Pro-Chancellor chairs 10th UVAS Convocation; 1,417 graduates awarded degrees, 72 medals
LAHORE (12-12-18): The 10th Convocation of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore was held here on Wednesday. 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 students, faculty members, industrialists from dairy & poultry industries and stakeholders were present. Total 1,417 graduates were conferred degrees and 72 position-holders awarded medals. Out of the graduating students, 230 were DVMs, 356 BS (Hons), 90 Pharm-D, 26 Doctors of Nutrition and Dietetics (DND), 48 MBAs, 4 MBF, 37 BBA (Hons), 194 MSc, 399 MPhil and 33 PhDs.
Addressing the convocation, the 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.
Earlier, the Pro-Chancellor along with the Vice-Chancellor gave away degrees to PhD scholars and medals to the position-winning graduates.
Presenting the welcome address, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha spoke about the academics, research, development, extension programmes and community services of the university. He said that with a history of 136 years of excellence, the UVAS has now positioned itself among top Asian universities as per the Higher Education and QS World Universities Rankings. As per Higher Education Commission Sports Ranking 2018, UVAS got 3th position among public sector universities of Pakistan and 5th among all public and private universities of the country, the Vice-Chancellor said, adding that the UVAS is also among top 10 universities of Pakistan according to HEC overall ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions.
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. He said the UVAS has already secured affiliation of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and is in the process of getting its accreditation.
The Vice-Chancellor informed the audience that UVAS scientists are executing 141 research projects worth of Rs 1.5 billion won by the faculty members from national and international funding agencies. He said that the university is executing five development projects worth Rs 4 billion and completed as many projects of Rs 882 million last financial year.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the UVAS is uniquely structured to provide wide-ranging services to the community including farmers, public and private stakeholders and the industry. The noteworthy services are diagnostics facilities, vaccine production, 24/7 clinical and extension services, consultancy and advisory services and policy framework, he said.
He said that the 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, he added. He said the university gives a lot of emphasis on the development of physical and mental faculties of its students to make them responsible and productive citizens.
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.