Srinagar, April 25:Â Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences
and Technology Kashmir organised a series of functions to commemorate World
Veterinary Day at the Shuhama campus.
The event was organised by the
universityâ€™s Faculty of Veterinary Sciences (FVSc) in collaboration with the
World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP)
for the institutional development of SKUAST-K.
The World Veterinary Day is
commemorated on the fourth Saturday of April every year to
highlight the contribution of
veterinarians towards humankind. This yearâ€™s theme for the day was
â€˜Veterinarians Response to COVID19 Crisesâ€™.
At the FVSc Shuhama campus, the day
marked the culmination of month-long celebrations during which a series of
online and offline programmes were organised. These included plantation drives,
cultural programmes, sports festival, school outreach programmes, National
Science Day, One health Hackathon on National Health Day, Farmerâ€™s outreach
programmes, Farmerâ€™s Exposure Visits, School Outreach Programmes and Online
Studentâ€™s Contests like Debates, Essay and Slogan writing, Photography, Poster
A webinar series was also organised
in which various national and international speakers highlighted the role of
Veterinary Sciences in light of COVID19 Pandemic. The speakers included Dr
Sarrah Othaman and Dr Noor-ul Fiza Mat Isa from Putra University Malaysia, Dr
Aneela Durrani, Dr Mahesh Chander, Dr BR Singh and Dr DB Mondal from Indian
Veterinary Research Institute, Barielly, Dr Prakash Reddy from
Ventri-biologicals, Dr B R Gulati from National Research Center for Equines,
Hissar,Â Â Dr Sunil B from Kerela Veterinary University and Dr M Maroof
Shah from Deptt of Sheep Husbandry Kashmir.
At Saturdayâ€™s event, Dean Faculty of
Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, SKUAST-Kashmir, Prof MA Pal led a
Rally from Studentsâ€™ Facility Centre to Faculty building, where the World
Veterinary Association flag was unfurled and University Tarana was played. Prof
ZA Pampori, Organising Secretary World Veterinary Day-2021 delivered the theme
address and Dean, FVSc highlighted the achievements of the Faculty in
Academics, Research and Extension. Prof NA Ganai, Director Planning and
Monitoring, and PI NAHEP, SKUAST-K in his address that he delivered in virtual
mode lauded the contribution of university scientists. He urged for
international collaborations in research and education, updation of curriculum
and effective societal outreach.
On side-lines of the programmes, a
COVID19 vaccination drive was organised by Chief Medical Officer Ganderbal, at
Faculty Health Centre in which a number of the Faculty staff members received
their first dose of Covishield Vaccine. All the events were held strictly as
per the COVID19 SOPs.