Agronomy Department

 

Brief Biography   

Name: Associate Professor Nazir khan Mohammadi

Education: Master

Occupation: Head & Associate Professor of Agronomy Department.

 

Associate Professor Nazir Khan Mohammadi Son of Mohammad Khan was born in 1984 at village of Oman Khail tribe, Saydkaram district, Paktia province. He got his primary education at Hazrat Safian Primary and Secondary School at Darsamand refugee camp, Hangu, while his family was immigrated to Pakistan and settled at Hangu and gotten secondary education at Hazrat Bilal High School at the mentioned area.  

Mr. Mohammadi participated at entrance exam (Kankor National exam) at 2004, and passed to Agricultural faculty of Sheikh Zayed University, Khost Afghanistan. He held his first B.Sc. degree with higher marks from Agronomy Department at 2007. Soon after his graduation from the Sheikh Zayed University, he got job as teaching Assistant at Agronomy Department, Agriculture Faculty, Paktia University. He has been working at Agronomy Department as Head, lecturer and at field of research at Paktia University.

He wanted to pursue further study so he participated at competitive exam for India and got higher marks in the exam. Thus, he received admission from Country’s National Agricultural University and got Master degree with higher rank at Agronomy Department and returned to home land Afghanistan at 2017. He rejoined his occupation as Head and lecturer at Agronomy Department, Paktia University.

It is also important to mention that he have established several research and Review articles/papers at national and international journals.

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HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND DIFINATION OF THE DEPARTMENT

Preface:

Agronomy is the science and technology that is used in producing food, fuel, fiber; and studies the interrelationship of plants, environment and soil. In fact, agronomy views agriculture from an integrated and holistic point of view. In another word, agronomy produces the food you consume, the coffee or tea you drink, the gas you put in your vehicles, the fiber you wear and the grasses you feed cattle with.  Sooner after the food shortage was noticed by the ancient people, they started to grow the food they eat and the plants they feed to cattle. The innovation of modern technology and the rapid expansion of the population resulted in remarkable advances in the field of agronomy. This paved the way to the idea that agronomy became as a central role player in agriculture and hence is considered as the mother of all agricultural establishments.

Department of Agronomy was established at Paktia University in 2004. This department encompasses the principles of Plant Production, Plant Physiology, Soil Science, Weed Management as well as Irrigation Management and Practices. In addition to its regular curriculum, the department of agronomy leads applied studies, projects, seminars, conferences, and practical field work.

With the rapid increase of population, there is a dire need to take maximum advantage of cultivable lands in Afghanistan. So far, efforts in enhancing agricultural productivity fails for good due to traditional practices. The only way to have a complete transition from a traditional agriculture to an agriculture as a science is to train career ready and professional farmers. To reach the goal, the department of Agronomy trains tens of professional students each year and presents them to take part in the rehabilitation process and social recovery in Afghanistan.

The Department of Agronomy, Agriculture Faculty of Paktia University is established in 2004, to provide a versatile undergraduate teaching in agriculture to meet the needs of increased productivity required in creating opportunity for progress and profit in agriculture.

The word of agronomy is derived from the Greek words agros, the field and nomos, to manage,

  • Agronomy is the branch of Agriculture science dealing with principles and practices of crop production and field management. 
  • Agronomy is the branch of Agriculture dealing with field crop production and soil management. 
  • Agronomy is application of combination of sciences like biology, chemistry, ecology, soil science, plant physiology, and genetics for crop production and soil management.
  • Agronomy is the umbrella term for number of research and teaching activities: crop physiology, soil science, plant breeding, weed management, plant protection and irrigation water management.

History:

  • Agronomy Department was established in 2004, at the same time when Paktia University was founded. The department had a few lecturers, limited resources, and was the only department at the beginning; however, with the increase of lecturers and resources, a number of other departments were established. Agronomy department was the first department that conferred degrees to the students.
  • Academic Curriculum:
  • Students studying Agronomy should study the following subjects in order to qualify themselves for acquiring bachelor’s degree. All the subjects are approved and verified in the department’s meetings.

1st Year 1st Semester

No.

Subject

Code

Category

Credits

Academic Periods

Review

 

 

Theoretical

Practical

Sitag

Total

 

Islamic Studies

 

 

1

1

0

0

1

 

English

 

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

History

 

 

1

1

0

0

1

 

Chemistry

 

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

Plant Production

Ag Agron 111

 

3

2

1

 

3

 

Zoology

Ag Agron 111

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

Math

 

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

Computer

 

 

2

1

1

0

2

 

All Credits

17

13

4

0

17

1st Year 2nd Semester

No.

