KERALA

State keen on setting up veterinary varsity

Staff Reporter

THRISSUR: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said the Government will take a decision on starting a veterinary university in the State after consulting the Centre. Inaugurating the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Kerala Agricultural University's (KAU) College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at Mannuthy on Saturday, the Chief Minister said the State Government would ascertain how much money the Centre was willing to allocate for the veterinary university.

``I will meet officials of the National Dairy Development Board at Anand on June 20 as part of the Government's efforts to develop Kerala's animal husbandry and dairy sectors. The issue of starting a veterinary university will be raised at the meeting and the extent of support that can be provided by the NDDB will be ascertained,'' the Chief Minister said. Referring to the alleged anomalies in the implementation of the University Grants Commission salary scale for KAU employees, Mr. Chandy said the Government would take steps to solve the problems. ``A decision in this regard will be taken soon. KAU employees need not worry,'' he said.

Mr. Chandy said it was some consolation to the Government to know that the State was doing well in animal husbandry and dairy development at a time when the agriculture sector faced a crisis.

Among those present on the occasion were Speaker Therambil Ramakrishnan, Water Resources Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, P.P. George, MLA, Mayor K. Radhakrishnan, KAU Vice-Chancellor K.V. Peter, and Dean of Veterinary College E. Nanu.

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