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Mashhood stresses to learn modern zoo practices
Mashhood stresses to learn modern zoo practices

LAHORE: (Friday, March 31, 2017): Punjab Minister for Schools Education and Archeology Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that there was a dire need of learning modern zoo practices to keep animals healthy and safe in Pakistan. He was addressing the concluding ceremony of a two-week International Technical Training and Skill Development in Animal Keeping program at a local hotel here on Friday. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, Dean Faculty of Life Sciences Prof Dr Naeem Khan, Director British Council Lahore Kevin McLaven, Chairman Department of Zoology Prof Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi, focal person Associate Professor Dr Zulfiqar Ali, trainers from various universities from the United Kingdom, wildlife officers, zoo keepers, researchers and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan said that we must take care of animals and look after them. He said that local zoo keepers and wildlife officers had learnt a lot from the training workshop and would benefit from the experience and knowledge of the British trainers. Appreciating the role of British Council in Pakistan, he said that the British Council, public and private sector were collaborating in different projects in the province and we valued cooperation of the council in every field. PU VC Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir said that PU would play its role in preservation of wildlife in Pakistan. He said that PU would not only work for improvement of life standard of the people but for bright future of the country. Director British Council Lahore Kevin McLaven said that the British Council was playing its role in various educational and training programs. He said that we had partnership with 80 percent universities of the country. He said that we were working for improvement in standard of education and provision of academic leadership in Pakistan. He said that the British Council would enhance its relations with Punjab University further in future. Prof Dr Naeem Khan said that the training program was highly beneficial for local master trainers who would train local field officers. Dr Zulfiqar Ali said that the training program was aimed at understanding the knowledge of basic biology and animal behavior by zookeepers and care for the animals and keepers properly. He said that there was a need for proper direction and thrust to management zoos to complement and strengthen the national efforts in conservation of rich biodiversity of the country, particularly the wild fauna. The speakers also lauded efforts of Dr Zulfiqar Ali on successfully organizing the workshop. Later, certificates were distributed among the participants.