First round of counselling for Undergraduate Courses concludes at Vet Varsity
The first round of counselling of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana was completed on July 18-19, 2018 for four undergraduate courses i.e. Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry (five & a half years programme), Bachelor of Fisheries Science (four year programme), Bachelor of Biotechnology (four year programme) and Bachelor of Dairy Technology (four year programme) at Silver Jubilee Block Auditorium of the University. A total number of 2092 candidates appeared for Common Entrance Test (CET). Dr N S Sharma Controller of Examination informed that all the seats for UG programmes viz. 120 seats of B.V.Sc & A.H (60 each for College of Veterinary Science Ludhiana and Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar), 24 seats of B.F.Sc., 25 seats of B.Tech. (Biotechnology) and 34 seats of B.Tech. (Dairy Technology), were filled in the first counselling.
The second counselling for admission to Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Bachelor of Fisheries Science, B. Tech. (Biotechnology) and B.Tech. (Dairy Technology) is to be held on Aug 17, 2018, while third counselling for all the undergraduate programmes will be held on Sept 5, 2018. Status of vacant seats of all the UG programmes will be available on the university website www.gadvasu.in a day before the scheduled date of counselling.
Follow hygienic practices to keep away from water borne diseases – Public Health Experts
Safe drinking-water is vital for good health. Water used for drinking, teeth cleaning, hand washing, bathing, showering, food preparation and cooking needs to be free from chemicals and harmful germs, which may lead to water borne diseases. The information was shared by Dr. R.S.Aulakh, Director, School of Public Health & Zoonoses, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana. He revealed that waterborne disease can be parasitic, bacterial and viral, many of which are intestinal pathogens. Many water borne diseases such as giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, hepatitis A & E viral infections (jaundice), leptospirosis, typhoid, cholera and food poisonings can occur due to drinking of contaminated water in the rainy season. Infection commonly results when this contaminated water is used during bathing, washing, drinking, in the preparation of food, or the consumption of food thus infected. He said that according to the World Health Organization, diarrheal diseases account for more than 4 percent the total daily global burden of disease and is responsible for the deaths of about 20 lacs people every year. It was estimated that 88% of that burden is attributable to unsafe water supply, sanitation and hygiene, and is mostly concentrated in developing countries.
The experts from the School of Public Health & Zoonoses have advised the public to be aware of the water-borne diseases that normally increase during the rainy season. During this season, blockage and overflow of sewage pipes is a major source of contamination of drinking water supply. Further, the resulting stagnant waters act as breeding grounds for mosquitoes leading to increased risks of mosquito transmitted diseases such as dengue, malaria etc. Therefore, people should take preventive measures like ensuring that water does not get accumulated in and around their houses.
Moreover, water storage tanks may be a major source of contamination, with tank vents, and fill pipes as the major culprits behind storage tank contamination, through which insects and airborne bacteria can enter. Periodic maintenance and disinfection of the household water storage tank is necessary to preserve water quality. The experts from GADVASU have recommended that the water tank be sanitized at least twice a year, and water should be periodically tested for the presence of bacteria and other contaminants.
In addition, water purifiers or filters installed in houses should be of reputable quality. There should be proper maintenance of filters; as the filters may act as a potential source of microbial contamination of water, if properly not cleaned from time to time.
In case of any doubt, the water sample should be got tested from authorized laboratories. Such facility is also available at the School of Public Health and Zoonoses in the university. Thus, a significant amount of disease could be prevented through better access to safe water supply, adequate sanitation facilities and better hygiene practices.
87 take Veterinarians Oath at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University
The College of Veterinary Science of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana celebrated the Oath-Taking Ceremony of 87 passing out veterinarians including 30 girls of 2013 Bachelor of Veterinary Sci. & Animal Husbandry batch.
Dr. Narinder S Sharma, Officiating Dean, College of Veterinary Science and Controller of Examination, GADVASU was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr. Navdeep Singh, Professor, Department of Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex, welcomed all the dignitaries and shared the achievements of passing out students who brought laurels to the University in the field of academics, sports, and extra-curricular activities. Dr. Narinder S Sharma administered the Veterinarian’s Oath to the passing out graduates and extended his blessings for a bright and prosperous future of the students. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sharma advised the students to use their scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering. He asked the students to keep in touch with the University so that they can learn about the recent developments in the profession for upliftment of their knowledge and professional skill. The passing out graduate Dr Gursimran Singh on the behalf of his batch mates also shared experiences of the past 5 years during their stay in the university.
