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Dean: 1 September 2013.


Dr Sanjeet Katoch Prof. & Head, Animal Breeding & Genetics has taken over as acting  Dean, COVAS, Palampur where as  Dr C Varshneya who was earlier acting as Dean, COVAS has been entrusted with the responsibility of Dean, PGS , CSK HPKV as per the communiqué received from the office of Vice Chancellor CSK HPKV .


Retirements:31 August 2012

Dr KS Sharma, Prof. Animal Nutrition retired from service on 31 August 2012 after putting in more then 30 years of valuable services in the college. Dr. Sharma, active and pleasant personality was given a warm farewell by the Faculty Club wishing him a happy retired life. Dr. Sharma rendered his services since the inception of the college and was instrumental in shaping the Department of Animal Nutrition. After retirement, Dr KS Sharma has settled in Kangra, his native place.


Palampur. 11 April, 2012.

Principal Secretary (A.H.) Dr.P.C.Kapoor inaugurates Animal Husbandry Workshop at CSKHPAU

Palampur 11 April. A State level two days Animal Husbandry Workshop was inaugurated at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today. Chief Guest Dr. P.C.Kapoor, Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Tribal Development, Govt. of H.P., said that the Department of Animal Husbandry and the University should develop effective technologies which realize the needs of the society. He also called for effective transfer of scientific knowledge to the livestock keepers.

He said that there should be perfect skill in the hands of veterinarians and supporting staff, especially among pharmacists, and there was need of regular trainings of staff on the lines of Department of Health. He also felt the need of training institute for the staff of department. He appreciated the work in Dr G C Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences(COVAS) and suggested regular interaction between the field veterinarian and scientists to resolve the problems faced by the livestock keepers. He assured all help to the college from the government.

Dr S.K.Sharma,Vice-Chancellor, said that to achieve required four percent growth in agriculture sector as envisaged in National Agricultural Policy, animal husbandry sector can play a pivotal role. He declared that animal husbandry workshop would be annual feature henceforth and all steps would be taken for better interaction and collaborative programmes between the University and department. He said that some areas for future research like effect of climate change on animals, migratory sheep and goats, animal production and product technology, infertility ,etc have been identified. He said that the University was conducting research which was relevant to some neighboring hilly states like J&K and Uttarkhand. He told that 37 research projects worth Rs.14.59 crore were in operation in the college.

Dr.B.P.Malhotra, Director, Department of Animal Husbandry, said there was need to accelerate work on induced lactation in abandoned milch cattle so that such stray cattle be made productive. He informed that per capita milk availability in the State was higher than national average.

Dr.A.C.Varshney, Dean of the college, detailed about teaching and research activities in and requested the chief guest to provide liberal grants for many new proposals.

Dr.Desh Raj, Director of Extension Education, informed about veterinary extension education programmes and Dr.S.P.Sharma, Director of Research informed about various research activities in the University. The Chief Guest also released two publications on the occasion. Statutory officers and heads of departments also attended the function.

Source; Public Relations Unit - CSK HPKV Palampur.

International Conference: 1 April, 2012.

Dr Shivani Katoch, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary & AH Extension Education recently visited Egypt to attend the 3rd Mediterranean Poultry Network, 6th International Poultry Conference organized by Egypt Chapter of World poultry Science Association at Porto- Marina, Alexandria w.e.f. 26 to 29 March, 2012. Dr Katoch was invited to deliver oral presentation on his research paper concerning probiotics in Poultry feeding. Around 250 delegates all around the globe participated coming mainly from Italy, France, UK, Greece, Germany, Turkey, South Korea, Thailand etc to name a few. Dr Katoch was granted Travel Award by WPSA  to attend the conference. Participants in the conference included Dr Bob Pym (Australia), President, WPSA, Prof Dr. Ruveyde Akbay (Turkey) , Past president WPSA, Prof. Dr Y.Nyes, (France) President Europe Chapter of WPSA.

Silver Jubilee Cum Second Alumni reunion: 23 September, 2011.

Silver Jubilee celebrations on completion of 25 years of the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Cum2nd Reunion of Covas Alumni palampur (CAP)  is being held on 4th and  5th Nov, 2011 at Palampur. Dean, of the College, Prof AC Varshney has extended a very warm invitation to all the former students and faculty members, who so ever associated with the college to become part of this celebration. On 4th Nov. 2011, the college is organizing a formal function to commemorate 25 years of existence & rejoice the contributions of each & everyone of those including teachers, students & others who have been associated with this college either directly or indirectly.


Retirement:31 August, 2011.

Dr. LS Sudhakar, Professor Veterinary Anatomy retired after putting in more then 30 years of valuable services in the college. Dr. Sudhakar, a quiet and pleasant personality was given a warm farewell by the Faculty Club wishing him a happy retired life. Dr. LS Sudhakar rendered his services since the inception of the college and was instrumental in shaping the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Histology. After retirement, Dr Sudhakar has settled in Hyderabad, his native place.

Obituary: 21 August, 2011: Former Deans of the College Dr BS Katoch (1942-2011) and Dr RC Katoch (1947-2011) expired in the month of July 2011. Stalwarts in their own field, made a tremendous contribution in the shaping of the College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences. Dr BS Katoch  joined HPKV in the year 1968, where as Dr RC Katoch joined in 1973-74 when HPKV was functioning as College of Agriculture under PAU Ludhiana. Both of them were known for their honesty, uprightness and professionalism and always sincerely guided the students for hard work and devotion in studies. Faculty and the students got together to pay obeisance to the departed souls by keeping a 2 minute silence in the college premises.

