The Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) was established in Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal in 2010. This is the first agriculture and forestry university in the country. The university aims at producing highly skilled human resources required to work on quality research and development in agriculture. It aims at all round development of agriculture and forestry which would raise the socio-economic conditions of rural people through quality teaching, research and extension in agriculture, livestock and forestry. The mission of Agriculture and Forestry University is to produce competent manpower to promote education, research and development in agriculture, forestry and allied disciplines.
This university was founded merging Rampur Agriculture Campus of the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science and Forestry Campus, Hetauda of the Institute of Forestry of Tribhuvan University of Nepal. This university inherits undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs in agricultural sciences of Rampur Campus and undergraduate program in forestry of Hetauda Campus. The educational programs are supported by quality research and developmental activities. The Rampur Campus has 4- year B.Sc. Ag, 5- year B. V. Sc. & AH, 2 year Master programs in Agriculture, Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Aquaculture, and Ph.D. programs. The Hetauda Forestry Campus has Technical Certificate Level and Bachelor of Forestry programs. Besides improving the existing academic programs, the university is planning to start Master and Ph.D. programs in forestry and also additional programs such as biotechnology, agri-business, biodiversity, climate change and the likes in the near future.
The university has 140 faculty members in Rampur Agriculture Campus and 55 in Hetauda Forestry Campus. The current university strength consists of around 800 undergraduate students, 200 postgraduate students and around 50 Ph.D. scholars in different disciplines of agriculture and forestry.
Rampur academic complex extends in an area of 280 ha and Hatauda Campus has an area of 95 ha.
The faculty members of the university are involved in different research and developmental activities with the support of national and international institutions and agencies. They focus their research works on increasing production and productivity of agricultural commodities, post-harvest technology, improving self-life of food products, biodiversity conservation, and local innovation adopting participatory approaches to enhance sustainable livelihood systems of farming communities. The postgraduate students are contributing thesis researches to generate knowledge and technologies to address the issues of agriculture and forestry in the nation.
At present, the various class rooms, farm buildings, laboratories, student dormitories and residential buildings need renovations. The university needs more support both national and international for human resources development. Since it is a new university, the faculty and students also need to get more exposure to learn how great universities work and become more meaningful to their societies. Faculty and student exchange would benefit both the parties in the long run.