THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Veterinary studies and research will attain a new direction and focus with the setting up of the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University at Pookode in Wayanad, Minister for Animal Husbandry C. Divakaran has said.
Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan will lay the foundation stone for the university headquarters on Monday at a function to be presided over by Mr. Divakaran.
In an article released here on Sunday, Mr. Divakaran said the first veterinary college had recently celebrated its golden jubilee and the second college at Pookode too had established a notable track record. At this juncture, establishment of the university would provide quality education, research, extension and management in veterinary sciences, incorpor- ating the latest technological advancements in biotechnology and information technology in livestock enterprises. It has been proposed to start courses in wildlife management, short-term diploma courses for livestock farmers, educated unemployed youth and prospective entrepreneurs. It will offer consultancy services, help preparation of projects, develop new business models and expand public participation in the management of government and other farms.