February 16, 2014
FAISALABAD (Nation): University of Agriculture Faisalabad will launch a new degree programme on remote sensing and GIS technology in order to explore agronomic prospects, said vice chancellor.
He was addressing the concluding session of a two-week training programme on “Remote Sensing for Monitoring Agricultural Crops & Assessing Soil Salinity” organized by Institute of Soil & Environmental Sciences at new Senate Hall.
Dr Iqrar Ahmad said that UAF was introducing new disciplines with innovative approach in order to provide competent human resource for global market. He added that more than 100 new courses were being offered with multifarious prospects. He sought collaborative and integrated efforts for launching of new remote sensing degree course.
Research Scientist from Western Australia Principal Dr Waqar Ahmad in his Keynote address highlighted the scope of remote sensing and GIS technology in Pakistan. He stressed a need for establishing a state-of-the-art centre at UAF in order to cope with emerging future challenges confronted by to the agriculture sector.
He was of the view that India had established 1,800 post graduate departments in various universities and research institutions for exploiting prospects of remote sensing and GIS technologies. He added that Pakistan does not have yet initiated any serious attempt in this regard.
Dr Javed Akhtar, the director of Soil & Environmental Sciences UAF, said that 35 participants from various Faculties, Institutions and government departments participated in the training programme under the supervision of an Australian scientist. He hoped that the training will pave the ways for exploring new vistas in the field. Dr Zulfiqar Ahmad Saqib conducted the programme and also thanked the participants. The chief guest distributed the certificated to successful participants.