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ICAR-Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar completed 54 glorious years and has embarked on its 55th ‘FOUNDATION DAY’ on January 04, 2016. On this auspicious day, Dr V.K. Taneja, Charman, RAC,  former Vice Chancellor, GADVASU, Ludhiana & former DDG (Animal Science), ICAR, Prof. K.M.L. Pathak, former DDG (Animal Science), ICAR, Dr Arun Varma, former ADG (AN&P), ICAR graced the Institute with their lively presence. The dignitaries visited the Institute’s livestock/agricultural farms, infrastructure and other field research units and appraised of the ongoing research and development activities. There was medicinal tree ‘Plantation Programme’ at Herbal, opening of ‘Tube well Facility’ at sector 5, inauguration of ‘Forage Demonstration Unit’ near the main building, inauguration of ‘Postmortem Room cum Specimen Laboratory’ at Animal Health Division. It was a historic day of the Institute who released a high performing prolific three breed cross (12.5% Garole, 37.5% Malpura and 50% Patanwadi) named ‘Avishaan’ for evaluation in the farmers’ field. Five elite Avishaan breeding rams alongwith data recording aids were distributed to five registered farmers of five different villages around Malpura for extensive field evaluation and validation of the genotype. A technical bulletin ‘Pride of CSWRI Avishaan: a prolific sheep’ containing detailed morphometric, production, reproduction and survivability characteristics was released along with a Hindi folder for farmers’ use.

Following a visit to an Exhibition of the Institute’s Technology, the inaugural function of the ‘FOUNDATION DAY’ was organized in the Central Auditorium. All the employees of the institute and nearly, hundred farmers participated in the event graced by Chief Guest, Dr V.K. Taneja and Guests of Honour Prof. K.M.L. Pathak and Dr Arun Varma. There was release of ‘Annual Sheep Rearing Calendar’, ‘Institute’s Profile’, Hindi Folder ‘Hara Sona Azola - Unique Feed Supplement’ and three leaflets form Network Project on Sheep as well as Goat Improvement Programme. The Chief Guest emphasized undergoing Farmers’ Participatory Programme and extending linkage with small ruminant farmers and related agencies for commercial sheep husbandry. Dr Arun Varma gave importance to economics of sheep rearing to establish socio-economic sustainability. Dr S.M.K. Naqvi briefed about the recent progress on research, extension and creation of infrastructure facility made by the institute in the 12th Plan. Prof. K.M.L. Pathak applauded the ongoing progress made by the institute and emphasized further reorientation of research and development activities aimed at benefiting the sheep farmers of the country. The Institute also recognized ‘Best Workers’ from each category, viz. Scientific – Dr Ajay Kumar (TMTC), Technical – Sh J.P. Bairwa (Farm Section), Administrative – Sh Sanjay Sharma (ARC, Bikaner), Sh Manish Badola (Audit) and Skilled Supporting Staff – Sh Santosh Kumar Sain (GH), Sh Subhash Chand (NTRS, Garsa) and awarded a ‘Memento’ and ‘Certificate of Recognition’. Dr A. Sahoo, coordinator of the programme briefed about their significant contribution in research and development including Capacity Building activities. The Inaugural Function ended with a vote of thanks’ by Sh Rakesh Kumar, CAO.