UVAS Lahore creation of three new departments
UVAS approved setting up of three new departments
Lahore, Sep 16: The syndicate of University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
(UVAS) has approved setting up of Institute of Biochemistry &
Biotechnology and creation of three new departments after restructuring
the Department of Animal Products Technology in the Faculty of Animal
Production & Technology.
A press release here on Tuesday
said the three new departments were Dairy Technology, Leather &
Fiber Technology and Meat Technology. The UVAS syndicate also approved
the appointment of four faculty members on Tenure Track System (TTS)
including Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf as
professors and Dr Asim Aslam and Dr Hafsa Zainab as assistant
The syndicate also approved appointment of Dr
Kamran Ashraf, Dr Habib ur Rehman, Dr Anila Zameer Durrani and Dr Atif
Hanif as associate professors in the departments of Parasitology,
Physiology, Clinical Medicine & Surgery and Microbiology
respectively while Hafeez ur Rehman and Adil Rasheed were appointed as
assistant professors in the departments of Fisheries and Pharmacology
respectively. Chairing the meeting UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr
Muhammad Nawaz said setting up of the three new departments in Faculty
of Animal Production & Technology would promote dairy, leather,
fiber and meat industries in the country. The news
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Closure of the music department at BZU
Multan: Lack of interest on part of Bahauddin Zakariya
University administration allegedly resulted in closure of the music
department in the College of Arts on Sept 4, only four years after its
The department was launched with the coordination of
folk singer Surayyia Multanikar, who had been given Pride of
Performance award to acknowledge her contribution to the folk music.
The official notification issued by Registrar Malik Munir Husain makes
an interesting reading, which states: "The vice-chancellor has been
pleased to close the department of music, College of Arts, with
Multan College of Arts Principal Zaffar
Haider Gilani, however, mainly blames 'the public lack of interest' for
the closure of department. He says the varsity had no other option but
to close the department as the number of students had gradually dropped
to two from 30. The department was simply running in loss, he adds.
He claims the university and college administrations tried their best
to make the music classes a success, but in vain. Ultimately, a
five-member committee, constituted by the vice-chancellor, suggested
closure of the department, he adds.
Multanikar holds the varsity administration responsible for closure of
the department, terming it regrettable. She says she was not even
consulted while making the decision and was not even informed of the
She alleges the varsity administration was more interested in closing the department than making it a success.
She says that she had even offered the administration to hire someone else to run the department but not to close it.
Pointing out the flaws in running the department, she says earlier the
varsity administration had only allowed graduate candidates to apply
for admission to music classes. Later, on her suggestion the condition
was removed and lower educational qualification was reduced to
matriculation, she says. "Formal education doesn't matter as far as
learning music is concerned. I have passed just seven classes," she
Not allowing admissions to candidates belonging to
professional singing families was also a flawed notion, she says. The
administration was of the view that students with professional
background would have a 'negative impact' on varsity's environment, she
She considers high monthly fee as another reason which
kept many away from the department. "Earlier, the Rs1,500 fee was
announced by the administration. But after I objected to it, they
brought it down to Rs1,000," she says, adding that even this is on
higher side given the poverty and economic opportunity in the region.
"But in my opinion the reduced fee was also not affordable for the
students and many of them were forced to leave their classes due to
this reason also," she adds. In India the fee for music classes being
run by the government is not more than Rs300, she says.
deplores the university never advertised the admissions to music
classes and a majority of people were unaware of the classes. She says
she wishes the varsity administration withdraws the decision to close
She suggests the condition of education
should be withdrawn, monthly fee reduced to Rs300, proper advertisement
of admissions, hiring of competent staff and provision of all the
required instruments for making the classes a success.
Riffat Abbas, coordinator of Swali, a local literary and cultural
organization, says the region had a rich tradition of music which could
play a significant role in fighting extremism.
closure of the department unfortunate, he alleges certain elements in
the university are against promotion of art and culture.
deplores that prime minister announced only Rs50,000 grant for the MCA
while Rs50 million were given to the National College of Arts Lahore. Dawn
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