3-day conference on “trans-boundary diseases of veterinary and public health” held at UVAS

Department of Clinical Medicine & Surgery (CMS) and Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IBBT) of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore in collaboration with Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute Chinese Academic of Agriculture Sciences Beijing PR China organised 3-days international conference.

3-day conference on “trans-boundary diseases of veterinary and public health” held at UVAS

The conference was funded by Punjab Agriculture Research Board (PARB) on “Trans-boundary Diseases of Veterinary and Public Health” under Pak-US Science & Technology project titled “Capacity Building of Neglected Vector Born Diseases in Livestock funded by Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Vice-Chancellor King Edward Medical University Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal presided over the inaugural session of the conference here on Thursday while UVAS Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Masood Rabbani, Prof Dr Aneela Zameer Durrani, Director (IBBT) Prof Dr Wasim Shehzad and a large number of students, faculty members, national and international speakers and participants were present.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal lauded the UVAS for arranging such an informative conference on very important issue and gathering national and international experts under one roof to discuss various issues, finding solution to curb the issues related to trans-boundary diseases.

He said result oriented research is the key which brings changes & innovations and through this conference experts would present recommendation for making policies for the future to control disease in livestock sector which hamper socio economic development of the country. He said such conferences are necessary for networking with national and international experts and innovative knowledge sharing with each other.

Speaking about the conference objectives, Prof Dr Aneela Zameer Durrani said that aim of the conference was to identify challenges in dealing with TADs and suggest management strategies in control and prevention of these diseases at national and regional level.

She said it is true that our efforts are highly dependent on national governance effective veterinary services and political support. Livestock rearing significant share in national economy of a developing country like Pakistan, so there is measures are required to safe guard the livestock industry from epidemics of infectious diseases and to uphold safe international trade of livestock and their products.

She also mentioned conference was organised for the capacity building of faculty members and postgraduate students with development of linkages at national and international level.

Meanwhile Director LVRI, CAAS China, Prof Dr Hong Yin inaugurated vector born disease lab at Department of Clinical Medicine & Surgery (CMS) UVAS.  

The conference comprises on 4 tracks with 12 technical sessions, which will cover all the major areas related to molecular and rapid diagnostics techniques for PPR virus in sheep, potential and pitfalls for virus molecular genotyping techniques.

Promising genomics method for improving the generals health status of dairy herds against emerging infectious challenges, molecular typing and antimicrobial susceptibility of clostridium perfringens from broiler chickens, diagnostics techniques for Moot & Mouth Disease (FMD) virus, bovine piroplasmosis in Pakistan present scenario, bioinformatics for development of molecular essays for veterinary pathogens and anti-microbial resistance in recovered from retail poultry meat a global threat to animal and human welfare etc.

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Pakistani teachers honored for classroom achievement

On the eve of World Teachers’ Day, 28 educators from across Pakistan were honored with “Best Teacher Awards” by the Federal Ministry of Education and Professional Training and the U.S. Mission Pakistan for the improvements they have made inside their classrooms. 

Pakistani teachers honored for classroom achievement

The teachers implemented new methodologies of teaching reading to students and gauging how well their students were progressing, with an aim toward improving literacy in Pakistan.

The Best Teacher Award recipients were nominated by their provincial education departments based on their participation in professional development workshops, the degree to which they improved their teaching methods in their classrooms, and, most importantly, on their students’ ability to achieve.

Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Education & Professional Training, lauded the efforts of the thousands of early grade reading teachers who play an integral role in improving the overall quality of primary education in the country.

Speaking for U.S. Mission Pakistan, USAID Mission Director Jerry Bisson noted that the program enhanced more than just the students’ ability to read.  “When we improve the quality of education and broaden access to it, we improve many other aspects of students’ and the nation’s well-being,” he stated.

The U.S. Government-funded Pakistan Reading Project has already trained over 23,600 public school teachers, who, in turn, have used the techniques learned to teach reading to over 1.3 million first and second grade students. For more information on the United States’ assistance for education in Pakistan, visit: https://www.usaid.gov/pakistan/education

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JazzCash introduces insurance for children’s education

JazzCash has partnered with Chubb Insurance Pakistan Ltd. to come up with an innovative insurance product. The product called Child Education Plan, secures a child’s education in the case of an unfortunate event leading to disability or accidental death.

JazzCash has partnered with Chubb Insurance Pakistan Ltd

There are many Pakistanis that are vulnerable to economic shocks and this service targets them to ensure the next generation’s education is ongoing and secure. Insurance penetration and density in Pakistan is the lowest compared to the regional average. Mobile financial services can change that.

For an affordable annual premium of only PKR 399, Chubb Insurance will provide children of the policy-holder educational coverage of up to PKR 400,000, for one year from the day of policy subscription. JazzCash mobile account customers will be able to subscribe for the Child Education Plan by simply dialing a number from their handset.

Aamer Ejaz, Chief Digital and MFS officer, Jazz said, “JazzCash looks to offer innovative products and services to not only promote usage of mobile financial services, but to offer greater convenience in times of dire need.”

“This collaboration with Jazz to provide JazzCash customers with an innovative insurance product is part of our commitment to supporting efforts around digital transformation and providing customers with peace of mind,” said Barry M Johnson, Regional Director, Accident and Health Development, Chubb Eurasia and Africa.

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‘Pakistan water challenges’ seminar held at USPCAS-W MUET

Pakistan’s Water Challenges: Need for Integrated Water Resources Management, seminar was held at U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) organized by the Center in collaboration with Center for Social Change (CSC).

