Tribhuwan University

Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science

Originally, the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) had begun as a school of agriculture under Ministry of Agriculture in 1957 to train Junior Technical Assistants in agriculture. In 1968, the school was upgraded to college of agriculture with two-year I.Sc.Ag. program. The college was given the status of IAAS as a constituent institute of Tribhuvan University in 1972. Before it moved from Kathmandu to its new location in Rampur of Chitwan in 1972, bachelor program in Agricultural Education (a total of 4 semesters) was already launched in Kathmandu. This was also called Diploma in agriculture where out of 100 credits, students were taught 65 credits of agriculture and 35 credits of education. Over time, IAAS grew and expanded its academic programs to different fields of agriculture including veterinary science. Currently it runs 4-yr B.Sc. Agriculture and 5-yr B.V.Sc. and A.H. programs in different parts of the country. Since 2013/14, post-graduate programs including MSc and PhD in Agriculture and Masters in Veterinary sciences are also run in different academic departments in Kirtipur, Kathmandu. The organogram of IAAS is as follows:

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Vision

To develop IASS as a world class agriculture academic institution through excellency in Teaching, Research and Extension.

Mission

The mission of IAAS is to train competent humanpower in agriculture and allied disciplines, and to promote research, development and technology dissemination in agriculture. 

Objectives of IAAS

  • To design and implement academic programs in agriculture in order to obtain an appropriate balance between prevailing and emerging needs of the agriculture sector in Nepal
  • To develop competent agricultural graduates ready to apply their knowledge and skills in technical agriculture, agricultural extension, agricultural education, agribusiness and agricultural and rural development programs.

The Institute has designed and implemented its academic programs in the undergraduate and postgraduate levels for the overall agricultural development of the country. The institute has produced more than 15,000 agricultural graduates so far. The human resources developed from IAAS deserve distinct academic excellence and competence among the human resources developed within and outside the country.

Table 1: The types and number of human resources developed by the institute to date:

SN

Type of human resources

Approx. number of human resource developed

1

Social Mobilizers and Village Animal Health Workers

2600

2

Non-academic JTAs in Agriculture and Animal Science

2000

3

Academic JTAs in Agriculture

4000

4

I.Sc.Ag. (I.Sc. Proficiency Certificate)

700

5

B.Sc.Ag. Graduates

4500

6

B.V.Sc. and A.H. Graduates

640

7

Post-graduates (M.Sc./Ph.D.)

1000

 

Total

15440

 

Students record in Constituent and Affiliated Campuses

The institute has four constituent campuses: Lamjung, Paklihawa, Rampur and Gauradaha campuses. Since last four years, it also introduced post-graduate teaching program in Kirtipur, Kathmandu. Meanwhile, TU/IAAS has provided affiliation to three agricultural campuses in private sectors: one, situating in Gokuleshor of Baitadi district (affiliated in 2010); second, in Lamahi of Dang district and the third, in Tulsipur, of Dang district (both affiliated in 2014). Each affiliated campus admits 50 students in B.Sc.Ag. each year. All the constituent and affiliated campuses receive students on merit basis who pass the entrance examination conducted by IAAS Dean's Office in Kathmandu. From 2016, 4-year B.Sc. Horticulture program of Mahendra Ratna Multiple Campus, Ilam also received affiliation from IAAS. 

Research, Publication and Extension 

Though IAAS is principally mandated for teaching of agricultural science, it has been outsourcing and implementing numbers of internally or externally funded research projects in agriculture and veterinary sciences. A separate research unit namely Directorate of Research and Publication (DORP) is in operation to conduct and monitor such projects. An independent account and operating procedure has been maintained for this unit. The Institute offers scholarship to students for M.Sc. as well as Ph.D. researches out of funds under DORP. 

Similarly, a unit namely Directorate of Extension (DOE) under the Dean's Office is operating for extension of research findings to farmers.  This unit is mandated to formulate program and policies and delivery of new research findings to target groups. It also establishes coordination with government line agencies and private sectors involving agricultural research, teaching and extension. IAAS have been publishing research findings regularly in IAAS journal since 1977. It published 35 volumesby last year (in academic year 2075/76) and is in the process of publishing the 36th volume by the middle of this academic year. Similarly, the institute publishes research abstracts, proceedings, course catalogue (IAAS bulletin) for undergraduate as well post graduate level, IAAS research reports and research advances regularly. Now, it is also in the process of improving and keeping the website (website www.iaas.edu.np) more active, informative and useful than earlier.

Strength of teaching faculty at IAAS

Academic and research activities of IAAS have been sustained by highly qualified but with limited numbers of teaching faculties. Strength of faculty members in IAAS is given below.

Table 2: Distribution of the number of teaching faculty at IAAS

S.N.

Campus/Program

Professors

Readers

Lecturers

Teaching assistants

Instructors

Assistant instructors

Total

1

Lamjung

0

2

14

0

1

0

17

2

Paklihawa

4

2

23

2

0

2

33

3

Rampur 

5

10

1

0

0

0

16

4

Gauradaha

0

0

9

0

0

0

9

5

Dean’s office & PG Program

3

4

2

0

0

0

8

 

Total

12

18

49

2

1

2

84

 

Note: This is much reduced number after massive outflux of teachers from IAAS/TU to Agricultural and Forestry Science University (AFU), Rampur, Chitwan.

Academic programs of IAAS

IAAS designs and implements academic programs to produce competent human resource required for agricultural development of the country. Academic session for undergraduate program generally begins in January-February and that for post graduate program in July-August. IAAS has launched semester system in B.Sc.Ag. and B.V.Sc. & A.H. programs in the year 2001 in which the internal assessment and the semester exam (final exam) weigh 20% and 80%, respectively. M.Sc. (started in 1998) and Ph.D. (started in 2002) programs of the institute are conducted in the semester system from the beginning. In master's program, the internal assessment carries 25% of full mark in each subject. 

 

Future Direction

Since the institute has recently initiated a full-fledge 4 yrs. B.Sc.Ag. program in Lamjung and Paklihawa campuses, physical facilities will be extended and number of staff will be increased. Lamjung campus will be developed as the hill agriculture teaching and research station focusing on rain fed farming, commercialization and research on fruit and vegetable production, meat and wool production, terrace farming, etc. in future. Similarly, Paklihawa Campus will be developed as the teaching and research institute to represent the Terai region. It will focus on teaching and research on cereal production, poultry farming and milk production. A separate veterinary campus and the veterinary teaching hospital will be developed immediately. 

In addition, the PG campus will be further strengthened in terms of number of student-intake, teaching and administrative staff, physical facilities and academic accessories. Necessary infrastructure development will be made immediately in the land provided by TU in Kirtipur. The land will be used for the construction of administrative, academic, laboratory and library buildings. 

IAAS of TU is one of the recognized institutions for agricultural teaching and research within and outside the country. The institute is contributing significantly in agricultural development of the country through humanpower development, efficient technology generation, spreading validated technology and their adoption. However, programs and quality and facilities, in response to the national and international context, need to be further improved. 

 

KeshavRaj Adhikari, PhD

Professor and Dean 

Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), TU

Dean's office, Sanepa, Lalitpur

Contact No: (977-01)552378 (Kirtipur office), (977-01)5550087 (Sanepa office)

Email: dean@iaas.edu.np

Website: www.iaas.edu.np

Program and Courses Offered

Constituent and Affiliated Colleges

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