Initially, 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 Assistant in agriculture. In 1968, the school was upgraded to college of agriculture with two-year I.Sc.Ag. programme. The college was given the status of IAAS as a constituent institute of Tribhuvan University in 1972. The mission of the institute is to promote agricultural science and to train manpower for agricultural development focusing on teaching, research and dissemination of agricultural technologies.
|SN||Type of human resources||Number of human resource|
|1||Social Mobilizers and Vil- lage 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|
|6||B.V.Sc. and A.H. Graduates||540|
The institute has produced 14,686 agricultural hu- man resources so far. The human resource devel- oped from IAAS deserves academic excellence and competence among human resources developed within and outside the country. The types and num- ber of human resource developed by the institute so far is as follows:
Though IAAS is principally mandated for agricultural teaching, it has been implementing numbers of internally or externally funded research projects.Aseparate research unit namely Directorate
Programmes of IAAS
IAAS designs and implements academic programmes to produce competent human resource required for agricultural development of the country. Academic session for undergraduate programme generally begins in January-February and that for post graduate programme in July-August. IAAS has launched semester system in B.Sc.Ag. and B.V.Sc. & A.H. programmes 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) programmes 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.
The academic programmes of the institute at present are as follows:
|SN||programme||Duration (Year)||Student intake per year (No.)||Campus|
|1||Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc.Ag.)||4||162||Lamjung and Paklihawa|
|2||Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc & A.H.)||5||50||Paklihawa|
|3||Master of Science in Agriculture (M.Sc.Ag.)||2||Vary year to year (generally 5-10 students per department)||PG Campus, RECAST (Kirtipur)|
|4||Master of Science in Animal Science (M.Sc. An.Sc.)||2|
|5||Master of Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc.)||2|
|6||Master of Science in Aquaculture (M.Sc. Aquaculture)||2|
|7||Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Plan-A and Plan-B||3-7||Vary year to year|
The degrees and their major subjects offered under post-graduate programme are as follows:
|SN||Degree||Major subjects||Major subjects offered in 2071/072|
|1||Master of Science in Agriculture||· Agricultural Economics· Conservation Ecology
· Plant Pathology
|· Agronomy· Entomology
· Soil Science
|· AgriculturalEconomics· Agronomy
· Plant Breeding
|2||Master of Science in Animal||· Animal Breeding· Animal Nutrition and Fodder Production
· Livestock Production and Management
|· Animal breeding|
|3||Master of Veterinary Science||· Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health· Veterinary Medicine
· Veterinary Pharmacology
· Veterinary Parasitology
· Veterinary Pathology
· Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics
|· Veterinar athology|
|4||Master of Science in Aquaculture||· Aquaculture||–|
|5||Doctor of Philosophy||All major subjects mentioned in M.Sc.Ag.||Plant Breeding|
of Research (DOR) 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 DOR.
Similarly, a unit namely Department of Extension (DOE) under The Dean’s Office is operating for extension of research findings. 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 in agricultural research, teaching and extension. IAAS have been publishing research findings regularly in IAAS journal since 1977. It has published 32nd volume so far and the 33rd volume is going to be published soon (in academic year 2071/072) that will be followed by the 34th volume in the very beginning of the coming academic year. Similarly, the institute publishes research proceeding, course catalogue (IAAS bulletin) for undergraduate as
well post graduate level, IAAS research reports and research advances regularly and maintains in its website www.iaas.edu.np also.
The institute has 3 constituent campuses: Lamjung, Paklihawa and Rampur campuses. Recently it has established PG campus in Kirtipur, Kathmandu. Meanwhile, TU/IAAS has provided affiliation to three agricultural campuses: one situating in Gakuleshor, Baitadi (affiliated in 2010), one in Lamahi, Dang (affiliated in 2014) and the next in Tulsipur, Dang (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.
Total number of students at present (academic year 2071/72) in IAAS’s constituents and affiliated cam- puses are as follows:
|S.N.||Campus||Programme||No. of students||Remarks|
|1||Rampur Campus, Chitwan||B.Sc.Ag.||173||Constituent|
|2||PG Campus, Kirtipur||M.Sc.Ag./M.V.Sc./ M.Sc.An.Sc./M.Sc. Aqua.||72||PG-campus|
|3||Lamjung Campus, Lamjung||B.Sc.Ag.||400||Constituent|
|4||Paklihawa Campus, Bhairahawa||B.Sc.Ag.||334||Constituent|
|5||Campus of Live Sciences, Tulsipur, Dang||B.Sc.Ag.||77||Affiliated|
|6||Prithu Technical College, Lamahi, Dang||B.Sc.Ag.||78||Affiliated|
|7||Gokuleshwor Agriculture & Animal Science College, Baitadi||B.Sc.Ag.||215||Affiliated|
IAAS is being operating with highly qualified but with limited numbers of teaching faculties. Status of faculty in IAAS is as follows:
|S.N.||Campus||Professor||Associate professor||Assistant professor||Teaching assistant||Instructor||Assistant instructor||Total|
|4||Dean office/ PG campus||3||0||4||0||0||0||7|
Since the institute has recently initiated a full- fledge 4 yrs. B.Sc.Ag. programme 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 rainfed 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 within and outside the country. The institute is contributing significantly in agricultural development of the country through manpower development, efficient technology generation, spreading validated technology and their adoption. However, programmes and quality and facilities, in response to the national and international context, need to be further improved.
Prof. Keshav Raj Adhikari
Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), TU
Dean’s contact office, Sanepa, Lalitpur
Contact Office: (977-01)552378, (977-01)5550087