Faculty Veterinary and Animal Sciences,
37, K.B.Sarani, Kolkata-37
Establishment of the Department 1971 Academic programmes B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc. (LPM), Ph.D. No. of degrees offered Ph.D.: 32
P.G. : 105
Floor space available
3500 sq. ft. (including one class room, laboratory, seminar hall)
6599 sq. ft.
Faculty MemberFaculty: Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
Head of the Department. : Dr. Santanu Bera
Undergraduate Programme Course No. Course Title Credit Hours LPM 111 LPM-I (General Principles and Ruminants) 3 + 1 LPM 121 Fodder Production and Grassland Management 1 + 1 LPM 122 LPM-II (Monogastric and Laboratory Animals) 1 + 1 LPM 211 Avian Production Management 1 + 1 LPM 221 Commercial Poultry Production and Hatchery Managem 1 + 1 LPM 222 Livestock Production Management (Regional Interest 1 + 1 VPP 322 Aquatic Animal Diseases, Health Care and Managemen 1 + 1 Post-graduate programme Course No. Course Title Credit Hours LPM 601 Cattle and Buffalo Production and Management 2+1 LPM-602 Sheep and Goat Production and Management 2+1 LPM-604 Laboratory Animal Production and Management 1+1 LPM-605 Shelter Management 1+1 LPM-606 Principles of Environmental Hygiene and Waste Mana 2+0 LPM-607 Climatology and Animal Production 1+0 LPM-608 Poultry Farm and Hatchery Management 2+1 LPM-609 Farm Animal Behavior 1+0 LPM-610 Integrated Livestock Farming System 2+1 LPM-611 Equine Production and Management 1+1 LPM-612 Wild Life Management and Conservation 2+0 LPM-613 Livestock Business Management 1+1 LPM-691 Master’s Seminar 1+0 LPM-699 Master’s Research 20 Ph D Course No. Course Title Credit Hours LPM 701 Advances in Cattle and Buffalo Production and Mana 3+0 LPM-702 Advances in Sheep and Goat Production and Manageme 2+1 LPM-703 Advances in Swine Production and Management 2+1 LPM-704 Advances in Laboratory Animal Production and Manag 1+0 LPM-705 Advances in Poultry Production Management 2+1 LPM-706 Advances in Environmental Management 1+1 LPM-707 Advances in Equine Management 2+0 LPM-791 Doctoral Seminar-I 1+0 LPM-792 Doctoral Seminar-II 1+0 LPM-799 Doctoral Research 45
* Compulsory for Master’s programme; ** Compulsory for Doctoral programme
Project Completed / ongoing
Ongoing Sl.No. Title Name of PI Period Funding Agency Budget (Rs. in lakhs) 1 Poultry Seed Project Dr. Santanu Bera 2010-2016 ICAR, New Delhi 236.430 2 Network Project on In-situ Conservation of Haringhata Black Chicken Dr. Shubhranshu Pan 2014-2016 ICAR, New Delhi 6.000 3 Conservation of Threatened Breed (Ghoongroo Pig) Dr. Shubhranshu Pan 2004-2016 Department of AH, Dairying and Fisheries, Govt. of India 78.500 4 AICRP on Goat Improvement, Black Bengal Field Unit Dr. Ashis Kumar Samanta 2004-2012 ICAR, New Delhi
Project Research Findings Poultry Seed Project The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (under Project Directorate on Poultry, Hyderabad; Central Avian Research Institute, Bareily) and several State Agricultural and Veterinary Universities developed improved chicken varieties (Vanaraja, Giriraja, Gramapriya, CARI Shyam, Rajarshi, Swarnadhara, Nandanam, Krishna-J, Gramalakshmi, CARI Gold etc.), suitable for rural poultry farming. Majority of these varieties resemble the native chicken. It grows fast and produce more number of eggs and require low input (like feed, housing, management, health care, etc.). It also sustains different hazards of the climatic and environmental changes. The Project Directorate on Poultry has developed three promising chicken varieties which can sustain and perform better than the native (deshi) chicken varieties available in the country. The improved rural chicken varieties developed by PDP are Gramapriya, Vanaraja and Krishibro which are popular for their egg production, dual purpose and meat yield respectively. All these birds gained wider acceptability across the country with the limited extension and commercial propagation facilities available with the Directorate.
A need was felt to establish rural chicken germplasm units across the country to meet the growing demand for these chicken varieties and also to avoid difficulties involved in transportation of these delicate and perishable eggs and chicks throughout the country.
The achievements of the project during reporting period is as follows –
- Targets / Action points: Production and propagation of Vanaraja and Grampriya chicks
- Targets Achieved: More than three lakh chicks have been produced and propagated
- Technology transferred: Rearing of Vanaraja and Grampriya birds in backyard
- Major achievement: Popularization of Vanaraja & Grampriya birds as a source of supplementary income.
Network Project on In-situ Conservation of Haringhata Black Chicken Haringhata Black, an indigenous fowl genetic resource came to the notice of scientists, planners and developers 25 years back by virtue of its superb adaptability to back yard system, productivity and disease tolerance. The breed has been listed by Acharya and Bhat (1984), NBAGR (2004) and World Watch List (FAO, 2009). However, the indigenous breed, like others lost track due to market competition with commercial layer and broiler of synthetic strain (Singh and Singh, 2004). The breed is constantly loosing genetic identity (purity) due to unregulated breeding with other breeds in the back yard. Farmers’ ignorance coupled with lack of attention of other stakeholders. This has eventually led to a threat to the breed. Due to genetic dilution the breed has developed several defects, viz., loss of body conformation (originally ideal layer type), reduction in body size and loss of egg production.
- Targets / Action points: In-situ Conservation of Haringhata Black Chicken
- Targets Achieved: In-situ conservation programme has been launched on 15.01.2015 at Village-Sonakhali, Haringhata, Dist-Nadia involving all the households of the village
- Technology transferred: Rearing of Haringhata Black chicken in backyard
- Major achievement: First time in India the action plan/ protocol for in-situ conservation of chicken breed has been successfully implemented.
Conservation of Threatened Breed (Ghoongroo Pig) Ghoongroo Pig, an indigenous (landrace) breed of pig belongs to Dooars’ valley of West Bengal. The breed was unknown to scientists, planners and developers before launching of the scheme. Scientists of West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences first identified and reported about the breed. High prolificacy, faster growth, consumers’ preference and adaptability to low management input are some of the outstanding characteristics of the breed. The unique germ plasm was under constant threat due to indiscriminate breeding with scrap variety. Most significantly, the breed has the potential to replace the exotic breed from temperate zone used for improved pig production programme.
- Targets / Action points: Breed Conservation
- Targets Achieved: Conservation and propagation of the breed
- Technology transferred: Ghoongroo Pig Production Techno-logy
- Major achievement: The Breed has been registered as first Indigenous breed of India
Most interestingly the breed has adapted very well to South Bengal climate. It has become very popular among the pig farmers of South Bengal because of its high growth rate at the farmers’ house, low health problem, excellent prolificacy, low mortality at pre-weaning stage, high quality pork and consequently high consumer demand. A male or female animal at the age of marketing (10 months) fetches a huge profit margin. This has made the breed popular in South Bengal. There is always a very high demand for weaned piglets.
AICRP on Goat Improvement, Black Bengal Field Unit