FAISALABAD June 15: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) remained a center for attraction for sacrificial animal l...
The foundation stone of UAF was laid in 1906 with the name of Punjab Agricultural College and Research Institute, Lyallpur which was upgraded as the West Pakistan Agricultural University, Lyallpur in 1961 and now the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad since 1973. In the 21st century, UAF will push across the frontiers of knowledge to create, in service to the public, unique interdisciplinary programs of teaching, research, and outreach essential for agricultural and rural development. UAF will become an exemplar of a university that prepares citizens as work force and for leadership in a diverse, global and technology-driven environment.
For a knowledge-based economy, the university becomes a key element of innovation systems both as a creator of new knowledge and ideas based on research, and as a provider of human capital. The purpose of the Vision 2030 Strategic Framework is to articulate an action plan that defines a path to elevate UAF's position as one of the internationally recognized research universities and a gateway to knowledge for agricultural and rural development in Pakistan. It provides the overarching themes for more detailed plans that will be based on imperatives current for the time and that will shape strategic thinking during the respective planning cycles in the future years.
The technological challenges facing agriculture in the 21st century are more daunting than ever. Land and water and becoming increasingly scarce. The source of growth to satisfy increased demand for food and agriculture products should be met through gains in productivity. The university of Agriculture Faisalabad has made an enormous impact through trained manpower in the field of agriculture and allied sciences, as well as through technologies developed. The scientists here are aware of the challenges and opportunities, and there, are working hard to address them. The university has recently released an innovation catalogue to upscale and commercialize its research outcome for the benefit of masses. That includes 101 ready to commercialize technologies. There are new varieties of cotton and mustard with potential for mechanical harvesting, three new hybrids of maize with high pro-vitamin A content, ten new varieties of mango, new breeds of backyard poultry, biofertilizers, mechanical and agricultural engineering innovations, water and energy solutions, new vaccines, value addition to agricultural products and many more.
Prof. Dr. Iqrar A. Khan
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