STAFF REPORT LHR: US Consulate General Lahore has launched the US-funded bio-statistical consulting centre at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, which is equipped with 20 computers and state-of-the-art data analysis software to develop research plans, analyze data, and draft manuscripts for publication.

“The US government is focusing on Pakistans educational capacity building through science and technology programme,” said US Consulate General Economics Officer Frank P Talluto after opening the centre. He added that the US authorities had allocated $350,000 for research projects for Pakistan this year and said that the centre would provide critical research-infrastructure support to investigators and students in Pakistan in conducting high-quality research.

Under the cooperation programme, Dr Hafiz Anwar Ahmad of Jackson State University (JSU) in Mississippi conducted a US-funded rigorous three-week research camp for faculty and PhD students.

He said that the centre and the JSU training would pave the way for further development of vital human resources and technology infrastructure in Pakistan.

Speaking at the summer research camp on Developing Research Plan and Proposal on UVAS campus, he said the academia and institutional linkages would be strengthened between the two countries. He said as many as 14 US varsities were collaborating with Pakistani universities in the initiative.

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