|Faculty of Social Sciences - Overview|
The Faculty of Social Sciences, formally the faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology was established in 1963, with its constituent departments of Agricultural Economics, Farm Management, Agricultural Marketing, Cooperation and Credit and Rural Sociology. The Faculty now has three institutes namely Institute of Agricultural & Resource Economics, Institute of Business Management Sciences and Institute of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development and two Departments namely Department of Rural Sociology and Department of Continuing Education. The Faculty has endeavored to keep abreast with the emerging requirements and challenges in terms of academic programs/activities from its inception. However, looking at the likely shape of agriculture under the fast changing climatic and policy changes, the direction and quality of research and the make-up of trained manpower output in the discipline of agricultural social sciences need to be looked into seriously in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The majority of faculty staff is well-qualified having doctorates from world known universities. The faculty imparts education to the undergraduate classes in the field of Agricultural and Resource Economics and post graduate classes in the field of Economics, Agri. Economics, Development Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Rural Sociology, Education and Extension, Anthropology, Rural Development, Business Management, Commerce and a number of associate degrees and diploma certificates.
Over the past few decades, the Faculty has dynamically and timely responded to desirable input for policy and research support for the uplift of rural masses, increased food security and need-based educational and curricular development. The recent phasing out of the Faculty was a result of serious debate and policy discussions in order to address wide range of issues including socioeconomic development, demographic and gender-based challenges, vocational education and outreach, community development and extension for sustainable agriculture. The faculty has been actively involved in research and development activities as well both funded from within Pakistan and abroad. The collaborative partners include DAAD, IFPRI, ACIAR, USAID, ILRI, IWMI and many more. Under WTO set up, concerted efforts are needed to shift our agriculture from subsistence to commercial one putting further pressure to emphasize resource management and commercialization strategy. Such a focus has become a major push factor to pursue for sustainable agricultural development and ultimately rural development. Another impetus for meaningful restructuring and fine tuning of the faculty is to meet emerging requirements of the economy in the light of changing global relationship between Pakistan and China under CPEC regime. The Faculty is actively involved in assisting provincial and federal governments on various policy issues by contributing through policy briefs and arranging policy oriented seminars and colloquia.