PU may start BSc in animal husbandry, dairy science

April 5, 2019

Vishakha Chaman 


Chandigarh: Panjab University (PU) is mulling to introduce two BSc (three-year) courses — in animal husbandry and in dairy science and management. The proposal was mooted in a recent meeting of the faculty of dairying, animal husbandry and agriculture held at the university.

Even as there is faculty, there was no course in dairying and animal husbandry. Senate member and former dean of the faculty prof Dalip Kumar gave the proposal. “The production of healthy livestock is the driving force for global food security. BSc (animal husbandry) course would provide avenues to work in dairy and poultry farms, state animal husbandry department, animal clinics, agriculture sector and private and government veterinary hospitals and clinics, which require on-job knowledge and expertise. The army and paramilitary forces employ animal husbandry professionals too,” he said.

The faculty at present runs BSc-agriculture (four years), BSc-agriculture (elective), PG diploma in applied agriculture; organic farming (add-on course) and another add-on course on floriculture and landscaping.

According to the proposal, BSc in dairy science and management will deal with milk production, animal husbandry, cattle rearing, storage of milk, transportation and packing of dairy products, modern technology used in dairy sector, nutrition science, marketing, management and dairy unit operations.

“For youngsters looking at career opportunities away from the urban life, dairy science and management can be an attractive choice in both government and private sectors. The National Dairy Development Board, a multi-locational organization involved in planning, implementing, financing and supporting farmer-owned professional agri-business enterprises, is the core PSU in this field,” added prof Kumar

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