Oath Taking ceremony of the passing out 21st Batch

Source; Public Relations Unit - CSK HPKV Palampur.

Palampur 6 July. Mr Shanta Kumar, member, Rajya Sabha and former Chief Minister, H.P., has sanctioned Rs.25 lac to CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University from his M.P. Area Development Fund. He was in the University as Chief Guest of oath taking ceremony of passing out veterinary graduates in Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences.


While addressing the 19 neo-graduates and scientists, he said that there was need to increase milk production as milk worth Rs.50 crore was imported in Kangra district alone annually from the neighbouring States. The dairy industry should be popularized among youth. He lamented that most of the unemployed persons were only interested in government job as they have no love for labour. He also advised to improve the quality and quantity of fodder for animal wealth.


He said that animal husbandry sector was playing an important role in the arena of agriculture. He asked the graduates to serve the faming community with devotion. Mr Shanta Kumar said that due to globalization, we need to keep pace with new researches all over the world and improve our quality in all areas for accelerating the development in the country.


Dr.S.K.Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, while expressing his gratitude to Mr. Shanta Kumar, informed that a grant of Rs.25 lac will be utilized for construction of new lecture theatres in the University. He informed that a Rs.11 crore advanced veterinary multispecialty and farmers’ capacity building centre, funded by the Govt. H.P., will be constructed soon in the University to provide modern animal health and research facilities for the farming community of the State. He appreciated the college for its various achievements.


Dr.A.C.Varshney, Dean, of the college in his technical report, highlighted teaching, research and extension activities. He said that out of 19 neo-graduates, six have already qualified junior research fellowship examination of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to pursue higher education in the prestigious institutions of the country. Eight students of the college have joined as officers in Remount Veterinary Corps.


Dr.C.Varshney also expressed his views. Dr.Pankaj Sharma, detailed about internship of the students.


Three books were released by the Chief Guest. All the statutory officers, heads of departments and parents of the students attended the ceremony.

Placement of Veterinary Graduates of 21 Batch

July 5, 2011.


Name of graduate





Dr Pallavi Bhardwaj

ICAR Rank-26 (Vety.Sciences)

Higher Education (MVSc)

IVRI (Public Health)


Dr Monika Bhardwaj

ICAR Rank-34 (vety.sciences)

Higher Education (MVSc)

IVRI Vety. Bacteriology


Dr Anjali Somat

ICAR Rank-79

(Animal sciences)

Higher Education (MVSc)

NDRI (Animal Physiology)


Dr Hitesh Jaswal

ICAR Rank-109 (vety.sciences)

Higher Education (MVSc)



Dr Rajesh Sharma

ICAR Rank-114

(Animal sciences)

Higher Education (MVSc)



Dr Vijay Singh

ICAR Rank-107         Category Rank-12 (Animal sciences)

Higher Education (MVSc)

IVRI,(Poultry Sciences)


Dr Gauri Jairath

ICAR Rank-121       (Animal sciences)

Higher Education (MVSc)



Dr Anil Sharma

ICAR Rank-165  (Animal sciences)

Higher Education (MVSc)



Dr Ankaj Sharma

JNU Rank-4 (Biotechnology)

Selected for Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) through score obtained in CAT


Dr Surinder Bansal

ICAR Rank-183        CAT Rank-9 (vety.sciences)

Higher Education (MVSc)

IVRI,(Vety.Clinical Medicine)


Dr Surinder Chauhan

ICAR Rank-200           CAT Rank-11

Appointed as Vety.Officer in Brooks Hospital for Animals in Distt.Rampur(U.P)


Dr Navjot Sharma

As Field Executive in “BASIT”


Dr Achari Jamwal

Appointed as Vety.Officer in Brooks Hospital for Animals at Katra(Jammu)

Oath taking ceremony of the 21st Batch:
July 5, 2011.

Oath taking ceremony for the 20 vet-graduates of the outgoing 21st Batch of DGCN College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences will be organized at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, on 6th July 2011. Ex Chief Minster of Himachal Pradesh, Sh. Shanta Kumar will be the Chief Guest on the occasion. It is worthwhile to mention here that till date 532 students have graduated from the college since its inception in 1986 and this is the 21st Batch to pass out from the college and commensurate with the Silver Jubilee year of the institution.

COVAS students secure top positions in ICAR JRF-2011:

May 30, 2011
Like previous years, Students of the college this time too bagged top positions during the ICAR JRF examinations. As per the result declared, Pallavi Joshi secured 26th rank at the All India Level in Veterinary Sciences followed closely by Monika  (26th) and Anjali getting 79th rank in Animal Sciences. other students who secured ranks include Gauri jairath (126), Rajesh Sharma (114), Hitesh Jaswal (109), Vijay Kumar (107), Anil Sharma (166), Surinder Bansal (183), Surinder Chauhan (200), Akansha (255) and Sudershan(400). 22 students of the college appeared in the ICAR JRF exams during this year and 12 of them were able to secure positions. CAP congratulates and wishes a successful career to all the students who made it in the JRF this year.

VASTA celebrates World Veterinary Day at Veterinary College Palampur on 30 April, 2011.

