Faisalabad September 14: Endowment Fund Secretariat University of Agriculture Faisalabad Board of Directors Meeting has granted 16 research projects meant to fight the different challenges of agriculture, poverty alleviation, rural development, food and nutrition security. The Endowment Fund Secretariat meeting was presided over by UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan while renowned industrialist Dr. Salim Qureshi; Vice Chancellor University of Narowal Dr. Tariq Mehmood; University of Agriculture Peshawar Vice Chancellor Dr. Jehan Bakht, Agriculture Linkages Program-Pakistan Agriculture Research Council Executive Director Muhammad Asif, Dr Muhammad Azeem from PARC; UAF Registrar Tariq Mehmood Gill, Treasurer Umar Saeed Qadri, Executive Director Endowment Fund Dr. Ijaz Ahmed Bhatti, Deputy Director Endowment Fund Aamir Saeed and others also participated. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that innovation-based research projects wodl help develop agriculture on modern lines so that technology can be brought to the doorsteps of farmers and finding solutions to the agricultural problems. He urged the agricultural researchers to play their full role to make agriculture profitable and ensure food security. Dr. Javed Saleem Qureshi said that only by strengthening the industry-academia relationship, development can be ensured. He said that the nations adopted the strengthened industry-academia linkage; we also need to adopt a similar model. Dr. Jehan Bakht said that the dream of poverty alleviation cannot be come true without agricultural development. He said that adopting modern agricultural trends is the most important need of the hour so that future planning can be done to achieve food stability by dealing with research issues in an efficient manner. Narowal University Vice Chancellor Dr. Tariq Mehmood said that research process is being promoted to create a knowledge-based economy. Dr. Ijaz Ahmed Bhatti said that the UAF is working on war footing for technology transfer along with tangible research to achieve food self-sufficiency in the country. He said that new projects will help find solutions to food security problems at the country level. The meeting also approved the annual budget of 114 million for the endowment fund for 2022-23.