The 10th Convocation of the UVAS ‘University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences’ Lahore was held on 12th of December chaired by Pro-Chancellor Sardar Hasnain Bahadur Dareshak. Total 1,417 graduates were conferred degrees and 72 position-holders awarded medals.
Pro-Chancellor/ Minister for Livestock & Dairy Development Department Punjab Sardar Hasnain Bahadur Dareshak presided over the convocation while Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab on Livestock Faisal Hayat Jabwana, Secretary Livestock & Dairy Development Department Punjab Muhammad Ahsan Waheed and a large number of faculty members, industrialists from dairy & poultry industries and stakeholders were present.
Pro-Chancellor/ Minister for Livestock Punjab Sardar Hasnain Bahadur Dareshak congratulated the graduating students on getting degrees and medals and urged them to play their due role in nation building. He lauded the progress achieved by the UVAS and positioned itself among top universities of Asia.
The minister said that livestock had great potential for growth and the government is taking revolutionary steps for its uplift and focusing on providing safe and healthy livestock products to the masses with exportable surplus.
He urged the UVAS scientists to expedite their efforts to cope with the challenge of food insecurity and malnutrition. The UVAS has now positioned itself among top Asian universities as per the Higher Education and QS World Universities Rankings.
Prof Pasha said that UVAS is swiftly achieving the milestones of need-based multi-level education and establishing itself as talent development institution by using its knowledge, resources and skills for growth of human resources. UVAS has already secured affiliation of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and is in the process of getting its accreditation.
The UVAS scientists are executing 141 research projects worth of Rs 1.5 billion won by the faculty members from national and international funding agencies. The university is executing five development projects worth Rs 4 billion and completed as many projects of Rs 882 million last financial year.
The UVAS provide wide-ranging services to the community including farmers, stakeholders and the industry. UVAS encourages its students by providing them incentives including merit and need based scholarships. UVAS awarded 1,162 scholarships of Rs 54 million during last year.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the university has imparted practical training to 7,244 officers/officials from L&DD Department and farmers for their capacity building last year.
The Center for Applied Policy Research in Livestock organized different consultative meetings and advocacy in policy meetings for poultry, meat and dairy sector that is also practically influencing national economic policies. Given these facts, the UVAS is assuming a new role as an effective think tank, the Vice-Chancellor concluded.