Guru Angad Dev Veterinary And Animal Sciences University
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Initiative taken by Guru Angad Dev Vet Varsity to address National issue of paddy straw burning

May 23

An MOU has been signed between Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana and M/s Neway Renewable Energy (Bathinda) Pvt. Ltd (NREBPL), a sub group of Alkindi Group Company, Doha Qatar to convert paddy straw into enriched fodder pellets. The MOU was signed by Dr. J.P.S. Gill, Director Research and Abdul Samad Melath, Chairman NREBPL in the presence of Dr.  A.S. Nanda, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Parkash. S. Brar, Dean College of Veterinary Science, Dr S K Uppal, Dean Post Graduate Studies, Dr. Manju Wadhwa, Head department of Animal Nutrition, GADVASU, and Dr. S.K. Sivakumar, Director NREBPL.  
Dr AS Nanda told that  as per the data available approximately 20 million tones of paddy straw is available in Punjab which is not being utilized for productive purposes and most of it is burnt leading to air soil and water pollution apart from badly damaging natural bio diversity. The company plans to process 10 million tons of paddy straw into enriched fodder pellets using innovative technology under the guidance of GADVASU. The university experts will analyse the fodder pellets so produced for certain quality control parameters viz. digestibility, nutritional value and shelf life etc. quality. Dr Nanda further informed that GADVASU will also provide technical support from time to time. NREBPL has Donated Rs. 5 Lacks to GADVASU to support the project, amount will be increase according to need he added.
Dairy business is progressing in Gulf Cooperative Council Countries (GCC) but there is a severe lack of facilities for feed and fodder production So there is tremendous scope of export of enriched fodder pellets to Qatar and the Middle East countries. Qatar Company will market the products internationally using their 30 years experience in the global market.
NREBPL has already signed a MOU with Government of Punjab for processing of paddy straw in to carbon enriched fuel and is in the process of setting up the required infrastructure. The collaboration between GADVASU and NREBPL will go a long way in addressing the paddy straw management and other environmental issues.



Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University Scientists investigate fish mortality in the Beas River

May 18

In view of the mass fish mortality in river Beas on May 17, 2018, a team of three scientists namely Dr S. S. Hassan, Dr S.N Datta and Dr M.S Bal from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University,(GADVASU) Ludhiana rushed to the spot on request of Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar Sh. Kamaljit Singh Sangha to assess the probable causes of heavy mortality. According to Dr. K.S. Sandhu, Dean, College of Fisheries, GADVASU, the scientists noticed the brown colour of the following water of the river, apparently due to  the flow of sugar factory waste in the form of brown coloured liquid ‘Molasses’ which had  affected about 25-30 km of the river stretch. The dead fish species included large sized food fishes like Catfishes and Carps along with some small sized Weed fish like Chela and Puntius etc. The University scientists took a round of the affected river stretch along with the officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board and Wild Life officials and collected water, sediments and dead fish samples for analysis. Preliminary investigations revealed that the water samples had very poor concentration of dissolved oxygen. The water had acidic pH. It appears that the high fish mortality occurred due to poor availability of dissolved oxygen and acidity of water in a situation of rather than high Biological Oxygen demand. As informed by the local authorities, heavy load of molasses was accidently released in the river water, which has led to lowering dissolved oxygen levels to critical limits, resulting in suffocating conditions along with acid death point (pH 4-5) leading to heavy fish mortality.  The collected samples of the sediment, water and fish samples are being subjected to further expediting for toxicological and micro-biological parameters. As per earlier news reports, the freshwater has already been released into the river, which will improve the critical water quality parameters like pH and Dissolved Oxygen and stabilize the conditions.


Guru Angad Dev University NCC cadets carried out awareness drive

May 17

The girl Cadets of NCC, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana of 1 Pb. R & V SQN NCC carried out an awareness drive for the Women Health Sanitation and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programmes. The cadets went to residential societies of Rishi Nagar and also interacted with young girls and ladies. Cadets told the young girls the importance of Women health and sanitation, how they can prevent themselves from various diseases if they maintain proper sanitation. They were told how the Government is promoting and providing free sanitary napkins in Government schools for promoting the concept of rural health.
The parents were also advised that they should promote their girl child and help them study as much as they want. They were made aware of the fact that girls are not less than any other gender in any field. In the Commonwealth games girls also performed very well and earned a good number of medals.
Lt. Dr. N.D. Singh, Associate NCC Officer and Dr. P.P. Dubey, Care Taker Officer accompanied the cadets and they told the cadets that Govt. of India is also laying a lot of emphasis on these two programmes so that the girl child in our society may be maximum benefitted. They motivated the NCC cadets to aware the people living near their native place and motivate them for sanitation health.



