The new university to be headquartered at Pookkott
Minister going to New Delhi tomorrow to mobilise Central fund for the proposed university
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Government is planning to promulgate an ordinance to set up a university for veterinary and animal sciences in the State, according to Minister for Civil Supplies and Animal Husbandry C. Divakaran.
The Minister told The Hindu that the Law Department had scrutinised the draft legislation prepared for this by the Animal Husbandry Department. The final draft would be prepared soon after due consultations with all sections and it would be placed before the Cabinet for approval. "We are going very fast on this and I hope we would be able to promulgate the ordinance before the next Assembly session.''
The Minister said the proposed university would be headquartered at the sprawling campus of the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pookkott, in Wayanad district and the veterinary college at Mannuthy in Thrissur district would work under it. There was enough space on the Pookkott campus and some buildings could also be made available there, he said.
He said the proposal had been so designed that it would cause only limited additional financial burden to the State exchequer. The two veterinary colleges in the State were presently working under the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU). The staff and teachers now working at those two colleges would be separated from the administrative control of the KAU and would be deployed under the new university.
The Government could go in for `supplementary demands' in case some finance was required for the new university, the Minister said.
"I am going to New Delhi on May 2 to explore the possibilities of getting some special Central funding to support the proposed veterinary university,'' Mr. Divakaran said.
Emphasising that veterinary science graduates have a huge scope in the State and outside, the Minister said most of the States had a separate university for veterinary sciences and Kerala was probably the only State which was lagging in this.
This was despite the fact that animal husbandry had the potential to contribute enormously to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Kerala. Here veterinary sciences were often being treated as part of the agricultural sciences depriving the possibilities of the growth of the former to the fullest extent possible, the Minister said.
Pointing out that the Centre was sanctioning many projects in the animal husbandry sector recognising its potentials, Mr. Divakaran said somehow the Government was not taking much initiatives in the past to get such projects for Kerala. Now the State Government intensified its efforts to get as many Central projects as possible in the animal husbandry sector. "I had travelled to New Delhi 14 times in the last one year mainly to persuade the Central Government authorities to sanction more projects to the State,'' Mr. Divakaran said.