Birsa Agricultural University (BAU) vice-chancellor Onkar Nath Singh urged teachers, staff and students of Ranchi Veterinary College (RVC) to work together for regaining the past glory of the college.
Singh was addressing the 61st foundation day programme of RVC, which had been declared the country’s best veterinary college by a visiting parliamentary delegation in 1984.
Singh said efforts were being taken to fill the vacancies in the college faculty.
“With students coming back to campus for offline classes, the college is now humming with life. Online classes can’t match the delivery and quality of offline classes having eye to eye contact,” vice-chancellor Singh said.
P.K. Yadav, the vice-chairman of the Veterinary Council of India (VCI) — the regulatory body of veterinary education in India) — was the chief guest on the occasion. Yadav urged the Birsa Agricultural University administration and the Jharkhand government to come forward with a proposal for setting up a separate veterinary university in Jharkhand as most of the states have separate universities of veterinary science education.
“This step would herald a new chapter in expansion and improvement of veterinary education,” he said.
Dharmrakshit Vidyarthi, the general secretary of Jharkhand Veterinary Service Association, drew the council’s attention to the scarcity of veterinary professionals.
Sushil Prasad, the dean of faculty of veterinary sciences and animal husbandry, welcomed the guests and outlined the origin, development and achievements of RVC.
Former dean A.K. Srivastava, director of extension education Jagarnath Oraon, dean PGS M.K. Gupta and winner of elocution competition Aishwarya Roy also spoke on the occasion.