Current Situation - Kabul University

Current Situation

Since its establishment, the Faculty of Agriculture in Kabul University was a standard Faculty and despite of the years of war in the country maintained its educational and academic status. Currently, this Faculty has a fully functional library, two magazines named “Knowledge and Skills”, and Afghanistan Agricultural Research Journals in in English language, electronic library, computer lab, structured Internet system, four fully equipped laboratories, a workshop of agricultural tools and machines required, and an experimental farm for research that students use it for their experiments and the lecturers and professors work in that farm for their research.

The Faculty of Agriculture aims to overcome the difficulties and problems, which is the result of decades of war in the country, with support from helping countries such as the United States, Japan, France, Germany, World Bank, and Korea, and international organizations like the Support Office of France, FAO and other NGOs. The problems are solved to a high extent and the effort for further development is in progress. Currently, a number of young and active lecturers of this Faculty are busy doing their Master and PhD degress in the Technical and Agricultural University of Tokyo (financial aid is provided by Japan), Purdue University of the United States, and Banglor University in India (with financial support from USDA). In addition, short-term programs are designed to help experienced lecturers of the Faculty to be up to date about the field of agriculture. Short-term trainings are financially supported by the USDA and also the current building for the Agriculture Faculty is built with the financial aid of the USDA project.  New building of faculty is under constructing through ministry of higher education. Teaching is based on lectures of the new and up to date materials, practical sessions, and experiments in the laboratory. Lecturers prepare power point slides and based on that the related subject is taught inside every class.

Students must study four years in this Faculty in order to get a Bachelor degree in agriculture. Seminars and workshops are organized in order to boost the level of knowledge and practical working abilities of students. One of the new methods used to increase the quality of education in this Faculty is organizing useful internships programs for students. In this program, based on a contract, a number of qualified students were sent to NGOs to seek mentorship, that is, practical knowledge about their respective fields of study, information technology, and employment purposes. The duration of these internship programs could be from a week up to one month. Inside the campus of Kabul University, an experimental farm is designed for students of Agriculture Faculty to do their practical and experimental assignments.

The Faculty of Agriculture had academic faculty exchange with some of the universities in the United States such as the universities of Purdue, Kornel University, Devas University in California, Arizona University, and Alunize University until September of 2012. Additionally, the Technical and Agricultural University of Tokyo in Japan provides short-term and long-term educational scholarships.

The process of selecting a candidate for the academic cadre in the Faculty is transparent. Qualified students are selected as assistant professors based on the needs of the Faculty and rules and regulations of the Ministry of Higher Education. Once they are accepted, the Faculty provides them opportunities to do their Master or PhD degrees.

The Faculty of Agriculture publishes its own professional and academic journal in which the academic and original researches of professors in the Faculty of Agriculture are published. The Faculty of Agriculture had two farms, of which, one is given to the American University of Afghanistan in Darul Aman Kabul, and the other one is near the Faculty of Agriculture inside the campus of Kabul University and it is actively used by students.

 

Faculty of agriculture has 61 lecturers; three out of them are female. Five of them are studying on their Master and PhD level at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 12 are studying on Master and PhD level at Purdue State University of United Sates and 2 on Master level at Bangalore University of India.  Currently, there are 1375 students in this faculty, 100 of them are female students.

At the moment the Faculty of Agriculture has eight departments and graduate students from these 8 departments can be employed in one of the following areas: the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Ministry of Energy and Water, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Ministry of Education, international organization, and other private sectors in agriculture. However, to be employed soon after graduation, still there are some challenges for newly graduated students in their recruitment process.