MADRAS VETERINARY COLLEGE

DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL HUSBANDRY STATISTICS AND COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

Genesis and Objectives

Teaching of the subject of Statistics to the undergraduate (BVSc) students of Madras Veterinary College was started in the year 1959-60 utilizing the services of Statisticians available in the Directorate of Animal Husbandry on part time basis. A separate Department - Department of Animal Husbandry Statistics - for teaching Statistics to UG and PG students was started in the year 1966.

The Department was re-designated as the Department of Animal Husbandry Statistics and Computer Applications in 2000 by merging the University Computer Centre to this Department and empowering it to manage computer networking of the college. The major activities of this Department are teaching animal husbandry statistics to undergraduate and postgraduate students, offering guidance to research students and staff in designing of experiments, processing of data and interpretation of experimental results and also managing the computer network of the university and the college.

Achievements

Education

The Department offers a course on Bio-Statistics and Computer Applications (2+1) to the UG students under VCI pattern. Although there is no PG programme currently, this Department offers three PG courses (Applied Statistics, Computer Applications and Research Methodology, all of which are compulsory courses), besides two courses to the PG students of Animal Husbandry Economics.

Research

Name of the project Funding agency Fund allocated (Rs.)
Technology Enhanced Learning in Agricultural Education (TELAgE) Niche Area of Excellence (NAE)" funded by ICAR-NAARM 41 lakhs
NAIP scheme on Development of e-Courses for B.V.Sc.&A.H. degree programme NAIP 183.59 lakhs
Developing a methodology for estimating livestock feed and fodder in Tamil Nadu GOI 3.48 lakhs

Training and other significant works

  • Training programmes on Computer Applications in Animal Sciences
  • Computer network management
  • Provision of Internet and Intranet services to the depts. and students
  • Provision of network printing facility
  • Statistical and computing guidance to faculty and research students
  • Student evaluation of teachers

Current Focus

The Department of Animal Husbandry Statistics and Computer Applications has set the following objectives and functions, so as to fully harvest the potential benefits of IT in the sector:

  • Promoting IT literacy among faculty and students and infusion of IT in to veterinary education and research
  • Enabling development and use of multimedia in teaching and learning
  • University's web site (www.tanuvas.ac.in/www.tanuvas.org.in/www.tanuvas.tn.nic.in) updation and management
  • Development of computerized data base management systems in the areas such as animal disease reporting, herd management, GIS for livestock development, disease forecasting, hospital management, laboratory management etc.
  • Offering training on statistics (sampling strategies, experimental designs, data management and analysis using computers) for biological scientists, computer applications in animal sciences (use of software for analysis of data)

Faculty

Dr. A.Mohamed Safiullah, Professor and Head; drsselvam[at]tanuvas[dot]ac[dot]in
Dr. G.Kathiravan, Professor; drkathir[at]tanuvas[dot]ac[dot]in (On leave, Presently working in the University of the West Indies, St.Augustine)
Dr. P.Thirunavukkarasu, Assistant Professor; drthiruna[at]tanuvas[dot]ac[dot]in
Dr. G.Senthilkumar, Assistant Professor; senthilkumar[dot]g[at]tanuvas[dot]ac[dot]in