UVAS arranges condolence reference; Paid rich tribute to Dr Yaqoob Bhatti
LAHORE (23-04-19): The University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Lahore arranged a condolence reference in the memory of poultry legend the late Dr Mohammad Yaqoob Bhatti at its City Campus Lahore on Tuesday.
He was the eldest alumnus of UVAS. He was born on 19th March 1929 and died in 22nd March 2019 and has served the country in veterinary & poultry profession.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the reference in which family members sons of Dr Yaqoob Bhatti, including Major Yousaf Nadeem, Dr Abdul Kareem Bhatti, Prof Dr Aleem Bhatti, Daughter in Law Dr Zarfishan Tahir while Former UVAS Vice-Chancellors Prof Dr Manzoor Qureshi and Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz and a number of UVAS senior alumni members, stakeholders from poultry industries, faculty members and students from various departments of UVAS attended. They prayed and offered Fateha for eternal peace of the departed soul and paid rich tribute to Dr Yaqoob Bhatti for his services for the uplift of veterinary profession & poultry sector.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Pasha said that death of Dr Yaqoob Bhatti was a big loss and paid tribute to his services especially his struggle and vital for the establishment of UVAS, uplift of poultry sector and the country. He said his services to the country & profession were exemplary & will always be remembered. Prof Pasha said that Dr Yaqoob was the classfellow of my father Dr Mian Naseer Ahmad Saleem (Late). He said he had always been working with full of dedication, on merit and had never compromised on it.
Major Yousaf Nadeem, Dr Abdul Kareem Bhatti, Dr Zarfishan Tahir, Dr Arshad and Dr Mustafa Kammal acknowledge the role and vision of Dr Yaqoob Bhatti not only in the veterinary profession even he had in-depth knowledge about islam and Quran. They also shared his memorable past memories regarding his daily routine, domestic life, practical knowledge and vision. Dr Yaqoob Bhatti also wrote about the importance of sweet water, Kala Bagh Dam which is necessary for water saving and life of human, animals and agriculture of this country.
Dr Bhatti was sponsor and founder director of Big Bird Poultry Breeders (Pvt.) Ltd and Grand Parent Poultry (Pvt.) Ltd. He had done Ph.D in poultry husbandry. He had over 50 years experience in public and private sectors. He served the Punjab government as Secretary Livestock and Diary Development and the federal government as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
He was a pioneer in poultry research and development in Pakistan. He was the first chairman of the Department of Poultry Husbandry established in 1961 at West Pakistan Agriculture University (Now Agricultural University Faisalabad). He also remained Director Animal Husbandry Balochistan and established Sibi Livestock Farm. He wrote regularly in newspapers to bring awareness among the people about the important national issues.