BAHAWALPUR    -    Punjab Governor and Chancellor of Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB), Engineer Muhammad Balighur Rehman on Thursday said that higher education sector was one of the priorities of the government and steps were being taken to provide quality education to the people of remote areas. He said this during a meeting with IUB Vice Chancellor Engineer Prof Dr Athar Mahboob at Governor House, Lahore. The governor said that a new campus of the university will be established soon in Hasilpur. “The incumbent government wanted to bring opportunities of higher education to the doorsteps of the youth by opening university campuses in far-flung areas. Steps taken by the IUB for the establishment of Ahmadpur East and Liaquatpur campuses were welcomed.” The VC apprised the governor about the details of the plan of increasing rainfall and establishing an agro-economic zone in Cholistan through the latest meteorological system. The governor said that the plan put forward by the IUB for increasing the rainfall rate over an area of 6.6 million kilometers of Cholistan was very useful. On the one hand, this project will significantly increase the agricultural area and will be easier to deal with the challenges of food security besides bringing prosperity to the lives of Cholistan people. He said that all possible help would be provided by the Chancellor’s Office to make the special system of increasing rainfall practical. On the occasion, the IUB vice chancellor briefed the governor about the research being done in the field of agriculture. He said that soybean and maize cultivation project with the help of stripe intercropping technology had been developed with the help of Sichuan Agricultural University of China. The project will save billions of rupees in foreign exchange spent on poultry feed and edible oil imports which makes it eligible to be included in the main projects of CPEC.

He added that the IUB has achieved international status in cotton research and the varieties of cotton introduced by the university are being cultivated on 50 percent of the area.

The VC also apprised him about the ongoing teaching and development activities in the university. He said that preparations for the upcoming convocation were underway. On this occasion, he extended a special invitation to the Punjab governor to attend the National Seerat Conference.

Punjab Governor Baligh-ur-Rehman said that he would soon visit the university and take personal interest in its development and welfare.