Department of Entomology - Overview

The foundation of teaching and research in Entomology in the Province was laid with the establishment of the Punjab Agricultural College, Lyallpur (Department of Agriculture, Punjab) in 1905. From 1905-1907 an Agricultural Assistant carried out research on crop pests. In 1908, an Assistant Professor of Entomology was appointed on the staff of Economic Botanist. The first class of Licenciate in Agriculture (LAG), a 3 years diploma, course, was admitted in 1909, in 1913, an independent Entomological Section came into existence under the Assistant Professor of Entomology. In 1914, the duration of the LAG diploma course was increased from 3 to 4 years and in 1916 it was made a degree course (B.Sc. Agriculture) and the responsibility of conducting the examination was entrusted to the Punjab University.

In 1919, Mian M. Afzal Husain was appointed as Imperial Entomologist. This was a corner stone in the history of Entomology and a true beginning of entomological research and teaching was made. Mian M. Afzal Husain for his keen interest and dedicated service in this field is very correctly and deservedly called the ‘Father of Entomology’ in this region. He was instrumental in raising the status of this subject to a major field of study in 1931 and thus Entomology assumed its rightful place.

The LAG diploma course was discontinued in 1920. In 1923, the Punjab University recognized the Punjab Agricultural College for M.Sc. (Agri.) and in 1929, the first student (Mr. Abdul Wahid Khan) was awarded this degree. With the passage of time the standard of teaching and research continued to rise rapidly and the college was consequently recognized by the Punjab University for Ph.D. degree. The first Ph.D. degree was conferred upon Dr. Atiq-ur-Rahman Ansari in 1945.

With the appointment of Mian M. Afzal Husain as Vice-Chancellor of the Punjab University in 1938, Dr. Khan A. Rehman took over as Entomologist and continued till 1950 before he was appointed as Director Agriculture, Punjab. During this period entomological research and teaching continued to make great progress. He was succeeded by Dr. Abdul Latif who assumed the charge of Principal, Agricultural College in 1961.

In 1959, Kh. Abdul Haq took over as Entomologist till 1961 when the College was raised to the status of the University of Agriculture, Lyallpur (now Faisalabad).Since then the department has produced more than 950 B.Sc (Hons.), 900 M.Sc (Hons.) and 49 Ph.D. students.