Karnal, 1 June 2010
On the occasion of World Milk Day, 1st June 2010, National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) launched ‘National Academy of Dairy Science (India) during a national workshop inaugurated here today. The academy will be National Think Tank and will be able to advice on policy matters for growth of quality dairy education and research in the country.
This academy will also act as nucleus for promoting inter-institutional collaboration; facilitate conduct of national and international workshops and appropriate forum for nomenclature of degrees, discipline and institutions.
Dr. R. B. Singh, former Chairman, Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ICAR), New Delhi, while inaugurating the workshop expressed his concern that about 1 billion people in the world remains hungry and 40% malnourished children are in India. Livestock sector is performing better over crop sciences and was supposed to grow at 6% but growth in this sector is hovering around 4-5%. Live stock sector employs more women and hence can empower women.
NDRI launched its new website (www.ndri.res.in) that gives comprehensive information on Research, Education and Extension activities of the institute.
In the key note address, Dr. B. N. Mathur, former Director, NDRI, emphasized that India could be centre for providing dairy education to nationals from Africa, Latin America and Caribbean.
In this presidential address, Dr. A. K. Srivastava, Director, NDRI informed that livestock sector contributes 28-30% to agricultural GDP and milk contributes 70% to livestock GDP. Milk production in India is growing four fold over world average. Wage disparity in dairy and non-dairy sector is of concern.
(Source: NAIP sub project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA based on inputs from NDRI, Karnal)