Agriculture and Forestry University

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    • The Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) is a public agricultural university with central offices in Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal. Organized in a manner similar to agricultural universities in India, it is only agriculture and forestry university in Nepal.

      The university was created by the Parliament of Nepal, which passed a bill in June 2010 merging two constituent campuses of Tribhuvan University: the Rampur Agriculture Campus of the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science and the Forestry Campus, Hetauda of the Institute of Forestry in Hetauda, Makawanpur. The university exists to offer agricultural workforce development and promote quality research in agriculture, forestry, and allied disciplines. Through teaching, research, and extension programs in agriculture, livestock, and forestry, it aims to raise the socio-economic conditions of rural people.

      This university has inherited undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs in agricultural sciences of Rampur Campus and undergraduate program in forestry of Hetauda Campus. The educational programs are supported by quality research and developmental activities. The Rampur Campus offers undergraduate degrees including a 4-year B.Sc. Ag, 5-year B.V.Sc. & A.H, 4-year B.Sc Fisheries, 2-year Master programs in Agriculture, Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Aquaculture, and Ph.D. programs. In addition to its Bachelor of Forestry degree program, the Hetauda Forestry Campus also offers a Technical Certificate Level. Besides improving the existing academic programs, the university is planning to start Master and Ph.D. programs in forestry and also additional programs such as biotechnology, agri-business, biodiversity, climate change and the likes in the near future.

      The university has 140 faculty members located at the Rampur Agriculture Campus and 55 at the Hetauda Forestry Campus. The current university strength consists of around 800 undergraduate students, 200 postgraduate students and around 50 Ph.D. scholars in different disciplines of agriculture and forestry. The Rampur academic complex extends in an area of 280 hectares (690 acres) and Hetauda Campus has an area of 95 hectares (230 acres).

      The faculty members of the university are involved in different research and developmental activities with the support of national and international institutions and agencies. They focus their research works on increasing production and productivity of agricultural commodities, post-harvest technology, improving the shelf-life of food products, conserving biodiversity, and adopting participatory approaches to enhance sustainable livelihood systems and innovation capcities of farming communities. The postgraduate students are contributing thesis research to generate knowledge and technologies to address the issues of agriculture and forestry in the nation.