Use Vet Varsity Handy tools to get maximum benefits from Goat Farming: Veterinary Experts
Directorate of Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana has organized one week “Specialized Goat farming” training programme in the department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry extension. Dr. H.K. Verma, Director of Extension Education, GADVASU , during the valedictory session said that diversification of livestock sector is moving at a very fast pace, where in, the Veterinary University is always working to improve the socio-economic status of the livestock owners by providing them with recent inputs. He added that Goat farming is getting momentum in the state as rural youth especially farm women are taking lead by getting training from Veterinary University. It is pertinent to mention here that Veterinary University is providing training to farm women free of cost. A Goat management cum reproduction calendar, a handy tool has been developed by university as a ready reckoner for doing various operations and also keeping vigil on reproduction by using this tool. He informed that Beetle goat is one of the best breed of the country and farmers can get maximum benefits from this breed, which is the native of Punjab.
Dr S K Kansal, Professor and Head, Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education informed that a total of 42 trainees, including two women trainees from different parts of Punjab have participated in this training programme. Technical knowledge on latest nutritional and health management; housing; effective first aid management; vaccination; deworming; breed improvement; value addition of milk; reproductive and seasonal management were provided. Trainees were also imparted theoretical, as well as practical know-how of Goat rearing and hands-on-practice on recording basic vital parameters like rectal temperature, respiration rate; restrain; calculating age of Goats with dentition will be made. He further apprised that Veterinary varsity is organizing training programmes round the year for livestock farmers, which can prepare a trainee to become good entrepreneur in the field of Dairy/ Poultry/ Goat/ Pig or Fish farming. Farmer has just to fill a form first, which can be obtained from Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education or downloaded from website www.gadvasu.in. University is publishing various books in local language and monthly Punjabi magazine for benefit of farmers. One can contact at Farmer help line number 0161-2414005.
International Workshop on “Antimicrobial Resistance and Strategies for its Mitigation” starts at Veterinary Varsity
A four days International Workshop Focusing on “Antimicrobial Resistance and Strategies for its Mitigation” was inaugurated by S. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Cabinet Minister, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, Fisheries and Labour department at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, (GADVASU) Ludhiana. In his inaugural address S. Sidhu emphasized the important role played by Animal Husbandry sector and underlined the significance of misuse of antibiotic in the animals that can be a potential threat to the human population also. He exhorted the scientists to suggest possible remedies to curtail the menace of antibiotic resistance (AR). Total 55 researchers including18 researchers representing 15 different countries are participating in this conference.
Dr. AS Nanda, Vice-Chancellor of GADVASU stressed upon the economic impact of the disease outbreaks due to Superbugs and their adverse effects on the medical tourism of any country. He further emphasized the problem of AR is of global concern rather than a country specific issue. He lauded the efforts made by GADVASU scientists in the area of AR research.
Dr. Arun P. Kulshreshtha, Director General of Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and other Developing Countries (NAM S & T Centre), New Delhi, speaking on the occasion impressed upon the fact that the problem of AR has raised dangerously high levels, specifically in the developing nations. He was hopeful that the ongoing workshop will definitely come out with promising and positive resolution for the direction in the study of AR. He revealed that NAM S & T Centre sponsors fellowships for research across the different countries around the globe.
Dr. TS Rai Organizing, Sec. of the workshop informed that during this event expert from different institutes like PGI Chandigarh, DMC Ludhiana, Bihar Animal Sciences University and GADVASU will deliver lectures on different aspects of AR and its mitigation strategies. Hands on training will also be an important component for sharing the knowledge in the workshop.
Dr. JPS Gill, Director of Research of GADVASU delivered keynote address on the AR and current issues being faced nationally as well as internationally. Dr. AK Arora, Coordinator of the workshop was of the view that GADVASU is a lead institute in the area of AR research and significant research is being carried out on the molecular and genetic aspects.
