Ludhiana, July 15, 2016: Dr G. Venkateshwarlu, Assistant Director General (EQA&R), Indian Council of Agriculture Research, New Delhi visited College of Dairy Science & Technology (CODST) and College of Fisheries at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana. During his visit to different labs and demonstration units, he appreciated the kind of infrastructure facilities that have been created by the University for these Colleges in the form of teaching-cum-research labs, demonstration units and instruction-cum-experimental areas.
Dr A K Puniya, Dean CODST briefed about the mandate and vision of the college along with the recent achievements, ongoing projects and future goals. He showed the college experimental dairy plant and the recent technologies viz. Milk chiller and continuous Pinni making machine developed by college. Dr Venkateshwarlu applauded the college efforts towards securing a number of extramural research projects from different national funding agencies, training of the faculty abroad and ranking of students in national level entrance examinations. He also appreciated the efforts toward development of ICAR-Web portal for off class teacher-student connectivity.
Dr Asha Dhawan, Dean, College of Fisheries apprised Dr Venkateshwarlu, about the success stories achieved under lab to land program of the College in the development of saline water aquaculture in south west inland salt affected water logged areas, under ICAR's Niche area Excellence program and entrepreneurship development in fish processing for production of value added products from carp and cat fish products. Dr Dhawan told him that College made success in developing 3 year old brood stock of pangas catfish in Punjab through overwintering under poly-house condition and successful induced breeding for the first time in the State. He congratulated the faculty for the outstanding landmarks achieved in the field of saline water aquaculture, fish processing, ornamental fisheries and catfish culture. He also asked the faculty to have more focus on improving the education system, with special reference to the Student Ready program initiated by Prime Minister of India, for developing highly skilled human resource in fisheries.
Dr. Amarjit Singh, Placement-cum-Liaison Officer of the University briefed ADG about the recruitment of students of these colleges by various institutes and industries keeping in view the quality of education and training to the students. Dr G Venkateshwarlua appreciated the efforts made by GADVASU for the placement of students and assured full assistance from ICAR (Education Division) for further development of facilities for formulating an effective teaching, research and lab to land network to serve the farmers at regional as well as national level.