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
 
 Name: Asif Ali
 Qualification: Ph.D., Post-doctorate 
 Designation: Vice-Chancellor/ Professor  
 Email Address: vc@mnsuam.edu.pk   
 Research Interests/Expertise: Cotton and vegetables molecular breeding  

 
 Name: Zulfiqar Ali 
 Qualification: Ph.D., Post-doctorate 
 Designation: Professor & Chairman   
 Email Address: Zulfiqar.ali@mnsuam.edu.pk 
 Research Interests/Expertise: Resource conservation molecular plant breeding   
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 Name: Muhammad Hammad Nadeem Tahir 
 Qualification: Ph.D., Post-doctorate 
 Designation: Professor   
 Email Address: hammad.nadeem@mnsuam.edu.pk 
 Research Interests/Expertise: Genetic improvement of oilseeds and fodder crops for yield, quality, and drought tolerance through breeding.Breeding soybean for adaptability in scenario of climate change. 
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 Name: Zulqurnain Khan
 Qualification: PhD,Biotechnology 
 Designation: Assistant Professor   
 Email Address: zulqurnain.khan@mnsuam.edu.pk 
 Research Interests/Expertise: Two years of experience of production and marketing 
 of Biozote (Biofertilizer), a product of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council,
 Islamabad in Soil Biology and Biochemistry laboratory, LRRI, NARC, Islamabad. 
 (2008 to 2010),One year of research experience as internee under National Internship 
 Program (NIP) in Plant Sciences, Quid-e-Azam University, Islamabad under supervision 
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 Name: Wajid Nazir  
 Qualification: Ph.D., Post-doctorate 
 Designation: Assistant Professor   
 Email Address: wajid.nazeer@mnsuam.edu.pk  
 Research Interests/Expertise: Cotton Breeding


		
 
 Name: Muhammad Salman  
 Qualification: Ph.D.
 Designation: Assistant Professor   
 Email Address: msalmanpbg@hotmail.com  
 Research Interests/Expertise: Genetic improvement of cotton for yield, quality and heat tolerance through breeding 

 
 Name: Ummara Waheed  
 Qualification: Ph.D.
 Designation: Assistant Professor   
 Email Address: ummara.waheed@mnsuam.edu.pk   
 Research Interests/Expertise: Plant transformation  and tissue culturing 
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 Name: Nadia Iqbal 
 Qualification: Ph.D.
 Designation: Assistant Professor   
 Email Address: naaadia7@gmail.com  
 Research Interests/Expertise: Cotton transformation  and tissue culturing  
 Gene cloning and promoter exploration
   
 Name: Sarmad Frogh Arshad  
 Qualification: Ph.D.
 Designation: Assistant Professor   
 Email Address: sarmad.arshad@mnsuam.edu.pk  
 Research Interests/Expertise: Association mapping,Family based linkage analysis,genetic divergence pattern studies, molecular diversity analysis and population structuring 
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 Name: Babar Farid   
 Qualification: M.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture-Plant Breeding & Genetics 
 Designation: Lecturer   
 Email Address: babar.farid@mnsuam.edu.pk  
 Research Interests/Expertise: DH technology in maize breeding.Maize developmental biology and plant architecture 
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 Name: Furqan Ahmad   
 Qualification: M.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture-Plant Breeding
 & Genetics 
 Designation: Lecturer   
 Email Address: furqan.ahmad@mnsuam.edu.pk 
 Research Interests/Expertise: Cotton genetics and molecular breeding for abiotic stress

 
 
 Name: Muhammad Umar Iqbal 
 Qualification: M.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture-Plant Breeding & Genetics 
 Designation: Lecturer   
 Email Address: umar.iqbal@mnsuam.edu.pk 
 Research Interests/Expertise: Cotton breeding and biotechnology 
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 Name: Muhammad Abu Bakar Saddique 
 Qualification: M.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture-Plant Breeding and Genetics
 Designation: Lecturer   
 Email Address: abubakarpbg@yahoo.com   
 Research Interests/Expertise: Changing the architecture of cereals for supporting maximum number of grains
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 Name: Plosha Khanum  
 Qualification: M.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture-Plant Breeding & Genetics 
 Designation: Lecturer   
 Email Address: plosha.khanum@mnsuam.edu.pk     
 Research Interests/Expertise: Tissue culture of date palm, sugarcane and ornamental flowers 
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 Name: Mr. Muhammad Usman   
 Qualification: M. Phil. Biotechnology  
 Designation: Lecturer   
 Email Address: muhammad.usman@mnsuam.edu.pk     
 Research Interests/Expertise: Gene cloning, Gene
 Transformation,Synthesis of Nanoparticles, Drug 
 delivery, Drug loading and release profiling by
 using nanoparticles, Antibacterial activity by the use 
 of nanoparticles and application of nanoparticles in biological systems 
Name: Muhammad Ali Sher   
Qualification: M.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture-Plant Breeding
& Genetics (Silver Medalist)     
Designation: Lecturer     
Email Address: ali.sher@mnsuam.edu.pk     
Research Interests/Expertise: Gene mapping for abiotic 
stress tolerance in bread wheat using association mapping.
I am also profoundly interested in the science of Epigenetics