifically the Malakand Division.
- To devise and offer courses pertinent to the geography and agro-ecology of this area.
- To build a liaison with the international bodies like specializing in similar areas agricultural development like ICIMOD, Himalayan Universities Consortium etc., to develop and improve courses relevant to the end users i.e growers of this area.
- To contribute in increasing the farm income and socio-economic status of the farming community of this area.
ELIGIBITY CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION
F.Sc Pre Engineering or Pre-Medical Second Division Minimum or Equivalent