FAISALABAD - The Punjab government has earmarked Rs400 million to set up a hostel for 1,000 female students at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad.

It was approved at the meeting of Annual Development Programme. UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad said this while he was addressing the students at sport events organised by the Agrarian Society of the UAF at Cricket Stadium.

The vice chancellor said that the amount would be released in the coming financial year. He maintained that the university enrolment had crossed 16,000 students in which around 50 percent were residing in the university hostels. It was facing the accommodation issues because of increasing enrolment, he said. He added that the university had devised a comprehensive plan to convert the eight residential houses into girls’ hostels.

He said that the quality education is prerequisite to success. He urged the students to acquire knowledge with dedication and motivation so that they can shoulder their responsibilities effectively.

He also praised the Punjab government for providing 50 foreign scholarships, in the first phase and out of which, 300 scholarships are for the UAF students. Trained and highly educated manpower is a guarantee of the nation’s bright future, he said.

He said the govt initiative would help strengthen the agriculture sector with trained and qualified manpower. He also announced that floodlights would be installed at the university cricket ground to facilitate the students. Agrarian Society Patron Dr Amjad Aulak was also present on the occasion. The students of Soil and Environmental Sciences won the tug-of-war competition whereas UAF Afghan Students Team bagged a trophy for winning the cricket tournament.