Ludhiana – A three days National Symposium on “Emerging Management concepts for Sustainable Livestock & Poultry Production” and XIX Annual Convention of Indian Society of Animal Production Management (ISAPM) organized by the Department of Livestock Production Management (LPM), College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) is inaugurated today on 2nd Nov 2011. The symposium is started under the aegis of ISAPM in collaboration with Punjab Agricultural Marketing and Training Institute (PAMETI), Ludhiana, Dr V.K. Taneja, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, GADVASU was the chief guest on this occasion. In his inaugural address Dr. Taneja said that the importance of this symposium get redoubled as it is being organized during World Veterinary Year-2011 Celebrations, as Veterinary profession has completed 250 years in the service to the welfare of animals directly and human being indirectly. He also emphasized that livestock is an integral part for most of the rural masses and its development will further strengthen the socio-economic status of livestock keepers and it is need of the hour. Dr. Kusumakar Sharma, ADG (HRD), ICAR, New Delhi was the guest of honour. Dr. D. N. Jana & Dr. R. Samanta, President and General Secretary, respectively, of Central Executive Committee of ISAPM, were also present to grace the moment. Dr. A. L. Saini, Organizing Secretary & Professor-cum-Head, while welcoming the august gathering revealed that this society is dedicated to the service of livestock farmers. Further, he briefed about the forthcoming scientific sessions to be held in the coming days. Dr Chandrahas, Joint Organizing Secretary, informed that this symposium was organized under Public Private Partnership for the benefit of farmers, planners, academicians and students and every best effort was made to make this occasion successful and memorable. During this moment, the chief guest also released a souvenir of lectures and a compendium of lead papers and abstracts. On this occasion dignitaries Sh. Inderjit Singh, Director,Pb.dairy Dev.Bd; Dr. S. N. S. Randhawa, Director of Research, Dr. S. S. Sangha, D.S.W.-cum-E.O, Dr. P. D. Juyal, Registrar, Dr.Asha Dhawan, Dean, College of Fisheries were also there. Dr. H. S. Sandhu, Dean, College of Veterinary Science proposed the vote of thanks and wished this symposium a great success.
After inaugural session, a special session dedicated to World Veterinary Year was organized in which eminent speaker Dr. K.Sharma, ADG (HRD), New Delhi, spoke on the strengthening of veterinary and animal science education in India as an initiative to combat the future challenges of animal husbandry and livestock sector. Dr.RS Kistwaria, Consultant, Wild Life Wing, Govt of Himachal Pradesh expressed his views on animal behaviour and welfare as a tool for livestock and wildlife management. In the afternoon, sessions on ‘Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Breeding Management and Housing Management’, scientists from all over India interacted with each other to formulate recommendations for future planning. A meeting of the Central Executive Committee and the general Body meeting of ISAPM was organized to elect a new executive committee for the next two years. Dr. Saini said that more than 250 scientists from all over India has registered for this symposium.