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Punjab approves establishment of Cholistan veterinary University

The Punjab government has approved establishment of a new university named "Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS)" at Bahawalpur and PDWP approved its PC-I amounting to Rs 2,395 million.

The Vice Chancellor of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore, Professor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, who is focal person for execution of this project, said that the Punjab government has already allocated 1,000 acres of land in Bahawalpur for this new university and it is being established with the collaboration of two Turkish universities, Selcuk University and Ankara University.

The new university will have three faculties namely Bio-Sciences, Veterinary Sciences and Animal Production and Technology. It will have 18 departments and an institute of continuing education and extension. It will also have teaching and research centres on dairy cattle, beef animals, sheep and goats, camels, poultry, pet. "This project will be completed in two years and thereafter the College of Veterinary Sciences of Islamia University Bahawalpur will move to this new facility," Professor Pasha said.

He said that livestock sector is a source of livelihood and food security for its people in the country especially in South Punjab. This sector also has enormous potential for economic growth of the country. He said, "Cholistan is one of the major livestock holding territories in Punjab that is spread over an area of 26000 square kilometres of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Rahimyar Khan districts to exploit the potential of livestock resources of Southern Punjab."

The VC said, "This will assist formation of disease-free zones and cater the need of allied industry to produce safe and healthy value-added livestock products having potential for export to regional markets." He said the new university will assist government to develop policies that will foster a sustainable and prosperous farmer economy and help in enhancing the socio-economic status of the rural population engaged in livestock/poultry production in Southern Punjab and resulting in poverty reduction.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2014


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