Thursday, November 22, 2007

VETERINARY COLLEGE AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE, NAMAKKAL

The Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal was established on 14-06-1985 as a constituent unit of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore and subsequently became a constituent college of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) from 20-09-1989. The college is located at Laddivadi, 7 km from Namakkal on the way to Mohanur. The total area of the campus is 502.34 acres.

Namakkal is one of the largest egg producing pockets of our country accommodating about 2.5 million layers producing around 20 million eggs per day with various systems of housing and management practices. About 75 to 80 per cent of the total replacement chicks are being produced and distributed by renowned and well-established hatcheries situated at Namakkal.

Building Facilities and Staff Strength

More than 14 blocks have been completed at a cost of 839.00 lakhs and 2 new buildings are under construction. The sanctioned strength of teaching staff is 121 and that of non-teaching staff is 127.

Awards and Accreditation


The Veterinary College and Research Institute, has been accredited by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR),
New Delhi for five years from 14-08-2001.

Education

The college is offering undergraduate (B.V.Sc.,) and postgraduate (M.V.Sc., & Ph.D.,) courses in Veterinary and Animal Sciences faculty. It has 24 Departments, which cater to the academic needs of undergraduate and postgraduate students. In B.V.Sc programme, so far, 20 batches have been admitted with a total of 1338 students. From the first fourteen batches, a total of 920 students have graduated. Postgraduate programme (M.V.Sc.,) was started in this college in eight disciplines on
25-10-1993. At present 32 students are on roll in postgraduate programme (14 boys + 18 girls). So far 11 batches have been admitted with a total of 179 students. A total of 131 students belonging to the first nine batches have graduated. During the 10th convocation held on 09-06-2005 at Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai, a B.V.Sc. graduate of this Institute Selvi M. Sakthi Priya bagged 21 medals for her outstanding performance.

The following 24 Departments are there at Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal.

1.

Agronomy

13.

Poultry Science

2.

Animal Feed Analytical and Quality Control Laboratory

14.

Veterinary Anatomy and Histology

3.

Animal Genetics and Breeding

15.

Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension

4.

Animal Husbandry Economics

16.

Veterinary Biochemistry

5.

Animal Husbandry Statistics and Computer Applications

17.

Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Ethics and Jurisprudence

6.

Animal Nutrition

18.

Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

7.

Animal Reproduction Gynaecology and Obstetrics

19.

Veterinary Microbiology

8.

Clinics

20.

Veterinary Parasitology

9.

Dairy Science

21.

Veterinary Pathology

10.

Livestock Production and Management

22.

Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology

11.

Meat Science and Technology

23.

Veterinary Physiology

12.

Physical Education

24.

Veterinary Surgery and Radiology

At present postgraduate programmes are being offered in the following Departments:

1.

Animal Nutrition

2.

Animal Reproduction Gynaecology and Obstetrics

3.

Livestock Production and Management

4.

Poultry Science

5.

Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension

6.

Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

7.

Veterinary Microbiology

8.

Veterinary Parasitology

9.

Veterinary Physiology

Ph.D programmes were started in this college in the disciplines of Poultry Science and Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension from the academic year 1995-96 onwards. So far 12 scholars have completed their Ph.D., in these disciplines.

Apart from this, 44 part-time Ph.D scholars in the faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences completed their Ph.D research work in this college. Thirteen part-time Ph.D scholars working in this college are doing their Ph.D research work utilizing the facilities available in this college.

Scholarships

A total of 280 students (both B.V.Sc and M.V.Sc) are availing about Rs.13.65 lakhs by Government of Tamil Nadu and Tamil Nadu Veterinary and
Animal Sciences University scholarship. A sum of Rs.1.19 lakh was exempted towards payment of tuition fees to the SC / ST students. Nine alumni of this Institute have been selected as Agricultural Research Scientists in ICAR. So far 15 graduates from this institute, have been selected for UPSC and Group I services. The internship training programme is conducted at Madras Veterinary College, Chennai for clinical training and farm training at Livestock Research Station, Kattupakkam and Poultry Research Station, Nandanam, Chennai.

Research Projects, Sub projects, Student Projects and Part II Schemes

Fifteen (15) research projects were completed at a total cost of Rs.1.51 crore and nine (9) research projects are under progress in various departments. Student projects sanctioned by the
Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Chennai, are being conducted in various departments from 1995 - 96 onwards. So far, 36 projects were completed. Among them four projects bagged awards. Three (3) Part II schemes of Government of Tamil Nadu are under progress.

The Institute is routinely screening human and animal sera samples for the diagnosis of leptospirosis and helps in the diagnosis of this zoonotic disease.

