News Updates 16-06-2014 10:30 PM: News of Plant Breeding

Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics

Plant Breeding is concerned with the evolution of superior varieties of crops. Its mainstay is the genetic adjustment of crop plants to social, economic and technological aspects of the environment.
The Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics was established in 1954. Since then, the department has been offering courses, research methodologies related to crop improvement, cytology, cytogenetics, biometry, quantitative genetics, molecular genetics and genetic engineering leading to B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. (Hons) degrees. The department is also offering advanced courses and research guidance to Ph.D. scholars. During the past 61 years, the department has produced more than 730 well trained graduates, who have been serving various organizations at provincial, national and international level. Department has highly qualified and experienced faculty, well equipped laboratories and experimental farm for undertaking research projects. Recently, the department has established a “Seed Production and Development Centre” which will not only improve and strengthen seed supply system of province but also serve as major income generating unit for the university.


Objectives
The Department’s overall aim is to focus on the improvement of quantitative and qualitative traits of cereal, fiber and oilseed crops, production of model crop videotapes suitable for cultivation in different agro-environments of the Sindh province and ultimately, development of technology package to enhance the capabilities of farmers for various crops. The specific objectives are:

  • Impart academic and research training at under-graduate, graduate and post-graduate levels in the field of Plant Breeding and Genetics.
  • Plan and undertake basic and applied research on cereals and other major crops.
  • Produce quality seed of wheat, cotton and vegetable crops for distribution to farmers of province.
  • Establish linkages with provincial, national and international research and educational organizations to undertake collaborative assignments.
  • Development/evolution of genetically improved cultivars/hybrids and breeding material.
  • Improve quantitative and qualitative traits of crop species.

     

     


ACADEMIC STAFF

Muhammad Jurial Rind   

Ph.D. (USA)

Professor & Chairman

Gul M.  Baloch

Ph.D. (UK)

Professor

Zahoor  Ahmed Soomro

Ph.D. (SAU)

Associate Professor

Munaiza Baloch

Ph.D. (SAU)  

Associate Professor

Shahnawaz Mari

Ph.D. (SAU)

Assistant Professor

Saeed Hyder Ghaloo

M.Sc. (Agri.) Hons

Assistant Professor

Asghar Ali Rajper

M.Sc. (Agri.) Hons 

Assistant Professor

Shabana Memon

Ph.D. (China)      

Assistant Professor

Nasreen Fatima

M.Sc. (Agri.) Hons 

Assistant Professor

Abdul Wahid Baloch

Ph.D. (China)      

Assistant Professor

Wajid Ali Jatoi

Ph.D. (SAU)

Assistant Professor

Siraj Ahmed Channa

M.Sc. (Agri.) Hons 

Lecturer (study leave)

 

 

COURSES OFFERED

CODE

TITLE OF COURSE

C. HRS.

TERM-V

PBG-501

Genetics of Crop Plants

3(2+1)

PBG-503

Breeding of Field Crops

3(2+1)

PBG-505

Cytogenetics

3(2+1)

PBG-507

Methods in Genetics & Biometry

3(2+1)

PBG-509

Reproductive System of Crop Plants

3(2+1)

STAT-511

Elementry Statistics

3(2+1)

TERM-VI

PBG-502

Breeding of Maize, Millet and Sorghum

3(2+1)

PBG-504

Breeding of Oilseed Crops and Tobacco

3(2+1)

PBG-506

Non-Conventional Approaches to Crop Improvement

3(2+1)

PBG-508

Molecular Genetics

3(2+1)

CP-510

General Biochemistry

3(2+1)

TERM-VII

PBG-601

Breeding for Cereal Crops

3(2+1)

PBG-603

Breeding for Pulse Crops

3(2+1)

PBG-605

Breeding of Fodder and Forage Crops

3(2+1)

PBG-607

Experimentation

3(2+1)

SUPT-611

Supporting Course

3(2+1)

TERM-VIII

PBG-602

Breeding of Sugar Crops

2(1+1)

PBG-604

Breeding of Fibre Crops

3(2+1)

PBG-606

Biodiversity and Plant Genetic Resources

3(2+1)

PBG-610

Internship and Report Writing

4(0+4)

 

 

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