LAHORE: There is a need to establish more sub-campuses and para-veterinary schools of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore in remote areas of the province, said Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Department (PLDDD) Minister Asif Saeed Manais.
He paid a visit to the UVAS and held a meeting with Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, deans of faculties, senior faculty members and administrative officers of the university on Monday.
He also called for enhancing liaison between the UVAS and the Livestock and Dairy Development Department Punjab to facilitate farmers on their doorsteps.
The minister lauded the progress made by the UVAS in a short period of time and assured all-out support to the university in its endeavours for the benefit of poor farming community.
He also sought UVAS support in the shape of knowledge economy for making affective policies for the betterment of farmers, consequently contributing to the development of livestock sector.
Earlier, Dr Talat briefed the minister on UVAS history, campuses, laboratories, academic, research and development projects, 24/7 clinical services, various farmers and butchers training programmes and national and international collaborations.
He said the university is working very closely with the livestock and poultry industry and playing an active role for the development of livestock sector.
He also talked about the unfounded misconceptions in the mind of general public about poultry meat, which, he said, was very nutritious and a healthy food.
He added that UVAS had been providing full support to the industry in meat supply chain to ensure safe and quality meat reaching the consumers.
Later, the minister along with the vice chancellor visited various departments, and laboratories of UVAS. Asif Saeed Manais also planted a sapling in front of the UVAS Business School.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2017.