The future of all veterinary students is at stake due to nonregistration of the programme,” HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi. ISLAMABAD:

The Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (AAUR) was given two months on Wednesday to improve its education standards. At the end of the stupilated time period, a team of the Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC) will visit the varsity and decide the future of its programmes accreditation.

The decision was conveyed to the university at a meeting held between PVMC and Higher Education Commission (HEC), which was also attended by representatives of AAUR. All stakeholders agreed that the council representatives will visit the university in the first week of March for assessment.

In the meeting, HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi stressed on the intensity of the issue, saying that the future of all veterinary students is at stake due to non-registration of the programme.

AAUR Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Khalid Mahmood admitted to the shortcomings in the programme.

Meanwhile, the future of students of veterinary department remains uncertain, who may not get an accredited degree. So far 44 students have been declared successful by the university.

As per the requirements set by PVMC, vets are required to get a licence from the council before they can start their practice. The council only issues certificates to the doctors whose degrees are accredited from the council.

In order to raise their voice against non-recognition of their degrees, the students also took to the streets last month. They said that they were told by the university administration that they had fulfilled all necessary requirements of the PVMC. However, following assurances from authorities, the protest was called off.

 Published in The Express Tribune, January 19th, 2012.

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