Department of Agricultural Engineering

The Department of Agricultural Engineering was established in 1961 in the then College of Engineering, University of Peshawar. This Department is the pioneer in initiating Agricultural Engineering education in the country and thus has the pride of producing the first batch of Agricultural Engineers in 1965 in Pakistan. Since then, hundreds of graduates of this department are rendering their valuable services in government departments, national and international organizations throughout the world. Our graduates have been instrumental in the development of Pakistan's economy. Agricultural Engineering is the branch of Engineering that utilizes the engineering principles, materials and forces of nature for the benefit of agriculture and resultantly in the best interest of humanity. Agricultural Engineers are trained to creatively apply engineering and scientific principles in the design and development of new products, systems and processes for the conversion of raw materials and power sources into food, feed, and fiber while protecting the environment and workers health and safety. Agricultural Engineers offer their valuable services to design irrigation systems such as surface and high efficiency irrigation systems to utilize the precious waters to enhance agricultural productivity; design drainage systems to control the menaces of water-logging and salinity; design and develop strategies for flood management; develop soil and water conservation techniques for irrigated and rainfed areas; apply hydrology principles to predict and mitigate floods, landslides and drought risks; design farm structures for poultry, dairy, and storages for agricultural products; design dams and ponds for irrigation water supply; modify agricultural features by landscaping techniques; perform agricultural product processing, and environmental impact assessment; design new and improved farm machinery for agricultural mechanization; utilize different techniques of renewable energies to generate power for agricultural needs; apply geographic information system and remote sensing techniques to agricultural research; interpret research output, and implement relevant schemes. In general, they combine physical sciences with biological sciences and solve engineering problems related to agriculture.

Academic Programs
- B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering
- M.Sc. Agricultural Engineering
- Ph.D. Agricultural Engineering
Laboratories
The Department has the following well-equipped laboratories for practical work of students and research by the faculty members.
- Soil and Water Engineering Laboratory
- Irrigation Engineering Laboratory
- Drainage Engineering Laboratory
- Postgraduate Computer Laboratory
- Undergraduate Computer Laboratory
- GIS and RS Laboratory
- I.C. Engine Demonstration Center
- Farm Machinery Workshop

Practical Training
Apart from the academic activities, students are required to complete 800 hours of practical training as a requirement for the award of B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering Degree. This practical training is arranged during the summer vacations in the relevant fields of AgriculturalEngineering.

Field Visits
The Department maintains close liaison with Government Departments and private industries related to Agricultural Engineering. Field visits are arranged as per requirement of a particular course. Industrial tours are also arranged in each semester to enable them the students to acquire practical knowledge and skills.

Survey Camp
Each year practical training in the field of surveying and leveling is arranged for the students of 7th Semester for a period of three weeks which is mandatory for the award of degree. The students are trained in techniques like leveling, plane tabling, triangulation, contouring, road and irrigation channel surveys.

Research
In addition to offering academic programs, the faculty is actively engaged in applied research at national and international levels and also providing consultancy services in the areas related to Agricultural Engineering.