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Dr Y V Gupta passes away, cremated

Dr Y V Gupta passes away, cremated

Srinagar, Sep 25, 2010: Dr Yash Vir Gupta, former Director Animal Husbandry Department, Jammu who had retired on achieving the age of superannuation just 24 days ago passed away Friday in a New Delhi hospital. He had suffered a massive heart attack on September 22nd following which he was admitted GMC Hospital Jammu and on 23rd he was airlifted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital where he suffered another heart attack which proved fatal. His body was brought to Jammu yesterday.  A large number of people attended his funeral at Shastri-Nagar Cremation ground.

Dr Yash Vir  had joined the department on 23rd November, 1973 after doing his graduation from Nagpur. He served in various capacities in the department. He also served as CEO Livestock Development Board, Jammu and took over as director on January 1st, 2009. B D Sharma, Secretary, Animal & Sheep Husbandry Department and Dr D S Khosla, Director, AH Department, JK Veterinary Doctors Association as also Old Boys Association of Nagpur Veterinary College have mourned the death and extended their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.



Apr 30: J&K Animal Husbandry Technical Field Staff Association Wednesday organized a grand farewell to its two senior members Khurshid Ahmad Mir and Sharief-ud-din Qadiri on their attaining the age of superannuation.
 Senior officers of the department and members of the association hailing from different districts participated in the farewell function, which was presided over by Dr Bhupinder Singh, Director Animal Husbandry, Kashmir.
 The J&K Veterinary Doctors’ Association office bearers including its president Dr SM Saleem were present on the occasion.
 Speakers praised the honesty and dedication of Khurshid Ahmad Mir in discharging his duties. Khurshid an ace footballer joined the department in September 1976 and worked in different capacities. He also acted in several dramas. His last assignment in the department was in its vaccine wing. His role as senior Vice President of the JKTFSA was appreciated by all including Mohammad Ahsan Sheikh, President of the association. Ahsan also lauded the role of Sharief-ud-din Qadiri in the department.
 Dr AA Baba Chief Executive Officer of KLDB and Dr T R Loach, JD, FSB Rambirbagh, Dr AM Mufti, DD (P), Dr F A Kaloo DD (AH) presented mementoes to the JKTFSA office members on behalf of district Srinagar body and Dr Sheikh Saleem, President JKVDA presented mementoes to the retiring officials on behalf of the association.
 The speakers wished the duo a happy post-retirement life.


April 26: World Veterinary Day –observed every year on the last Saturday of April –was celebrated here on the day with fervour. The main function was held at the valley’s oldest veterinary campus in the heart of the city on the Red Cross Road, under the aegis of Jammu And Kashmir Veterinary Doctors’ Association where a large number of Para Vets and engineering staff of Animal Husbandry Department also participated.
 Dr Bhupinder Singh, Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir presided over the function while Dr A A Baba, CEO, Kashmir Livestock Development Board, Dr N A Khan Former MD, KVMPCF, Dr FA Kaloo, Dy. Director, AH, Kashmir and Dr Sheikh M Saleem President, JKVDA and shared the dais with him.
 Dr Saleem welcoming the participants urged the vets and Para vets to rededicate them-selves to the cause of the humanity, as the veterinary profession’s ultimate aim is human welfare adding that the vets were now much sought after professionals in the world.
 Speaking on the occasion Dr Aejaz Ahmad Kamili, a former Disease Investigation Officer in the department offered a token amount of Rs 5000 towards the best veterinarian award to be instituted for honouring best vets and Para vets annually on the eve of World Veterinary Day.
 Dr N A Khan, in his address recounted as to how livestock improvement was brought about in the valley and the difficulties the vets and Para vets had to encounter in educating the overwhelmingly illiterate rural folk about the importance of cross breeding in improving livestock production and productivity.
 Dr A A Baba sought the cooperation of the vets and Para vets in making the livestock development board a success. He urged them to work in tandem with each other so as to achieve the objectives. Dr FA Kaloo told the participants as to how diversified the role of vets had become under the changed circumstances.
 He said that with more than two hundred fifty diseases having been identified as zoonotic in nature the role of vets in human health had become more important. Studies carried out across the globe during last twenty years have proved that more than eighty percent of human infections including the new and emerging diseases have had animal origin, added Dr Kaloo.
 He also identified scores of vets who were contributing to human welfare in different positions including bureaucracy and even police.
 Dr Bhupinder Singh, Director AH Deptt. shared his experiences in Kashmir with the participants and lauded the role of vets and Para vets in transforming more than 70 percent of livestock in Kashmir to high yielding hybrids. He urged the vets and Para vets to work with more zest and zeal. Others who spoke on the occasion include Drs Javaid A Khan, Dy Dir SHDeptt., AR Malik CAHO, Kupwara, GA Nahvi, APMO, NDA Reshi, EO PW, M S Surma AIO and  several Para Vet leaders. Earlier Kaisar Ahmad Fazili opened the meet with recitations from Holy Quaran. The association also presented a memento each to Drs N A Khan, PK Abrol, AA Kamili and felicitated Dr Baba on his assumption of office of CEO.



