SINDH AGRICULTURE UNIVERSITY TANDO JAM
S.KAMAL HAYDER KAZMI,
Research Analyst, PAGE
Nov 09 - 15, 2009
Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam focuses on agricultural education, improves quality of learning, promotes research and extension, produces employment-oriented graduates, and generates appropriate agriculture technologies.
A total of 30 to 35 million rural people are engaged in agriculture in Pakistan. University's library is well connected with main campus buildings through a covered corridor. In the central library, there are approximately 75,000 books, 10,500 issues of foreign journals and 6,500 issues of Pakistani journals.
Reference materials are available through Book Bank Scheme and Inter Library Loan facilities. Literature Search can be provided through CAB/AGRICOLA, Digital Library HEC and on AGRIS Data Base through Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad.
Admission Fee Rs. 3500 Magazine Fee (Per Semester) Rs. 100 Registration Fee Rs. 300 Co-Curricula Activities Fee Rs. 150 Tuition Fee (Per Semester) Rs. 500 Enrolment Card Fee Rs. 50 Gymkhana Fee (Per Semester) Rs. 150 Identity Card Fee Rs. 50 Library & Library Card Fee Rs.1050 Certificate Verification Fee Rs.200 Fees for BSIT students Tuition fee (Per Semester) Rs.2900 Magazine Fee (Per Semester) Rs.100 Gymkhana Fee (Per Semester) Rs.100 Library Fee (Per Semester) Rs.100 Fees at the time of admission
Except miscellaneous fees
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY & VETERINARY SCIENCES
Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences (AHVS) is amongst the five faculties of Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam. The faculty offers a five-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program and postgraduate degree program including M.Sc., M.Phil, and PhD under semester system through its 14 teaching departments in various disciplines related to animal and veterinary sciences.
Faculty of Agricultural Engineering strives to attain excellence in the areas of advanced studies and research in which students are urged to excel in basic and applied research as well as technology transfer and outreach activities including consultancy.
Independent and well-equipped laboratories are available for graduate and post-graduate training and research under the administration of various teaching departments of the university. Computer Centre, Economic Data Analysis Laboratory have been established for practical research.
EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN
In Pakistan, the literacy rate was recorded at 56% in FY08 a slight improvement from 55% in FY07 showing a 1.8% annual growth. It is important to note that a much higher growth is required to achieve the target of 86% by 2015. Gender parity in literacy has also improved from 63 to 64% during FY08 as compared to last year as literacy rate among the male increased from 67 to 69% while female segment experienced an improvement from 42 to 44%.
BASIC EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS FOR PROVINCES
REGION NER (PRIMARY) LITERACY RATE (ADULT) . MALE FEMALE BOTH MALE FEMALE BOTH Overall 59 52 55 69 44 56 Punjab 62 59 61 70 48 59 Sindh 55 46 51 69 42 56 NWFP 55 41 49 68 33 49 Balochistan 47 35 41 66 23 46
Net enrolment rate (NER) in the country during FY08 was recorded at 55% with male enrolment of 59% and 52% of females. NER has improved in the country during FY08. However, it is still far away from the target of 100% to be achieved by 2015. On the other hand number of children, who have successfully completed primary education, was recorded at 47% during FY08, against a targeted primary completion rate of 100% by the end of 2015.
GoP has also committed to a target of attaining full parity in youth literacy and primary education by 2015. Classifying the population in different educational levels provides a better understanding of educational status: 42% of the population is having no formal education; only 4% of population has degree level education, with major part of this 4% having degrees without attending any university.
Between the two extremes 38% of population is below metric level, with 11% having education up to matriculation and only 5% up to higher secondary level.
Education is an essential tool for human resource development as it enhances the capabilities and improves efficiency and productivity. Over the years various initiatives have been undertaken by different governments to improve the literacy level in the country. In spite of this, education sector in Pakistan is still facing challenges of low access and poor quality of education. Performance of education sector has also been limited by lack of budgetary support. A paradigm shift in education policies is required and a significant increase in budgetary support may help in overcoming these challenges. FY09 budgetary allocation for education sector was estimated at 2.1% of the GDP.
As far as Sindh Agriculture University is concerned, it needs to improve students learning experiences in discipline of agricultural engineering so that they can solve problems of agricultural sector through engineering systems.