Proposal for Veterinary, Fisheries Colleges pending

A proposal to start one more veterinary college and fisheries college is pending with the Tamil Nadu State government, said R. Prabakaran, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.

Demand for Trained Veterinarians

Dr. Prabakaran said there was huge demand for trained veterinarians in both the poultry and dairy sectors. Taking this into account the university had sent a proposal to the State Planning Commission under the XI Five Year Plan for starting a veterinary college at Tirunelveli.

Two veterinary colleges were functioning in Chennai and Namakkal. The place was identified as the university had 130 acres there.

Inland fishing activities were taking place in Thanjavur district. Hence the proposal to start a college in Thanjavur. There was only one fisheries college in Tuticorin, he said.

The university proposed to train veterinarians on training canines. For this, 15 final year students would be sent to the Dog Breeding Unit of the Remote Veterinary Corps belonging to the Indian Military at Meerut.

The training would be for 45 days. The Meerut unit specialised in training canines, he said.

The university would be part of the National Animal Disease Reporting System, which is being done by National Informatics Centre.

Preventive Measures

The university would identify any outbreak of animal diseases in the State and the information would be passed on to NIC. This would help in initiating preventive measures, he said.

The university is in the process of setting up a Centre for Advanced Faculty Training for Large Animal Clinic at Namakkal.

Similarly, a Live Stock Production Technology Centre would be started in Chennai. Both the Centres would be created with the help of Indian Council for Agricultural Research, he added.

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