Srinagar Mar 31: J&K Veterinary Doctors Association, Kashmir Branch today organized a simple but impressive farewell ceremony to Dr Ashok Kumar Misri, Joint Director, Institute of Animal Health &Biological Products, at its head office in Srinagar. The ceremony was presided over by Dr Bhupinder Singh, Director, Animal Husbandry Kashmir.
 Dr Misri, a graduate from Rajasthan Veterinary College, Bikaneer, joined the department initially in 1973 on ad hoc basis but after confirmation of his services by J&K PSC, he was posted in Sheep Husbandry Department. He was later repatriated to Animal Husbandry Department in 1975.
 He has had the distinction of working in all the three regions of the state in different cadres and finally attained superannuation today.
 Dr KA Zargar, SM Saleem, MS Surma, GM Rather and Bhupinder Singh described him a gentleman who was loved by the rank and file in the department.
 Dr Bhupinder Singh presented a shawl and a memento to him on behalf of the JKVDA. His subordinates bid him farewell at IAH&BP Campus Zakura later on.

Hon'ble Minister for Animal Husbandry Addresses Vets

Hon'ble Minister for Animal Husbandry Addresses Vets

Kashmir, September 5 2007:

The Hon'ble Minister for Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry Jenab Taj Mohi-ud-Din today paid a visit to the main campus of the Directorate of Animal Husbandry at Gaw Kaadal, Srinagar. Addressing a gathering of vets who had assembled there on call of senior officers of the Department to discuss the challenges before the profession, the Hon'ble minister reiterated the Government's deep desire to see the Department as a tool for upliftment of the small and marginal farmers of the state as well as to meet the animal product demands of the towns and cities. Chairing the gathering the Hon'ble Minister lent a patient hearing to the issues raised by some senior officers of the department, including those relating to reorganization of the department, extension of modern facilities to hospitals and centers, revival of poultry wing and strengthening the specialist and super-specialist infrastructure of the department. Jenab Taj Mohi-ud-Din made it clear that his expectations from the vets of the department are more because he believes that the vets here are far superior in intellect and technical know how than anywhere in India. He resolved to improve the medicinal and gynae related facilities of the department by favouring post-graduation in these fields. He also stressed on bringing transparency in all the offices of the department with a farmer-centric policy.

The other dignitaries at the meeting included Dr. SP Sharma, Director Animal Husbandry-Kashmir, Dr AM Mufti, Dy. Director (Poultry)-Kashmir and other BVO and equivalent class officers of the department.

World Veterinary Day Celebrations at Anantnag

World Veterinary Day Celebrations at Anantnag

Kashmir, May 9, 2007:

Marketing the milk is a challenge confronting the milk producers in Kashmir division where the annual production crossed 806 thousand tones by the year ended March 31st, 2006-07. Thus the per capita/day availability of milk has crossed 332 gms in the Division yet the producers find it difficult to reach out to the potential buyers to have remunerative price, the consumers are equally at the receiving end who buy it at highly exorbitant prices. And the major beneficiary of the situation is the middle man who continues to exploit the consumers and producers as the latter are yet to organize themselves in cooperatives in a big way. Highlighting the achievements made in livestock development Dr SP Sharma, Director Animal Husbandry, Kashmir, who was speaking at a function to commemorate the World Veterinary Day, implored the vets and Para vets assembled on the occasion to help the farmers in taking full benefits of the developmental schemes aimed at their development. He lamented that the farmers were not able to draw full benefits of schemes because of absence of a vibrant cooperative mechanism for selling their produce. He also administered oath by which vets committed themselves to the cause of the dumb creatures and humanity. Earlier Dr A M Reshi, Chief AH Officer, in his welcome address claimed that during last year a record number of 72017 cows were inseminated during last year and milk availability per person per day had reached 465 gms in the district as against ICMR recommendation of 283 gms per person per day. On the occasion Dr Sheikh Saleem, President JKVDA and his comrades were felicitated. Dr Khursheed Hussain Malik, former director of the department was also decorated on the occasion for his contribution to the profession. Special prizes were distributed amongst the officials of Anantnag Block whose performance was described as outstanding. Dr Rafique A Naqashbandi, Block Veterinary officer, who had organized the function, gave the background of the celebrations. Drs FM Saleem, Tahir Hussain Beigh, Abdul Hai Deva, Reyaz Nazir Reshi, district representative JKVDA, Farooq Ahmad, District president Field Staff association also spoke on the occasion.

Dr F A Kaloo, Dy Director, AH Deptt while felicitating the vets reminded them of their duties and responsibilities. Referring to the lopsided development of livestock in the state, he counseled the vets to volunteer their services for the backward areas. Now that most of the demands of vets and Para vets had been met with, it was incumbent upon them to serve the people with a firm resolve to help them to improve their lot, said Dr Kaloo. He said vets' past has been glorious and future would be more promising. Given the fact that during past 20 years 75% of the infectious diseases in mankind had their origin in animals and therefore in future the Medical and Veterinary professionals would have to work shoulder to shoulder to stamp out diseases. Dr Sheikh Saleem speaking on the occasion reminded the participants of their duties and responsibilities and urged them to rededicate themselves to the cause of the people. He said that the vets need to continuously keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in the field of veterinary and animal sciences so that people are benefited.

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