The Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) is preparing to launch various development projects during 2015-16, including the setting up of three poultry hospitals and doctoral programmes in six disciplines in bio-sciences and B.Tech (Dairy Science and Technology) courses.
Talking to The Hindu after presenting the university budget for 2015-16 on Saturday, Vice Chancellor B. Ashok said the total budget allocation of the university for the next fiscal would be Rs.204.05 crore, of which, 38 per cent would be utilised for infrastructure and farm development.
“Twenty-four per cent each of the allocation would be spent on education and research,” Dr. Ashok said adding that the university would launch technology-enabled courses such as poultry entrepreneurship, dairy entrepreneurship, organic farming, dog care and management, toxicologic pathology, food safety and quality assurance and therapeutic management of infectious diseases in pet animals.
The KVASU intends to start a diploma programme in Dairy Science on its Thiruvazhamkunnu and Thumbermuzhi campuses. Five schools of research would be established statutory bodies from the next academic year.
“We are expecting the accreditation of the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration for more than 10 laboratories of the KVASU during this fiscal,” Dr. Ashok said. It would help in conducting various complex tests, including the tests relating to the Kysanur Forest Disease and Bird Flu. The university will establish three poultry hospitals in association with the Kerala State Poultry Development Corporation at Mannarkkad, Perumbavoor and Koothuparamba.
A separate tribal entrepreneurship training centre would be launched at Thiruvazhamkunnu. More number of revolving fund projects would be implemented to strengthen farming sector development in the State, he added.
Twenty-five veterinary service-cum-entrepreneurship centres would be established in the State in collaboration with the Malabar Regional Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union.