LAHORE - The University of Veterinary and Animal Science syndicate yesterday approved Rs 3.02 billion budget for the fiscal year 2016-17.

Chairing the 44th syndicate meeting, Vice-Chancellor Meritorious Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that focus will be on applied research and development projects for further improving the quality of education and services at the university.

He told the meeting that Rs 1624.7 million have been allocated for development projects. Of the total development allocation, Rs 400 million will be spent on ongoing project of “Enhancement of Research Facilities at Ravi Campus Pattoki”, Rs 88.650 million on the ongoing development project of new Para-Veterinary School at Narowal and Rs 847.7 million on University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at Bahawalpur.

He said that Rs 377 million will be spent on two new development projects. Of the two new projects, Rs 200 million have been allocated for “New Academic Block, Students Hostels and Apartments for Faculty” at City Campus while Rs 177 million for “Establishment of Training Centre for Biologics at Ravi Campus Pattoki.”

The vice-chancellor said that the students’ scholarship amount has also been increased to Rs 37.96 million for the 2016-17 from Rs 32.47 million provided in 2015-16.

The vice-chancellor said that the faculty members are contributing a hefty amount to the university income through their competitive research grants. He said that currently 81 research projects of 879.23 million are being executed by the faculty members they have won from national and international funding agencies.

The syndicate also approved some new undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Approval of house requisition facility for employees of grade 1 to 4 and improving medical facilities for all the lower grade employees was also granted in the meeting.

PMDC results: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has announced the results of the National Examination Board examinations (NEB) step I (basic sciences subject) from Pakistani nationals with foreign basic medical and dental qualifications. Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University/PIMS Islamabad conducted the exam at Pak China Friendship Center Islamabad on June 2, 2016.

As many as 2120 candidates appeared out which 207 declared successful.