Veterinary University to host an International event from 10th July to address the issue of Antibiotic Resistance
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences (GADVASU), Ludhiana is organizing an “International Workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance and Strategies for its Mitigation” in collaboration with Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and other Developing Countries (NAM S & T Centre), New Delhi at Department of Veterinary Microbiology from 10-13th July, 2018. While giving details, Dr. A. S. Nanda, Vice Chancellor of GADVASU informed that the systematic misuse and overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in human and Veterinary medicine and food production have put every nation at risk. Effective antimicrobial drugs are essential for protecting patients from potentially fatal diseases and ensuring that surgery and chemotherapy could be provided. Around 20 scientists from 15 countries including India are participating in the event, which includes microbiologists, immunologists, virologists, biotechnologists and biochemists working in the academic and research institutions, government departments and ministries and industries of the developing countries from Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mayanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Zambia.
Dr. T. S. Rai, Organizing Secretary and Professor cum Head, Department of Veterinary Microbiology said that the participating scientists will have scientific discussions through lectures on the global problem of antimicrobial resistance among bacteria which is posing a serious threat to human and animal health and economy because the resistance can pass through genes to other bacteria present in environment, animals or humans. They will also discuss about various strategies for mitigation of the development of resistance among bacteria which may include legislative control measures to avoid the misuse of the antibiotics in both human and veterinary sectors.
Fish care is important to avoid loss for better growth during rainy season
Fish farmers need to offer some special care towards their fish ponds during rainy season to protect their stock from sudden changes in water quality and prevent physical damages to the pond due to erosion of dykes, besides having proper drainage arrangements to prevent overflow of water and escape of stock thereof. The information was shared by Dr. KS Sandhu, Dean College of fisheries, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana.
Dr. Meera D Ansal, HoD said that it is recommended to keep 5 to 6 feet water depth with 1.5 to 2.0 feet free board in the pond to accommodate rain water. Secondly, it is very important to maintain sufficiently raised dykes in low lying areas, where large volume of runoff water from adjoining catchment area can enter into the pond. If not taken care of, it may lead to flooding, escape of stock and entry of unwanted pollutants, including pesticides, which may cause fish mortality.
To prevent erosion of pond dykes due to heavy rainfall, it is advocated to grow grass and other plants on the slopes as well as the top crest. Erosion of dykes increases turbidityof water and it becomes muddy, which affects photosynthetic activity leading to critical decline in oxygen levels. Under this condition it is advised to keep the pond well aerated.
Dr Meera said that water pH also falls down after rainfall and the water become acidic. Heavy intense rainfall may results into sudden abrupt pH changes in upper layers of water leading to serious physiological changes, which affects fish growth and may even cause mortality under severe condition. So it is advised to keep the pond water circulating through aeration and periodic exchange of water. For this purpose, it is recommended to use pond water for irrigating paddy fields, if possible and add fresh water in the ponds. In case, during rainy season, cloudy condition persists during the day time, stop feeding the fish and resume feeding on the next sunny day.
She recommended that if algal blooms appear in the pond, which can be judged from the dark green color of water as well as floating mats of algae on the water surface, stop feeding the fish and adding manures in the pond. During rainy season, if the farmer observes that the fish is coming to the surface of water to gasp atmospheric air due to oxygen depletion, aerate the water immediately by adding fresh water or by use of an aerator, stop feeding and go for thinning of stock, if it is more than the recommended stocking density.
Vet Varsity starts Admission process for Diploma Course
Admission process has been started for Diploma in Veterinary Science and Animal Health Technology by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana. GADVASU Registrar, Dr. S. Prabhakar informed that to meet the human resources requirement in the field of Para-veterinary area, university started Diploma in veterinary science and animal health technology. It is a 2-year course at Veterinary Polytechnic, Kaljharani (Bathinda) and Baba Hira Dass Ji, College of Pharamacy, Badal, a Private college, affiliated to GADVASU, Ludhiana. In both the colleges' seats no. is 80 each.
Dr. HK Verma, Director Extension Education informed that students who have passed 10+2 with Biology, Physics, Chemistry and English can apply for admission to diploma course. Admission will be on the basis of merit of entrance examination scheduled on 26, August 2018 at GADVASU Ludhiana. Prospectus and application forms for admission to diploma course are available only online on the university website www.gadvasu.in. Last date for receipt of application forms is July 13, 2018 without late fee whereas with late fee the last date is July 20, 2018. The First counseling is scheduled to be held at the Silver Jubilee Block, College of Veterinary Science on 11 September 2018 and second will be on 05 October, 2018. Detailed information can be obtained from the university website www.gadvasu.in.
