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VEPERY: Celebrating a century

THE MADRAS Veterinary College (MVC), the oldest in the State, will celebrate its centenary in February 2003. Known as the horse treatment college in the old days (since the main mode of transport was horses), the college on Vepery High Road, has come a long way.

The institute, which started as an agricultural school in 1876 offering diploma and certificate courses in veterinary and animal sciences, attained the status of a college in 1903. MVC was affiliated to Madras University until 1989, when it became a separate university. The college also runs research and training institutes across the State. "These institutes act as extension centres linking the university with the farmers," says Dr. P. Thangaraju, Dean of MVC.

VEPERY: Celebrating a century

As part of its centenary celebrations the college will organise intercollegiate events throughout the year.

"We plan to hold an all-India/regional livestock exhibition, including all the southern States, apart from the inauguration of a history museum chronicling the growth of the college.

A commemoration pillar will be installed," says Dr. Thangaraju.

SANGEETH KURIAN