Salient Achievements

Academic Achievements

  • A total of 6,733 students completed their under-graduation, 2,265 post-graduation and 726 doctoral degrees, since 1989. In addition, 52 students have completed their PG Diploma and 387 students through distance education programmes on specialized areas to improve clinical skills and career opportunities.
  • TANUVAS bestowed with the Sardar Patel ICAR Outstanding Institution Award for the year 2011.
  • TANUVAS received the “NAIP Best Performance Award” from ICAR, New Delhi in 2012 for e-contents developed for B.V.Sc. & A.H.
  • Veterinary College and Research Institutes at Orathanadu and Tirunelveli included in the first schedule of the Indian Veterinary Council Act, 1984 (52 of 1984) vide G.S.R./1296 (E) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India.
  • ICAR accreditation granted to Madras Veterinary College, Chennai and Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal for five years from 16.03.2015 to 15.03.2020.
  • College of Food and Dairy Technology, Koduvalli has been recognized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for B.Tech and M.Tech in Food Technology and accredited to Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), for the Under graduate degrees offered by this institute. In addition, the College of Poultry Production and Management, Hosur has also been recognised by AICTE.
  • TANUVAS commenced Polytechnic Courses in Animal Sciences, the first of its kind in Animal and Veterinary Sciences in India since 2012.
  • First year subjects of B.V.Sc. & A.H. course were translated in Tamil language and the text books were published in order to help the students hailing from rural areas.
  • Established an Internet Kiosk at Madras Veterinary College in 2012.
  • TANUVAS has bagged the prestigious Institutional Development Plan under National Agricultural Higher Education Programme to the tune of Rs. 28 crore.
  • TANUVAS has established modern libraries in all its constituent colleges and automated with Koha Integrated Library Management System. State-of-the-Art technologies such as RFID, CCTV Surveillance and Biometric Attendance System, implemented in all libraries. Digital library facility is available in all libraries with a rich collection of e-books and e-journals that are being subscribed by the University Library and accessed through the University Network.
  • Digitisation of institutional publications is regularly done and they are available online through the university digital repository and also through Krishi Kosh Institutional Repository of ICAR. Among 73 SAUs, TANUVAS is the top contributor to the national digital repository with more than 20,000 documents.

Research Achievements

  • Molecular characterization of south Indian breeds of cattle using microsatellite markers revealed closeness among Hallikar, Amritmahal and Krishna Valley and distinctness of Bargur, Pulikulam and Malaimadu cattle.
  • Evolutionary relationship of sheep breeds of Tamil Nadu revealed two major clusters; one with the breeds of Western Ghats region (Mecheri, Coimbatore and Nilagiri) and the other with breeds of rest of the region (Madras Red, Tiruchy Black, Kilakarsal and Vembur).
  • Ex-situ conservation in the form of semen of Kangayam cattle and Toda buffaloes and embryos of Toda buffalo were cryopreserved. In addition, DNA repository of 1684 samples obtained from 10 cattle, 9 sheep and 4 goat breeds have been created.
  • Established “Bargur Cattle Research Station” at Bargur, Erode district, “Pulikulam Cattle Research Station” at Manamadurai, Sivaganga district, “Kangayam Cattle Research Station” at Sathyamangalam, Erode district and “Alambadi Cattle Breed Research Centre” at Hanumanthapuram, Dharmapuri district to conserve native breeds of cattle.
  • Established a “University Innovation and Instrumentation Centre (UIIC)” in 2015, and through this centre, hundreds of farm and utility equipment are designed and distributed.
  • Established Veterinary Forensic Sciences Laboratory at Madhavaram Milk Colony to assist in diagnosing emergency diseases and diagnosing vetero-legal cases of various poisoning.
  • A mini slaughter unit approved by FSSAI for wholesome meat production and two small hatchery units at village level established in Tiruchirapalli district.
  • Developed a safe and efficacious bluetongue multivalent inactivated adjuvanted vaccine using SEPPIC adjuvant.
  • Developed molecular markers for specific and sensitive detection of toxigenic isolates of A. flavus by PCR and Real-time-PCR in quarantine inspections.
  • Rumen fluid (a slaughter house waste) identified as a suitable and inexpensive medium for bioplastic production without any addition of substrates.
  • Identified immunogenic proteins of Mycobacterium avium subsp. and paratuberculosis by in-silico analysis and developed ELISA-based diagnostic assay using recombinant protein.
  • An indigenous ABT Mini Encapsulator V500 developed for encapsulation of probiotic bacteria for laboratory scale up and the invention patented.
  • Bovine digesta at 1:3 ratio (Bovine digesta : soil) found useful for bioremediation of heavy metals - Cu, Cr, Zn and Pb present in the tannery effluent.
  • A “Brucella Sera Panel Kit” (with sera samples calibrated to the OIE international reference sera standards) as national secondary sera standards developed to validate Brucella antibody diagnostic assays.
  • Five full-length genome sequence of local isolates of PPRV from sheep and goats submitted to GenBank (KT270355, KT860063, KT860064, KT860065 and KX033350). Indigenous breeds of goats were found to possess higher levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines and significantly higher levels of IL18 found both at basal and PPRV induced in Kanni breed of goats.

Extension Achievements

  • Best KVK award to Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Kattupakkam by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in 2010.
  • A “Grand Science Exhibition” conducted in commemoration of World Veterinary Year 2011 at Madras Veterinary College.
  • With the pro-active support from Government of Tamil Nadu, TANUVAS conducted Regional Livestock Exhibitions in Seven regions of Tamil Nadu.
  • Established a solar powered “Village Knowledge and Information Centre” (VKIC) by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kattupakkam in collaboration with Virginia Tech University, USA at Thalambedu village of Kancheepuram district during 2012.
  • Established “Fodder Production Units” in Meikkal Poromboke lands in Villupuram and Vellore districts, in a total area of 65 acres and 80 acres, respectively.
  • Introduced “Animal Mobile Medical Ambulance” (AMMA) services with toll free telephone number 1962 for rural veterinary care in Tamil Nadu.
  • Offered free training through the University peripheral centres to all the beneficiaries of Tamil Nadu Government Scheme “Free Distribution of Milch Cows, Goat and Sheep” in rural areas, on scientific rearing.
  • Twenty-five small scale food processing industries were created by entrepreneurs after undergoing training programme under iSTED project at CFDT, Koduvalli.
  • Pandit Deendayal Upandhyay Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Protshahan Puraskar award for the year 2018 conferred to Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Namakkal by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research identified Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Namakkal as the best NICRA-KVK of Zone X of ATARI for the year 2019.
  • "Jal shakti" award - 2019-20 (Second prize) - first national water mission award from Ministry of Jal shakti, Government of India to KVK, Kundrakudi for increasing water use efficiency by 20 per cent through micro irrigation
  • Livestock and Poultry Exhibition in connection with the inauguration of Advanced Institute for Integrated Research on Livestock and Animal Sciences (AIIRLIVAS) and Veterinary College and Research Institute at Thalaivasal in 2020.