PMAS - Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi


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Pakistan is predominantly an agricultural country. However, since its independence in 1947, emphasis has been on irrigated agriculture, while the dryland / arid agriculture remained neglected. With rapid increase in population the irrigated areas failed to provide food requirements and it became imperative to find out ways to make use of the huge part of culturable land in the rainfed region. In the 1970s, the Government of Pakistan constituted a Barani Commission to review and recommend measures for the development of rainfed agriculture and uplift of the poor masses through education, research, and development of technology, and manpower. Pursuant to the recommendations of the Barani Commission, the Government of Punjab established Barani Agricultural College, Rawalpindi which was later upgraded to the level of the University in 1994. The mandate of the University is to produce high-quality agricultural scientists and to form an organized scientific infrastructure for teaching and research for the development of dryland regions of the country, thus minimizing the income gap between the rich and poor and irrigated & arid areas.

The University includes a Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, Range Management and Wildlife, Directorate of Advance Studies and Research, the University Institute of Management Sciences (UIMS), University Institute of Information Technology (UIIT) and Division of Continuing Education, Home Economics and Women Development. The University offers a number of degree programmes leading to Bachelor, Master and PhD in various disciplines.

Pursuit of excellence on the University campus is a function of competent and dedicated university faculty. The University of Arid Agriculture has, therefore, made constant efforts at staff development with the result that nearly 46% of the faculty possesses Ph.D. degrees, while the others have M.Sc. (Hons) and M.Phil degrees.

The University is open to all persons regardless of religion, race, creed, class or colour, and no one is deprived of the benefits accruing from the University on any such grounds.

The University is located in Rawalpindi almost in the center of the twin, cosmopolitan cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, the capital of the country. They are situated in the northern part of Pakistan on the Pothowar plateau in the Province of Punjab. These cities are beautiful towns located in the foothills with a blend of old and new cultures and constructions. The towns provide pollution free environment, scenic pothowar vegetation and topography of plateau land. The twin cities have a population of about 2 millions.

The University building with its most beautiful architectural design in the twin-cities is situated on Murree Road, close to the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium where transport is frequently available which provides the university an easy approach from all parts of the twin-cities at all hours of the day. This facility and busy nature of the area allows the University to continue its curricular and co-curricular activities till late in the evening. The University building contains an auditorium, multi-storied administrative block, a library, a museum, and four multi-stories academic blocks.

The central location of the university places it in proximity to major institutions of higher learning and research like Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), National Agricultural Research Centre(NARC), National Institute of Health (NIH), Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), Rawalpindi Medical College, Poultry Research Institute, Fisheries Research and Training Institute and International Institute for Biological Control of the Common Wealth and Agency for Barani Areas Development (ABAD). The location of University also allows the utilization of expertise scattered in the twin cities for providing quality education by teachers/executives in fields of their specialization.

Mission & Vision

The mandate of the university is to produce high quality agricultural scientists and to form an organized scientific infrastructure for teaching and research for the development of dry land regions of the country, thus minimizing the income gap between rich and poor.

For General Queries Cntact

  • Dean, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences
  • Phone: (+92 51) 9292108
  • Dean, Faculty of Sciences
  • Phone: +92-51-4845623
  • Dean, Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
  • Phone: +92-51-9292144
  • Dean, Faculty of Forestry, Range Mang & Wildlife
  • Phone: +92-51-9290487
  • Director, University Institute of Information Technology
  • Phone: +92-51-9292195
  • Director, University Institute of Management Sciences
  • Phone: +92-51-9292196
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Phone: +92-51-9290022

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