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Suresh S. Honnappagol
Suresh S. Honnappagol

M.B. GIRISH

The scope is good and jobs are aplenty, says KVAFSU Vice-Chancellor

The time has come to bring to the knowledge of students the viability of other professions which are challenging and lucrative, since the much-sought-after career in Information Technology has been badly hit by the global economic crisis, feels the Vice-Chancellor of Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar, Suresh S. Honnappagol.

And the veterinary profession is one among the options available, he told The Hindu EducationPlus. It covers dairy farming and fisheries. This profession plays an important role in the improvement of livestock wealth, which contributes substantially to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).Veterinarians have an important role to play in human medicine too. They are involved in stem cell research, gene therapy, therapeutic cloning, nanotechnology, preventing and controlling diseases of zoonotic importance, and protecting the environment and ecosystems. The Vice-Chancellor said the scope for entrepreneurship in diversified areas of the profession is on the rise. Canine and feline care in cosmopolitan cities, establishment of dairy and poultry industries, milk and meat processing ventures, establishment of livestock business and marketing etc. are gaining momentum. Veterinarians also have an important role to play during national disasters.

Globalisation has created an entirely new landscape for veterinarians. They have to deal with a plethora of new diseases including trans-boundary diseases and demand for safe and hygienic milk, meat, milk and meat products.

Mr. Honnappagol said dairy technology is a challenging career which offers enormous prospects for trained professionals. Graduates can work with State dairy departments, milk dairy cooperatives, non-governmental organisations and the dairy industry. They can also take to teaching in universities and research work either on their own or in association with bodies such as the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR). Dairy processing plants also appoint dairy science graduates for the research and development of new milk products.

Crucial role

Mr. Honnappagol said livestock plays a crucial role in sustaining the rural economy. Though the overall growth rate in the livestock sector of the country is steady at around six per cent, the 11th Five Year Plan envisages an overall growth rate of seven per cent per annum for this sector. The progress results in a more balanced development of the rural economy.

Development of the dairy sector leads to increased milk production, improvement in the nutritional standards of the people, more employment opportunities and higher income for small and marginal farmers and agriculture labourers.

The Vice-Chancellor said that most of the fisheries graduates are employed in the private sector in processing and aquaculture. They have established successful consultancy firms or are working overseas in various capacities or are being employed in many national and international organisations.

On the courses available, Mr. Honnappagol said the Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc & A.H.) is a five-year degree course consisting of nine semesters and six months of internship. The degree programme deals with the study of animal health care, breeding, feeding and management practices and is being regulated by the Veterinary Council of India, the statutory body established in 1984. The council regulates undergraduate course curriculum across the country.

The Bachelor of Dairy Technology (B.Tech - D.Tech) degree programme and Bachelor of Fisheries Sciences (B.F.Sc) are of four years duration consisting of eight semesters. After graduation, Master’s and Doctoral programmes can be pursued.

For admission to B.V.Sc. and A.H. programme the candidate should have scored minimum of 50 per cent aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English in P.U.C II year or its equivalent examination (40 per cent for SC, ST and CAT I)., and appearing for CET in Physics, Chemistry and Biology is mandatory. For admission to B.Tech (D.Tech) and B.F.Sc., pass in II Year P.U.C. or its equivalent examination in combination of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology is a must.

The admission process begins in May or June every year.

For further details of KVAFSU courses, contact:

* Registrar, KVAFSU, Bidar, Ph: 08482-245241

* Dean, Veterinary College, Bangalore, Ph: 080-23410509

* Dean, Veterinary College, Bidar, Ph: 08482-245106

* Dean, Veterinary College, Shimoga, Ph: 08182-320920

* Dean, Veterinary College, Hassan, Ph: 08172-223333

* Dean, Dairy Sci. College, Bangalore, Ph: 080-23414848

* Officer on Special Duty, Dairy Science College, Mahagoan, Ph: 94490 85241

* Dean, College of Fisheries, Mangalore, Ph: 0824-2248936

* Visit www.kvafsu.edu.in


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