QAU >> Message from Dean Biological Sciences

It is a matter of great reverence and prestige for me to welcome you to the Faculty of Biological Sciences, QAU, Islamabad. This faculty has been one of the leading institutes of the country producing highly skilled manpower with cutting edge technology. Previously, the faculty was working at the Department level. Later, in 2006, due to the growing trends and the high influx of students in the field of Biology, the Department was upgraded to faculty level with its eight major Departments including Animal Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Bioinformatics and newly established Departments of Environmental Science and Pharmacy.

Moreover, the faculty is launching Departments of Forensic Science and Food Science & Technology in near future. Alongwith this infrastructure development, the faculty has witnessed remarkable growth and development in terms of its dual mission of teaching and research. Special emphasis has been placed in upgrading the existing research capacity. Our faculty works both on basic and applied aspects of various sub-disciplines of life sciences. We are working hard to equip this faculty with state of the art facilities. The faculty recruits some of the very best scholars and foreign qualified teachers.

Funding for our research programmes primarily comes from agencies like; HEC, PSF, USAID, British Council, ALP (Agriculture Linkage Promramme), DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and German Science Foundation.

Research performed by our faculty is routinely published in some of the world class journals of Biological sciences. Currently, this faculty is one of the few in our country that offers a comprehensive degree programme at MSc, MPhil and PhD levels. Our academic programmes are tailored to meet the needs of life sciences in the region and across the world. Our programmes have a high success rate at placing students into relevant professional fields and many of whom are contributing, to a great deal, to different academic, research and industrial positions in some outstanding institutions of the country. Recently we have initiated projects of commercial importance for the socioeconomic uplift of the country. Moreover, 300 medicinal & endangered plant species, wild fruits vegetables and oil yielding plants have been planted in QAU Botanical Garden. Research students are given access to work in the Botanical Garden.