Projects undertaken by Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University that are funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) are progressing well, said K.M.L. Pathak, Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi, here on Thursday.

Speaking at the inauguration of a workshop on ‘Recent Concepts in Diagnosis and Control of Avian Oncogenic Viruses', Prof. Pathak said the ICAR had funded 15 projects in various Departments of the University and the total estimate would be nearly Rs.8 crore. All the ongoing projects were progressing as per plan.

The ICAR is funding another programme under which three faculty members from the university will take up research in transgenic, stem cell and genomics. The selected faculty members will undergo training in London, which varies from two weeks to a couple of months, he said.

Field training

P. Thangaraju, Vice-Chancellor, TANUVAS, said the poultry industry in the country incurred losses up to Rs.2,000 crore last year. In order to reduce the loss, joint research projects have been taken up.

Venugopal Nair, Head, Avian Infectious Disease Programme, Institute of Animal Health, Compton, U.K., said the institute had tied up with various institutions in USA, China and Japan.

Under the present programme the researchers from the U.K. will visit India and undergo field training here, he said.