Palampur 30 April-2011:

Students and Faculty, led by Veterinary & Animal Science Teachers Association of COVAS Palampur celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm the World veterinary Day on 30 April, 2011 i.e last Saturday in the month of April. A large number of students and faculty members participated in the events organized including competition in the category of Digital Photography on the  theme "Rural people and their animals" in which a large number of participants showed keen interest and the event was won by Mr.Naresh Pundheer closely followed by Miss. Shyambhavi and  Mr. Rakesh, all students of the college. Further, students also participated in an Photo Journalism contest in which Mr. Ankush Rana, student of First year BVSc &AH was declared the winner. On this occasion Dr. A.K.Panda, Assoc. Prof. Veterinary Public Health presented his lecture on Rabbies. He emphasized on prevention programmes for this deadly disease and made aware the august gathering that Rs 2 billion cost of medicine is being  spend on this deadly disease annually. Dr. S.P.Tyagi Assoc. Prof. veterinary Surgery delivered a talk on the role of veterinarians in the society. He emphasised on the increasing role of Veterinarians in the current scenario of emerging zoonotic diseases like Swine Flu, bird Flu, rabbies, TB. Ashish Sharma, Fourth year student spoke on the topic, Role of students in Veterinary profession. The event was hosted by the VASTA and Dr. S.K.Sharma, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor CSK HPKV Palampur was the chief guest on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion Dr. S.K.Sharma emphasised on the increasing role of veterinarians in bio security, food security and environmental protection. Dr. A.C.varshney, Dean of the college presented the scenario of the college and also highlighted the importance of celebrating the World veterinary Day. President of VASTA Dr. R.L.Bhardwaj welcomed the Chief Guest and appreciated the efforts of the faculty  in the development of the college. The Chief Guest distributed the prizes to all the winners followed by a Dham organized at Gopal Mandir Holta to all the participants.


A Mega  DST- FIST Project for Deptt. of Surgery & Radiology, COVAS

Palampur 30 April-2011.   

A Mega Project amounting to Rs. 32 lac has been sanctioned to Department of Veterinary Surgery & Radiology, Dr. G.C. Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, CSKHPKV, Palampur for five years under FIST (Funds For Development of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions) by the department of Science and Technology, New Delhi. It is matter of great honour to all the faculty members of the department.  This project is in operation w.e.f. April 2011.  Dr. M.S. Kanwar, Professor & Head, Surgery & Radiology has been designated as Program Coordinator to run this project.  The grand in aid under this project will be to establish infrastructural facilities for post graduate research and teaching in the department.


Palampur 4 April, 2011

The admission notice for conducting entrance test for admissions to BVSc & AH for the year 2011-12 has been issued by the office of Registrar, CSK HPKV, Palampur. As per the notification issued, the prospectus and forms have been uploaded on the university web site which can also be procured form the general post offices through out the state. The prospectus are out for sale since 1-4-2011 and will be available till 20-4-11 which is also the last date of submission. Further, the forms can be deposited with a late fee of Rs 1000/- till 25-4-2011.The entrance test will be held on 8 May 2011 at the centers notified in the University prospectus.


Palampur 4 April, 2011

Out of the seven vacancies offered for commission in Remount Veterinary Corps at the Bhopal SSB centre, 4 were bagged by the COVASIANS-Palampur. It was a proud moment for the Palampur fraternity, as the boys once again showed that COVASIANS-Palampur rock. The Teacher association (VASTA), Covas Alumni Palampur and HP Veterianry officers association have all expressed their pleasure. Those selected include Dr. Nikhil Chopra, Dr. Aman Sood, Dr.Abhinav Sharma and Dr.Pankaj Sharma


Palampur 21 March, 2011

The renovation of the decade old building of the Veterinary teaching clinical complex was finally taken and completed. The old building housing the veterinary clinics had out lived its utility regards to treatment of the animals as per the advances in the treatment protocol of the animals. The renovation was completed after the funds received from the ICAR as central development assistance were released by the university authorities. An estimated amount of Rs 7 lac were spent. Major alterations included provision of aluminium panels with glass replacing the age old brick walls on the sides, floor tiling, laying of granite shelves and white washing. Apart from this, a new laboratory adjoining the clinics was renovated and prepared for multi functional works.


Palampur 12 March, 2011.

The construction of the long awaited Advanced veterinary clinics cum farmer capacity building centre finally kicked off with the completion of all the processes involved with the award of the tendering process. it is worth while to mention here that the foundation stone of the complex was laid by the hon'ble Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh in the month of May 2010. There after the site on which the building was to be constructed became disputed with one of the person claiming the owner ship of the land by erecting fence. The university authorities there after shifted the site of the construction behind the main building. The state government highlighting its achievements has mentioned about the new up coming specialty facilities for animals at Palampur. The funding has been done through RKKVY.


Palampur 12 July.

Oath taking ceremony for the 31 vet-graduates of DGCN College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences was organized at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.

Dr.S.K.Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, appealed to the outgoing B.V.Sc. graduates and university scientists to continue working hard to grow higher and make a mark in their  profession. He said that the scientists need to create work for themselves  so that the institution may attain new heights. Similarly, the students should also try to diversify , which is the need of the hour. Dr.Sharma appreciated the college for quality research work alongside teaching as it hones the skills of students.

Dr.A.P.Singh, Vice-chancellor, Veterinary University, Mathura, who was chief guest, gave away the certificates to the passing out 31 students and said that  13 students from this batch has bagged junior research fellowships of Indian Council of Agricultural Research and JNU which was commendable.

