The apex body for veterinary education in the country -- the Veterinary Council of India (VCI), has forwarded a proposal to the Odisha state government for setting up a separate veterinary university to strengthen animal husbandry and livestock sector.
During the three-day Veterinary Pathology Congress-2013 held in the state on 21 November 2013, the president of the VCI Narayan Mohanty said, "I proposed the chief minister Naveen Patnaik to set up a separate veterinary university in the state so that we can improve research on various subjects of veterinary sciences. It would also help in improving services".
Now, the proposal is under active consideration of the state government, he revealed further.
"Lack of funds and poor infrastructure in both research and service sectors are main reasons for unsatisfactory growth in veterinary sciences," Mohanty added.
Currently, only thirteen states in the country have separate universities dedicated solely to veterinary science.
Mohanty further revealed that the VCI has also been considering of having uniform syllabus in all veterinary colleges across India; however the apex body will the provision to customize the syllabus according the local needs.