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UVAS inks MoU with Fisheries Department to joint venture for development fisheries & aquaculture sector in Pakistan

LAHORE (03-06-22): The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore and the Department of Fisheries Punjab signed a memorandum of understanding to promote teaching & research cooperation for the strengthen fisheries and aquaculture sector in Pakistan.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad (S.I) and Chairman Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Dr Muhammad Hafeez-ur-Rehman from UVAS while Director General Department of Fisheries Punjab Dr Sikander Hayyat signed the MoU in a ceremony held at UVAS City Campus on Monday.

Chairman Department of Parasitology Prof Dr Kamran Ashraf, Emeritus Prof Dr Masood Rabbani, Administrative Officers of UVAS and official from Fisheries Department were present.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad said that UVAS is producing well trained graduates every year who are preforming their duties in the development of poultry, fisheries, dairy and livestock sectors. He highlighted the importance of capacity building training of fisheries professionals to uplift fisheries and aquaculture in the country.

Earlier, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad briefed Dr Sikander Hayyat on UVAS academic, research projects, national & international collaborations and history of university.

Prof Dr Masood Rabbani said that it is necessary to start work on the disease diagnosis of fisheries and aquaculture. Dr Muhammad Hafeez-ur-Rehman spoke about the objectives of the memorandum of understanding.

Dr Sikander Hayyat spoke about the interventions of Fisheries Department by creating jobs & internship opportunities for fresh fishery graduates for their bright future. He said subsidy is being given to fishery stakeholders and new entrepreneurs on fish cage culture as well as to promote shrimps culture in Punjab.

Under the MoU, both parties will collaborate in preparation and execution of curriculum of the postgraduate diploma and short training courses, provide their laboratory, library facilities to the students of M. Phil./ MS and Ph.D and the officers/ officials of (DoF) conducting research in the areas of Fisheries and Aquaculture. The scientists and officers from both parties will initiate collaborative joint research projects. The Fisheries Department will offer internship opportunities to the students of B.Sc. (Hons) Fisheries and Aquaculture during summer break and organize/conduct short term trainings for the student of UVAS pertaining to fish hatchery and farming. They also jointly arrange workshops, conferences and discussions/lectures for their students, researchers, teaching faculty, officers, scientists and other stakeholders in the fisheries and Aquaculture sector.