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Message from the Vice Chancellor

Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) is a public funded first technical university of Nepal. It was established on June 2010 in Chitwan merging Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) Rampur, Chitwan and Institute of Forestry (IOF), Hetauda, Makawanpur District. The mission of our university is to improve quality of peoples’ life through education, research and extension in agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry. We encourage and support faculty members, students and our stakeholders for innovation, research and scholarly activities relevant to the needs of Nepalese agriculture, livestock and aquaculture sector.  We are committed to foster student’s self-development, commitment and responsibility for welfare of Nepalese society.

The AFU has contributed significantly to human resource development in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Fisheries and Forestry. We are also working on collaborative research and capacity development of our young faculties. Our Faculty experts, post graduate and undergraduate students continuously provide services to the community farmers of Chitwan, Makawanpur and Nawalparashi District. We are committed and working to produce high skilled human resources for the development of new technology and it’s dissemination to the farmers to help them ease their lives. The AFU is also committed to produce quality peer-reviewed publications and reports. It is our pride to say that we are adopting Land grant model of education.

In addition to the academic excellence, AFU is committed in conducting research and extension activities in association with Department of Agriculture (DOA), Department of Livestock Services (DLS) and Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC). We have been accepted as one of the major determinants for overall development of Agriculture and Livestock related issues in the country. We believe that high quality education is the only way to produce capable, productive, disciplined and socially responsible citizens and also to develop a high skilled workforce capable enough to face the challenges of the new era. The promotion of higher education on this field in a pragmatic way would lead to a sustained and rapid development of a society or a nation.

We are proud to have Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with various organisations, Universities in Asia, Europe and USA for research collaboration, knowledge transfer, grants application, faculty and student exchanges, summer schools program, library development, thesis research support of post graduate students and organizing symposium and conferences, for the mutual benefits. The AFU is unique for its independent innovative approach and academic excellence. I am honoured and privileged to be part of this excellent academic institution as a Vice Chancellor and lead it. I sincerely welcome aspiring faculties, staffs, students and our stakeholders around the globe to join us and develop AFU as one of the best universities in this region.

Thank You !

Prof. Dr. Ishwari Prasad Dhakal, PhD
Vice Chancellor