Kathmandu, September 6 Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has stressed on the need for research in areas of agriculture and forestry. Addressing the sixth senate meeting of Agriculture and Forestry University here today, Prime Minister Deuba, who is also the chancellor of the university, said running a constituent college and agriculture science centre would be a significant step towards expansion of the university. PM Deuba also directed the authorities concerned to implement the Cabinet decision regarding handover of properties, adjustment of human resources and management of academic programmes between the Tribhuvan University and the AFU. The AFU was established on June 17, 2010 with the objective of promoting research in the field of agriculture, forestry and animal science. The university runs three faculties — agriculture, animal science and forestry. There are altogether 1,883 students in all faculties. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education Gopal Man Shrestha, who is the pro-chancellor of the AFU, said the AFU has made an important contribution to the development and promotion of agriculture in the country. AFU Vice-chancellor Prof Ishwari Prasad Dhakal shed light on the works carried out by the university. He also apprised the senate of the university’s future plans. The University Senate had on April 18 decided to set up seven constituent colleges and one agriculture science centre. Accordingly, the meeting had decided to set up one constituent college of natural resources management each in Khajura of Banke, Tikapur of Kailali and Dullu of Dailekh, as well as an agriculture science centre at Khaniyabas of Dhading.