Dr.A.C.Varshney, Dean of the college read annual report highlighting teaching, research and extension education activities. He informed that so far 532 students have graduated from the college since its inception in 1986. He said that a multidisciplinary modern veterinary hospital worth Rs.11 crore was under construction with full support of the state government.

Statutory officers, heads of departments and parents of passing out graduates attended the ceremony. The chief guest and vice chancellor released three publications to mark the occasion.

Palampur: 11 May, 2010: Appointments (Alumnus)

Dr. Rajesh Kumar (Batch-XIII) has been selected as Assistant Professor Animal Breeding & Genetics at
Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Sher-E-kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, RS Pura Jammu. Dr. Rajesh is basically from Lahaul & Spiti who did his BVSc from COVAS palampur during the year 2003 and later completed his MVSc & PhD in Animal Breeding & Genetics from IVRI Izaatnagar. CAP congratulates him for his selection and wishes him all the best in his career.

Palampur:30 April, 2010: Retirements:
Dr. Kamlesh Gupta Professor (Animal Breeding) retired on 30 April 2010 after putting in more then 30 years of service.

Palampur:30 April, 2010:Farmer information cum modern veterinary Hospital and diagnostic centre.

Government of Himachal Pradesh in principle agreed to the proposal of the Dean COVAS for the establishment of Farmer information cum modern veterinary Hospital and diagnostic centre in the College campus. Proposed centre is to be built in two phases with an initial outlay of Rs 7 crore for building and rd 4 crore for the equipments. Already Rs 2.8 crore has been released to take up the First phase of the project. The funding has been made partially from RKVY and partially by the state government. The foundation stone for the centre is likely to be laid by in the Second week of May. When completed this centre will go a long way in meeting the specialized requirement in Animal health/ diagnostics and for dissemination of information using modern means.

Palampur:30 April, 2010: World veterinary day:
World veterinary Day Was celebrated with enthusiasm and fervour by the faculty and students of COVAS on 24 April 2010 in the college. The event was organized by Veterinary Animal Science teachers association. Dr. Tej Partap Vice Chancellor of CSK HPKV was the chief guest on the occasion. To mark the event, a painting competition was organized. Students and faculty members presented their views with Dr. P.Dhar giving an interesting talk on Immuno therapy to fight cancer. The slogan for World veterinary Day this time was One Health One World. A dham was organized by the VASTA in the Gopal Mandir Holta which was attended by student and faculty members.

Palampur:30 April, 2010:COVAS Students win Overall Championship at NDRI Karnal
A team of 35 students form Veterinary College CSKHPKV gave a competition to all other teams coming from various parts of the country and won the Overall Champion trophy in all India youth festival held in National Dairy Research Institute at Karnal, Haryana from 2nd April to 4th April 2010. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor CSK HPKV, Dr. Tej Pratap was the chief guest of this function. The students took part in various competitions like quiz, acting, dances, singing, skits, mime, poster making and other art activities. ‘Naati’ folk was especially admired very much by the audience and won the best folk dance award. Mr. Suneel Kumar also won the best actor award. The group was led by Dr. Geetanjali Singh and Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari. The students especially Ashish Sharma, Anjali Somal, Shivani Chaudhari, Anjali Rana, Surendra Chauhan, Hitesh Jaswal, Dakpa Tenzin and Mayank performed very well in this youth festival.

Palampur:30 April, 2010: Seats for admission to BVSc & AH program increased to 60 in Veterinary College Palampur:
In a major decision, the university administration has decided to enhance the overall number of seats for admission in First year B.V.Sc & AH from present 47 to 60 during this academic year. Further as per the CSKHPKV 2015 Frameworks for reforms and structuring approved by State Council for Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry education and research, Government of HP, the number of seats will be increased to 75 in 2012 and finally to 100 in 2013. University is in the process of running a veterinary Pharmacist diploma course where it is proposed to impart training to about 400 veterinary Pharmacists for 2 year duration. The proposed course will be run in overall supervision of COVAS most probably at KVK Dhaulakuan from this session.

Research Project: A new research GEF project funded by the World bank under NAIP entitled " Harmonizing biodiversity conservation and agricultural intensification through integration of plant, animal and fish genetic resources for livelihood security in fragile eco system" worth 1 crore was sanctioned to CSKHPKV Palampur. National Bureau of Plant genetic resources New Delhi wil be the lead centre for implementing the project where as CSK HPKV Palampur has been made the consortia partner in addition to NBAGR Karnal, RAU Bikaner, APAAU Hyderabad. Total budgentary sanction for the project has been worked out to Rs. 8.83 crore. The area of implementation in HP will be district Chamba. The Animal Husbandry component will be implemented by the faculty member of Department of Veterinary & AH Extension education.

23/2/2010 : NSS wing of COVAS organised a debate on GM crops ,need of the hour . Some of the speakers who spoke in favour of the topic were of the view that in the wake of ever-growing population and increased chemical population due to pesticides ,GM foods can ensure food security with minimal environmental pollution .Those who were against the view said that GM crops have detrimental effects on human health ,biological diversity and it would shift the ownership from farmers hands in favour of multinational companies. DO You wanna say on this issue Express your opinion on this issue

 Palampur- 24 October, 2009.Dr. Karam Chand Negi (Batch-XVI) qualifies ARSB Exams and will be joining as Scientist in ICAR Currently he is pusuing Ph.D program in Virology from IVRI, Mukteshwar centre.

