VETERINARY COLLEGE AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE, NAMAKKAL

DEPARTMENT OF POULTRY SCIENCE

The Department of poultry Science in Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal was started during the year 1985 and continuously offering undergraduate (B.V.Sc. & A.H.) education. The postgraduate courses viz. M.V.Sc. and Ph.D. were started from 1993 and 1995 onwards, respectively.

Major objectives

  • To impart teaching for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes
  • To conduct research programmes for M.V.Sc. and Ph.D. scholars
  • Farm advisory services
  • Conducting training programmes to the progressive farmers

Multifaceted activities of the department are,

  • U.G. and P.G. education
  • Centre of Advanced Faculty Training in Avian Sciences (ICAR Scheme)
  • Maintaining a modern Poultry Farm Complex
  • Maintaining hatchery for supplying day-old chicks of several poultry species
  • Conducting Postgraduate researches
  • Facilitating researches for other college / university postgraduate students
  • Carrying out need based and industry based validation researches
  • Conducting PG Diploma in Commercial Poultry Production Management course
  • Conducting 5 skill development courses

Courses Offered

B.V.Sc. & A.H.         

  • LPM 211 – Avian production management (1+1)
  • LPM 221 – Commercial poultry production and hatchery management (1+1)
  • LPM 222 – Diversified poultry production and current concepts in poultry management (1+1)

M.V.Sc.

  • PSC 602 – Poultry nutrition and feeding (2+1)
  • PSC 603 – Commercial layer production (2+1)
  • PSC 604 – Commercial broiler production (2+1)
  • PSC 605 – Breeder stock, flock health and hatchery management (3+1)
  • PSC 606 – Management of poultry other than chicken (2+1)
  • PSC 607 – Poultry products technology and marketing (2+1)
  • PSC 608 – Poultry economics, projects and marketing (2+1)
  • PSC 609 – Physiology of poultry production (2+1)
  • LPM 608 – Poultry farm and hatchery management (2+1)

Ph.D.

  • PSC 801 – Applied poultry nutrition (2+1)
  • PSC 802 – Concepts in commercial poultry production (2+1)
  • PSC 803 – Developments in poultry products technology (2+1)
  • PSC 804 – Emerging diseases of poultry and flock health (2+1)
  • PSC 805 – Advanced poultry breeding methods (2+1)
  • PSC 806 – Poultry economics, marketing and integration (2+1)
  • LPM 805 – Advances in poultry production management (2+1)

Infrastructure

  • A well furnished air-conditioned lecture hall for conducting CAFTAS programme and P.G. classes
  • Well equipped U.G. laboratory with sophisticated equipment for estimation of proximate principles, mycotoxin analysis, egg internal quality measurement, measuring eggshell strength etc.
  • Fully automatic environmentally controlled broiler house for rearing 3000 broilers in all-in all-out system.
  • Fully automatic hatchery unit with uninterrupted power system and digitally controlled incubators.
  • Modern Japanese quail brooder cum grower house with cage and nipple drinking system
  • Modern elevated cage breeder quail house with cage and semi-automatic feeding system
  • Modern elevated cage layer house with automatic feeding, watering, climate control and lighting system.
  • Modern turkey chick cum grower house with semi automatic feeding and watering system
  • Modern turkey breeder house with semi automatic feeding and watering system.
  • Modern broiler experimental house to conduct researches in broilers under both deep litter and cage system of rearing.
  • Modern cross-bred breeder house with semi automatic feeding and watering system
  • Modern chick cum grower house with cage, nipple drinking and semi automatic feeding system.
  • An emu unit with automatic watering system
  • An ostrich unit with automatic watering system.

Achievements / Excellence

  • An ICAR fully financed scheme, "Centre of Advanced Faculty Training in Avian Sciences" is functioning in this department.
  • Revolving fund scheme on "Standardization of nutrient requirements, production and marketing of Japanese quail"
  • Revolving fund scheme on "Establishment of elevated cage layer house for commercial layers"
  • Conducted an International Poultry Expo and Conference – 2010 from 8th to 10th January 2010.

New strains released by this department

  • Namakkal quail – 1 : A meat-type Japanese quail strain, evolved by 4-way crossing
  • Namakkal gold quail : An egg-type Japanese quail strain, evolved by 5-way crossing
  • Namakkal chicken – 1 : A back-yard multicoloured chicken variety for egg production purpose, evolved by 4 way crossing.

Faculty

Dr. K. Mani, Professor and Head | drkmani232@yahoo.com| Mobile: 9786125257
Dr. M. Moorthy, Professor | m.moorthy@tanuvas.org.in| Mobile: 9442126636
Dr. R. Amutha, Professor | r.amutha@tanuvas.org.in| Mobile: 9443019099
Dr. P. Shamsudeen, Associate Professor | shams_phd@rediffmail.com| Mobile: 9486242799
Dr. K. Rajendran, Assistant Professor | poultryrajendran@yahoo.com | Mobile: 9442627913
Dr. T. Vasanthakumar, Assistant Professor | vasanthvet@gmail.com | Mobile: 9486186001