Guru Angad Dev Veterinary Varsity authorities appeal to address the name of the university in full the full name of the institute

May 15

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana's authorities have decided to use complete name of the university in future in all communications. Registrar of the Varsity Dr. Sushil Prabhakar informed that suggestions/complaints have been received from several intellectuals, academicians, bureaucrats and politicians about frequently calling the university by abbreviated name as GADVASU. Even this term is used in the local language also. He said that it sounds very awkward and was not in line with the spirit of paying respect to the 'Guru'. He stated that university name should be addressed appropriately as best as possible.

A communiqué issued by the university extended some guidelines, that the full name of the university i.e. Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University should be used in all written communications.' The abbreviation 'GADVASU' may be used only if the name is repeated frequently in the document but the word 'GADVASU' in Punjabi, Hindi or any other regional language should never be used. For discussion and for oral communications full name of the university may be used. Dr. Prabhakar further stated that for frequent repeated references to the university in a discussion the name of the university may be refereed as Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University or Guru Angad Dev University. The word 'GADVASU' may also not be used in verbal communications. Registrar also appealed to the print and electronic media to support them by acknowledging the full name of the university while using in news items.

The authorities have conveyed the same to all the line departments, different institutes and offices etc. that frequently deal with Veterinary University so that the institute is properly addressed and the due respect is paid to the 'Guru'.


Training Programme on “Value Addition of Milk” concludes at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary And Animal Sciences University

May 14

A five-day training course on ‘Value Addition of Milk ' organized by College of Dairy Science and Technology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, (GADVASU) Ludhiana was concluded.
Dr H K Verma, Director of Extension Education, emphasized that there is a need for value addition of milk for dairy farmers and entrepreneurs. He said that value addition of milk could help to enhance the economic well-being of the large number of people in Punjab. He also suggested that farmers can obtain better prices of their milk through value addition by converting the milk into various milk products.
Dean, College of Dairy Science and Technology in his address apprised the trainees about the facilities available for farmers in various departments of the college pertaining to value addition of milk. He suggested the participants to maintain contacts with the University experts and try to excel in the dairy processing and value addition through hard work and innovation.
Er. Narender Kumar Chandla, one of the course co-ordinator of training programme provided an overview of the activities carried out for the participants during the training course. He informed that training programme was technically designed and provided practical training on manufacture of milk products viz. milk cake, paneer, whey drink, dahi, lassi, mozzarella cheese and sterilized flavoured milk, etc. Specialized lecture on establishment of mini dairy processing plant and guidelines to apply for FSSAI Licence, for start-up of dairy plant was also included in this training. The training covered the microbiological, chemical and economic aspects for proper handling of milk and milk products. Farmers also shared their experiences about the technical sessions of the training and mentioned that they had good practical experience of manufacturing the milk products and other technical know-how. Among the trainee’s, Brigadier Inder Mohan Singh and Mr. Gaurav Sood, said that the training imparted to them was of immense importance and was well-equipped with technical aspects of value addition of milk. Valedictory session was concluded with the distribution of training certificates to the participants. College is looking forward to conduct more specialized trainings to benefit dairy farmers and entrepreneurs in the future.


Improper care may affect health and production of poultry adversely in summer-Vet Varsity Expert

