HEC recognises UVAS BS degree programmes
'University of Veterinary, and Animal Sciences (UVAS) BS degree programmes'
Lahore, Sep 10: The Bachelors of Science (BS) degree programmes in
Fisheries and Aquaculture, Dairy Technology and Poultry Science of the
University of Veterinary, and Animal Sciences (UVAS) are recognised by the
Higher Education Commission (HEC), and approved by the UVAS statutory
A university spokesman said this on Tuesday while clarifying an
advertisement in several national dailies regarding the BS Degree programmes,
saying that they had not been recognised with the Pakistan Veterinary Medical
Council (PVMC), therefore, parents should be careful before enrolling their
children in the degree programmes.
Regarding the misleading
advertisements by the PVMC, Vice-Chancellor Professor Muhammad Nawaz approached
the Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock (MinFAL) federal secretary and
informed him that the PVMC was violating the PVMC Act, 1996.
secretary had instructed the Livestock and Dairy Development Board, Islamabad,
CEO and the Animal Husbandry commissioner to resolve the issue. The committee,
comprising Professor Talat Naseer Pasha, the dean of UVAS Faculty of Life
Sciences Business Management and Dr Alamdar Husain Malik, registrar/secretary of
PVMC, deliberated on the issue, said the spokesman.
The committee could
not find any provision in the PVMC Act to give misleading advertisements in the
press. The members had unanimously agreed that the above-mentioned programmes
did not fall under the purview of the PVMC.
These programmes were
launched last year by the Chancellor/Governor Punjab in the presence of the HEC
officials and university, and according to its Ordinance, the programmes were
initiated on the instructions of HEC. App
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Postgraduate classes at SM Science College in limbo
Karachi: The plan to start postgraduate classes and set up upgraded
science laboratories at Sindh Muslim Government Science College is in doldrums
due to encroachments over large portion of the college premises situated
adjacent to Sindh Madrasa-tul-Islam.
The city government and college
administration in past had many meetings to chalk out a strategy to remove the
encroachments from the college premises, but the city and town administration
seemed reluctant to remove the encroachment so that new classrooms and
laboratories could be set up.
This college has a historical background as it
started from a school founded by the Pakistan Movement leader Hasan Ali Effendi,
who purchased this land and built the school, which is the alma mater of
Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Interestingly, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali
Jinnah, later, laid the foundation stone of S M Science College in 1943. His
sister Ms. Fatima Jinnah also contributed in construction of classrooms and
servant quarters on a portion of the college premises, where the proposed
postgraduate classes, new laboratories and extension of auditorium are
The former principal college Prof Jamil Ahmed in his letter to CCOB
Karachi Building Control Authority on July11, 2007, asked to remove the
dilapidated servant quarters and surrounding encroachments. In the letter, he
maintained that he had already informed the concerned authorities including TPO
Saddar Town and others in this regard.
Meanwhile, the CDGK showed interest in
extension of auditorium of the college and introducing postgraduate classes. In
this regard, Deputy City Officer Education Works Saddar Town in a letter to the
principal on August 08, 2008, asked him to take strict measure to remove the
illegal encroachment from the proposed land at the backside of college
It was learnt that the encroachers had not only grabbed the college
land but also used it for business purposes including setting up a car parking
lot in busy area behind the Habib Bank Plaza. It was learnt that when the
college management sent masons and construction workers for extension of
auditorium, the encroachers beat them up. The encroachers also converted the
changing room of the auditorium into garbage dumping site.
principal of the college Ms Zaibunisa Siddiqui, when contacted, told PPI that
the college administration through many letters had, repeatedly, asked the city
government, especially the Saddar Town administration, to take effective measure
to remove the encroachments but in vain.
She said although they had many
plans to develop and upgrade the college but they were unable to materialize
them due to non-cooperation from city government. She said that they could only
appeal again and again to the city administration to take practical measures to
remove the encroachments so that postgraduate classes could be started in the
She said that she was not optimistic that the matter would be
resolved until some high-ranking official intervenes to get the encroachments
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