UNIDO under the framework of Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) Programme funded by European Union launched the Post Graduate Diploma Course (PGDC) in Food Safety and Controls in three selected universities. The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) and the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore are in Punjab province and the University of Karachi (UoK) is in Sindh province. These three universities (UAF, UVAS and UoK) were identified as the top three in the country, based on their technical skills (faculty), facilities/infrastructure and collaborative work with other donor agencies.
The provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province has passed the legislative bill for the establishment of KPK food authority and the Health Department KPK has now started the process of establishment of the KPK food authority. The new food authority in KPK will need qualified human resource to effectively implement the food safety controls. To strengthen the Food Safety Controls through the provision of qualified human resource, TRTA II, after assessing the capability of the universities in KPK, selected the University of Agriculture Peshawar for the launch of PGDC in Food Safety and Controls.
TRTA II national and international experts visited UAP to verify their capacity and assess the technical skills (faculty), facilities/infrastructure to launch the PGDC in Food Safety & Controls. Based on this assessment, UAP was selected to receive support from the Programme in implementing new Food Safety curricula. TRTA II international expert also conducted the training of the faculty members of the Department of Food Science and Technology on the development of teaching and presentation skills in the delivery of the PGDC in Food safety and Controls. The faculty members were also given training on inspection of food and food establishments, including the use of food inspection kits. The PGDC in Food Safety and Controls at UAP has now been accredited by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS).Students from different disciplines including Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Science have been enrolled in the PGDC. The Ambassador of European Union to Pakistan H. E. Jean-Francois Cautain presented the REHIS Accreditation certificate to University of Agriculture, Peshawar.