People reducing agriculture inputs and increasing outputs due to smart agriculture technologies: Fawad

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RAWALPINDI,    (Parliament Times) :  After completing the 25 years of academic excellence Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS AAUR) has marked the occasion by launching week-long Silver Jubilee Celebrations beginning with educational, social and cultural activities on November 22, 2021.
Federal Minister for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain, Punjab Agriculture Minister Syed Hussain Jahania Gardezi, PMAS-AAUR Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Qamar-uz-Zaman, Prof. Dr Khalid Mehmood Khan (Sitara Imtiaz) Former Vice-Chancellor PMAS AAUR, President Pakistan Academy of Sciences & Secretary-General NASIC Dr Shaista Sohail, Executive Director Higher Education Commission, Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Chairman PCRWR, Members of Parliaments, Diplomats, faculty members and students were also present on the occasion.
Registrar Pakistan Engineering Council faculty members, students and other university staff were also present on the occasion.
In his address Federal Minister Ch. Fawad Hussain said that it is an exciting trajectory of expansion and growth that the university has come a long way in these twenty-five years which enabled its national eminence and global impact.
The federal Minister said that only educational institutions and students can change the faith of the country and entrepreneurship is the only way where our youngsters should focus.
Calling smart agriculture technologies the future of the medium he said that due to this, people are not only reducing their agriculture input cost but also increasing their outputs.
The federal minister said that we are living at a moment where the world is recovering from a huge crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic as all the fields of life are transitioning from conventional to the online so it would be a serious challenge for educational institutions that how they will become part of this transitioning system while maintaining their quality.
In his address, the provincial agriculture minister Hussain Jahania Gardezi said that it is a great pleasure to hear that in such a short period the Arid University has produced such eminent people who have not only made the name of the institution famous but also benefited the country through their achievements at home and abroad.
He said that it is a matter of great honour that whenever modern research and technology for agriculture is mentioned at the provincial or national level, the name of Arid Agriculture University comes first.
He also advised to continue this trend of innovation and quality education and to extend all possible research to the common farmers.
Prof. Dr Khalid Mehmood Khan Ex-Vice Chancellor of PMAS AAUR appreciated the efforts of AAUR towards quality education and Academia-Industry strong linkages and hoped that the university will maintain its legacy in future also.
In his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof. Dr Qamar-uz-Zaman said that the institute has been an innovator in the field of agriculture education since 1994, having over 12000 students, 1000 teaching faculty and management staff.
He said that all the teachers and students should take advantage of the opportunities to broaden their professional networks as such interactions invariably lead to intellectual maturity, creative thinking and skills for expression.
He urged all the stakeholders for their active participation in a week long variety of social, scientific and cultural events made up in line with the aim of transforming conventional agriculture to modern-day digital and precision agriculture.

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