Chandigarh, Oct 4 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has approved the proposal to set up a veterinary and animal sciences university with the state-of-the art facility in the state.
The objective of the university is to raise the level of veterinary education to international standard, provide education at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in various fields of veterinary and animal sciences, animal biotechnology, dairy development and fishery sciences and undertake research in these areas.
The Chief Minister said ''The university is aimed at undertaking specialised extension activities to enable transfer of knowledge to the needy. Experts woill provide high quality animal health care and diagnostic services in addition to effectively undertake the large scale breed improvement programme.'' The new university would make an enduring contribution to the betterment of animal owners who happen to be poor ruralities, he added. Research and development in livestock sector would get priority. Realising the importance of animal husbandary sector in rural economy as well as the global requirements, the Chief Minister said Haryana should not lag behind in this sector.
Seven states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have already established independent universities of veterinary sciences and allied fields.
Expressing concern over non-development of animal husbandary sector, Mr Hooda said it was felt that livestock sector had been shadowed by crop development, inadequate research and extension activities as veterinary is considered part of agriculture where priority remains crop production. Also, veterinary education has not kept pace with the recent scientific development.
''It is high time that the education in veterinary sciences and allied fields be given independent status by taking it away from the agricultural universities,'' he said.
At present, there is only one veterinary college in Haryana attached to CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, with 40 seats only. The independent university would ensure that about 1000 to 1500 veterinary graduates pass out every year from Haryana.