LAHORE - The Government College University (GCU) on Monday signed an accord of educational, research and cultural cooperation with Turkish university, Suleyman Shah University Istanbul (SSU), for strengthening friendly relations between Turkey and Pakistan.

GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Khaleequr Rahman and SSU Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Adnan Aslan signed the 19-point accord that made a special focus on exchange of students and faculty members between both the universities in fields of Business Administration, Economics, English, Political Science, Psychology and Turkish language.

The accord also provided the faculty members of both universities to jointly initiate research projects and exchange invitations for participation in conferences, lectures and symposia.

Speaking on the occasion, the GCU VC said modern education and research were complex and multidisciplinary and it was impossible for single institution to possess all the knowledge, equipment, and techniques required, so it was imperative to establish academic and research links and share resources, expertise and equipment with each other.

He expressed pleasure that GCU had signed protocol on international educational cooperation with the third Turkish university, saying that they already had active educational links with SIFA University and GEDIZ University.

He said collaboration with Turkish Universities shall open new vistas of academic and research exchange. “Students and faculty exchange programmes between the universities shall strengthen educational ties as well as bond of friendship between the two countries' people,” he added.

GCU Director Research Dr Zakria Butt, Director External Links Fauzia Shaheen, English Department Chairperson Prof Anjum Nisar and Political Science Department Chairperson Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt also attended the accord signing ceremony at the syndicate committee room.

Training for Fata veterinarians begins at UVAS: A five-day training course on “Livestock Business Plan Development” kicked off at University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences here on Monday.

The workshop is organized by Institute of Continuing Education and Extension and Faculty of Livestock Business Management of the UVAS for the officers of the Livestock and Dairy Development Department, FATA, under a capacity building project funded by the Asian Development Bank.