College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Selesih

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The College of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry,[1] one of the constituent colleges of the Central Agricultural University, was established through the promulgation of an ordinance (No. M-2 of 1995, dated 20 February) and became functional with the admission of first batch of students to BVSc & AH degree course in the 1997. It is near Aizawl in the state of Mizoram.

Lalnuntluangi Hmar is in-charge dean of the faculty.

The college as a part of CAU-organised North-East Agri Fair 2007–2008 and national seminar on "Integrated Farming System relevant to North-East region"[1] in February 2008. The Department of Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology & Obstetrics of the College organised XXVII Annual Conference of ISSAR from 27 September 2011.

Location[edit]

The college is in Selesih, North Aizawl, about 12 km from Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram, on the Aizawl-Sihphir-Silchar sub-highway. The campus is spread over 168.61 acres (0.6823 km2) of land, mostly of hilly terrain at 965 meters the sea level.

Jurisdiction[edit]

The jurisdiction of the college extends to North Eastern Hill States including Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur.

Mandate[edit]

The mandates of the College of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry are:

  1. To impart education in different branches of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry.
  2. To further the advancement of learning and prosecution of research on Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry.
  3. To undertake programmes of extension education in states under jurisdiction and
  4. To undertake such other activities as it may deem fit from time to time.

Teaching departments[edit]

As per the Veterinary Council of India’s Minimum Standards for Veterinary Education (five-year BVSc & AH degree course) Regulations 2008 (implemented from the academic session 2009–10), the college has the following 17 teaching departments:

Veterinary Physiology & Biochemistry[edit]

The Biochemistry Unit teaches and conducts research in comparative basic biochemistry (biochemical basis of the functions of cells, organs and tissues), cell biology, molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics and biotechnology and clinical biochemistry (application of biochemistry in clinical disease diagnosis) of animals and birds.

It offers courses spread in two academic years (three semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the first and third year of the academic degree programmes and offering MVSc degree programme from the academic session 2011–12. The Biochemistry unit is well equipped with facilities like HPLC system, thermocycler, electrophoresis system, CO2 incubator, gel-documentation system, biological safety cabinet, blood chemistry analyser, blotting apparatus, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, flame photometer, high-speed refrigerated centrifuge and other basic biochemical and molecular biological tools.

The Physiology Unit offers courses and conducts research in comparative physiology (functions of cells, organs and tissues) of body systems of animals and birds and offers nine credit hour courses spread in two academic years (three semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the first two years of the degree programmes and offers supporting courses to postgraduate (MVSc and PhD) students.

Veterinary Anatomy & Histology[edit]

The Veterinary Anatomy and Histology departments deal with the teaching and research on comparative gross and microscopic structures of body parts, organs and tissues of different species of animals and birds and offers 13 credit hour courses spread in two academic years (four semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the first two years of the degree programmes and supporting courses to postgraduate MVSc students.

Animal Nutrition[edit]

The Animal Nutrition department deals with teaching and research on different areas of animal nutrition: nutritive values of feeds and fodder, nutritional requirements and computation of balance feeds for different species of animals and birds. The department offers nine credit hour courses spread in two academic years (three semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the first and second year of the degree programme. The department offers an M.V.Sc degree programme from the academic session 2007–08.

Livestock Production & Management[edit]

The department deals with husbandry, hygiene, housing and management practices of animals and birds. It offers 14 credit hour courses spread over two academic years (four semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the first and second year of the degree programmes. The department is recognized for postgraduate (MVSc) degree programmes from the academic session 2006–07. Besides teaching, the department is involved in research in livestock and poultry husbandry. The department offers MVSc degree programme from the academic year 2006–07.

Livestock Products Technology[edit]

The department covers the teaching of hygienic processing and value addition of meat and milk products. It offers six credit hour courses spread over two semesters during third year to the BVSc & AH students during the third and fourth year of the degree programmes. The department also offers MVSc degree programme from the academic session 2011–12. The department is undertaking research on value addition on meat and milk products.

Animal Breeding & Genetics[edit]

The department deals with teaching and research on cytogenetics and population genetics and breeding of different species of animals and birds. It offers nine credit hour courses spread in two academic years (three semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the first and second year of the degree programme. The Department also offers MVSc dgree programme from the academic session 2011–12. The department emphasizes evolving new strains of animals suitable to agro-climatic conditions and socio-cultural requirements of NEH Region, conservation of important native germplasm and development of transgenic animals.

Veterinary Pathology[edit]

The department deals with the teaching and research on gross and cellular structural changes in tissues, pathogenesis, diagnosis and prognosis of diseases of different species of animals and birds. It offers 12 credit hour courses spread in two academic years (four semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the second and third year of the degree programme. The Department offers MVSc degree programme from the academic session 2011–12.

