Korean Experts Visited PMAS-AAUR

A five members Korean Experts Team led by Mr. Jin Wook Kim, the Minister Counselor, Embassy of the Republic of Korea visited Pir Mehr ALI Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), on April 11, 2018, in order to conduct post project monitoring of Pak-Korea Capacity Building Centre (PKCBC) for Agriculture & Livestock Technology at University main campus.


The other members including Mr. Chung Jong Hyok, the Director General KOICA Pakistan, Ms. Sujin Kim, the Deputy Director KOICA and Mr. Abdul Rehman, Program Coordinator, KOICA office Islamabad met Prof. Dr. Sarwat N. Mirza, the Vice Chancellor of the University and shared the objectives of this monitoring visit and talked about the project evaluation process.


The Vice Chancellor expressed gratitude for this visit and the support of Korean Government and of the KOICA for establishment of this state of the art PKCBC. Mr. Jin Wook Kim admired the supportive role of the university during the process of completion of this project. Mr. Chung Jong Hyok while expressing his views, offered that university may indicate some allied initiatives for joint future collaboration to benefit the farming communities.


The delegation also visited PKCBC and Prof. Dr. Ata ul Mohsin, Director PKCBC briefed the monitoring team about completion process of the project, the future strategy and plan of PKCBC in years to come. He also shared the sustainability plan for this capacity building centre. He expressed that the centre is performing its role in very effective way and have successfully completed various short trainings, workshops and vocational trainings (diploma courses) for 3-6 months duration. He told that promotion of Hydroponics Agriculture and Ostrich Farming are among the success stories of the University. Later, the team visited all sections of the PKCBC, Training Hall, Laboratories and shared information with the faculty members/Incharge of the Laboratories and training course.


The team commended the working of PKCBC and expressed its views as this centre will play a pivotal role in capacity building and socio-economic development of farming communities of arid areas of Punjab and Pakistan. They also urged that this centre may play its role as a focal point for joint activities of Government sector, International Organizations and private sector especially NGOs and different seed, fertilizer and pesticide companies etc.