LAHORE: (Staff Report): Pakistan Customs will facilitate the faculty and students of the Punjab University, an oldest seat of learning, for conducting research on modern scientific lines and study the Federal Board of Revenue trade facilitation concept being implemented across the country.
It was decided at a meeting between Vice Chancellor Punjab University Prof Dr. Muhammad Zakaria Zakar and Collector Customs (Appraisement) Lahore Muhammad Jamil Nasir held at new campus here Saturday. PU VC said that faculty, research scholars, Phd, M Phil and master students of Institute of Business Administration and Institute of Administrative Science and Hailey College need proper forum for carrying out research and practical study of various policies of the Pakistan Customs.
Collector Customs in principle agreed to facilitate the PU students in all sections of the model collectorate of customs Lahore and five Additional Collectors and 10 Deputy Collectors posted at various departments in city including at Dry ports Mughal Pura, Prem Nagar, Thokhar Niaz Baig will provide all sorts of assistance whatever required academically to them.
About practical exposure, Collector said that desirous faculty and students will be briefed on the spot how examination is conducted and how declaration of goods is checked and monitored. VC said that a high level joint meeting of the Deans, heads of the teaching departments concerned and Principal of Hailey College will be convened shortly to work out a strategy how PU can utilize this offer to maximum extent for help building confidence in students.
He thanked the Collector for this generous support and hoped in future Pakistan Customs will continue to patronize the students of the varsity. Earlier, Collector delivered special lecture to the students of Institute of Communication Studies PU and briefed them about the overall working of the department for their knowledge. He said that its principal function is to disperse industrial and commercial activities in the country for achieving a balanced regional growth and liquidate congestion at sea ports by speeding up customs and port clearance.
He highlighted the salient features of the paperless and web based system which he added is one of the best procedures that enhanced the revenue through good governance and better control coupled with speedy clearance of goods. He said that experiment of minimal physical contacts between traders and customs proved most successful and yielded a 42 per cent growth in revenue from July-Dec 2017 of the collectorate. He said that the newly recruited staff was deputed for examination and assessment of goods which is another feather in the cap while dead wood has altogether closed to desk work and other non lucrative assignments.
Jamil Nasir said that all examination and assessment halls are equipped with modern close circuit camera and all genuine grievances of the importers and exporters are redressed on the spot by the officers concerned. He said on the special directive of the Member Customs Muhammad Zahid Khokar, all out efforts are made to facilitate the importers and exporters with zero tolerance on corruption.The briefing was followed by the questions and answers and students asked a volley of questions depicting keen interest in direct interaction with collector.
Later, In-charge Institute of Communication Studies Dr. Nosheena Saleem and Senior Faculty Member Dr. Waqar Ch thanked the collector for visiting the faculty and sharing his expertise with students and presented a bouquet of follower to the guest.