Major research areas :
Dr. Raghavendra Bhatta
M. V. Sc., Ph. D. (Animal Nutrition), Post-doctorate (Japan)
Small Ruminant Nutrition, Climate change, Enteric methane estimation and amelioration
With the dawn of New Year 2017, I wish to extend warm greetings to all of you for a Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous year throughout.
In November 2016, our Institute completed twenty one years of its fruitful existence by serving the Nation with its notable contributions in the field of Animal Nutrition and Physiology. While we can take pride that during this time, the Institute scientists have received much accolades for their work catering to the mandate and objectives of the organization, I am aware that it is not enough to gloss over and be complacent. As the cliché goes, we have miles to go before we rest.
However, I would like to share with our esteemed readers that on 21st February 2016 we organized a Popular Lecture of Prof Bruce Whitelaw, Deputy Director, The Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, UK on Genetically Modified Livestock, How and Why. The Institute, jointly with the ‘Association for the Promotion of DNA Fingerprinting and other DNA Technologies (ADNAT), Hyderabad’ organized the International Symposium on Microbiome in Health and Disease (MICROHD2016) from 23-25 February, 2016. The symposium was attended by more than 170 delegates including 11 international speakers and delegates from Roslin Institute, Edinburg University and Commonwealth Veterinary Association. After returning Prof Bruce Whitelaw praised NIANP and showed keen interest for collaboration in his blog.
The 22nd Foundation Day of the Institute was celebrated on 24th November. Shri Arvind Kaushal, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, New Delhi and former Secretary, DARE, New Delhi was the Chief Guest on the occasion. He was highly impressed with the kind of research projects taken up by the Institute and offered to have collaborative projects with funding by the International Agencies.
I am also happy to share with you that we have two International collaborative projects with University of Kassel and Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany and University of Shinshu and National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, Japan. The Institute is also leading an AICRP on ‘Nutritional and Physiological Interventions for Enhancing Reproductive Performance in Animals’ with 12 centres and an Outreach Programme on ‘Estimation of Methane Emission under Different Feeding Systems and Development of Mitigation Strategies’ with 7 centres. Although this institute is established for conducting basic and fundamental research in Animal Nutrition and Physiology, we have developed many farmer friendly technologies. To support this effort, ICAR has given a new Farmer FIRST programme component of KVK scheme.
In the wake of many ground realities and situations such as shortage of animal feed, increasing cost of feed ingredients, need to improve feed utilization, need to improve digestibility, improve productive efficiency of animals, consumers giving more importance to safety, quality and specificity of products, ethical and environmental considerations, growing demand for livestock products etc. put lot of onus on us to cater to diverse needs of finding solutions towards continuous increase in livestock economy, economic prospects of stakeholders, that is both animal husbandry practitioners and livestock industry, enable the decision/policy makers to understand, direct and support continued positive impacts and growth in animal nutrition and physiology as well as guide the next generation of researchers. At the same time, we can take solace that all these open up a vast array of opportunities, new vistas and setting new priorities and objectives to undertake studies in terms of quantitative and qualitative animal production.
I am happy to say that the ICAR-NIANP has a cohesive group of scientists and capability to meet the expectations. With this positive note, I once again wish a pleasant year ahead and seek your cooperation and suggestions in our endeavour.