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University of Northampton, UK, and University of Veterinary to venture in leather sector

LAHORE:THE University of Northampton, UK, and the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on Saturday agreed to work to launch joint ventures with focus on leather sector of Pakistan.

According to a press statement, a three-member delegation from the University of Northampton, led by Director of International Office Ms Delia Heneghan, comprising senior lecturer Paul Evans and Country Director JE Austin and Associates Inc Dr Warren Weinsten held a meeting with UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz and senior faculty members.

They discussed the areas of collaborations and agreed to look for possibilities of launching joint ventures with the UVAS and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in leather and dairy sectors.

The British delegation head said that University of Northampton was interested in developing collaborations/partnerships with Pakistani universities and working with leather technologists, veterinary scientists, agriculture experts and business and marketing executives in the country with focus on leather and dairy industries. She said that the University of Northampton would help the UVAS in imparting leather technology education and training and workforce development to Pakistan´┐Żs leather sector.

Dr Warren Weinsten said Pakistan was rich in raw material and what it lacked was the value addition and trained manpower. He said the country could earn hefty foreign exchange in exporting leather and for the purpose it had to develop its leather sector.

The UVAD vice-chancellor told the British delegation that the university was already running a research project on economic losses due to the damages to animal skin after slaughtering.

Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, who is principal investigator of the research project, briefed the guests about the details of the project and said that the UVAS, in collaboration with the HEC and the Tanners Association of Pakistan, had completed the field work on the damages to animal skin and was now compiling its research report.

The vice-chancellor constituted a three-member committee, comprising Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, Prof Dr Muhammad Abdullah and Dr Naveed Akhtar, to develop a framework for joint ventures with the University of Northampton. The British delegation will again visit the UVAS next week, hold a meeting with the three-member committee of the UVAS and further discuss the modalities of collaboration and partnership between the two universities.
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