July 30 - Aug 05, 2007

The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore's Department of Poultry Production is going to initiate a 4-year BS Poultry Science degree program from the coming academic session.

In this regard, a meeting was arranged in the University to seek input from the poultry industry experts for the development of the program and review its curriculum. The vice-chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz presided over the meeting, while eminent professionals including university professors and stakeholders from the poultry industry participated in this brain storming session.

Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz said on the occasion that with the advancement and development in livestock and poultry sectors, demand for specialists for every sector was growing and BS Poultry Sciences program was being initiated to produce skilled manpower needed in the poultry industry.

Chairman Department Poultry Production Prof Dr Muhammad Akram briefed the participants about the proposed BS Poultry Science degree program and its curriculum. The focus of the meeting was that how to make this degree program useful for poultry industry.

Prof Muhammad Akram said that the objectives of initiation of the BS program was to enhance cost effective and efficient production of animal protein foods (eggs and poultry meat) through human resource development in the field of poultry science, to produce professionally trained and technically skilled farm managers who can cater all future needs of hi-tech poultry industry, produce professional graduates in poultry production with technical skills having aptitude of innovative vision capable of developing new strains as well as modern poultry equipment for their own country and to build a capacity of entrepreneurship in poultry experts for creating employment opportunities.

The participants held a thorough discussion on the curriculum and extended useful suggestions. The vice-chancellor also constituted a committee to finalise the curriculum for the BS Poultry Science degree program according to market needs and the criteria fixed by the Higher Education Commission. The committee is comprised of Prof Dr Muhammad Akram, Chairman Department Poultry Production of the UVAS, and Dr Mustafa Kamal and Dr Abdul Kareem Bhatti, both from the poultry industry.

Moreover, Higher Education Commission (HEC) Executive Director Dr Sohail H. Naqvi during his recent visit to UVAS said that the HEC facilitates institutions of higher learning to serve as an engine of socio-economic development in the country.

He said that the HEC's focus was on faculty development and improvement in quality of higher education and research in the country. He said that the HEC wanted the universities to produce entrepreneurs and focus on research, increasing the number of research articles by the faculty published in the impact factor international research journals. He lauded the developments and the progress the UVAS has made in the last five years.

The HEC executive director separately addressed the MPhil and Ph.D scholars of the UVAS and told them about the facilities the HEC provides to Ph.D and MPhil students. He urged them to get maximum benefit from the HEC facilities and apply for scholarships and research grants. Dr Naqvi also took a round of various departments, laboratories and clinical services of the UVAS.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz briefed the HEC Executive Director on the academic, research and developmental activities of the UVAS. He said that the university was initiating new graduate programs in dairy technology, fisheries, and aquaculture, poultry, microbiology and bioinformatics and MBA in life sciences. He said that the UVAS had already been offering MPhil and Ph.D in 11 disciplines and was planning to offer these higher degree programs in other disciplines.

The VC said that the UVAS had also started a teacher orientation program for training of the teachers in research techniques and communication and IT skills. He said that the UVAS had developed linkages with national and international institutions and industry for improvement in quality of education and research for overall development of the livestock sector.