Directorate of Distance Education - Overview

1. Historical Perspective
Since its inception, the University of Agriculture Faisalabad has remained involved in distance education of life long learners (farmers) through most of the following modes.

  1. Printed materials
  2. Audio cassettes
  3. Motion pictures
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Computer
  7. Modern media (Social media)

The University has launched its own FM Radio station at its main campus.  It is working at FM 100.4 frequency. Now, under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan (S.I.), Vice Chancellor, the Information Technology (IT) based distance education program has been started.

2. Rationale

A rapid increase in population, growing cost of on-campus courses, social and institutional problems of people desiring for higher education, need of education in the current global scenario, and availability of innovative learning management systems have created a need to start degree programs, and massive open online courses (MOOCs)  through distance education.

3. Vision

Achieving international recognition as distance education provider by ensuring learners’ satisfaction, involving and training dedicated faculty, maintaining quality of education, applying variety of teaching-learning strategies and  using appropriate distance delivery modes.

4. Mission

Responding promptly to the educational needs of distance learners and providing them world class educational facilities. We will also continue providing lifelong learning opportunities for present and prospective farmers/other rural dwellers to build a strong knowledge based agricultural economy in Pakistan.

5. Objectives

The objectives of the Directorate of Distance Education, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad include to:

  1. Play leadership role in distance education. 
  2. Contribute significantly to the educational development of Pakistani people. 
  3. Train and encourage faculty to adopt innovative modes of distance education.
  4. Make the University research more meaningful by focusing on the feedback of distance education activities.
  5. Ensure quality instruction through distance education.