Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad has a long and proud tradition as a distinguished education provider. It is from this strong foundation and experience in learning and teaching that we have a strength for reshaping the future of Agriculture.
The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad not only focuses on investing in student’s experience but also on developing and expanding our range of academic programs, ensuring the high quality of our curriculum and its delivery with the skills for life and work in a global economy.
The U.S.- Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security is designed to support Pakistan’s economic development by strengthening the relevance and responsiveness of university products, including applied and policy research and skilled graduates, to the needs of the public and private sector. I am gratified to see that upon its formal launch; the project is now essentially proceeding to its execution and meeting its objectives of the innovative ideas and outcomes in the areas of research and curriculum reforms. The program objective is also committed to support in the area of financial assistance. I prospect that this will be a source of knowledge sharing to the socio economic development of Pakistan, with the help of its Scholar’s exchange program. The program will work with its American Partner, University of California, Davis to share an extended outlook of innovative research ideas and exchange of best academic practices among young faculty and students.
In the 21st century, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad will push across the frontiers of knowledge to create, in service to the public, unique interdisciplinary programs of teaching, research, and outreach essential for agricultural and rural development. I anticipate that this partnership will float its strong ways and will end up as a substantial outcome for a prosperous Agriculture and hence Food Security in Pakistan. While the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad will continue to enrich its capacity to achieve higher milestones success in future.
The fast changing demography, climate and international trade policies are impacting the economies of
the countries. In this scenario, agriculture seems to be more important than what might have appeared as a source of food security
only. In Pakistan’s economic systems, it is only the agriculture, which provides food for entire population and have the potential
to provide employment to the growing number of unemployed youth. University of Agriculture-Faisalabad aspires to ensure food security
through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery, innovation and community service with a clear focus on programs of
significance to agricultural and rural development. USAID’s initiative to establish a U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies
in Agriculture and Food Security (USPCAS - AFS) at UAF will greatly support Pakistan’s economic development by strengthening UAF
in crucially important areas. It aims to establish the governance structures, improve curriculum and teaching practices, and
upgrade the graduate programs and research to meet client (industry, civil society, and government) needs. This initiative will
particularly benefit the talented but economically and culturally disadvantaged students to access higher education in agriculture
and food security. The USPCAS-AFS will serve as a focal point for collaborative research and training among all nodes of
agricultural sciences related to food security. It will build a cohesive scientific community and provide a suitable platform
to enable cutting edge agricultural research to address current problems being faced by the society at large.