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December 12, 2019

Minister for revamping govt printing press


December 12, 2019

LAHORE:Provincial Minister for Industries and Trade Mian Aslam Iqbal presided over a meeting at Civil Secretariat in which revamping of government printing press and other issues came under discussion. Secretary Industries and Trade, Controller Printing and Stationery Press, Additional Secretary and other officers concerned attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, the minister said that the government printing press would be made profit earning institutions by bringing it out of deficit. He directed the officials concerned to present revamping and business plan of the printing press. He said the objective of creating this institution would be achieved at every cost and this institution would be strengthened through digitalisation. He said this institution was providing printing and binding services to the government departments and we will make it fully functional. He directed the officials concerned to present short, medium and long-term planning for revamping government printing press.

IPH: World Health Organisation (WHO) will extend full cooperation to the Institute of Public Health (IPH) for achieving its public health goals. IPH would be provided with technical support by WHO for establishing Research and Development Centre on modern lines. For this purpose Roadmap 2020 is being prepared. It was agreed in a meeting held between IPH Board of Management Chairman Lt-Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool and WHO's Country Head in Pakistan Dr Palitha Mahipala at IPH. IPH Dean Prof Dr Zarfishan Tahir, WHO Punjab chief Dr Jamshed, Dr Shehzad and other experts also attended the meeting. After the meeting, Dr Zarfishan Tahir informed the WHO delegation agreed to sponsor a research symposium to be held in Lahore in January 2020 to which universities and agencies would be invited. Moreover, research work of the institutions will also be presented by their research scholars and future avenues of research will be identified. She stated that WHO would extend technical assistance for three months in finalisation of IPH Strategic Plan. WHO Country Head Dr Mahipala also offered cooperation for holding short courses to train master trainers on nutrition, climate change, dengue and tobacco smoking prevention. WHO also arrange external faculty for postgraduate classes at IPH, for which, the institute would send a formal request to the WHO office. WHO will help establishment of a modern water testing lab equipped at IPH. Thanking the WHO country head, Lt-Gen. (r) Khalid Maqbool said that IPH would become a prime institute in the field of prevention of diseases, research and development.

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