May 11

Summer is a challenging season to poultry farming. For the hot summer months there are many precautions which need to be taken right from the onset of rising temperature. The information was shared by Dr. A.P.S.Sethi, Senior Nutritionist (Poultry) of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University. He said that Poultry birds do not have sweat glands and have thick cover of feathers. During summer months the birds consume less feed and more water due to which their growth rate, egg production, egg shell quality and hatchability are all adversely affected and mortality is high. Disease incidence in the flocks also increases because of wet litter, immune-suppression, vaccination failures and contamination of drinking water.
    Dr. Sethi said that there should be a grass cover on the grounds surrounding the poultry house which will reduce the reflection of sunlight into the house. Vegetation should be kept trimmed to avoid blocking of air movement and to help in reducing rodent problems. Shady trees should be located where they do not restrict air movement. Keep a reliable, clean, cool source of water available to help the birds cope with high temperatures. As the birds excrete electrolytes during periods of heat stress, electrolytes can be added to the drinking water to replace those that are lost and to stimulate water consumption. The number of waterers and frequency of watering should be increased in summer months. In case of nipple drinkers, frequent check of nipples should be monitored.
While purchasing new stock the time of purchase should be adjusted in such a way that the productive stage should not come during acute summer months. Before the onset of summer season the unproductive and weak birds should be removed and stocking density should be reduced. During summer season nutrient intake by the birds should be increased by increasing nutrient density. Part of energy should be supplied through fats and oils. Feeding should be done during early morning and late evening improves micro environment of shed. Feed withdrawal from 9 am to 4.30 pm is very effective in reducing heat stress mortality. Feed intake and digestion produce nearly 7% additional heat in the body and is maximum after 4 to 5 hours after feed consumption. This should not coincide with hottest part of the day (2 to 3 pm) Birds fasted in the day compensate intake in the night time. Crude Protein level in feed should not be increased and preferably vegetable protein sources should be used.
Preventive treatment through drinking water should be given. In moderate hot weather, Ascorbic acid, Acetylsalicylic acid, Sodium bi carbonate and Potassium chloride can be given in drinking water to maintain electrolyte balance.  Egg collection frequency at the farm should be increased and cold room should be available for egg storage in hot summer months.


Admission Process starts at Veterinary Varsity

May 8

The process of admissions in different undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Veterinary Sciences, Fisheries, Dairy Technology and Biotechnology has started at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana with calling of online applications. University Controller of Examination, Dr. N S Sharma informed that the candidates have to apply only online for various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for academic session 2018-19. The prospectus containing detailed information on admission process including important dates, seat capacity, counseling/interview dates and reservation of seats etc. has been made available on the university website ( The admissions to undergraduate programmes are made on the basis of Common Entrance Test (CET-GADVASU 2018), to be held on 21st June, 2018.  The candidates are required to visit link GADVASU ADMISSION 2018-19 at and click it which will take to another page where to click “Apply Now” to apply online.  The candidates will be taken to the systematic Channel to fill all the columns in the form.  
Dr. Sushil Prabhakar, Registrar highlighted that last year GADVASU has introduced undergraduate programme on B.Tech. (Biotechnology) in addition to the regular undergraduate courses in Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc. & A.H.), Fishery Science (B.F.Sc.) and Dairy Technology {B.Tech. (DT)}. Candidates who have studied (Biology or Mathematics) at 10+2 level shall be able to compete in the CET for admission to Biotechnology programme. The eligibility for admission to undergraduate programmes in the College of Veterinary Science and College of Fisheries is 10+2 with medical stream from a recognized Board/University, while for College of Dairy Science and Technology the eligibility is 10+2 with non-medical stream.  
The last date to apply online for admission to Undergraduate Programmes is 23rd May (28th May with late fee). For Postgraduate Programmes, the online application can be submitted upto 18th June (25th June with late fee). The admission to Master’s programmes for residents of Punjab/Chandigarh in Veterinary Sciences, Fisheries, Dairy Technology and Animal Biotechnology will be based on the merit of the entrance exam (AIEEA-PG-2018) conducted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.  He further informed that GADVASU has been ranked 1st State Veterinary University by ICAR (2017) that has generated lot of interest among the students of GADVASU. After completion of degree, the Veterinary graduates are placed in the State/Central Animal Husbandry Departments/Army/Paramilitary organizations, R & D centres of Govt./Pvt. Sectors.  They may be self-employed or enter higher education in India or abroad, while Dairy Technologists have opportunities in Dairy industry, Milk Plants and Dairy cooperatives, multinationals and may undertake entrepreneurship. The fishery sector is also upcoming industry and has ample opportunities in Central Govt. /State Govt. /Fishery department and industry. For more details, the applicants may visit the University website or contact office of Registrar at Phone No. 0161-2553394.  



Five days training programme on Value Addition of Milk begins at GADVASU, Ludhiana

