LAHORE - The Planning Commission of Pakistan has approved a mega development project of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Lahore.

In its CDWP meeting chaired by Fedral Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Prof Ahsan Iqbal on Friday, the Planning Commission decided on the approval. The project titled “Enhancement of Research Facilities at University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore’s Ravi Campus, Pattoki ” will be completed in three years at a cost of Rs980 million. The Planning Commission has allocated Rs 100 million in the PSDP 2014-15 for initiation of project activities this fiscal year.

The project envisages development of a hi-tech Central Laboratory Complex linked with on-site research centres for quality postgraduate research in nine domains to meet industrial needs. These domains/labs will be Diagnostic Lab, Food Hygiene & Safety Lab, Food Chemistry Lab, Genetics and Bioinformatics Lab, Micro-Structure Lab, Animal Nutrition Lab, Meat Technology Lab, Leather and Fiber Lab and Sensory Evaluation Lab.The project also aimed upgradation of on-site research facilities and physical infrastructure in the departments of fisheries, wildlife, poultry, dairy, sheep/goat, buffalo, cattle production and healthcare for enhancing postgraduate research capacities.

 A multipurpose hall will be built for organising national/international conferences, seminars, webinars, symposia and industry trainings.

A Central Library for postgraduate students and lecture halls will also be built to accommodate increased student strength for comfortable teaching.

An Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) will be established to strengthen the academia-industry linkages through market-oriented research. A Student-Teacher Centre for one-window availability of student facilities and onsite residences will be built for faculty members and postgraduate students coming from far-off places.

Speaking about the project, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that the UVAS was in the process of building up its capacity to discharge its mandatory functions of teaching, research and technology development. “As research is the focal point of university education across the world, this project will contribute to generation of new knowledge and discovery of new frontiers of creativity and innovation,” he added.

He further said that the state-of-the-art Central Laboratory Complex comprising nine labs under one roof will not only facilitate teachers and researchers to upgrade the academia but also fortify the industrial needs through quality research outputs.

UVAS Director Planning and Development Dr Muhammad Afzal said that this development project would strengthen the Ravi Campus in terms of HRD, teaching / research laboratories, establishment of physical structures for new departments, upgradation of existing ancillary and support facilities to enhance the capacity of the university.

“This project will also lead to increase in foreign exchange earnings through ample availability of quality food products/byproducts of animal origin to the potential export market resulting into economic growth of the country,” Dr Afzal added.