Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) was established in 1972 in Rampur, Chitwan as a constituent institute of Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal. The mission of the institute is to promote agricultural science and to train manpower for agricultural development focusing on teaching, research and dissemination of agricultural technologies. As government of Nepal made a policy in 2010 to establish Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) at Rampur, Chitwan, AFU had taken the physical properties and other assets of IAAS before minute preparation and agreement on handover process between TU and AFU. Consequently, IAAS dean office was shifted to Kathmandu in 2011 and is continuing its programs and activities in the dean's contact office Sanepa, Lalitpur and Kirtipur, Kathmandu. It is working hard to strengthen its academic as well as administrative activities and going to have its own land from TU in its premises and planning to construct academic and other buildings in near future.
Later on, the post graduate program of IAAS was also shifted to Kathmandu in 2013 as a Post Graduate Campus and running its classes in RECAST building of TU in Kirtipur. In addition to RECAST, classes are also going on in some other classrooms of TU. At present, the institute is running Master of Science in Agriculture (M.Sc.Ag.) in three departments, Master of Science in Animal Science (M.Sc.An.Sc.) in two departments, Master of Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc.) in two departments and also the Ph. D. program in some departments. It has its Ph.D. programs under two plans viz; Plan A and Plan B. Under Plan A, student has to attend theory and practical classes of relevant subjects offered by the department. However, under Plan B student has to conduct research and submit progress report each semester but, regular classes and practical works are not mandatory. The institute is planning to run its PG program in some other departments also from the academic year 2014/015 (2071/072).
To widen and enhance quality education, the institute has collaborated with TU Central Library, Kirtipur, and students' access to the library has been ensured through inter-institution collaboration. The institute has already donated sufficient number of valuable reference books related to PG program, and the central library has also committed to purchase and maintain significant number of necessary books and other publications required to IAAS students. In addition to maintaining its own laboratory equipped with minimum required facilities, the institute has also signed in an agreement with Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), especially for practical works and research activities of the students. For the successful running of the PG program, the institute has involved sufficient number of well-experienced and highly professional professors and researchers from the same institute and other government and non-government organizations.
With the establishment of AFU at IAAS, Rampur; both the constituent campuses of IAAS, (i.e. Lamjung and Paklihawa campuses) which were running only the initial two-years program out of four-years B.Sc.Ag., have been upgraded to full-fledged B.Sc.Ag. program in 2012. Then after, Lamjung campus started to enroll at least 100 students in B.Sc.Ag. and the Paklihawa campus 60 and 40 students, respectively in B.Sc.Ag. and B.V.Sc.and A.H. programs each year. The B.V.Sc. and A.H. program was shifted to Paklihawa campus from Rampur in 2013. These constituent campuses are trying their best for academic excellence within the framework of limited resources.
Mean while, TU/IAAS has provided affiliation to three agricultural campuses: one situating in Gakuleshor, Baitadi (affiliated in 2010), one in Lamahi (affiliated in 2014) and the next in Tulsipur (affiliated in 2014), Dang to intake 50 students in B.Sc.Ag. in each campus each year. All the constituent and affiliated campuses receive students on merit basis who pass the entrance examination conducted by IAAS every year. The examination board which is working from Rampur till date will be transferred to Kathmandu from the coming academic year.
The succeeding section of the site explains some detail of administrative, teaching and support staves of IAAS dean's contact office, Sanepa. Similarly, detail of teaching faculties of Lamjung and Paklihawa campuses is shown in following page of the site.