It is a matter of pleasure to introduce the Faculty of Agriculture of Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU). Actually, it was initiated in 1988 at the then Hajee Mohammad Danesh Agricultural College (HMDAC), Dinajpur. But due to the growing need of the technical education, in 1999, based on that Faculty, the college was upgraded as the University with only one Faculty, i.e. Agriculture. The first Dean of the Faculty was Professor Dr. Musharraf Hossain Mian, a renowned soil scientist of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh and the Vice-Chancellor of HSTU too. At present, among the seven Faculties of HSTU, Agriculture is the oldest and largest one. Note that, the university is named according to one of our great political leader Hajee Mohammad Danesh. The Faculty runs with 12 departments: Agronomy, Horticulture, Soil Science, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Crop Physiology and Ecology, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Agro-forestry and Environment, and Statistics. At this Faculty about 70 qualified teachers having higher training from abroad and home are now involved in teaching and research in the broad field of crop-agriculture. The Faculty is engaged to produce qualified and skilled manpower by offering the Bachelor, Master and Ph. D. degrees in the English medium. At the Bachelor level, two degrees are offered: (1) B. Sc. Agriculture (Honors), and (2) B. Sc. Agriculture and Agribusiness (Honors). The first one deals the crop-agriculture while the second one, introduced in 2013, is a sandwich degree of both crop-agriculture and agribusiness to suit with the increasing demand of global agro-business. Both the Bachelor degrees consist of 8 semesters (4 years) having 183 credit hours. And about 250 and 125 students are admitted per year in these two programs, respectively at the end of each calendar year. The Faculty has local and foreign students of both sexes too. The foreign students are admitted on the quota basis through the governmental procedure. But they need not to pay any extra charge over the native ones. This policy is adapted to encourage foreign students to have degrees from HSTU. The Faculty is widely appreciated as a centre of excellence in the field of crop-agricultural education and research, and also plays a vital role in the agricultural transformation in the country and abroad at different public and private sectors with high degree of appreciation.
Prof. Dr. Bhabendra Kumar Biswas
Dean, Faculty of Agriculture.
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It was the first faculty at the inception of the university. Its importance cannot be overestimated as it forms the nucleus of the university. Bangladesh is primarily an agricultural country. Over 60% of its work force is involved full time or part time in Agriculture. Although intensive agriculture is practised in many parts of the country, there are still regions where the agriculture is largely traditional with low production and productivity as a consequence. There is now serious realization among the policy makers that economic development of the country depends largely on increasing the production from and productivity of our already limited and shrinking farm land; and this in turn can be achieved by modernizing the agricultural practices through judicious use and application of inputs and modern implements. To achieve this goal we have to have trained graduates with technical know-how. HSTU is committed to produce dedicated graduates for the Agricultural development of the country.
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