UVAS to establish genomic centre
LAHORE: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) will establish a genomic centre under a project funded by the Higher Education Commission, a statement said.
The project titled, “Tackling food security by controlling ticks and tick-borne diseases in bovines” has been won by UVAS under the HEC scheme “Great Challenge Fund”.
UVAS vice chancellor Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad chaired the meeting of the Board of Studies of Parasitology Department to evaluate the project details and the establishment of the genomic centre.
Prof Dr Imran Rashid spoke about the importance of ticks and tick-borne diseases that cause huge losses of meat and milk in cattle.
The genomic center will provide sequencing service to medical and veterinary sectors for resolving the issue of ticks and tick-borne diseases, saving lives of cattle and ultimately securing the food in the shape of milk and meat, he said, adding that the project will be completed in three years at a cost of Rs152.3 million.
The vice chancellor lauded the efforts of the project team, comprising Prof Dr M Imran Rashid and Prof Dr Kamran Ashraf.
Meanwhile, the Dairy Farm Management Training Programme arranged by UVAS in collaboration with the Pakistan Dairy Association concluded on Wednesday.
UVAS vice chancellor Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad presided over the concluding ceremony and distributed certificates among the participants.
PDA manager operations Dr Muhammad Zubair Ahmad and Veterinary Academy director Dr Muhammad Ikram were also present.
The participants included professionals from the dairy sector and farmers. The main topic of the training was “Profit and Loss Statement, KPIs and Forecasting”, while Dr Hifz-Ur-Rehman and Dr Naveed-ul-Haq were the resource persons.
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