The Faculty of Agriculture (FoA) is the vital faculty within Agriculture and Forestry University considering the faculty strength, staff number as well as the number of students enrolled both in undergraduate and post graduate programs. Its excellence in teaching, research and outreach activities in agriculture has been recognized both at national and international level. This faculty has 9 departments, 2 centers consisting 52 highly qualified faculty members involved in teaching undergraduate and post graduate courses with the support of a team of 67 administrative and technical staff members. Recently, this faculty has expanded its undergraduate program (B.Sc.Ag.) through College of Natural Resources Management, Purunchaur in Kaski.
It encourages, facilitates and supports faculty members and students for research and scholarly activities relevant to the needs of concerned stakeholders. The FOA fosters student self-development, commitment and responsibility for welfare of Nepalese society through imparting the knowledge regarding modernization and commercialization of agriculture sector in sustainable manner.
This faculty has started undergraduate program as B.Sc.Ag. (4 years) since 2069/70 BS at Rampur and since 2072/73 BS at Purunchaur in Kaski. At present, more than 580 undergraduate students are studying B.Sc.Ag. at Rampur and 50 undergraduate at Purunchaur. This faculty has started its post graduate (M.Sc.Ag. and PhD) program since 2070/71 during which 75 students were enrolled in the M.Sc.Ag. program in 8 departments and number of students enrolled in 2071/72 and 2072/73 were 93 and 83 respectively in the PG programs including the PG program of Biotechnology Center and Center for Development Studies and Rural Sociology. In addition, we are having more than 30 Ph.D. students under both 2 categories (by course and research as well as by research category) at this moment.
Besides the production of quality agriculture manpower, this faculty is fully committed towards the research and extension activity of our University. In this context, FOA is willing to provide agriculture services to the communities on the basis of mutual cooperation through establishing Science Centers in different agro-ecological zones of the country. Futher, our competent faculty members are conducting various research projects in collaboration with different national and international organization. Our faculty members have good working relationship with other stakeholders of agriculture including Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC), National Agriculture Research and Development Fund (NARDF), LiBIRD, USAID/AVRDC, Winrock International, etc. We are also happy to provide space and accommodation to conduct workshop/ seminar and related research activities by the participating faculty members from other countries. Further, FOA has linked up with the well reputed university abroad for capacity building, enhancing research and laboratory capacity, faculty and student research, etc.