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It will be the first of its kind in South India

  • It will initially be attached to the College for Veterinary Sciences
  • Rs. 150 crore sanctioned for the institute for next five years

    SHIMOGA: A Centre for Toxicological Studies will be opened here shortly.

    The centre will be the first of its kind in South India and the second in the country, the other being the Centre for Drug Research Institute run by the Central Government in Kanpur.

    The proposed centre will initially be attached to the College for Veterinary Sciences here.

    Later, it will be developed into an autonomous institution. Dean of the College for Veterinary Sciences G.M. Govindaiah told The Hindu here on Saturday that the State Government had sanctioned Rs. 150 crore for the institute for the next five years, and added that Rs. 1.5 crore had been released for infrastructure. He said the centre would be located at Sominakoppa where the College of Veterinary Sciences was being developed on a sprawling 150-acre site.

    Research areas

    He said research on pharmacology, bio-technology, pathology, microbiology would be taken up with special emphasis on drug-related subjects. More than 50 researchers would work in the institute, he said.

    Mr. Govindaiah said the Government had decided to start a College for Veterinary Sciences in Hassan. It would be the second College for Veterinary Sciences in the Malnad region, the first being set up in Shimoga.

    He said Minister for Public Works H.D. Revanna, who is Minister in charge of the Hassan district accompanied by the Vice Chancellor for the University for Veterinary Sciences R.N. Srinivas Gowda and himself, recently visited a 200-acre land about 2 km from Hassan town before finalising it for the college to be developed there.

    Mr. Govindaiah said the Government had decided to sanction Rs. 78 crore for the next five years for the development of the new college and added that Rs. 6 crore had been released for development of infrastructure in the proposed college.

    Proposals accepted

    He said he was happy that of eight of the proposals made by him, seven had been sanctioned.

    They included the opening of the Dairy Sciences College at Gulbarga, Institute of Vaccinology in Belgaum and the Wildlife Research Institute at Mercara. Mr. Govindaiah said the Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy was likely to lay the foundation for the College of Veterinary Sciences here on April 18. Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa would be present on the occasion, he added.

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