Pshawar - In order to ensure commencement of specialisation classes by March this year at University of Agriculture Swat (UAS), Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has directed all quarters concerned for necessary steps to fulfil all pre-requisites including appointment of teaching staff for the university as per relevant rules and regulations. He further directed the departments concerned to fulfil their shares of responsibilities well in time so that specialisation classes could be started in the university without any delay.

The Chief Minister also directed the authorities of Communications & Works Department to get the revised PC-1 approved from the relevant forum for the second phase of construction of new building for the university so that civil work on the second phase of construction could be started well in time.

The Chief Minister expressed these views while chairing a meeting to review progress on the construction of building for Agriculture University Swat. Additional Chief Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to CM, Vice Chancellor Swat University Prof Daud Jan, Vice Chancellor Agriculture University Peshawar Prof Jehan Bakht, administrative secretaries of concerned departments and other officials attended the meeting. The meeting also took a detailed review of academic activities in the Agriculture University Swat.

While briefing the meeting about administrative and financial matters and academic activities of the newly established Agriculture University Swat, it was told that four semesters of first batch were successfully completed, and now classes for the fifth semester would be commenced from March this year. It was informed that process has been initiated for hiring the required teaching and administrative staff for the purpose.

The Chief Minister, on the occasion, directed the authorities concerned to expedite the recruitment of required staff so that the specialisation classes in the University could be started as per stipulated timelines. The meeting was told that presently, the university was offering programmes in six different specialised fields of agriculture including horticulture, plant breeding & genetics, soil & environmental sciences, Entomology, Food Sciences & Technology, Livestock Management and fisheries aquaculture.

The Chief Minister stressed the need for the digitalization of all the matters of the university including financial and administrative matters and student affairs of the university, directed the quarters concerned to provide technical support to the University for the purpose.