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.
Collaborative research and teaching programmes are being developed with these institutions for better teaching and research facilities for the students. The University has signed MoUs with Pakistan Agriculture Research Council, Islamabad; Agriculture University of Hebei, China; International Center for Agriculture Research in Dryland Areas (ICARDA), Syria; and Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department to assist each other in teaching, research and extension activities.
Vice Chancellor’s Message
Welcome to PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi web pages. Being an agricultural institution our main objective is to produce high quality agricultural scientists and we are committed with the philosophy that we advance our farmer community by sharing positive and proven ideas and experiences. Along with agricultural sciences the university endorses courses at all levels in basic and natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, management sciences, computer sciences and information technology.
The University seeks to make a major contribution to the agricultural advancement across the country and we are dedicated to the prosecution of research across all fields of study, believing in research culture with clear application and relevance.
With a dynamic and stimulating educational environment our tradition is all about challenging accepted thought and received wisdom today, discovering new things and new approaches for tomorrow. Embracing education in its widest context we continually strive to remain at the forefront of knowledge.
We are committed to prepare our students to work, acquire skills and enhance their capabilities that equip them adequately to live in rapidly changing global environment.
Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan (Sitara-e-Imtiaz)
PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
In Pakistan, since its independence in 1947, the emphasis has been on irrigated agriculture, while rain fed agriculture remained neglected. With rapid increase in population, the irrigated areas failed to provide sufficient food requirements and it became imperative to find out ways to make use of the huge part of cultivable land in the rained region. In the 1970s, the Government of Pakistan constituted a Barani Commission to review and recommend measures for the development of rained Agriculture and uplift of the poor masses through education, research and development of technology and manpower. Pursuant to the recommendation of the Barani Commission, the Government of Punjab established Barani Agricultural College, Rawalpindi that was later upgraded to the level of university in 1994.
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.
- Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences
- Faculty of Sciences
- Faculty of Forestry Range Mang & Wildlife
- Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
- University Institute of Information Technology
- University Institute of Management Sciences
- Division of Continuing Education, Home Economics & Women Development
- Barani Institute of Information Technology
The University offers a wide variety of courses leading to both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as detailed below:
First Degree Programmes
B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture A minimum of eight semester’s duration programme after F.Sc. (Pre-Medical, Pre Engineering) or equivalent.
BBA (Hons.) A minimum of eight semester’s degree program after intermediate or equivalent.
BS (CS) A minimum of eight semester’s duration programme after Intermediate or equivalent.
BS (IT) A minimum of eight semester’s duration programme after Intermediate or equivalent.
B.Ed. A minimum of two semester’s duration programme after Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
DVM A minimum of ten semesters duration programme after F.Sc.(Pre-Medical) with at least 2nd division.
Postgraduate Degree Programmes
M.Sc. (Hons.) Agriuculture A minimum of four semester’s duration programme after B.Sc. (Hons).
M.Sc. (Hons.) Poultry Sciences A minimum of four semester’s duration programme after BV.Sc / DVM / B.Sc. (Hons.) Animal Husbandry.
M.S.c A minimum of four semester’s duration programme after Bachelor’s degree in the relevant subject. The degrees are offered in Biology, Botany, Zoology, Bio-Chemistry, Economics, Sociology, Statistics and Anthropology.
Category I: A minimum of four semester’s duration programme after Bachelor’s degree.
Category II: A minimum of one year ( two semester’s) duration programme after BBA (Hons.).
MBA (Agri Business) A minimum of four semester’s duration programme after Bachelor’s Degree. However, B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture would be preferred.
MBA (Urban Management) A minimum of four semester’s duration program after Bachelor’s degree.
MCS, MIT A minimum of four semester’s duration programme after Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering / Mathematics / Physics / Electronics / Economics or in any other relevant subject.
MS (CS) A minimum of four semester’s duration programme after BCS (Hons.) / BS (CS) or MCS Degree.
M.Ed. A minimum of two semester’s duration programme after B.Ed. Degree.
1. Ph.D. Agriculture degree: a degree programme in the disciplines of Agronomy, Entomology, Food Technology, Soil Science, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Plant Breeding and Genetics and Range Management and Forestry after M.S.c (Hons) Agriculture in the relevant discipline, a minimum of six semester’s duration.
2. Ph.D. Biological Sciences: a degree programme in the disciplines of Biochemistry, Botany and Zoology after Masters Degree with thesis in the relevant discipline, a minimum of six semesters duration.
3. Ph.D Range Management and Forestry: a minimum of six semesters duration program after M.Sc (Hons.) Agri (RM&F).
4. Ph.D. Agri Economics and economics: a minimum of six semesters duration program after M.Sc (Hons.) Agri Economics and M.A. M.Sc Economics, respectively.
P.G.D (Poultry Sciences) A minimum of two semester’s duration Programme after B.Sc.
P.G.D (IT/CS) A minimum of two semester’s duration Programme.
Diploma and Certificate Courses
The University offers one year Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology through the Center for Information Technology and short courses through the Division of Continuing Education, Home Economics and Women Development, in following areas:
- Computer Applications
- Propagation and maintenance of indoor plants
- Chinese and continental cooking
- Preservation and processing of food products
- Textile Designing
- Drafting, cutting and sewing
- Flower making and arrangement
- Stain glass painting
Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences:051-9290153
Faculty of Sciences:051-9290467
Faculty of Forestry RM&W:051-9290487
Faculty of Veterinary:051-9290115