LAHORE - The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Institute of Continuing Education and Extension launched a special Livestock Assistant Diploma course for girl students from South Punjab in Ravi Campus Pattoki. ICE&E Director Prof Dr Muhammad Mushtaq inaugurated the class, which has been started with the collaboration of the Punjab Economic Opportunities Program (PEOP) of the Punjab government. The PEOP is funding this programme and also providing scholarships to all these students. The students of this class have been selected by the PEOP from different districts of South Punjab, including Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur, Lodhran and Bahawalnagar. Addressing the students, Dr Mushtaq said livestock had great potential to grow and it was the only sector which could help alleviate poverty in the country. He informed the students that the livestock was contributing over 53 per cent to the agriculture GDP and over 12 per cent to the national GDP. He remarked that the UVAS was playing a key role in development of the livestock sector by producing and training the human capital in this fast-growing sector of Pakistan. Dr Mushtaq advised the students to devote all their energies to their studies and make full use of the facilities available on the campus for their education and training. He told the students that given the social fabric of the country women were already playing a vital role in livestock development and there were vast opportunities for them if they successfully pass out from the UVAS. Dr Tayyab Muneer Akhtar, a senior teacher of the ICE&E, briefed the students about the class workload, attendance requirements, periodical tests and discipline rules. Meanwhile, A committee on graveyards of the City has rejected the proposal regarding construction of new small graveyards in the residential areas and proposed that the entire new graveyard will be constructed on minimum a 2000 kanals’ piece of land.The committee also proposed establishment of Graveyard Management Company for the security and care of the graveyards of the city while the town administration would supervise the matters of all the small graveyards, situated in the precincts of their concerned towns.  This was decided by the committee, presided over by MNA Kh Saad Rafiq and Commissioner Lahore Division Jawad Rafiq Malik, held here on Monday. The meeting also was attended by DCO Noor ul Amin Mengal, MPA Kh Imran Nazir, Ch Allah Rakha and the officers of LDA, WASA, Oakaaf Department and other departments concerned. Kh Saad Rafiq said addressing the meeting that the decision was being taken keeping in mind the rapidly growing population of the city. He said that the design of all the new graveyards would be same and such areas would also be declared green areas.