Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, on Thursday bagged the Partnership Excellence Award from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on its 33rd foundation day in Chandigarh on Thursday.
The award was given by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to VK Taneja, vice-chancellor, GADVASU. The function was attended by SNS Randhawa, director of research, and various other officials from the university.
SNS Randhawa said the award was based on the performance of the veterinary varsity in 2013-14 in dissemination of technology to farmers in allied fields. It is important to mention here that the GADVASU has been associated with the NABARD since 2012 and has been conducting training programmes for dairy farmers, transfer of new practices, and technologies in the field of dairy farming clubs promoted by the bank.
Under the Area Development Scheme operated by the NABARD in two districts of the state, a novel project was started for subscribing the monthly animal husbandry magazine, "Vigiyanak Pashu Palan", which was published by GADVASU to 210 farmers clubs and sponsored by the bank for two years.
These projects are showing excellent results and now the dairy scheme has been extended from already operational in two districts to further three more districts, including border area of Amritsar.
An innovative project on "milk chilling" by the department of dairy engineering, College of Dairy Science and Technology, was also implemented. It is the development of an innovative solar energy based prototype for milk chilling using vapour absorption system sponsored by the NABARD under Rural Innovation Fund.
Randhawa revealed that directorate of extension education is actively involved in updating the knowledge of the field functionaries, especially veterinarians on the current issues of the animals with the active participation of the extension education and other departments viz medicine, gynaecology, surgery, microbiology and animal disease research centre.