The establishment of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at Sakrand (2nd in Pakistan) chartered by Govt of Sindh on 13th Sep, 2012 (SINDH ACT NO. XV OF 2012) is a milestone which will go a long way in the development of livestock sector and socioeconomic status of farming community The University owes to its existence to the fore-sight and vision of His excellence Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, ex -president Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The livestock sector contributed over 55% of the total contribution of Agriculture to the GDP during year 2012-2013. The strength of this sector lies in its consistently higher growth rate (4%) than overall of Agriculture sector.
The university has been established with the specific objective of the development of livestock and poultry sector through proper and systematic education, training, research and extension in modern systems of veterinary and animal sciences and its allied sciences. Such as: fisheries, wild life, range management, silkworm, bee keeping, Dairy and Food Technology, Animal Business Management, Basic Sciences, Humanities and Information Technology.
The need of inculcation of self-reliance in students for securing coveted placements and addressing to the expectations of rural and urban sectors of societies can be met with increased Teaching-Research-Extension linkages.
The challenges of keeping abreast with modern trends of Research have been sharpened as well as facilitated on account of advents of Info-communication Technology (ICT) through which the world has been transformed into a global village.
Traditions are good to sustain but new paths are to be searched for growth. This requires innovativeness in ideas and freedom of action. We, as enlightened clan, are expected to convert challenges into opportunities.
Pakistan is affluent in livestock wealth but lacks ability to fully exploit this rich resource due to the insufficient investment, inadequate professionals, techniques and value-addition activities. The need for diversification from a natural resources-dependent economy to high-value added activities is eminent. The problems of livestock production are related to health, genetics, nutrition and marketing. The young professionals should be capable of improving production and yield through better management of germ plasm, nutrition and disease prevention. Competence of graduates in technologies, value addition in milk, meet, fish, wool, skin, hides and casings will facilitate equitable development of rural and urban livestock and will help self reliance, reduced imports and improvement in exports. While the role of vets as trained biologists is recognized by their contributions in multiple scientific disciplines relevant to WTO, food safety and above all humen health, diversification, conservation and preservation of wild life, biotechnology, gene sequencing, developing and improving breeds are long awaited expectations from the veterinarians.
Finally I pray to Allah (SWT) that this university flourishes, meet the expectations and achieve the objectives and accept and helps conquer the challenges faced by Livestock sector and farming community of the country in general and the province of Sindh in Particular.