LUMS PRODUCING SKILLED HUMAN RESOURCES
KANWAL SALEEM, Lahore
Sep 10 - 16, 2007
Established by sponsors belonging to the country's leading private and public sector corporations, the Lahore university of Management Sciences (LUMS) is helping out the government by producing skilled human resources in accordance with the requirements for fast-paced economic development of the country.
The power potential of a nation is the population and its achievements.
Pakistan has a huge population but there was a need to turn this potential into a meaningful force to increase the pace of development and progress in the country.
A spokesman of LUMS told PAGE that her university was playing important role and providing a knowledge base from where significant ideas and input for national policy making were being generated. The skilful human resource being produced by LUMS was contributing to the development of new businesses, developing new products and innovations apart from contributing to the GDP of the country, she added.
"LUMS has developed concurrent strengths in the challenging disciplines and thus addressing the current and future challenges related to developing the leadership for the future of our society and generating new ideas and solutions to solve current and future problems", she added.
Describing the present era as the age of networks and linkages, the LUMS spokesman said with the rapidly increasing trends towards globalization and fast developments in information and communication technologies, there is a need to be productively connected with the rest of the world to develop and progress.
"Establishing linkages with international institutions and universities is extremely important for our educational institutions to be recognised on the international map", she said, adding LUMS was moving in right direction in this regard. She said a record number of thousands of new students this year joined undergraduate and graduate programmes. "We have successfully established MOUs with prestigious institutions in Europe, Asia and USA and three student exchange programmes are currently operational with Copenhagen Business School, Joanneum University, Austria, and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad Deccan."
UVAS STRIVING FOR 'WHITE & BLUE REVOLUTIONS'
University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz said the university is producing competent human resource to bring about "white and blue revolutions" through development of livestock, dairy and fisheries sectors in the country.
"The university is initiating five new graduate and four postgraduate programmes to provide urgently needed manpower to launch the present government initiatives for white and blue revolutions in the country for food security and safety," he added.
He said that the new graduate programs initiated by the university are: B.S.
(Hons.) Applied Microbiology, B.S. (Hons.) Fisheries & Aquaculture, B.S. (Hons.) Poultry Science, B.S. (Hons.) Bioinformatics and B.S. (Hons) Dairy Technology. While the postgraduate programs are Masters of Business Management Administration (MBA) in Life Sciences, M.Phil and Ph.D in Wildlife and Ecosystem, M.Phil and Ph.D in Fisheries and Aquaculture and M.Phil in Dairy Technology.
According to him, UVAS was already running Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
(DVM) undergraduate program and MPhil and PhD in 11 disciplines besides diploma and short certificate courses in livestock, poultry, fisheries, wildlife and related fields.
''UVAS was the leading university in the country in the field of veterinary and animal sciences and its aim was to impart education for entrepreneurship, improve animal productivity and human health with the focus on poverty alleviation of rural masses'', he added. He said that the university was also focusing on faculty development and for the purpose it had started a series of teacher orientation programs to train its young faculty in teaching methods, research techniques and communication and IT skills. He said that the UVAS had developed linkages with national and international institutions for the cause of quality education.
He said that with the funding of the Higher Education Commission and the Punjab government, the university was undertaking 16 development projects of Rs 1235 million while it was planning a Rs 1,500 million mega development project to develop hands-on-training facilities at its New Campus near Pattoki and upgradation of its existing facilities at the City Campus.