Further the selected students will study at Vety. Polytechnic Kaljharani (Bathinda) where there is excellent Hostel and other related facilities said Dr. Verma.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tarn Taran organized a seven days vocational training course
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Booh, Tarn Taran organized a seven days vocational training course at Patti, Tarn Taran. Dr Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director (T), KVK, Tarn Taran inaugurated the event with his motivating speech for moving forward to adoption of subsidiary occupations regardless routine mundane activities. There was a group of 50 rural ladies who received specialized training under "Popularization of traditional embroidery of Punjab through different techniques" theme. Lectures regarding formation of self-help group, marketing of products, stitching and embroidery were delivered during the programme. Piverjeet Kaur Dhillon, Assistant Professor (Home Science) coordinated this programme and demonstrated various techniques of embroideries to the participants. Farm women were encouraged towards learning by doing principle in order to attain maximum knowledge and skills regarding various types of embroideries and fabric drafting. Dr Prerna Kapila, Assistant Professor (Home Science), KVK, Amritsar demonstrated drafting and cutting techniques for different embroidered fabrics as well as indo-western dresses. Nirmal Singh, Assistant Professor (Horticulture) has delivered lecture on different strategies in marketing of prepared products in order to make this venture profitable. Participants were enthuasitic to learn during the whole extension activity. Certificates to the trainees were distributed on the conclusion of the programme.
Foundation Stone of Guru Angad Dev Vet Varsity’s “Regional Research and Training Centre for buffaloes in the Tarn Taran District”
Functioning of Centre for Buffalos at Regional Research & Training Centre, Booh (Tarn Taran) will improve the economy of small and landless people engaged in animal husbandry. So, ultimately the dairy industry will flourish in the area. These views were expressed by S.Balbir Singh Sidhu, Cabinet Minister, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy and Labour department on the foundation stone laying of Regional Research and Training Centre for buffaloes in the Tarn Taran District. He also promised that he will put his best efforts to start a Veterinary Polytechnic in this area at the outset Cabinet Minister was depicted and explained the various activities undertaken by the KVK, Booh and a ‘Sale Point’ for providing various university inputs (Literature, Mineral Mixture, Bypass fat, Mastitis Kits etc.) was inaugurated by Minister.
In this function Dr. Amarjit Singh Nanda, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana revealed that Buffalo being the native animal, is well adapted to the local climatic conditions and resistant to various diseases and parasites. Murrah and Nili Ravi are two important breed of buffaloes reared in Punjab. There is ample scope to supply superior germplasm of buffaloes to adjoining states.
Dr. Dharambir Agnihotri, MLA, Tarn Taran, S. Harminder Singh Gill, MLA, Patti and S. Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, MLA, Khemkaran all said that this centre will develop a new combination of development in this area for buffalo breeding.
Dr. Harish Kumar Verma, Director of Extension Education, GADVASU informed that Establishment of a buffalo herd of high yielding buffaloes/bulls in the Tarn Taran district for production of superior germplasm for imparting competitive edge to the existing farm. To establish a nucleus herd of buffaloes, true to breed buffaloes will be procured from its breeding tract after recording of production performance and disease testing of animals.. The farm will be managed using best latest technologies and infrastructure available in the country.
Dr. J.P.S. Gill, Director Research, GADVASU informed that to improve buffalo breeds in the area, the proposal is to develop an elite herd of 100 buffaloes, 10 bulls and their followers so that superior bulls of high genetic merit can be selected. The bull calves and frozen semen of these bulls will be made available to the farmers/semen banks for the improvement of the buffalo breeds. A fodder calendar was released and progressive farmes were awarded by the dignitaries. Sh. Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal, Deputy Commissioner said that he will extend his full support for the development of this centre. Dr. Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director of KVK, Booh informed that the animals of this centre will be provided with latest and most comfortable and environmentally controlled housing, incorporating the latest inventions and management techniques.
Dr. Amarjit Singh, Director Animal Husbandry and S. Inderjit Singh, Director Dairy Development Board also graced the occasion.