Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) is one of the newly established and leading universities for higher education in veterinary and animal science, Dr S Ayyappan,secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and director general (DG) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR),said here today. Delivering the address at the first GADVASU convocation held on Friday,he said that the challenge before veterinary and animal scientists is to increase the productivity per animal so that the absolute number of animals can be significantly decreased over a period of time.
A total of 240 students who have completed their programme since the inception of University were conferred degrees. These were included 20 PhD,39 MVSc,four MVSc/ MSc (Animal Biotech),three MFSc and 174 BVSc & AH degrees. The winners of the gold medal include Amandeep Singh,Mamta Singh (Dr S C Dutt Gold Medal),Namita Mitra,Mir Nadeem Hassan (Dr S S Dhillon Gold Medal),Mamta Singh,Maninder Singh (University gold medals for BVSc & AH).
In his convocation address,Ayyappan said that concerted efforts need to be taken regarding livestock management,feeding,housing,behaviour,adaptation etc for improving health vis-à-vis productivity of animals. The landscape of agriculture and agri-business is changing very fast in India and it has thrown open a new challenge before Indian agriculture to increase income of the farmers,he added.
Dr Ayyappan called for diversification of agriculture in the livestock and fishery sector. Globally,livestock in developing countries contribute up to 80 per cent of agricultural GDP,providing livelihood to some 600 million rural poor. Livestock are the best insurance against the vagaries of nature like drought,famine and other natural calamities,he said. Research needs to be undertaken on impact of climate change on livestock and fisheries and their mitigation strategies. Dr Ayyappan praised the crossbred herd of GADVASU,one of the best performing herds in India with a 305-day lactation milk yield of more than 6,000 kg. Artificial Insemination needs to be improved continuously and new technologies like embryo transfer,sexing,cloning etc need to be standardised,he emphasised.
Presenting the convocation report highlighting research,teaching and extension achievements of the university,GADVASU Vice-Chancellor Dr V K Taneja spoke about the future strategies. The research focus would be to develop cutting-edge technologies to increase animal productivity while mitigating the effects of climate change on livestock productivity.