May 8

A training programme on ‘Value Addition of Milk’ for the dairy farmers of the state begins at College of Dairy Science & Technology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana. In this training programme, which will be held from May 7-11, 2018 total 21 farmers from different parts of the state have registered. Inaugurating the training programme, Dr. A. K. Puniya, Dean, College of Dairy Science and Technology, GADVASU explained the importance of value addition of milk in augmenting the farmer’s income and sustainability. He informed about the various extension activities of the University where dairy farmers can get associated and take benefits.
Training Co-ordinators Dr. S. Sivakumar, Dr. Gopika Talwar and Dr. Narender Kumar Chandla educated the participants about the training programme and extension activities of the college. It was informed that how such trainings  can help farmers to enhance the technical knowhow and help them to enter into milk processing business to become a successful entrepreneurs’; which would ultimately be a win-win situation for all stakeholders i.e. farmers and consumers.  Farmers were advised for clean milk production practices and entreated to convert milk into value added products so as to improve the profit levels as compared to the sale of liquid milk. During these five days training, farmers will be apprised of theoretical and practical aspects of various technologies of milk processing for the value addition of milk. The training would cover the technological, microbiological, chemical and economic aspects for proper handling of liquid milk and milk into milk products. To promote start-up ventures and entrepreneurial activity, farmers will be educated about establishment of mini dairy processing plant. Besides milk processing technologies, farmers will be sensitized about various on farm and off farm quality assurance measures and related food safety issued involved in milk processing


Vet varsity inks MoU to promote pig production in state

May 7

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana (GADVASU) inked a MoU to give boost to piggery production in the state. The MoU was signed by Dr. JPS Gill, Director of Research, GADVASU with Alfred Wahl, President, Polar Genetics, Canada (one of the leading company in production of high grade pig semen) and Tejinder Pal Singh of Grewal Pig Farm, Punjab in the presence of Dr. AS Nanda, Vice Chancellor of the university.  Dr. Prahlad Singh, HoD of Veterinary Gynecology, alongwith Baljit Singh and Daljit Singh, Progressive Pig Farmers were also present on the occasion.
Dr. AS Nanda, Vice Chancellor, GADVASU informed that commercial pig farming is an upcoming entrepreneurship in Punjab and many farmers are adopting piggery commercially so as to enhance their profit. The MoU will help in promoting pig production through genetic up gradation, appropriate management interventions and value addition making piggery a profitable venture for the farmers.
Dr. JPS Gill told that GADVASU has requisite infrastructure and expertise for conducting basic and applied research to promote pig production. Dr Ashwani Kumar Singh, Assistant Professor has already undertaken advance training in pig reproduction at Canada. Under this MoU, Grewal Pig Farm will help in evaluation of semen supplied by Polar Genetics, Canada through Artificial Insemination. Hence the mutual cooperation will help in enhancing pig production. An "All India coordinated Research Project on Pig" funded by ICAR is already operational in the Department of Veterinary Gynecology for strengthening research in pig production and management, nutrition and disease control.



Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Mohali celebrates World Veterinary Day

May 7

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, S.A.S. Nagar, Mohali of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana celebrated ‘World Veterinary Day 2018’ at village Dulwan Khadri under the guidance of Dr. Yashwant Singh, Deputy Director, KVK Mohali. Forty farmers and farmwomen participated in the event. While addressing farmers, Dr. Singh discussed importance of this day. He told farmers that World Veterinary Day is celebrated every year on last Saturday of April to raise public awareness about the important roles veterinarians undertake. Each year, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and World Veterinary Association (WVA) declare a theme for World Veterinary Day. For 2018, the celebrations is centered around focusing attention to the crucial role veterinarians play in the development of more sustainable animal husbandry practices, which improve not only the health of animals, but also the health and well-being of people and the environment; he further added. He also encouraged farmers for rearing livestock for diversification of agriculture to improve their income.
Dr. Shashi Pal, Assistant Professor (Livestock Production) told that in many global rural areas, the inhabitants are greatly dependent on animals for their livelihood and veterinarians are working together with other health professionals to improve and develop new production systems that are also respectful of animal welfare and the environment. Dr. Parul Gupta, Assistant Professor gave lecture on value addition of milk and its products. She also stressed on marketing of value added milk products which can further improve the economic status of farmers, livelihood and food safety. Dr. Vikas Phulia, Assistant Professor gave lecture on prospect of fish culture in village community ponds. He also motivated farmers for integrating fish farming along with agriculture and other livestock rearing practices to enhance farm income.
On this occasion, an animal welfare camp was also organized and dewormer (Butox) and Panacur was distributed free of cost to sensitize farmers regarding ecto- and endo-parasites of livestock animals, respectively. Farmers were also made aware regarding summer management of animals and balance feeding of dairy animals. Dr. Singh briefed farmers regarding various facilities and university products being made available to the farmers. Mr. Gurinder Singh, Sale executive, Vet-needs Pharma displayed products of their company during the event. Ex Sarpanch of village Dulwan Khadri, S. Chhinder Pal Singh thanked KVK team for conducting the programme and praised KVK Mohali for conducting various animal welfare activities on regular basis.