Governor and Chancellor Smt. Anandiben Patel has said that livestock and fisheries have made significant contribution in the economic development of the state. Special efforts are being made for cow protection in the state at present. Work should be done to make the state self dependent in the development of livestock and gaushalas in particular. Smt. Patel was addressing the fifth convocation ceremony of Nanaji Deshmukh University of Veterinary Science in Jabalpur today.
The Governor said that the University is contributing significantly towards better health, development of advanced breed, protection, promotion and security of animals. She said that the idea of Gramodaya can be realized only with advanced livestock.
The Governor said that to become the world’s second largest economic power, it is necessary that we explore the possibility of development in every area including natural mineral resources, tourism, animal husbandry, fisheries and agriculture.
She said that opportunities for business and employment should be increased through women self-help groups in the field of goat and poultry farming. Cooperatives need to be strengthened and developed. She said that there is need for commercialization of livestock products. Our country has reached the top position in milk production. The country stands in the fifth position in fisheries and poultry also. There has been an increase in food production, yet women and children are more affected by malnutrition. Therefore, the wastage of food must be stopped. Food will have to be saved. She said that the villagers, farmers and cattle rearers should be made aware of the importance of clean environment. Smt. Patel said that students should use knowledge acquired from the University teachers, to make cattle rearers, villagers and vanvasis self-reliant.
The Governor said that the University has been given the first patent by the Intellectual Property Department of the Government of India. Under this, micro-tool and micro-fusion systems have been developed for the simplification of cloning process. We all have the responsibility to create a positive and constructive environment for connecting girls with higher education. The Governor wished all the students who received titles and gold medals and congratulated and wished them a bright future.
Professor Dr. Anil Kumar Shrivastava, President of Scientific Selection Board, New Delhi said at the convocation ceremony that 68 percent of the population of the country is of youth under 35. He said that the youth only will have to take the responsibility of taking the country into the Golden Age. He said that production of milk, eggs, mutton etc. will have to be increased through a workplan to overcome the shortage of food caused by population growth and decreasing agricultural area.
Among those present on the occasion were Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University Dr. P.K.Bisen, Vice Chancellor of Madhya Pradesh Ayurvigyan Vishwavidyalaya Dr. R.S. Sharma, Vice Chancellor of, Rani Durgavati University Prof. Kapildev Mishra, Vice-Chancellor of Law University Dr. Balraj Chauhan, former Vice-Chancellor Dr. Govind Mishra, besides the Registrar, Professors, Assistant Professors and students.
The Governor conferred honorary degree on Dr. Anil Kumar Shrivastav, Chairman of Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, New Delhi and former Vice-Chancellor of Anand Veterinary Science University, Anand and Kamdhenu University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Dr. M.C. Varshney. Prior to the convocation, the Governor inaugurated the newly constructed administrative building at Adhartal in Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Science University. Here she also worshiped the holy cow. Around 504 students were honoured with titles at the convocation.