Tuskegee University Assists BHU in Initiating New Courses in Animal Nutrition

June 15–21, 2012 | Varanasi, India

Dr. Nar Kaji Gurung, Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tuskegee University, visited Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, from June 15–21, 2012 to review the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Animal Nutrition curriculum developed by Dr. D.C. Rai, Professor, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Science, BHU, during his visit to Cornell and Tuskegee in December 2011.

During his week-long visit, Dr. Gurung toured the BHU dairy farm, agriculture farm and fishery farm and visited with faculty from the Biotechnology Department, Centre of Food Science and Technology and Department of Home Science. He also had the opportunity to tour BHU’s new Rajiv Gandhi South Campus (RGSC), where a new institute of Veterinary Science has been proposed. Dr. Rai accompanied Dr. Gurung to the surrounding villages of Varanasi, where he visited 12 dairy farms and interacted with cattle breeders. Dr. Gurung toured the Chiraigaon Block of Varanasi, where the dairy and goat farms are located, and the Dugdh Ganga Cattle Feed Factory at Ashapur, Sarnath. There he shared his knowledge with farmers and offered tips on hygienic practices during raw milk production, handling and management. Dr. Gurung delivered a lecture on the “Status of Animal and Dairy Science Education” and hosted a discussion with BHU faculty on a research project titled “A comparative study of production practices adopted by small farmers of rural India for small ruminants (especially goats) with limited-resource farmers of Alabama,” which is a collaborative, on-farm project involving two undergraduate students from Tuskegee University and two postgraduate students from BHU. The project’s goal is to provide a better platform for improving animal nutrition and productivity, therefore helping reduce rural poverty and increase livelihood security in the Indo-Gangetic Plains.

Before departing BHU, Dr. Gurung briefed BHU leadership on the activities completed during his visit, including a work plan to assist Dr D.C. Rai in the development of B.Sc. courses in animal nutrition and specialized courses in feed formulation technology.

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