‘Students must focus on research and contribute to nation’s growth’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Mar 2017 10:38:38


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RSS Sarsanghachalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat conferred with Doctor of Science during the 8th Convocation of MAFSU

“Speak the truth. Do your duty. Act in accordance with morality. Do not deviate from learning. Revere your mother as God. Revere your father as God. Revere your teacher as God. Revere your guest as God. Revere your nation as God. This is the instruction. This is the teaching. This is the exhortation. You should respect and follow this,” exhorted Maharashtra Governor and Chancellor of Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU) Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao during the 8th Convocation of MAFSU at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall on Thursday.


The 8th convocation started with academic procession in traditional manner. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was the chief guest. Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries and Pro-Vice Chancellor of MAFSU, Mahadev Jagannath Jankar; Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and Director General Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) New Delhi, Dr Trilochan
Mohapatra were the guests of honour on the occasion.


Doctor of Science (Honorary Causa) was conferred upon Sarsanghachalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Dr Mohan Madhukarrao Bhagwat by Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao during the convocation.
Nagpur District Guardian Minister, Chandrashekhar Bawankule; Prof Aditya Kumar Misra, Vice Chancellor of MAFSU; Registrar Dr A S Bannalikar, members of executive and academic councils of MAFSU, Deans, faculty of veterinary science, dairy technology, fishery science; directors were also present on the dais.


Delivering the convocation address, Dr Trilochan Mohapatra appealed to the students to work for growth and development of country. Students should not be satisfied with their degrees but should conduct research, develop entrepreneurships in their fields, he said.


Discussing about the role of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) in ushering Green Revolution and subsequent developments in agriculture in India, Dr Mohapatra said, ICAR, through its research and technology development, has enabled the country to increase production of foodgrains by 5 times, horticultural crops by 9.5 times, fish by 12.5 times, milk by 7.8 times and eggs by 39 times from 1951 to 2014, thus making a visible impact on the national food and nutritional security. It has played a major role in promoting excellence in higher education in agriculture. It is engaged in cutting edge areas of science and technology development and its scientists are internationally acknowledged in their fields. He also appealed MAFSU to take advantage of different schemes launched by ICAR.


Vice Chancellor Prof A K Misra presented status report of the University activities while delivering the welcome address. MAFSU which was established on December 3, 2000, has been marching ahead with fresh enthusiasm and progressing in all spheres of its activities with new resolution to fulfill the aspiration and expectations of people of the state, he added.


Prof Misra mentioned that in the 8th convocation, 815 candidates, including 567 graduates, 237 post graduates and 11 doctoral candidates, would be conferred degrees. Apart from this, 48 gold medals and 16 silver medals would be awarded to the students for their outstanding academic performances. Out of the 64 medals, more than 50 per cent — total 35 medals have been grabbed by girl students, he added.


Stating that the university, from its inception till the last convocation, has conferred degrees upon 5,523 candidates, Prof Misra said, MAFSU had awarded 3044 BVSc & AH; 1,791 MVSc and 93 PhD in faculty of Veterinary Science; 429 degrees of BTech (DT), eight of MTech and 158 BFSc degrees.


Presently, 1,441 students have been pursuing graduation in Veterinary Science, 202 in Fishery Science and 203 in Dairy Technology. 313 students have been registered for masters’ programme in different disciplines of Veterinary Science and 120 students have been pursuing their doctoral programme, he added.
Dr Shirish Upadhye and Dr Sunit Wankhede conducted the proceedings.