STAFF REPORT LHR: Bahawalpur region would have a new university named “Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences” for which the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) has approved the PC-I amounting to Rs 2.395 billion.

“The Punjab government has already allocated 1,000 acers 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,” said University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, who is focal person for execution of this project.

“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,” he said.

According to details, the new university will have three faculties namely Bio-Sciences, Veterinary Sciences and Animal Production and Technology.

It will also have teaching and research centers on Dairy Cattle, Beef Animals, Sheep and Goats, Camels, Poultry, Pet and Wildlife a Central Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, 16 departmental laboratories, veterinary teaching hospital, pet and wild animal hospital and computer labs.

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.

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