ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – August 1, 2021): The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Poverty Reduction and Social Protection, Dr. Sania Nishtar, opened the Pak Korea Nutrition Center (PKNC) at Faisalabad University of Agriculture (UAF.)) On Sunday.
Dr. Sania was invited to the center’s opening ceremony as the main guest, according to a press release published here.
The national nutrition center ‘PKNC’ was established under the Ehsaas framework (Policy No. 59) and is the first of its kind to address the problem of malnutrition, which affects more than 50 percent of the population.
Dr. Sania also thanked the Korean government for their cooperation.
At the university, Dr. Sania from the Vice Chancellor of the UAF, Professor Dr. Iqrar Ahmed Khan, warmly welcomed; Professor Dr. Masood Sadiq Butt, Dean of the Faculty of Food, Nutrition, and Home Sciences; Professor Dr. Tahir Zahoor, DG National Institute of Food Sciences and Technology; and other faculty members.
Primarily aimed at improving the nutrition of children and communities, PKNC has been established in the Faculty of Food Nutrition and Home Sciences with total funding of Rs. 1.5 billion for a period of more than three years. The collective funding includes Rs. 1.15 billion from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the remainder from HEC / PSDP.
The project will train government officials, nutritionists and 35 master trainers. The master trainers, in turn, will train over 12,000 nutrition educators, health workers, nutritionists and elementary school teachers, etc., to improve the nutrition and nutrition of children.
PKNC will have six research chairs, including nutrition and public health; Fortification of food; Food processing; Product development and value creation; Database and component analysis; and politics and advocacy.
At the opening ceremony, Dr. Sania: “I am particularly interested in investigating the feasibility of developing a school lunch program under the Ehsaas framework in collaboration with the Faisalabad University of Agriculture. PKNC will set the political direction to address the malnutrition problem in the country. “She added:” The fight against malnutrition is embedded in the Ehsaas strategy after COVID-19. Ehsaas aims to promote equality among those under Among other things, it focuses on the development of human capital, in which a healthy diet is a central component. ”During a lecture, Vice Chancellor Professor Dr.
Iqrar Ahmed Khan and his colleagues presented the technical modalities of a possible school feeding program in detail.
Dr. Sania went on to say that the government has also institutionalized the inter-ministerial nutrition working group, led by the prime minister and made up of eight cabinet ministers.
It’s pretty unique as this is the first time an inter-ministerial body has been created for the feeding of shepherds, she said.
The Ehsaas Nashonuma, she added, is a conditional money transfer program that aims to combat stunted growth in children under two years of age, as well as pregnant and nursing mothers. In the first phase, 50 Ehsaas Nashonuma centers were opened in the 14 most deprived districts of Pakistan.
On the occasion, Professor Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan that the center was established in partnership with Korea to achieve tangible results in addressing the frightening problems of malnutrition.
He said more than 50 percent of the population suffer from malnutrition, which is of great concern.
He believed that we need to change our lifestyle and eating habits. He also said that if we mix wheat with corn, it will improve the problem.
He praised the steps taken by the Ehsaas government to help the oppressed sections of society.
In addition, he added that such Ehsaas scholarships will help low-income students fulfill their desire for higher education.
Professor Jaehan Kim from Chungnam National University, South Korea, together with high-ranking representatives from the partner universities Karakorum International University, Gilgit Baltistan; Bolan Medical University, Balochistan; University of Agriculture, Peshawar; University of Agriculture, Tandojam; Faisalabad Medical University; and Faisalabad Children’s Hospital also attended the meeting.
During the visit, Dr. Sania also informed about the payment of the Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarships. 1,868 Ehsaas scholarships were awarded to the UAF this year – 50% for girls.
It also awarded Ehsaa’s undergraduate scholarships to eligible UAF students. She interacted with award winners to gain insight into Ehsaas undergraduate scholarship policy. “A total of 92,003 scholarships worth Rs. 8.4 billion will be awarded for the 2020/21 academic year,” said Dr. Sania.