Students of the college celebrate International day on climate change under the leadership of Dr. Kailash Mahajan in the campus of college of veterinary and animal sciences, Palampur. Dr. Sanjeet Katoch (Prof. & Head -Animal Breeding) Flagged off the rally to mark the occassion.

Awards and Honors: Palampur: 10 November: Faculty members of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy & Histology namely Dr. Rajesh Rajput, Assoc. Professor and Dr. R.L.Bhardwaj, Professor & Head, bagged Best paper Award along with Gold medal for their research paper during the recently held International Conference of Veterinary Anatomy held at Luckhnow.Best paper was awarded for "Study of the angioarchitecture of the caprine reproductive organs with special reference to anastomosis of the utero-ovarian arteries" Presented by Rajesh Rajput in International congress on Veterinary Anatomy & symposium on "New concept & innovative Technologies in Veterinary Anatomy of the sustainable Livestock production in the New Millennium" & 24th convocation of Indian Association of Veterinary Anatomists from November4-6,2009 at Hotel Taj Residency,Lucknow. Dr R.L.Bhardwaj acted as rapporteur in a scientific session and got plaque of honour.

Vet Fair 2K9:Palampur Dated 10 November:  vet Fair 2K9 was held on 31 October and 1 November, 2009 in the college campus.Event was inaugrated by Dr. B.C.Bisht (Director- Animal Husbandry, HP) while it was presided over by Dr. Tej Partap Vice Chancellor of CSK HPKV Palampur. Highlights of vet Fair 2K9 included Inter College sports and cultural competitions, Flower Show, Dog Show, cultural night - MEHAK and an exhibition depicting advancements in the field of veterinary and Animal Sciences. Only 34 entries were recieved in various categories of Dog Show where as people showed less enthusiasm in turning up as compared to previous VetFairs held. Students worked hard for the cultural night MEHAK which was appreciated by one and all incuding Ambassador of Mongolia who was the chief guest of the evening. CAP appreciates the efforts made by the students in reviving VET FAIR and hopes that the coming batches will take up the event with more enthusiasm.

First Reunion-2009. 10-11 October, 2009:

The first formal reunion of alumni of the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Palampur (CAP) was held on 10-11 Oct, 2009. The event was attended by more than 120 alumni members all over India and abroad. The alumni were accompanied to this memorable feat by their spouses and kids taking the total numbers of attendees to around 250. The occasion was full with happiness, pride and love; zeal and commitment to excel professionally to raise the flag of alma-mater to greater heights.
On the day of inauguration, the alumni and faculty of this young veterinary college Palampur were addressed by Dr. A. K.Srivastava, Director, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal who highlighted the role of veterinarians and animal scientists in the present era. He also emphasized the need to organize such functions to keep the spirit of bond and sharing alive amongst alumni.
The Dean of the college, Dr. A.C. Varshney formally welcomed the guests and presented the technical report of the college and summarized the journey this college has made since its inception in 1986. He proudly emphasized that college can now boast of being the highest centre of specialized education and learning in different areas of veterinary sciences. He congratulated the alumni and faculty in same breath for working towards the betterment of society and for their alma-mater.
Dr. Subhash Verma, General Secretary of the COVAS Alumni Palampur, who was also an organizing secretary of the event, facilitated this formal reunion. He said that 19 batches of veterinary graduates have already walked through the gates of this beautiful campus and this reunion was therefore very much awaited. He said that the reunion is not only a time of rejoicing our decisions to join the noblest profession, to enjoy the reminiscent of our student lives, to admire the achievements of our mates in diverse fields, to see the fulfillment and sense of satisfaction that this education and profession has brought into our lives; but also is a time to analyze our actions, to dwell upon our shortcomings, to motivate each other to give back to the society to the best our potential and to think and plan for the future of this profession.The alumni and faculty interacted with each other over the traditional “dham” in Villa Camellia and enjoyed the extravagant dine and dance reception in the evening. The next day, on 11th October, CAP remembered all those alumni members who are no more in this world and were snatched by the cruel hands of death. On this occasion, the organizing secretary briefly read their biography to the house.The event came to close after lunch. The general body meeting was held and new executive body was constituted, Dr. Rajesh Rajput (President), Dr. Sujay Sharma (Sr. VP), Dr. Saniv Kumari (VP), Dr. Subhash Verma (Gen. Secy.), Dr. Shivani katoch (Web Manager), Dr. Arun Sharma (Treasurer), Dr. Devesh Thakur (Press Secy), Dr. Surender Gupta (Special invitee-Jammu) and  auditors as Dr. Sanjiv Katoch and Dr. Geetanjali Singh. Apart from this, batch secretary were also elected to maintain better coordination amongst alumni members. It was decided that next event of grand scale will be organized to celebrate silver jubilee of the college. The alumni and their family members after having wonderful time finally parted to meet again.

2. Elections of Himachal Veterinary Council: 16 October, 2009.

About 450 Vets registered with HVC cast their votes through postal ballot for electing 4 councilor to Himachal veterinary Council, the result of which was declared on 15 October at Shimla. 7 candidates were in the fray out of which highest votes were polled in favor of Dr. Shivani Katoch (236) followed by Dr. Munish Batta, Dr. Anupam Mittal and Dr. Amit Sharma (B-XVII). CAP congratulates them all.