Veterinary Microbiology[edit]

The department offers courses on different disease producing microbial pathogens viz. bacteria, viruses, fungi, rikettsiae, Chlamydia etc. affecting different species of animals and birds. The department offers 10 credit hour courses spread in two academic years (four semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the second and third year of the degree programme and is offering MVSc and PhD degree programmes from the academic session 2009–10 and 2011–12, respectively. Besides teaching, the department undertakes research on veterinary microbiology.

Veterinary Parasitology[edit]

The department deals with the teaching and research on different disease-producing endo and ectoparasites of animals and birds and their prevention (prophylaxis) and offers 10 Credit Hour Courses spread in two academic years (2 Semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the second year of the degree programme and supporting postgraduate (MVSc) courses.

Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology[edit]

The Department deals with the teaching and research on drugs, sources (Pharmacognosy), mechanism of action (Pharmacodynamics), fate in the body (Pharmacokinetics), uses (Pharmacotherapy) and their harmful effect (toxicology) and offers 10 Credit Hour Courses spread in two academic years (4 Semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the third and fourth year of the degree programme.

The department is working on many herbal and ethnoveterinary medicine in a systematic way and contributing in expansion of the knowledge in and around North eastern India. Department is well equipped. Notable facilities available in the Department include HPLC System (Waters), UV-VIS Spectrophotometer (Chemito), Flame Photometer (Systronics), Spectrofluorophotometer (Hitachi), Tail Flick Analgesiometer (Ugo Basile, Italy), Eddy's Hot Plate Analgesiometer (MAC), Actophotometer (Rolex), Rota-Rod Tread Mill (Rolex), Electroconvulsiometer (Rolex), Plethysmometer (Ugo Basile, Italy), Passive Avoidance Test Apparatus (Ugo Basile, Italy), Electrophysiograph (Medicaids) etc. The department is a postgraduate department and offers MVSc and PhD degree programmes from the academic session 2006–07 and 2011–12, respectively.

Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology[edit]

The Department undertakes teaching and research on milk and meat hygiene, diseases of public health and zoonotic importance and environmental hygiene and offers 6 Credit Hour Courses on Veterinary Public Health spread in two academic years (3 Semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the third and fourth year of the degree programme and is offering supporting courses to postgraduate (MVSc) students. The department offers M.V.Sc degree programme from the academic session 2007–08. The Department also offers a three credit course on Veterinary Epidemiology to final year BVSc & AH Students.

Veterinary Medicine[edit]

The department deals with the teaching and research in different areas of veterinary medicine and offers 15 credit hour courses spread in two academic years (two semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the fourth and fifth year of the degree programme. The department is offering MVSc degree programmes.

Veterinary Surgery & Radiology[edit]

The Department undertakes teaching and research in veterinary anesthesiology, regional and operative surgery and radiology and offers 9 Credit Hour Courses spread in two academic years (three semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the fourth and fifth year of the degree programme. The Department is also offering the M.V.Sc degree programmes from the academic session 2006–07.

Animal Reproduction, Gynecology & Obstetrics[edit]

The department offers courses on various aspects of gynaecology, obstetrics, andrology and artificial insemination. The department offers seven credit hour courses spread in two academic years (three semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the fourth and fifth year of the degree programme and supporting postgraduate courses to the MVSc students. The Department is actively engaged in research on different areas of animals reproduction.

Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Extension[edit]

The department deals with the teaching and research on various aspects of sociology and principles of animal husbandry extension, livestock economics, marketing and business management and extension techniques in veterinary practice and production and offers seven credit hours courses spread in two academic years (three semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the third and fifth year of the degree programme. The department is offering supporting postgraduate courses to the MVSc students. Apart from the above, the transfer of technology is taken up.

Teaching Veterinary Clinical Service Complex (TVCC)[edit]

The Teaching Veterinary Clinical Service Complex (TVCC) department is a clinical teaching, training and service centre and deals with the clinical aspects of medicine, surgery and radiology and gynaecology and obstetrics, to the students. The department offers clinical-oriented 18 credit hours courses spread in two academic years (three semesters) to the BVSc & AH students during the fourth and fifth year of the degree programme. The department is supporting clinical-based postgraduate courses to the MVSc students.

TVCC is manned by the faculties from the departments of Medicine, Surgery & Radiology and Gynaecology & Obstetrics.

Instructional Livestock Farm Complex[edit]

The College has a well-developed Instructional Livestock Complex (ILFC) where species of domestic animals and birds are maintained for imparting training to the undergraduate and postgraduate students. The ILFC is attached to the Department of Livestock Production & Management. The ILFC offers two credit hours (compulsory non-credit) spread in two semesters during the second year of the undergraduate programme.

The ILFC is monitored by the Livestock Farm Advisory Committee under collective responsibility of the departments of Livestock Production & Management, Animal Nutrition and Animal Genetics & Breeding.

