Dr GC Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (HPAU) on Monday held its 12th convocation.
HPAU vice-chancellor KK Katoch was the chief guest on the occasion. In his convocational address, Katoch appreciated the veterinary graduates for serving the livestock keepers in the state with dedication.
He told that animal husbandry sector was contributing 22% to the national agriculture GDP.
"The contribution of animal husbandry sector to agricultural GDP in the state is more than 50% and it offers a better scope for marginal farmers, whose income from agriculture is dwindling fast due to vagaries of weather, fragmentation of landholdings, insect-pest problems, monkey menace and poor pricing," said Katoch.
The vice-chancellor revealed that India needed around 72,000 veterinarians against the availability of 43,000.
He complemented the faculty members, non-teaching staff and students of the Veterinary and Animal Science College for working hard for the enhancement of livestock production and effective animal health cover in the state.
He conferred 275 undergraduate degrees, 30 gold medals and 22 certificates of honour on the students of whom 143 received the honour in person.
HPAU registrar Rattan Gautam led the convocation procession, read the permission of the chancellor and conducted the proceedings of convocation.
Dean of the college Dr Sanjit Katoch, while presenting the progress report told that his college was fulfilling the objectives to generate technical human resource as well as to conduct area specific research and to cater needs of the livestock sector in the state.
"The college was amongst the first institution in the country to adopt the Veterinary Council of India regulations of minimum standards of veterinary education for the award of bachelor of veterinary sciences and animal husbandry degree since the academic year 1994-95," he said, adding that the college had 18 departments, besides two service units in the form of a livestock farm and veterinary clinic cum teaching complex including the department of fisheries.
"The university is making efforts for establishment of an animal biotechnology centre, which will take collaborative animal research to the advanced level," he added.