3.New faculty members join: 16 October, 2009.

Palampur. New faculty members joined various departments in DGCN College of Veterinary & AnimalSciences, Palampur (HP). Dr. Ankur Sharma, Dr. Ajay Katoch and Dr. Pardeep Sharma joined as Asstt. Professor in Department of Clinical Medicine. Dr. Atul Gupta (Veterinary Public Health) Dr. Anish Thakur (Veterinary Microbiology), Dr. Varun Sakhyan (Animal Breeding & Genetics), Dr. Gopal Puri (Veterinary Physiology), Dr. Pallavi Bhardwaj, Dr. Dinesh Sharma (Veterinary Pharmocology) and Dr. Devina Pathak joined in Department of Veterinary Parasitology. Apart from them, Dr. Rajesh Chahota and Dr. Subhash Verma joined as Associate Professor in Department of Veterinary Microbiology.

4.Merger of departments: 16 October, 2009.

As per the guidelines issued by VCI regarding Veterinary Education, the deprtment of Veterinary Epidemeology & Preventive medicine was disbanded and merged partially with Veterinary Clinical Medicine and partially with Veterinary Public Health. The revised curriculum for B.V.Sc and AH was adopted from this academic session after it was passed by the Borad of studies.

Palampur Vets bag top positions in ICAR-JRF conducted in May-2009. 16 June, 2009
The 19th batch passing out Students of the College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences maintained the tradition of bagging top positions at the National level in recently conducted All India Entrance test by ICAR for JRF. Sagar Chand got 2nd Rank in Animal Science category at the national level followed by Ashish gupta who bagged 10th Rank in Veterinary Science. Shyam Lal got 16th Rank in AnimalScience, Suresh Kapoor (104th Rank (Animal Science) Ajay Thakur- (120th Rank Animal Science) Himani Dhanze (145th rank- Veterinary Science)
CAP wishes a successful career to all successful candidates.

College vets bag top positions in selection list of RVC: 16 June, 2009: Dr. Vikas Sharma and Dr. Mayur Varshney were rated amongst the first five position holder in the overall merit list for selection in SSB board of Remount Veterinary Corps The selected incumbents have joined RVC training centre and college- Meerut cantt. on 31sy May 2009. They have been commissioned as Captain in Indian Army on 31 May, 2009 They will be sent to post commissioned young officers course at RVC training centre and college Meerut cantt for a period of 17 weeks. This time a total of 10 vets were selected out of which 3 namely (Dr. Vikas Sharma, Dr. Mayur Varshney and Dr. Inderjeet Singh) include Palampur vets.
CAP congratulates all of them and wish a succesful career in Indian Army.

Condolence: Prof. B.Parsad, Former Professor & Head, Department of Veterinary Medicine, COVAS palampur and currently working as Professor at Central University (North East) passed away on 26 June 2009 at Palampur. Prof. Parsad was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in March, 2009. CAP joins all students and faculty members of COVAS in offering condolences to the bereaved family members.
College Update:13 March, 2009:
Palampur. Team led by Dr. Rajesh Chahota (Batch-IV) of four veterinary scientists of Dr.G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS) have brought laurels to CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University.
Recognizing the excellent team work in the fields of Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology, the Indian Society for Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology (ISVIB) has presented Sir F. M. Burnett Memorial Team Award- 2008 to Drs. Rajesh Chahota, Mandeep Sharma, S. Mittra and S. D. Thakur. The team has been awarded for their work on Molecular epidemiological investigation of a flea-borne Rickettsial outbreak in the Deol village of Baijnath in Himachal Pradesh, which infected about 300 people of the village. The team leader Dr. Rajesh Chahota, who identified the Rickettsial strain involved in that outbreak and presented the research work in the ISVIB national symposium and conference held w.e.f. Feb. 26- 28, 2009 in CCS HAU, Hisar (Haryana) was honored with the gold medal and citation. The conference was attended by more than 100 eminent scientists from different institutes of the country. Dr.Tej Partap, Vice-Chancellor, has commended the work of scientists and expressed the hope that other scientists will also emulate this team to serve the farming community of the State.

Palampur: New Faculty members: All the newly recruited faculty members in the College of veterinary & Animal Sciences, Palampur have joined their place of posting in their respective departments. Most of them had already joined where as the remaining incumbents selected to the post of Assistant Professor in the disciplines of Veterinary Pathology and Veterinary Biochemistry have also joined.

Palampur: Trainings: 2 batches of Field veterinarians attended the 4 day Training program entitled Post mortem examination and veterolegal cases from 24 Feb to 27 Feb, with 20 Vets and then from 3 March to 6 March with 15 Vets attending the program. The training program was sponsored by Veterinary Council of India under Continuing veterinary education program . The participating Vets felt satisfied and were all appreciative of the training module and the way it was conducted. The program co-ordinator Dr. V.K.Gupta, Head, veterinary Pathology felt that all vets shopuld get exposure to such training modules which will increase the professional efficiency. The training module focussed on how to read a lesion, write about it and how to conclude it. A brain storming session for Vetero legal cases practice was held during the training which was helpful in resolving many vetero legal issues comong across practising vets from time to time.

