The Syndicate of University of Veterinary and Animal Science Lahore approved Rs 3.295 billion budget for the financial year 2019-20 with a focus on Innovation, research, and development, along with improving facilities for quality of education, services and transfer of technology.

Chairing the 59th Syndicate meeting, UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that focus was on applied research and development projects for further improving the quality of education, research and services at the university. The value of the ongoing 144 research projects was Rs 1.454 billion.

Prof Pasha told the meeting that a hefty amount of Rs 1.545 billion was allocated for development projects. Of the total development allocation, Rs 1.152 billion will be spent on ongoing projects while Rs.393 million on new projects to be initiated in the financial year 2019-20.

Work on “Livestock Sector Development Through Capacity Building Allied Research and Technology Transfer University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS)” will begin this year for which Rs 300 million have been allocated. The Higher Education Commission was funding this project, he added.

For another new project titled “Feasibility Study for the Establishment of Center for Advanced Reproductive Technology in Livestock” funded by the Punjab government, Rs 20.000 million were allocated. Moreover, Rs73.000 million have been allocated for another project titled “Provision of Urgently Needed Male and Female Hostel Facilities at University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences” funded by the Punjab government.

Among the ongoing projects, Vice-Chancellor said Rs 350 million have been allocated for “Enhancement of Research Facilities at Ravi Campus Pattoki”, Rs 658.262 million for establishment of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at Bahawalpur, Rs.62.780 million for establishment of training centre for biologics at UVAS Ravi Campus Pattoki, Rs 81.038 million for “In-service training facilities of advanced veterinary education and professional development for veterinary professionals”.

Earlier, presenting the budget before the Syndicate, UVAS Treasurer Muhammad Umar said the university expected a non-development income of Rs 1.634 billion from different sources during the year (2019-20), while expected non-development expenditure was at Rs.1.750 billion, hence there was a deficit of Rs 115.849 million.

Vice-Chancellor said that Rs.914.061 million were expected to be generated by the university from its own sources. About the deficit, he said that the university will try to meet the budget deficit by generating more income from its own resources, along with increasing its research-based products, diagnostic and clinical services for stakeholders. Special austerity measures will also be adopted to limit the recurring expenditure within available funds, he added.

Earlier, the VC briefed the syndicate members on various academic, research training, workshops, university development projects and scientific cooperation with Italian experts for safe milk production, etc. At the end of the meeting, VC Prof Pasha presented souvenirs to syndicate members including Abdul Basit, Prof Dr Kosar Jamal Cheema, Prof Dr Kosar Malik and Amna Chugtai who completed their tenures as members of UVAS syndicate.

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