The Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) is the only agricultural institute under Tribhuvan University in Nepal for training in agriculture and animal sciences. The IAAS traces its origin to a school of agriculture, established in 1957 in Kathmandu to train Junior Technical Assistant (JTAs)s. In 1968, the school was upgraded with I.Sc. Agriculture program to college of agriculture. In 1972, the college was recognized as the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science under Tribhuvan University and moved to the present location at Rampur, Chitwan in 1974. Presently, the institute has three campuses at Rampur, Chitwan, Sundarbazar, Lamjung, and Paklihawa, Rupendehi.
The dean's office is located at the Rampur Campus. The office includes a Central Management Team to run the institute, headed by Dean.
To encourage faculties and students, IAAS DOR approves small research grants on a regular basis. DOR encourages all facility members to develop research proposals and seek, funds from any other institutions. IAAS also welcomes interested donor institutions or collaborative institutions for funding, or to conduct collaborative research that are related to the agriculture. At present, there are about 16 externally funded research projects covering plant science, animal science and plant protection measures. These projects are managed by the DOR, and have been brought to the institute as per individual faculties efforts on the competitive basis
More recently, research on client based problems are undertaken through MS and PhD thesis research in partnership with local line agencies and industries.
The school has a strong wheat breeding program in collaboration with CIMMYT international. Wheat pathologist Dr. Sundar Man Shrestha, agronomist N. K. Chaudhary and wheat breeder Umesh R. Rosyara are involved in the program. The major objective of the program is to develop stress resistant and tolerant genotypes for environments stressful to current strains of wheat. Foliar leaf blight or spot blotch is a major biotic stress whereas other stresses include heat and drought. see stress tolerance breeding presentation
A wheat management study team is developing a wheat for minimum or low tillage technology. Prof. Khem R. Dhahal and Prof. K.B. Basnet are leading.
Developing wild rice and rare rice genotypes for Nepalese future is Prof. L.P. Subedi's dream. He has a good collection of genotypes. Hybrid rice development is his major area of interest. He has maintained a rice kitchen garden.
There is an upland rice research program located at Lamjung Campus Sundarbazaar, located in the mid-hills of Nepal. Participatory projects are underway in collaboration with IRRI.
Among fruits, major research is being done with lemons and limes. The research group, under the leadership of Prof. Durga D. Dhakal, focuses on perennial production of lemons and limes.
The campus has altogether 338 ropani (282 ropani upland and 56 ropani lowland) of land in six plots. It has one horticulture, one agronomy and one livestock farm extended in 252 ropani in and around the office area. These farms are meant for production of fruits, vegetables, cereals, animals and birds and for doing practical work. The upland area includes a mango orchard and extra land around the office and residential area; about 4200 coffee plants were planted on this land during August, 2005.
The campus chief is the head of the institute and the general administration, academic administration, account, store, library, farms, hostels and dispensary work under the chief office. In each of the above sections, there is one branch head and a varying number of workers, depending on programs. Internal management is the responsibility of the section head. Major decisions related to rules and regulations in each section are made by the meeting of section heads and related personnel headed by campus chief.
There are altogether 15 teaching staff members, 56 in administrative support in the campus. Two teachers have PhD degrees while others hold master’s degree in respective subjects. The number of teachers employed on campus is not sufficient to run the program. Therefore, at least four teachers have been brought from Rampur on a contract basis, each year. The campus also lacks workers, watchmen and lab assistants.
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There are other facilities like 24 dormitories and residences (1 chief, 9 senior staff, 10 junior staff and 4 lower staff), 1 guest house, 1 boys' hostel, 1 girls' hostel and 2 mess halls. Similarly, there is 1 poultry house, 1 goat shed, 2 cattle/buffalo sheds, 1 swine shed, 1 farm store, 1 auditorium hall, 1 garage and 1 dispensary.
During its establishment the institute used to teach one year course of I. Sc. Ag. and produced 947 middle level agricultural technicians during the period of 2032 to 2040 . The institute had started non academic JTA training program in 2041 644 JTAs were trained during the period of 2041 to 2047. Institute also started two years I. Sc. Ag. program in the year 2048 and produced 313 JTs up to 2058. In the year 2059, the institute introduced an eight semester B. Sc. Ag. program. Entrance exam is taken by dean office, Rampur and teaching is started from Ashad (June).
Besides teaching, the institute has trained a large number of farmers about modern agricultural practices. The campus has directly and indirectly boosted the economy of the farmers residing near to the campus. Farmers have also benefited from different types of agricultural projects at the campus. However, the research and extension activities have not been efficient and effective due to the lack of money.
These three departments cover subjects such as Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Genetics, Soil Science, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Animal Science, Aquaculture, Animal Breeding, Environmental Science, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Plant Pathology and Sociology.
Research and development office is responsible for promoting research activities in the campus. The research principally focuses on mid-hill ecosystem. Upland rice research program is located at Lamjung Campus Sundarbazaar. The site is located at mid-hills of Nepal. Currently participatory projects are underway in collaboration with IRRI.
Academic - international
Dr. Ganesh Shivakoti, Professor, Asian institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand
Dr Giri Raj Kattel, Auckland University, New Zealand
Dr. Surya Prasad Bhattarai, University of Quebeck, Australia
Dr. Phul Prasad Subedi, University of Quebeck, Australia
Dr. Toya Nath Baral, DVM, Ph.D, institute of Biological Sciences, National research Council of Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Bhola Kumar Dahal, DVM, Ph.D, Univerity of Giessen Lung center, Giessen,Germany
Dr. Kapildeo Sah, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor Hicast, Kathmandu, Nepal
Dr Shree Hari Gautam, DVM, PhD, Research Associate, Yale University,Yale, USA
Dr Nanda Lal Regmi, DVM, PhD, Research Associate, University of Texas,Texas,USA
Academic- IAAS based
Dr Naba Raj Devkota, Associate Professor and Director, DOR, TU/IAAS
Dr. Madhav Prasad Pande, Asst.Professor, Deputy Director, DOR, TU/IAAS
Dr. Sarada Thapaliya, PhD, Ast. Professor, Rampur Campus, IAAS/TU, Nepal
Dr.I.P Dhakal, Associate Professor, PhD, Rampur Campus, IAAS/TU, Nepal
Dr Yam Bahadaur Gurung,DVM, PhD, Ast. Professor, Rampur Campus, IAAS/TU, Nepal
Dr Krishna Kaphle (PhD,GHC), Assistant Professor (Department of Theriogenology), Hostel-Warden, Campus Coach (cricket, football), Rampur Campus, IAAS/TU, Nepal D
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