2 May, 2009: Friendly match between Faculty and Students of COVAS: A friendly cricket match was played between the students and faculty members of the college of veterinary & Animal sciences Palampur on 1 May, 2009.The Student team won the match by 5 wickets and 7 overs to bowl. The Faculty team led by Dr. Madhumeet Singh won the toss and elected to bat first and made 104 runs in 20 overs with 1 wicket to spare. Scoring was done by Dr. MM Singh with 22, followed by Dr. Shivani Katoch-21 and Dr. Surinder Chauhan remained unbeaten at 14 runs. Altogather, the faculty team put up good resistance and were able to put up a fighting total. The students team had a slow start loosing 3 wickets in quick succesion but later on Arvind Bharti, final year student, hammered the faculty bowlers quickly scoring 105 runs in 13 Overs leading the students team to a comfortable victory.

College Update: 2 February 2009.
1. A four day training under continuing veterinary education programme sponsored by Veterinary Council of India was organized by the Department of Animal reproduction, gynecology and obstetrics
w.e.f 3 to 6 Febraury. Veterinarians working with the state department of animal husbandry
participated from all over the state. The training programme focussed on Reproductive
health management and the training methodology included lectures as well as demonstration on the practical handling of animals for reproductive disorders. Notably among those participated included Dr. Bhag chand chauhan, Dr. Rajiv Walia, Dr. Neeraj Kumar, Dr. Mansi Sharma, Dr. Yudhvir Rana, Dr. Sanjev Chauhan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar.

2. College literary club: Verve: Web site of VERVE was launched on 6 February in a function organized by the Club. SWO of the university was the chief guest on the occasion. Activities included holding of a Quiz Competition, Arm wrestling and painting competition. The prizes were distributed on the occasion.

3. Faculty club hosted a tea party on the occasion of retirement of Dr. J.R.Dhanze from
CSKHPKV and welcoming the newly joined faculty members. A momento on the occasion was given
to Dr. Dhanze who shared his pleasent experiences with the faculty members.

Aqua Feed Seminar: 22-10-2008. A one day Aqua Feed Seminar was organized by Department of Fisheries at Veterinary College Palampur on 21 October, 2008. It was Organized jointly by American Soyabean Association and Department of Fisheries, COVAS, CSKHPKV Palampur and included technical session and interaction between scientists and farmers. The Chief Guest of the show, Dr. P.K.Sharma Dean, PG Studies,while Speaking on the occasion,highlighted the increasing importance of Aquaculture in providing livelihood to a large number of farmers in our country and said that after Green and white revolution, the country is heading for a Blue revolution. A presentation on Culture and feeding of carps was given by Dr. G.Ramesh (Technical Manager, ASA-IM) & Dr. J.R.Dhanze, Dean, College of Fisheries, NE Central University, Agaratala (Tripura). A similar, one day seminar will also be organized jointly at Kullu on 23 October, 2008.

College update:06 August 2008.
1. The interviews for selection to the various posts advertised for appointment to the posts of Assistant Professor & Associate Professor were held on 1 & 2 August, 2008 respectively in the University campus. The disciplines in which the interviews were held included Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary & AH Extension, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Veterinary Public Health, Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Biochemistry & Livestock Product Technology. The dates for the interviews for the remaining posts in the disciplines including Veterinary Parasitology, Veterinary Pharmacology, Veterinary Physiology, Animal Breeding, Veterinary Epidemiology Preventive Medicine,& Veterinary Clinical Medicine have not been intimated yet by the university administration.

2. Seats increased: In a major decision, the university administration has allowed 5 more seats to be filled in the B.V.Sc & AH program under self finance category from this academic session. Currently, only 5 number seats are filled on Self finance basis but with the increase in 5 more seats the total has increased to 10 number. it is pertinent to mention here that during 1999, the Self finance category included 10 seats but were later on reduced to 5. Self finance seats is a major source of revenue generation for University and B.V.Sc & AH program attracts lot of takers under this category.

3. Training at Kansas State University (USA). Dr. Arun Sharma (Batch-VII) currently working as Assistant Professor, in the Department of Animal Nutrition, COVAS Palampur, will be flying to USA in Kansas State to attend training program on Feed Extrusion at Kansas (USA) organized by Kansas State University & ASOCHAM w.e.f 11 to 15, August, 2008. There after, he will be attending a lab work program in Kansas State university in Deptt of Grain Science till 30 August 2008. During the visit to USA he will also be delivering a lecture on Feed Processing & Formulation at Las Vegas (USA). His visit has been partly funded by American Soybean Association.


College update: Promotions: 7 April, 2008. College update: Orders for promotion to higher Posts under career Advancement Scheme were issued in the first week of April. Dr. Adarsh Kumar, Dr. Sanjay Khurana, Dr. Rajesh Rajput, Dr. S.P.Tyagi were promoted to the post of Associate professor where as Dr. Alok Sharma, Dr. Ravinder Kumar, Dr. O.P.Kaila, Dr. V.K.Sharma, Dr. P.K.Dogra, Dr. Des Raj, Dr. S.Mitra were all promoted as Professors in their respective disciplines. The Alumni congratulates them all and wishes all the best in their career.

2. The work for construction of Feed Production Unit is in full swing and is likely to be completed with in a short period of time. According to Dr. Arun Sharma Incharge Metabolic Stall, Department of Animal Nutrition, the total estimate for the project is envisaged to Rs. 29 lac and state of the art Cattle and Poultry feed manufacturing unit will be installed. Currently, all the Cattle and poultry feed requirement of HP State Animal Husbandry department is being met through Department of Animal Nutrition.

