BAHAWALPUR - The Islamia University Bahawalpur and the Cholistan Development Authority have mutually agreed to offer veterinary training courses under Short Term Veterinary Skill Development Programme. In this regard, an MoU was signed by Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar and Managing Director Cholistan Development Authority (CDA) Ikram Ullah Khan. Accordingly to the MoU, Cholistani farmers will be equipped with basic skills in dairy development, poultry farming, feed formulation, livestock management and medical treatment. This programme is being funded by the CDA while the Islamia University Bahawalpur is providing technical expertise, laboratories and infrastructure. It is worth mentioning here that both the institutions initiated the program in 2009 to provide local farmers with necessary veterinary training by the University College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences to boost rural economy of the region. About 100 students/farmers have completed the training so far and all the trainees have not only sought jobs but they have also become self-reliant in generating income resources to improve their livelihood. The local and international development organizations have termed the initiative as a catalyst for the livestock development in the area, which is the main source of income for the Cholistani people who possess the livestock in great number but they dont have skills to improve milk production. On the occasion joint educational plans were also discussed to enhance literacy rate in Cholistan.