It will come up on the 818-acre campus of Livestock Breeding and Training Centre at Koyla

With the process of land acquisition started, the veterinary college at Koyla in Puttur taluk, to be the seventh veterinary college in the State, is all set to become a reality. But it will take a few years for the first batch to start.

The Rs. 142-crore, five-year project, which was announced in the 2012-13 budget, is to come up on the 818-acre campus of Livestock Breeding and Training Centre (LBTC) at Koyla.

Deputy Director of the Department of Animal Husbandry, K.V. Halagappa said the process of handing over 247 acres of land to Karnataka Veterinary and Fisheries Science University, Bidar, which will set up the college, had started.

“Only the detailed order, specifying exact numbers need to come from the Deputy Commissioners’ office,” Mr. Halagappa said.

The University has posted a special officer to ensure that the acquisition is done as quickly as possible.

However, it will be a few years before the first batch of the degree starts. “The Veterinary Council of India (VCI) will only approve the college once the required infrastructure and manpower is established. For this, we have to wait for the government to release the funds. But we’re sure to complete it before the five-year deadline,” said H.M. Jayaprakash, Registrar of the University.

As of now Rs. 8.5 crore in two instalments has been released for the construction. This will cover the construction of a compound wall, and rudimentary buildings.

The Registrar said the commencement of the college would coincide with the start of the proposed colleges in Athani (Bijapur district) and Gadag.

The new college will have 18 departments under veterinary sciences, with 273 faculty members, out of which 91 will be teaching staff and 172 non-teaching.

When asked if the functionality of the Training Centre — which has a 125-strong dairy, 50-strong piggery and an upcoming hatchery unit — will be affected by the land transfer, Mr. Halagappa said, “The training centre is a State government-funded centre and activities there will continue as usual.”


  • Process of handing over 247 acres of land to the veterinary university has begun, says official

  • University has posted a special officer to ensure speedy land acquisition


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