Vice Chancellors of 21 public sector universities signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for academic and research collaborations in various key areas during a two-day conference at the University of Okara (UoO). The conference chalked out an action plan for the practical implementation of the MoUs.

The participating institutions included University of Poonch Rawalakot (UPR), Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan, Cholistan University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (CUVAS), Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB), University of Education (UoE) Lahore, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS), University of Sargodha (UoS), Balochistan University of Information Technology Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), University of Mianwali (UMW), Government College Women University Faisalabad (GCWUF), The Women University Multan (WUM), Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering & Information Technology (KFUEIT), University of Chakwal (UoC), National Skills University (NSU), Government Sadiq College for Women University (GSCWU), University of Jhang (UoJ), Baba Guru Nanak University (GNU), Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad, Ghazi University (GUDGK) and Kohsar University Murree (KUM).

The conference consisted of three sessions including an interactive session, a session with the Okara District Administration and a Panel Discussion.

During the panel discussion, the UoO, VC, Prof Wajid, thanked the guests for joining the conference and regarded it as a landmark moment for the promotion of academic collaborations. Moreover, he proposed all the partner institutions to jointly develop software for the automation of different routine works.

He further said, “Academia has the responsibility to provide solutions to various social problems through research and training for the work for the capacity building and welfare of the society in sectors like education, health, agriculture, nutrition and poverty alleviation.

Dr Syed Anjum Tahira, Director ORIC at UoO, said, “It is a good sign and every partner university talked about real issues with full honesty at this forum and this will definitely lead towards making proper protocols and procedures to address these issues.”

At the end, souvenirs were distributed among all the participants.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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