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UVAS launches civic engagement project
« on: August 17, 2013, 07:17:17 AM »
UVAS launches civic engagement project
Lahore : August 17:UNIVERSITY of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore has launched a Civic Engagement Project for the welfare of farming community on its Ravi Campus Pattoki on Friday.
According to a press release issued, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the inaugural ceremony and said that this project was a great learning opportunity for DVM final year students to work with the farming community and get hands-on extension skills. He urged the project officials to involve more female students in this civic engagement work so that the whole family of farmers could be easily approached for extension work.
He advised the participating students to not only do vaccination and deworming of animals besides disseminating information to farmers but also study the socio-economic system of the farming community. He also sought suggestions from the students after completing their project duration for developing curriculum regarding civic engagement. He asked the organizers to arrange farmer’s day with the involvement of students in each village which are covered in the project.


He said that health and better genetics of animals were the two major problems of farmers which could be addressed by vaccination of animals and artificial insemination. He also advised the students to win the trust of farmers and develop a better image of the university in the community by their good work for the welfare of community.


Earlier, Office of University Advancement and Financial Aid Executive Director and Project In-Charge Dr Aneela Zameer Durrani gave an overview of the civic engagement project, which was being executed with the cooperation of Australian-funded Agricultural Sector Linkage Programme. She said that under the project, vaccination and deworming of livestock in the target villages would be done free of cost besides highlighting the health problems of animals of the selected areas. Awareness about health, nutrition and productivity problems of animal will also be raised among the farmers, she said, adding that farmers will also be involved as volunteers in the project. Dr Aneela said that 20 students of DVM final years would be selected as volunteers from the university to work in the project for one semester.
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