LAHORE - The 9th Convocation of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) was held here on Wednesday.

Pro-Chancellor/Punjab Minister for Livestock and Dairy Development Asif Saeed Manais presided over the convocation where 1,256 graduates were conferred degrees and 67 position holders awarded medals. Out of the graduating students, 252 were DVMs, 282 BS (Hons), 83 Pharm-D, 50 Doctors of Nutrition and Dietetics (DND), 40 MBAs, 20 MBF, 36 BBA (Hons), 157 MSc, 311 MPhil and 25 PhDs.

Addressing the convocation, the pro-chancellor congratulated the graduating students on getting degrees and medals and urged them to play their due role in nation building. He lauded the progress achieved by the UVAS and positioned it among 2.5% top universities of Asia, the seventh best university of Pakistan in sports and top 10 universities of the country. He said that government was committed to ensuring quality education and raising education standard is its top priority. He listed various initiatives in livestock and education sectors for development. A Rs2 billion initiative for poverty alleviation and    Punjab Chief Minister’s Dairy Development Programme of Rs10 billion to provide heifers and sheep and goats to poor women are the two noteworthy initiatives, he said.