LAHORE  - The 5th convocation of the University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences was held on Monday. Chancellor/Governor Punjab Muhammad Sarwar presided over the convocation. Total 752 graduates, of which 245 DVM, 176 BS (Hons), 89 Pharm-D, 8 MBA, 4 MSc, 200 MPhil and 30 PhDs, were given their degrees in the convocation. Also 33 position winning graduates were awarded medals on the occasion.

Addressing the convocation, the governor advised the graduating students to value the time, be punctual and grow with confidence to face the challenges of practical life successfully. He said that sustainable growth depends on quality education, skills, research and training.

The governor said that livestock sector has immense importance and a major contribution to the national GDP while the UVAS is well catering to all the activities and needs of the livestock and allied sectors through its academic, research, training and skills development programs/activities.

Earlier, the governor along with the VC gave away degrees to graduating PhD scholars and medals to the position-winning graduates. He congratulated them on getting degrees and medals.

The governor also inaugurated a “Free Milk Quality Testing Service” on the City Campus of the university.

On the occasion, the VC spoke about the academic, research, extension and training programs of the university. He said that the UVAS has developed state-of-the-art-clinics, teaching, training, research and diagnostic facilities. He said that the UVAS student strength is now over 4,700, which has an intake from all over Pakistan, with reserved seats from Fata, Balochistan, Afghanistan, Occupied Kashmir and AJK.

Prof Pasha said that the UVAS has done quite an outstanding job with its mix of teaching, innovation, research and shared its knowledge, resources and skills with the allied industry, professionals, farming communities and society. He said that as per the latest assessment of Higher Education Commission, the UVAS got 93.3% score and achieved highest ‘W’ category in quality education and secured 3rd position in HEC ranking of Agricultural/Veterinary Universities of Pakistan. He said that 48 competitive research projects worth Rs. 423 million won by faculty members are under way while 70 research projects submitted by the faculty to different national and international funding agencies are under review.