3. The new block of the Post graduate hostel near the Monal Hostel is nearing completion. The New block has facilities with individual cubicles for the research scholars.

College Update: Furnishing of the newly constructed Seminar Hall of the college is in progress. Liberal grant was sanctioned by the Vice Chancellor for furnishing the seminar hall with the capacity of seating 200 delegates which is fully conditioned. The seminar hall was a long term pending need for the college and will serve to organise college level functions for which earlier the university auditorium was used.

The preparations for conducting the Entrance test scheduled on 22 June, 2008 at various centres in HP are in full swing. More then 2000 applications have been recieved out of which 30 seats will be filled up and the remaining 5 will be filled through VCI.

ICAR JRF: Sonia Pathania and Anil Patial (Batch-XVIII) secured 21 and 23 rank respectively in veterinary Sciences JRF organised by ICAR. Apart from them, 2 more students have secured JRF in Animal Science group.

College Update: March, 27, 2008. Second batch of the field veterinarians under went 3 days training on Brucellosis which was organised by the Department of Veterinary Microbiology. The 3 day program was organised w.e.f 24 to 26 March, 2007 and was funded by Veterinary Council of India under the head, Continuing veterinary Education. More such trainings are proposed in the next financial year. Participants included Dr. Anish Kumar, Dr. Sanjeev katoch, Dr. Dinesh parmar, Dr. Neeraj Mohan, Dr. Vikram Vashisht, Dr. Hitender Grahake, Dr. Joginder verma, Dr. Sujay Sharma, Dr. Sanjay thakur, Dr. Anshul Raj, Dr. varun Sankhyan, Dr. Seema Sharma.
Teaching posts to be filled up : 4 March, 2008. The posts of Assistant Professors lying vacant in Veterinary College Palampur were again readvertised . According to the notification issued the last date for submission of application form has been fixed on 15 March, 2008. All those candidates who had earlier applied need not to apply again but will have to submit a written request.TThe condition of NET will be applicable as "all those likely to qualify NET will be considered" For details log on to

Palampur Vets fly to Dubai: 4 March, 2008. Consequent to the role played by the Alumni, 2 passed out graduates of the college namely Dr. Dushyant Sharma and Dr. Amit Dogra flew to Dubai to join the front level marketing team team led by Dr. Vikram Sharma in the field of veterinary Products.Before flying to Dubai they were interviewed at Delhi and were selected. The Alumni wishes them all the best in their career.

Interview for the post of Dean, COVAS Palampur held:4 March , 2008. The interviews for the post of Dean, College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Palampur was held on 15 Febraury, 2008. The post of Dean, fell vacant after the retirement of Prof. R.C.Katoch, on 31 May, 2007 and Dr. A.C.Varshney had been holding the acting charge of the post of Dean The candidates namely Dr,. Sanjeet Katoch, Dr. A.C.varshney and Dr. C.Varshney appeared in the interview. The final selection order will be issued after the meeting of the university BOM likely to be held in the month of March, 2008.

Training on Brucellosis to field Veterinarians : 4 March, 2008 : A 5 day training programme for the field veterinarians of HP state animal husbandry department will be organised by the Department of Veterinary Microbiology w.e.f 12 to 16 March, 2008.. According to Dr. Chahota the 5 day module will be focussing mainly on the prevalent Zoonotic disease.The funding has been provided by the veterinary Council of India

Recruitments: After getting interviewed at Delhi, 2 Alumnus of the College namely Dr. Amit Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Gupta have been selected to join marketing Sale position in Dubai. Currently under going important formalities are expected to fly on to their new destination. Alumni wishes them all the best in their career.
News Item :
The Eighteenth Batch of the college joined the Internship programme on 22 January 2008. This time a total of 36 Internees including 6 girls and 30 boys will be under going compulsory internship training for a total duration of 6 months. This time their has been a major change in the Internship schedule with the Internees spending a major chunk of time on the college campus and will be working at Veterinary Institution Shimla for 7 days and at Sheep breeding farm Tal for 7 days. The Details of the Eighteenth Batch are being uploaded on the Web site.

4 Febraury, 2008: Dr. Adarsh Kuamr Honored in the 33rd annual function of the Himotkarsh, Sahitaya, Sanskriti Avam Jan Kalyan Parishad  Governor V.S. Kokje has underlined the role of social organisations in reconstruction of the society.Presiding over the 33rd annual function of the Himotkarsh, Sahitaya, Sanskriti Avam Jan Kalyan Parishad at Una today he honoured toppers of various exams including Dr. Adarsh Kumar (Batch-II for topping the Ph.D examinations of the University.


College boys qualify Army tests: Three passed out Alumnus of the College namely Dr. Vikas Sharma (Batch-XVI) Dr. Vikas Saklani (Batch-XVI) and Dr. Avaninder Sharma (Batch-XVI) underwent final medical fitness test at Bhopal after coming out with flying colours in the SSB at Bhopal to Join Remount Veterinary Corps, though Dr. Vikas Sharma has been asked to again appear for Medical tests in front of the board. As per the informed sources, a total of 8 eight candidate will be selected and final merit list will be prepared shortly. Hopefully, al;l the boys from the college will make it to RVC. Once selected, all of them will be commisioned to RVC and will have to under go Six month training programme at RVC centre & College Meerut cantt. Alumni wishes them all the the best in their career.