Water resources challenges in Pakistan

While speaking in the graduate seminar Dr. Hassan Abbas, a renowned hydrologist and water expert of Pakistan said that a mega vision and strong will was needed to tackle the water challenges of Pakistan. He further said that one of the biggest challenges the country was facing is water pollution instead of water scarcity.

He said that water resources were not diminished as perceived by all and sundry but the natural abundance water resources were being diverted which ultimately affect the lower riparian region.

Talking about the Indus Delta, he said that the balance between the sea and the delta was only possible with the natural flow of water. He said that 24 acres of land in delta were being affected and 8 acres were completely inundated due to sea intrusion on a daily basis.

Dr. Abbas quoting the existing irrigation system and said that the irrigation canals were purposively made to provide water for agriculture but due to flood irrigation system Pakistan, these canals cause land degradation due to water logging and salinity, while the irrigation drains have to prevent the water logging and salinity but cause pollution and nuisance in the landscape due to increase of water logging and salinity at tail ends.

While discussing the economic benefits and losses due to the construction of dams on foreign loans, Dr. Abbas said that dams have temporary benefits in power generation and agriculture production, but due to dams the country was to bear the permanent losses riverine economy and environment.

Talking on the needs for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), he said that fundamental principles of contemporary IWRM is has to go with the flow which is free flow means water for all. “Water belongs to no one but to the river where it flows; and as it flows,” he added.

He also shared the comparative analysis of Sava River of Europe with Indus River of the subcontinent, also showed the existing situation of both and said that how the former is more sustained, preserved and ultimately benefits the respective communities due to its natural flow and navigation.

While sharing the unified vision for IWRM in Pakistan, Dr. Abbas said that there was a need to develop strict guidelines and implementation procedures to avoid and control all types of pollution into water resources. His emphasis was on an adaptation of efficient irrigation practices of the 21st century and to get rid of outdated flood irrigation and do away with colonial legacies.

He also suggested developing riverine well fields for clean, fresh and sustainable water supply for both agriculture and domestic purposes. He also recommended that the businesses on the intrinsic value of water, i.e., developing water-front real estates, ecotourism, water sports, etc. and to invoke the grand economic engine of inland navigation.

Sharing the way forward, he said that Sindh being in the lower riparian region could provide leadership for effective and efficient water governance and IWRM in the country.

In this connection, he stressed and illustrated on efficient irrigation in Rohri canal command, inland navigation up to Kotri, urban canal for aquifer recharge and intrinsic value projects in Karachi.

He said that it was rightly said that water is heavier than oil and through the efficient water management, the water economy of Pakistan can earn more money than that of the oil economy of the Middle East.

The seminar was followed by the question and answer session, in which the participants asked various questions regarding the way forward for sustainable solutions to the water challenged faced by Pakistan. Dr. Hassan Abbas, who also heads ZiZAK acronym in Urdu Zeer Zameen Aabpashi Khaliyan (Groundwater irrigation crops) responded the questions.

In his initial talk, Dr. Abbas presented the historical background of Indus Basin, water practices used in the past, construction of barrages, dams, and canals for irrigation purposes and their benefits and losses. He also highlighted the Indus Water Treaty and shared its pros and cons.

On this occasion, Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar, Deputy Director USPCAS-W MUET welcomed the participants and introduced the speaker with the audience and also Executive Director Zulfiqar Halepoto CSC spoke on the public space for debate on water issues of Pakistan.

In the seminar, MUET Dean Civil and Architecture Prof. Dr. Khan Mohammad Brohi, Prof. Mushtaq Mirani, Engr. Zarif Khero, Prof. Dr. Altaf Siyal, Dr. Kamran Ansari, former General Manager WAPDA Engr. Abdul Jabbar Memon, civil society activists, water experts, faculty and students of USPCAS-W MUET were present. 

 

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Institute of Space Technology organized Space Ambassadors Forum

Institute of Space Technology (IST) is a premier institution in Pakistan that has a legacy of arranging international and national events for creating awareness among the general public related to Space Technology.

Space technology Space Ambassador

IST has the heritage of celebrating World Space Week for last 13 years and was ranked first for organizing maximum number of events in Pakistan for year 2017 by International World Space Week Association (WSWA).

Following the legacy of past and fulfilling the mantra of Space Awareness, Institute of Space Technology has planned number of competitions, workshops and activities for students of schools/colleges in the major areas of Space Knowledge, Space Innovation, Space Creative Writing, Space Technology Demonstration, Space Fine Arts, Space Visual Arts, Space Graphics, Space Mathematics, Space Entertainment and Space Business during October 4-10, 2018 to celebrate World Space Week, the largest public space event on earth.

The United Nations General Assembly declared 4-10 October as World Space Week in 1999. It aims to educate people around the world about the benefits of space, to encourage greater use of space for sustainable socio-economic development, to excite young people about science, to foster international cooperation in space outreach and education and to demonstrate public support for space programs.

The success of any space program relies greatly on public understanding and support; therefore it is important to communicate the benefits of Space Science & Technology to the public on regular basis. Each year, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) selects a theme for the World Space Week to provide a focus of the activities and events throughout the world. The theme for WSW 2018 is “Space Unites the World”.

An interactive forum regarding World Space Week-2018 was organized at Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad on September 25, 2018. A total of 40 faculty representatives from 35 different educational institutions of twin cities and surrounding areas participated in this forum.

The basic aim of this forum was to introduce the concept of ‘Space Ambassadors’ at various educational institutions, who were guided about different events and activities of World Space Week-2018 at IST. WSW 2018 at IST will encompass over 200 activities including many space themed competitions.

Institute of Space Technology would welcome the enthusiastic participation of the students of schools/colleges and their families in WSW during October 4-6, 2018.  

 

 

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