Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics
Agriculture is the major component of our economy which provides 66 percent of the livelihood to the country’s population. Agriculture growth is the area of major concern for the government agencies, policy makers and is considered as the engine of the national economic growth and satisfactory growth in agriculture provide a tool for poverty reduction in our society.
Pakistan has agro-based industry such as textile, sugar industry and their demand for agriculture raw material is ever increasing putting pressure on agriculture farms to produce high quality agriculture raw material. Therefore, any growth in agriculture farm production of industrial crop such as cotton is translated in tremendous economic growth of the country. On the other hand, growth in grain, pulses and oilseed crops is essential to provide food and nourishment to the growing population of the country.
In order to foster the agriculture based research and development in the country, there is extensive network of the research institutes which demand highly qualified graduates to meet the current challenges of the farm production. South Punjab region is famous all over the country for its mango and cotton crops while arid region is suitable to grow pulses and leguminous crop. The kalar tracts is suitable to grow rice while central Punjab grows kinnow, guava strawberry and lichies. Therefore, demand for regional research and agriculture universities has been increased to foster research according to the demand of the area. There are ten agricultural Universities and Colleges established in Pakistan (Faisalabad, Sargodha, D.G.Khan, Rawalpindi, Tando Jam, Dhokri, Lasbella, Quetta, Rawalakot, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Peshawar), which were insufficient to meet the needs of skilled labour. There was a dire need to establish new agriculture teaching and research institutes especially in less developed regions of the Punjab. Keeping these factors in view, Government of the Punjab established Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University of Agriculture, Multan for developing human resource equipped with the modern and practical knowledge of agriculture and to focus the agricultural research and development activities according to the need of South Punjab agriculture.
The Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics was established in 2014, under the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Now the Department offers under- and post-graduate degree programmes in Plant Breeding and Genetics, Seed Science and Technology, and Biotechnology. The Department has qualified faculty actively involved in developing latest curriculum and promoting effective research and development activities in the University. The Department is running number of research projects funded by national and international funding agencies including Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), Govt. of the Punjab, Punjab Agricultural Research Board (PARB), Higher Education Commission (HEC), Agricultural Linkages Programme (ALP), DFID, ACIAR and USAID. Recently, the department has also initiated outreach program for establishing linkages between the farming community and the researchers to solve the problems of the farmers. The department arranges seminars, conferences, workshops to discuss burning issues of agriculture especially plant breeding and also to bring new research ideas for the young faculty and post graduate students.
The mission of the Department is to ensure food security through producing human resource equipped with knowledge and skills of modern technologies that can revolutionize agricultural research providing solutions of challenges faced by agricultural communities, developing crop varieties with novel traits through empirical technologies, and improving seed production and supply system to maximize crop yield at the farms.
To produce highly skilled graduates with strong research background in conventional and advanced plant breeding techniques