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UVAS confers honorary PhD degree on UN figure

UVAS confers honorary PhD degree on UN figure

LAHORE: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) conferred on Thursday its first Honorary Doctoral Degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Dr José Graziano da Silva, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) director general, in recognition of his services in food security, eliminating hunger, rural development, agriculture etc.

UVAS Chancellor/Governor Malik Rafique Rajwana awarded the Honorary PhD degree to Dr José Graziano da Silva at a ceremony attended by Federal Minister for Food Security and Research Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, Punjab Higher Education Department chairperson Prof Dr Nizamuddin, vice chancellors of veterinary and agriculture universities and people from other walks of life.

The governor congratulated Dr da Silva on receiving the honorary PhD degree and lauded his services for food security and agriculture development. He said the development of agriculture sector was a priority of the government and various steps including farmers’ package had been taken for the development of this sector and well-being of farmers.

He asked the FAO DG to enhance his support for food security in Pakistan and for the agriculture and veterinary varsities of the country. He said since Pakistan had been fighting terrorism for long, its people’s sacrifices were for the peace in the whole world and not for this country alone. “The international community must recognise Pakistan’s sacrifices and support it in the war against terror,” he added.

Dr da Silva said the organisation had already implemented successfully “zero-hunger” programme in Brazil. And this programme could also be implemented in Pakistan, he added.

“Achieving zero hunger is also possible in Pakistan but international collaborations and participation of civil society and political commitment are needed to make this programme a success,” he said.

He said the programme was just a starter; food security, jobs generation and social participation are also needed for poverty alleviation.

Earlier, VC Prof Pasha spoke about the history, functioning, progress, achievements and academic and research programmes of the institution.

“The UVAS has been ranked 2nd in Agriculture and Veterinary Science category, 10th in overall ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions for the year 2015-16 and also ranked among the top 10 universities of Pakistan in HEC Sports Ranking,” he said.

Prof Pasha said that in recent years, the UVAS had emerged as a hub of professional advancement in wide-ranging areas.

Later, the FAO DG and the federal minister for food security and research held a meeting with vice chancellors of Pakistani agriculture and veterinary universities and discussed universities’ role in food security, climate and socioeconomic changes.

He stressed the need for close collaboration between the universities and other related organisations for success in their efforts for the development of poor farmers and rural community.

LAPTOPS: A ceremony to distribute laptops under the Prime Minister Laptop Scheme’s Phase-II was held here at the University of Engineering and Technology on Thursday.

UET Pro-Chancellor Begum Zakia Shahnawaz (provincial minister for higher education) said the youth played a key role in nation-building and they must be well equipped for social and economic growth.

Published in Dawn, October 7th, 2016

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