LAHORE: The Department of Parasitology of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore and School of Textile and Design of the University of Management and Technology, Lahore (UMT) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote collaborative relationship in Research, Development & Innovation.
UVAS Pro-Vice-Chancellor/Dean Faculty of Veterinary Science Prof Dr Masood Rabbani, Chairman Department of Parasitology Prof Dr Kamran Ashraf and Director Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) Dr Farhan Jamil from UVAS and Dean School of Textile and Design Prof Dr Mumtaz Hasan Malik, Associate Prof Dr Mudassar Abbas and Director (ORIC) Mr Abid H K Sherwani from UMT signed the MoU in a ceremony held at the UVAS City Campus while UVAS faculty members Prof Dr Imran Rasheed and Dr Muhammad Oneeb were present.
Speaking at the occasion, Prof Dr Masood Rabbani said that UVAS is working closely with the livestock, poultry and dairy industry to developing their business and providing advisory services for the uplift of the farming community. Prof Rabbani also showed a UVAS video documentary to the UMT delegation to give an overview of UVAS research, development interventions and student strength along with national and international collaboration. Prof Dr Kamran Ashraf spoke about the objectives of MoU while Prof Dr Mumtaz Hasan Malik briefed the participants regarding the project.
Under the MOU, the School of Textile and Design will collaborate with UVAS for laboratory testing and field trials of vector protective textiles, particularly the mosquito-repellent cloth for safeguarding human beings from mosquito bites. UVAS Department of Parasitology having vast experience in controlling the vectors, particularly mosquitoes will carry out efficacy tests on repellents for textiles for vector protection by UMT by running laboratory and field trials under different mosquito densities.
Both the parties will promote effective use of their resources and provide each other with enhanced opportunities for mutual gains. The objectives of the MoU were to create a strategic alliance and linkage in research, development and innovation. Both the parties will also collaborate in helping students in their research projects and new business startups.