The Department of Agronomy is one of the most thriving and flourishing department of the faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur. Agronomy, which forms the basis of agriculture, was included as a major subject in the then University College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, IUB in 2009 and formally upgraded as a department in late 2012. Now the prestigious department offers B. Sc. (Hons.), M. Sc. (Hons.) and Ph. D. degree programs attracting talented students of the IUB and also from other august institutions for the post graduate studies. The department has the distinction of topping the table of most Ph.Ds produced in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, so far.
It is an established fact that agriculture is the most vital sector of Pakistan’s economy and economic revival of the country is primarily dependent on its boom and progress. Though there are promising varieties of almost all the major crops, favorable climate to grow these crops, fertile lands and the hardworking farmers, but still there are pivotal issues attributed to our agriculture as we are lagging behind most of the countries both in developed and developing world in terms of productivity from a unit area. The solution to this greatest bottleneck is provided by the agronomists. The subject of Agronomy enables the students to understand and provide an in-depth knowledge of the factors of crop production and to manipulate those factors in the best possible way. By virtue of Agronomy, we can better manage the crops by extracting maximum potential of our cultivars, use the water, soil and climatic resources for the benefit of our agrarian community and maximize the output being attained from our fields. The department of Agronomy is performing this role in the best possible way in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.
The department is focusing on a wide range of research areas such as irrigation management, physiological aspects of crops, drought related studies, plant nutrition, evaluating the performance of exotic food species in South Punjab, microbial studies for enrichment of soils and weed management to name a few. The main emphasis is given to the farmer-oriented problems regarding soil, water and environmental health and problems associated to different crops and advisory services to the farmers. The department has well established laboratories and all the degree programs are approved from HEC and council. The students have an excellent facility for field experimentation in the Agricultural Research Farm at the walking distance from the department. The department draws its strength through cooperation and coordination with other agricultural research/ teaching institutes. Many graduates and postgraduate students have completed their degree and are serving in various reputed firms and government entities.
The faculty strives to provide an environment in which students can reach their potential as individuals and as professionals. We strive for not only growth in factual knowledge and research skills but also a broader intellectual growth. The funded research projects by Higher Education Commission, Pakistan are also in the credit of our faculty. The faculty members have published many scientific research papers, books, conference papers at national and international level. The faculty members are highly qualified and have research experience in specialized area of soil and environmental sciences from different countries. The students are welcome to join the research-oriented department for their future career with excellent theoretical as well as practical training in the field of Agronomy.
You are encouraged to contact for further information.
Chairman, Department of Agronomy,
Faculty of Agriculture & Environment
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, 63100-Pakistan
(Baghdad ul jaded Campus)