Trainings/Seminars/Symposia/Workshops etc., conducted

Trainings, seminars, workshops etc., (at both national and state levels) are conducted at this Institute by the various departments for the benefit of field veterinarians, scientists of other institutions, farmers, farm women and entrepreneurs. So far 50 programmes both at national and state levels were conducted.

Library

The library of this college possesses 7,763 latest books in Veterinary and Animal Sciences. Multiple copies of text books and 78 numbers of journals and periodicals are available to the students. Apart from this, each department has its own “Department Library” with latest textbooks relevant to their disciplines. 127 Nos. of CD ROMs, 5 Televisions, 5 Video Cassette Players and 48 Educational Video Cassettes.

Computer Facilities

Computer Centre is functioning in the campus for imparting practical training to the undergraduate and postgraduate students. Computer facilities are also available in all the departments with Local Area Network (LAN) and Internet facilities. Internet browsing facility is also extended to the student community on cost basis.

Staff Quarters

34 Nos. of staff quarters are available for providing residential accommodation to the both teaching and non-teaching staff.

Hostel

Residential accommodation for a total strength of 303 students is available. The hostel is well maintained and administered by a Warden with the assistance of four Deputy Wardens. Women students are accommodated in separate blocks. Part-time Medical Officer has been appointed and he is visiting the hostel twice a week.

Mess is run in the hostel to cater to the needs of the students. Steam cooking equipment at a cost of 1.40 lakh has been installed under AHRDP funds in the mess. L.P gas connection has been provided to the hostel at a total cost of Rs.1.03 lakh. A gasifier with accessories has been provided to the hostel by Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency, Chennai with 100% subsidy for cooking purposes. Solar water heating system with a capacity 1000 LPD at 80°C has been provided at a cost of Rs.1.23 lakh under ICAR Development Grant. A centralized kitchen for this hostel at a cost of Rs.3.10 lakhs has been constructed under University funds.

Reading rooms with newspapers, magazines and books, entertainment halls with televisions with cable connection, tape recorders (Two in One) etc., are also provided for the benefit of the inmates of the hostel. All the hostel blocks are provided with water cooler and water purifying units.

Phone connection with STD and computerized billing facility are provided in both men and ladies hostels. Hostel library is maintained with the provision of Tamil books on various topics.

Constructed a common dining hall for the ladies at a total cost of Rs.7.00 lakhs. A total of 42 books were purchased for the Library of ladies and men’s hostels at a total cost of Rs.5,707/-.

Student Co-operative Stores

The VC&RI Staff and Students Co-operative Stores is being run for the benefit of staff and students of this college. State level best performance award has been given to the Co-operative Stores for the third time.

Cafeteria

A fully furnished Cafeteria is functioning on no loss no profit basis in its own building at Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal for the benefit of both the staff and students.

National Cadet Corps (NCC)

National Cadet Corps belonging to No. 12 Battalion (Tamil Nadu) Army Wing (6/12 Company of 12 (TN) NCC) has been functioning here since October 1994 with the strength of fifty (50) cadets. During this year 2004-05, 24 new cadets were enrolled in the First year NCC. The military training and special corps training was given by to all the cadets of NCC through 40 parades i.e. 80 hours. 20 cadets appeared for the certificate “B” examination. 50 cadets are enrolled and given various training including drill, weapon training, map reading and adventurous activities etc.

National Service Scheme (NSS)

The National Service Scheme has a strength of 225 volunteers. Volunteers are involved in carrying out various animal husbandry activities such as livestock health camp, RDVK vaccination of backyard poultry, demonstration on milk products preparation, exhibiting video show on livestock management practices. Rain water harvesting programmes, AIDS awareness camps, environmental awareness programmes, health education activities to the rural folks and blood donation are also carried out regularly.

Sports

The students are regularly undergoing training and coaching in foot ball, volley ball, hockey, cricket, basket ball, badminton, throw ball, net ball and ball badminton. They are also participating in district, state level and South Zone interuniversity tournaments in different sports and games.

The students participated in the All India Inter-Veterinary College Students Sports, Games and Cultural festival held at the College of Veterinary Science, Tirupati from 13th to 15th May 2005 and won prizes in many events.

A multi-purpose indoor sports stadium equipped with latest hydraulic equipment has been created for the benefit of the students to develop physical fitness and overall personality. For the development of physical fitness a multigym is very well established for the students. Annual sports day is conducted every year.

Tamil Mandram

To encourage the hidden fine arts talents and to develop the leadership qualities, Tamil Mandram and Music Club are functioning at this Institute. The students’ journal “Elanthendral” is being released annually. Rolling trophies are installed at this Institute for which district level inter-collegiate competitions are conducted every year.

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