Subject

Code

Category

Credits

Academic Periods

 

Theoretical

Practical

Sitag

Total

 

Islamic Studies

 

 

1

1

0

0

1

 

English

 

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

Physics

 

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic Chemistry

 

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

Plant Systematic

Ag FNR 213

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

Environment

Ag FNR 214

 

1

1

0

0

1

 

Computer

 

 

2

1

1

0

2

 

Food Security

Ag FT 215

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

Extension

Ag EcEx 216

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

All Credits

18

15

3

0

18

2nd Year 1st Semester

No.

Subject

Code

Category

Credits

Academic Periods

 

 

Theoretical

Practical

Sitag

Total

 

Islamic Studies

 

 

1

1

0

0

1

 

English

 

 

2

2

0

0

 

 

Soil Science

 

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

Crop Production

 

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

Microbiology

Ag Agron 111

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

Plant Disease

Ag Agron 111

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

Biochemistry

 

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

Biotechnology

 

 

3

2

 

0

3

 

All Credits

21

15

6

0

21

2nd Year 2nd Semester

No.

Subject

Code

Category

Credits

Academic Periods

 

 

Theoretical

Practical

Sitag

Total

 

 

Islamic Studies

 

 

1

1

0

0

1

 

 

English

 

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

 

Entomology

AG APP 425

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Farm Machinery

Ag Agron 426

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Horticulture

Ag Hort 427

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Agriculture Economics

Ag EcEx 428

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Forestry

Ag FNR 429

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Animal Husbandry

Ag AnSc 430

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

All Credits

21

15

6

0

21

 

3rd Year 1st Semester

No.

Subject

Code

Category

Credits

Academic Periods

 

 

Theoretical

Practical

Sitag

Total

 

 

Islamic Studies

 

 

1

1

0

0

1

 

 

Ecology

 

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

 

Dryland Agriculture

Ag FBR 53

4

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

 

Weed Management

Ag Agron 533

 

2

2

1

0

2

 

 

Cereal Crops

Ag EcEx 534

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

 

Agricultural Statistics

Ag EcEx 534

 

2

2

1

 

2

 

 

Organic Agriculture

Ag Agron 535

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

 

Sustainable Agriculture

Ag Agron 536

 

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

 

Technology of Farm Machinery

Ag Agron 537

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

 

All Credits

19

17

2

0

19

 

3rd Year 2nd Semester

No.

Subject

Code

Category

Credits

Academic Periods

 

 

Theoretical

Practical

Sitag

Total

 

 

Islamic Studies

 

 

1

1

0

0

1

 

 

Marketing

Ag EcEx 643

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

 

Experimental Design

Ag Agron 532

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Pulses

Ag Agron 532

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Genetics

Ag BT 632

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Physiology

Ag Agron 532

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Cereal Bugs

Ag PP 542

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Soil Chemistry

Ag Agron 636

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

All Credits

21

15

6

0

21

 

4th Year 1st Semester

No.

Subject

Code

Category

Credits

Academic Periods

 

 

 

 

Theoretical

Practical

Sitag

Total

 

 

Islamic Studies

 

 

1

1

0

0

1

 

 

Irrigation

Ag Aron 740

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Cereal Crops

Ag Agron 743

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Participation of Public and Private Sector

Ag EcEx 752

 

3

2

1

0

2

 

 

Plant Breeding

Ag BT 736

 

3

0

1

0

3

 

 

Soil Fertility and mineral Nutrients

Ag Agron 741

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Project

Ag Agron 744

 

2

1

1

0

2

 

 

Technology of Saffron Production

Ag Agron 745

 

2

2

0

0

2

 

 

Storage and Process

Ag BT 737

 

 

 

1

 

3

 

 

All Credits

21

15

6

0

21

 

4th Year 2nd Semester

No.

Subject

Code

Category

Credits

Academic Periods

 

 

Theoretical

Practical

Sitag

Total

 

 

Islamic Studies

 

 

1

1

0

0

1

 

 

Plant Disease

Ag PP 580

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Industrial Crops

Ag Agron 846

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Seed Production Technology

Ag BT 841

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Soil and Water Conservation

Ag Agron 848

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Oil Crops

Ag Agron 847

 

3

2

1

0

3

 

 

Medicinal Plants

Ag FNT 858

 

2

1

0

0

2

 

 

Research Projects

Ag Agron

 

2

1

1

0

2

 

 

All Credits

20

15

6

0

21

 

                                                                 

 

V

ision: The vision of the Department of Agronomy to increase the quality and amount of food production for the nation's food supply, through the relevance and excellence of its education, research and outreach programs, and the development of students and staff; it will evolve into an institution that contributes significantly to improving the economy and the quality of life for citizens of country, so dependent on its agriculture. We integrate sciences to deliver comprehensive solutions to the soil and field crop production challenges of today and tomorrow, to meet the needs.