Doctoral : 29
Awards & Fellowships Conferred by our Faculty
Completed : 56.97 Crores
Running: 16.22 Crores
DST, DBT, NABARD, RKVY,etc.
Gold Medals : 30
National Fellowships: 39
The Dr. G.C. Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Science has continued its glorious journey since its inception in 1986 to provide quality professional education, undertake contemporary research programmes and perform farmer cum livestock owners’ centric extension and outreach activities. These broad objectives focus on animal health, production, livestock products technology and animal welfare activities. The college provides excellent ambience for quality education and academic rigor, thus, ensuring the professional success of our students. Consequently, the institution has emerged as a premier institute of veterinary education in the country.
To accomplish its mandate of teaching through Veterinary Council of India (VCI), the college has adopted Minimum Standards of Veterinary Education (MSVE) guidelines-2016 with immediate effect. The College also offers Post-graduate Programme leading to M.V.Sc. in 12 disciplines and Ph.D. in five disciplines. Till date, 935 students have received B.V.Sc. and A.H. degree. All formerly passed out graduates are serving in different parts of Himachal Pradesh, State Agricultural Universities, Central Institutions, Administrative services, Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC), Border Security Force (BSF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and other private organisations. The students of this college have excelled in academics, sports and extracurricular activities at the university and inter-varsity level competitions. Students continue to receive scholarships and fellowships at national level examinations for postgraduate studies. The college derives deep satisfaction from the multi-faceted achievements of its former students and strives for maintaining the excellence it has attained over the years. The accomplishments achieved in teaching research and extension has helped to carve a niche in the overall development of livestock economy of Himachal Pradesh by addressing the animal health and management related issues; besides providing the trained human resources, who look after the livestock wealth of the state even in the remote tribal as well as rural areas. The college provides animal disease investigation, clinic and ambulatory services through modern facilities and well-trained faculty to the livestock owners of the state. The faculty members of the college continue to bring laurels by bagging many national and international awards and fellowships in their fields of expertise.
At this point of time, I feel delighted and would like to thank and appreciate the hard work of the faculty, staff and students for putting in their best efforts for the steady growth and development of the college.
It was periodically felt that little efforts have been put to promote livestock production and control of animal diseases, besides, research and extension under Sub-mountainous, temperate and sub- temperate conditions of Himachal Pradesh. There was also a general consensus that a tremendous scope for livestock development existed including education and research, besides, conservation of natural germplasm of typical species like Yaks, Gaddi sheep, goats, hill cattle and a variety of wild species of fauna (animals and birds), which otherwise could not be better looked after by the veterinarians trained in other parts of the country. The gap was also very wide in livestock resources available in the State vis-à-vis the qualified human resources to provide efficient veterinary health cover. Thus, the HPKV constituted an expert committee in consultation with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for assessing the establishment of a Veterinary institution in the state. This committee recommended the establishment of a Veterinary College at Palampur as a model Veterinary College for hilly regions of the country. Thus, the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS) was established by the State Government in 1986 and it was duly accredited by the ICAR and approved by the Board of Management of the University with the following six composite departments:
- Animal Production
- Anatomy and Histology
- Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology
- Veterinary Microbiology, Pathology and Parasitology
- Veterinary Surgery and Gynaecology
- Veterinary Medicine
Duration of B.V.Sc. and A.H. program enhanced from 4.5 years to 5 years in 1987 and admission to degree programme through a common entrance test was introduced in 1992. In the same year, minimum standards of education as per the Veterinary Council of India Act 1984 was introduced and the college switched over to annual system of external examination from internal semester system. Master in Veterinary Sciences (M.V.Sc.) program was also started in Department of Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Medicine and Surgery in 1992. In 2002, Ph.D. program was started in the Veterinary Science disciplines. Currently, the college is having 18 departments as per the recommendation of the Veterinary Council of India, the minimum standards of veterinary education (MSVE, 2016). Advanced Veterinary Multispeciality Centre (AVMC) constructed at the cost of 11 crores was commissioned in 2015. In 2013, a state-of-art “Animal Disease Investigation and Research Laboratory” constructed at the cost of about 2.0 crores has started functioning in the college.
Vision & Values
- Human Resource Development to produce qualified Veterinarians and postgraduates in different disciplines of animal health, production and products technology, besides updating the knowledge and skills of the field Veterinarians.
- Enhancing animal production by genetic improvement of cattle, sheep and other livestock species from the health point of view, studies on fertility problems, development of viable and sustainable pastures/grasslands and technology for improving feeds and herbages for optimum nutrition, development of hormonal and neuro-endocrinological and embryo transfer technology etc.
- To provide animal health coverage to the livestock production of the State by giving specialized therapeutic service at the main campus, organizing animal health camps at the farmers’ door steps and attending disease outbreaks in the field.
- Strengthening animal products technology for meat, milk, fur, wool and hair etc.
- Transfer of technology to the farmers and to render Referral Animal Health and Production Services to the livestock of the state.
Our Departments & Units
With the development of teaching and research facilities and as per the recommendation of the Veterinary Council of India, the Minimum Standards of Veterinary Education (MSVE, 2007) the following 16 departments and 2 services units were created.