LAHORE - The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) has launched two new degree programmes and one postgraduate diploma in the Departments of Economics & Business Management and Food Science & Human Nutrition.

The new degree programmes are four-year BS (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics and two-year Master of Banking and Finance (MBF) while the diploma programme is Postgraduate Diploma in Food Safety and Control.

According to the university’s spokesman, the statutory bodies of the university have already accorded approval of these degree and diploma programs. The university is nowadays receiving applications for these new courses along with other undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.

About the launch of these new disciplines, Vice-Chancellor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that the new postgraduate diploma and degree programs had been initiated keeping in view the market needs and to meet the dearth of skilled human capital in these discipline. BS (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics is unique degree program launched to address the problem of malnutrition and those caused by malnutrition and over-nutrition. It will provide internationally recognised training opportunity locally and to make food safety officers capable of inspecting the food for domestic consumption, the food that is imported to Pakistan and the food that is intended for export. It will enable the students to professionally excel in public health field through meeting today’s market requirements.

The Master of Banking and Finance (MBF) degree program is a blend of theory and practical vision in banking, finance and economics. The MBF focuses on the development of analytical skills through real case studies and regular project work relevant to the needs of a dynamic market along with necessary skills required for employment. The MBF graduates will have lucrative careers in the public and private sectors, banks, insurance companies leasing companies and educational and training institutes. 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Food Safety and Control has been started to bridge the knowledge gap of the existing food safety officers in the country and their counterparts in developed countries. It also aims at protecting consumers by improving the safety status of food up to consumer desk and facilitate Pakistan’s capacity to integrate into global trade.