10th March 2018, Karnal
Sixteenth Convocation of the ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal was organized here today.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, delivered the Convocation Address and distribute degree certificates.
Expressing satisfaction at the production of milk in the country, the Agriculture Minister said that since last 20 years, India continues to be the largest milk producer in the world and the credit goes to the research institutions like NDRI for catering to the technological and human resource requirement of the dairy sector.
Shri said that in past few years, various Government schemes and initiatives have brought about remarkable growth in animal husbandry. In the last 6 years, milk production increased from 121.8 million tons in 2010-11 to 165.4 million tons in 2016-17. In first three years of this period up to 2013-14, the increase was 13%, thereafter the increase is over 20%. Per capita availability increased by only 9% from 2010-11 to 2013-14, the increase was 15% from 2013-14 to 2016-17. Emphasising the commitment of the Government in Dairy Sector, he said that National Mission on Bovine Productivity with allocation of Rs. 825 crore was initiated for genetic upgradation. of cattle and buffalo population through delivery of breeding inputs at farmers’ doorstep. He expressed satisfaction this Institute is maintaining three very good Indian dairy breeds, Sahiwal, Tharparkar and Rathi here at Karnal campus and also Maland Gidda at Bangalore campus.
Elaborating the Govt. Scheme in Dairy Sector, the Minister said that the Govt. has launched ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission” that aims to conserve and develop indigenous breeds. In this regard, 20 Gokul Grams have been approved in 13 states which will act as centers for development and protection of indigenous breeds. The Govt. has also established two National Kamdhenu Breeding Center in the country at Itarsi and Hoshangabad (Northern region) and Chntaladevi and Nellore (in Southern region).
On this occasion, degree Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) was conferred on Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR).
Dr. R.R.B. Singh, Director, NDRI briefed about the significant achievements made by the institute during the past year. He also congratulated all the awardees, teachers and parents. He said that Institute is offering Doctoral and Master courses in fifteen different disciplines. In addition, the Institute also offers the prestigious degree course leading to award of B. Tech. (Dairy Technology). At present, 928 students are undergoing various academic programmes including 352 girl students and 5 foreign students (1 in Doctoral Programme, 3 in Masters Programme and 1 in Graduate programme) from Syria, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
In 2016-17, the average salary offered was Rs. 4.80 and Rs. 6.00 lakhs per annum for UG and PG students, respectively. He further said that has five collaborative international research projects with UK, USA, Egypt, Denmark and Kenya. NDRI has filed 4 patents and 2 patents have been granted. A total number of 556 research papers were published in the current year (2017- 18).
During Convocation, 27 B. Tech., 146 Masters and 105 Ph.D. scholars were awarded degrees. Besides the degree certificates, Best Teacher Award, Gold Medals for highest marks and Best Thesis Research Work were also awarded.
Dr. J.K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR; Dr. Rameshwar Singh, Vice Chancellor, Bihar Animal Sciences University also graced the occasion.
(Source: ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal)