ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – August 1, 2021): Special assistant for the prime minister on poverty reduction and social protection, Dr. Sania Nishtar Sunday opened the Pak Korea Nutrition Center (PKNC) at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).

Dr. Sania was invited to the center’s opening ceremony as the main guest, said a news release issued 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 thanked that too government Korea for your cooperation.

At the university, Dr. Sania from the Vice Chancellor of UAF, Professor Dr. Iqrar Ahmed Khan; 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 a total grant of Rs. 1.5 billion for a period of over three years. The collective funding includes Rs. 1.15 billion the end the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the remaining funds the end HEC / PSDP.

The project will train government Officials, nutrition policy makers and 35 master trainers. The master’s trainers, in turn, will be over 12,000 nutrition educators, health workers, and nutritionists Primary school Teachers etc. to improve the children’s nutrition and nutrition.

PKNC will have six research chairs, including nutrition and public health; Food Fastening; 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 the feasibility of developing a school lunch program within the Ehsaas framework in collaboration with Faisalabad University of Agriculture. PKNC will Manual the political direction to address the problem of malnutrition in the country. ”She added:“ The fight against malnutrition is embedded in the Ehsaas strategy after COVID-19. Ehsaas has set itself the goal of promoting equality, which among other things aims at the development of human capital, in which a healthy diet is a central component.

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 government also has the inter-ministerial working group on nutrition under the leadership of the prime minister and there are eight cabinet Ministers who sit in the task force.

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 set up in 14 of the most deprived districts of. opened Pakistan.

On the occasion, Professor Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan that the center is established in partnership with Korea that will help make it tangible Results in tackling 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 when we get the wheat with corn, it will improve the problem.

He praised the steps of the government is taken under Ehsaas to help the oppressed part of society.

In addition, he added that such scholarships from Ehsaas will help the students the end low-income circumstances in order to fulfill their striving for higher things training.

Professor Jaehan Kim the end Chungnam National University, South Korea together with high-ranking representatives of the partner universities Karakorum International University, Gilgit Baltistan; Bolan Medical University, Balochistan; university Agriculture, Peshawar; university Agriculture, Tandojam; Faisalabad Medical University; and children’s hospital Faisalabad also attended the meeting.

During the visit, Dr. Sania was also informed of the payment of the Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarships. 1,868 Ehsaas scholarships were awarded to UAF this year 50% for girls.

It also awarded Ehsaa’s undergraduate scholarships to eligible students from UAF. She interacted with award winners to gain insight into Ehsaas undergraduate scholarship policy. “For the 2020/21 academic year a total of 92,003 scholarships worth Rs. 8.4 billion be awarded, “said Dr. Sania.