Endorsements of DSP
Recommendation letter of the Senior Minister GoKP
I was pleased to work with the Dairy Science Park since the last several years. The Society has emerged at the University of Agriculture, Peshawar and has abridged the gap between the government and academia in policy development and bringing reforms in the Society in line with the vision of the present government.
The concept of the Dairy Science Park is appreciated; supporting the producers and consumers of livestock products, value addition, self-employment to the youth and hygienic food production. An ongoing project of Rs.200 million is being supported under annual development program, for establishment of Slaughter Houses. Peshawar Development Authority is implementing the project and the Dairy Science Park team is assisting them in ensuring quality standards, supporting the supply line, marketing linkages, and human resource development. The provincial government has agreed on preparation of an Act for establishing an autonomous Dairy Science Park Board.
DSP activities are in line with the Integrated Development Strategy KP, 2014-2018 regarding sustainable and effective local government system, improved citizens’ participation, industrial development for economic growth, and job creation. DSP vision also covers the Federal Government’s Pakistan Vision 2025 calling for Private Sector-Led Growth and Entrepreneurship.
I am thankful to the United Nations for accepting DSP to implement sustainable development action #SDGAction9671. The provincial government would extend all possible support to achieve the goals set for brining peace and prosperity in the Region comprising KP, FATA, and Northern Areas of Pakistan and the adjoining areas of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and China.
The development and private sector organizations within the country and abroad, are invited to participate in this sacred mission and collaborate in launching novel initiatives like alternate energy solutions, environment protection, biorisk management, entrepreneurship development, legislative and policy support, quality control, and Halal certification in the food value chain.
Note by the Chairman Higher Education Commission
I am pleased to comment on the performance and future vision of Dairy Science Park, a scientific society originating at the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, to strengthen the linkages between the academia and the industry.
Consistency of DSP in arranging a biennial series of International Workshops on Dairy Science Park is commendable. Three workshops were held during November 2011, 2013, and 2015 and more will be hopefully held with the same interval. Each workshop was attended by 500+ participants, spread over three days, with Higher Education Commission as the major sponsor. The industrial exhibitions attracted participation of manufacturers, marketing companies, government, NGOs, and private sector organizations. Such events prove fruitful in motivating the students and faculty members to enhance their skills and gain confidence through interaction with senior scientists and leaders of the society. I am thankful to the provincial Senior Minister, relevant ministers, and senior executives of the KP Chamber of Commerce and Industries and SMEDA for providing patronage to these events. Mr Nasir Shah, Director QAA, HEC, represented HEC in these workshops and has been supporting other activities of DSP, for which I am thankful to him.
I appreciate the achievements made under DSP in addressing issues of the society and incorporation of needs of the farming community and the industry into the postgraduate programs. DSP has got international exposure, like the recent consultative meetings of DSP members with Sandia National Laboratories, USA at Amsterdam and Dubai on Biorisk Management. We would like to incorporate such concepts into various curricula in biological, health, and environmental sciences at national level. Collaboration of DSP with Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the proposal to establish DSP Board and University of Veterinary Innovations and Commercialization will hopefully help in generating self-employment, exportable surpluses, and stability in the region.
(Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed)
Foreword by the Chief Patron DSP
I remember my first consultation with Mr Abdul Rahman Ilyas during 2010 in Egypt, who suggested the name Dairy Science Park to be given for our struggle to utilize the livestock resources of the region for prosperity of the people. Interest of Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan Abbasi, Governor KP, during his tenure-ship as Chief Minister during 1998 motivated me to continue my struggle.
Various provincial dignitaries supported this sacred mission and Mr Inayatullah Khan took the message very seriously and pursued it through release of ADP funds and support of an autonomous DSP Board. He was especially comfortable with the idea of self-accountability through an Endowment Fund, needing no operational fund.
I am thankful to my faculty members, students, staff and the University Administration, for their constant support. Especially my children and wife had to bear the tremendous stress and financial burden during the execution process. I consider it as a sacred mission and present it as a gift before the people of the Region, especially those hit with poverty, illiteracy, and food insecurity.
I envision KP, FATA, and Northern Areas of Pakistan, and the adjoining regions of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and China as a hub of livestock and poultry entrepreneurs backed up by quality control, R&D, and marketing support organizations, with prosperous people desired under 2030-Agenda for sustainable development of the United Nations.
(Prof M Subhan Qureshi)