University of Agriculture Faisalabad-Pakistan
The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad جامعہ زرعيه فيصل آباد, originally the Punjab Agricultural College and Research Institute, Lyallpur, is a university in the city of Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
Address: Sarfraz Colony Rd, Faisalabad 38040
Phone: (041) 9200161
UAF has been ranked by NTU Rankings in agricultural sciences at 33rd position in the Asia Pacific region and at 158th position in the world. University of Agriculture Faisalabad-Pakistan among top 300 Universities.
The achievements record remained high for our faculty, staff and students. The HEC has rated UAF at the second highest position for research output among 140 universities in the country. Our QS score is also the highest among all universities in the country. UAF is the proud recipient of 2012 S&T Prize of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). I had the pleasure of receiving the prize in-person from the President of Islamic Development Bank Mr. Ahmad Mohammad Ali, in a ceremony held in Khartum, Sudan. The President of Sudan, representatives of all member countries and all heads of foreign missions in Khartum were present at the ceremony.
This month, I had the opportunity of visiting India as a member of delegation headed by the Agriculture Minister. A 3days long visit of the Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana gave us an opportunity of bilateral interaction. On the way back, we also visited a private university (LPU) which has grown within 10 years from nothing to 32000 students.
During 2012, we continued to enhance the external research funding which has now reached >1700 million, including ~600 million in foreign grants. Our ISI listed publications have surpassed the critical 500 limit and three of our five research journals have attained ‘impact factor’ and others are being indexed.
The establishment of Center for Advanced Studies in agriculture is finally in the offing. The sponsor, USAID has floated an RFA and formal initiations will take place early 2013. The emerging issues of energy and water are also being addressed through international collaborations. We are working on a biogas program in collaboration with BIOMA in China and an upcoming solar energy center with German collaborations.
The classes have been shifted to the newly constructed academic block at PARS. Two lecture theaters are nearing completion at the main campus, and a new microbiology block is being constructed. We have also established a community park and farmer’s market with the help of city district government. The new joint ventures include a cattle market, a cricket academy, a snooker center and a riding school.
While maintaining edge in academics, UAF has also set new records in extracurricular activities. Our clubs and societies are competing and performing literally all over the country and winning positions.
After successful upgrade of our DG Khan campus as Ghazi University and launch of a new campus at TT Singh, another subcampus has been approved for Burewala/Vehari.
The UAF is booming, thanks to excellent teamwork and ownership on the part of entire campus community. Please visit our web site www.uaf.edu.pk
Personally, the year remained hectic like the past years. My daughter spent her summer semester at the University of Kassel in Germany and younger son accompanied me during the trip to Germany. We went for a week long visit of ‘documenta’ festival which is held every five years in the city of Kassel.
I completed my four years term as Vice Chancellor in February 2012 and continued as interim Vice Chancellor. The interview for a regular appointment is now scheduled on 1st January 2013. I hope the outcome will be in the best interest of UAF and I look forward to continuing my interaction with you during 2013.
Iqrar A. Khan
University of Agriculture,
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