LAHORE - The construction work of Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (CUVAS) in Bahawalpur is in progress with a brisk pace which would be completed within two years.

The PDWP has earlier approved its PC-I amounting Rs 2395 million. The government has already allocated 1000 acers of land in Bahawalpur for the university. The work for land leveling has also been completed and boundary walls are being constructed to launch it within two years.

Around four sessions of training of its staff including teachers in Turkey have also been completed.

Vice Chancellor UVAS Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, who is a focal person for the execution of this project talking to APP on Sunday said the livestock sector was a source of livelihood and food security for its people in the country especially in South Punjab.

This sector has also enormous potential for economic growth of the country. Cholistan is one of the major livestock holding territories in Punjab that is spread over an area of 26000 square kilometers of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan districts to exploit the potential of livestock resources of Southern Punjab due to which the University is being established.

This will assist formation of disease free zones and cater the need of allied industry to produce safe and health value added livestock products having potential for export to regional markets, he added.

The University is being established with the collaboration of two Turkish Universities Selcuk university and Ankara University. The new University will have three faculties namely Bio-Sciences, Veterinary Sciences and Animal Production and Technology.

It will have 18 departments and an institute of continuing education and extension. It will also have teaching and research centers on Dairy Cattle, Beef Animals, Sheep and Goats, Camels, Poultry, Pet and Wildlife a Central Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, 16 Departmental Laboratories, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Pet and Wild Animal Hospital and Computer Laboratories along with library, student teacher center, seminar rooms, auditorium, sports complex and staff and students residential facilities.

This project will be completed in two years and thereafter the College of Veterinary Sciences of Islamia University Bahawalpur will move to this new facility. Presently in Pakistan, there are only 12 public and 2 private institutions offering education in Veterinary Medicine. In Punjab 650-700 students get the chance to have admission in Veterinary Medicine classes in these institutions annually.