Facilities[edit]

All the departments have well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art facilities to impart best training to the students and to conduct advanced research in the fields of animal production, animal and poultry products, animal health care and extension activities. Further, all the teaching departments are staffed by highly qualified, young and dynamic faculties who are tirelessly addressing the mission and mandate of the university and the college to achieve the targeted goals.

Academic programmes[edit]

Undergraduate programmes[edit]

The College of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, Central Agricultural University, Selesih has offered the degree course of Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry (BVSc & AH) since its inception. The college is fully adopting the Veterinary Council of India’s Minimum Standards for Veterinary Education (five-years BVSc & AH degree course) Regulations-2008 with effect from the academic session 2009–10. The BVSc & AH degree programme is spread over 10 semesters covering 177 credit hours including six-month internship programmes.

At present, the total intake capacity is 67 students. However, the intake capacity may be increased further with the implementation of 27% reservation for OBC students.

Postgraduate programmes[edit]

The Academic Council and the Board of Management of Central Agricultural University, Imphal approved the introduction of post-graduate (two-year MVSc degree) programmes under semester system of education in the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry from the academic session 2006–07 in three selected disciplines: Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology, Veterinary Surgery & Radiology and Livestock Production & Management with an intake capacity of three students in each discipline.

The first batch of post-graduate MVSc students were admitted from second semester of academic session 2006–07. From the academic session 2007–08, MVSc programmes in three more disciplines; Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Animal Nutrition and Veterinary Microbiology were introduced.

Currently (1011–12), the college is offering MVSc degree programme in 11 disciplines and PhD programmes in three disciplines.

MVSc degree programmes:

  1. Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology
  2. Veterinary Surgery & Radiology
  3. Livestock Production & Management
  4. Veterinary Medicine
  5. Animal Nutrition
  6. Veterinary Microbiology
  7. Veterinary Biochemistry
  8. Veterinary Gynaecology & Obstetrics
  9. Veterinary Pathology
  10. Animal Genetics & Breeding
  11. Livestock Products Technology
  12. Livestock Product Technology

PhD programmes:

  1. Veterinary Microbiology
  2. Animal Nutrition
  3. Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology

Admission[edit]

Undergraduate admission[edit]

Admissions are made on the basis of nominations of students through competitive entrance examinations conducted by state governments as per the number seats allocated to NEH states. Apart from the seats allocated to the states, 15% are reserved for the candidates nominated by the Veterinary Council of India, New Delhi based on All-India Competitive Entrance Examination for admission to the BVSc & AH degree programme.

Number of seats allocated to various NEH States and Veterinary Council of India is as below:

State No. of Seats Allocated
Arunachal Pradesh 05
Manipur 09
Meghalaya 09
Mizoram 12

Nagaland 05
Sikkim 06
Tripura 12

Kashmiri Migrant 01
VCI 08
Total 67

Postgraduate admission[edit]

The postgraduate admission is on an all-India basis. However, preference is given to students hailing from the North East region. Four students each including a nominee of ICAR, New Delhi are admitted in the two-year MVSc degree programme in the following disciplines.

  • Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Veterinary Surgery & Radiology
  • Livestock Production & Management
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Veterinary Gynaecology & Obstetrics
  • Veterinary Biochemistry
  • Animal genetics & Breeding
  • Livestock Products Technology

PhD admission is based on All-India Entrance test and academic scores with preference given to the students from the NE Region. Two students each are admitted in the following disciplines.

  • Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • Animal Nutrition

Examination system[edit]

Undergraduate[edit]

The examinations for the BVSc & AH degree programme are conducted in two phases. Firstly, at the end of every semester there is an Internal Semester End-Term Examination, which is conducted by the Course Instructor. Secondly, at the end of each academic session (after completion of two semesters), External Annual Professional Composite Examinations are conducted. Both the Internal and External Composite Examinations carries equal weighting (50%) for declaring the results. The minimum pass marks is 50.0% separately in Theory as well as Practical Examinations. All students are required to maintain an attendance of 80% in both the theory and practical class for appearing in the Semester and Annual Composite Examinations.

Postgraduate[edit]

M.A. Ayub Shah is Dean of Faculty (with effect from 30 September 2011)

Departments are as follows
  • Department of Anatomy
  • Department of Animal Genetics & Breeding
  • Department of Animal Nutrition
  • Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics
  • Department of Livestock Product Technology
  • Department of Livestock Production & Management
  • Department of Microbiology
  • Department of Parsitology
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Department of Physiology & Biochemistry
  • Department of Surgery & Radiology
  • Department of Veterinary Extension
  • Department of Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology
  • Department of Medicine

See also[edit]

List of schools of veterinary medicine

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 23°48′14″N 92°44′09″E / 23.8039°N 92.7358°E / 23.8039; 92.7358