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Vet workshop to promote diversity

The meet held at Chandigarh University focused on inclusive veterinary profession.

The Punjab State Veterinary Council orchestrated a noteworthy state-level technical workshop on promoting diversity, equity and inclusiveness in the veterinary profession at Chandigarh University, Gharuan on September 28, 2023. This conclave, graced by eminent figures in the veterinary field and government officials, marked a celebration of unity and progress. Vikas Pratap, IAS, Principal Secretary, Government of Punjab, Department of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development, and Rakesh Kumar, PCS, Joint Secretary, Government of Punjab, Department of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries & Dairy Development furnished guidance on behalf of the Punjab State Veterinary Council.

The workshop commenced with Shabad Gayan, the Lighting of the Lamp and a tribute to Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his birthday. Distinguished resource persons, including Dr Lakshmi Srinivasan from Hyderabad, Dr Kallahalli Umesh, a technical consultant from Bengaluru, and Dr Swarn Singh Randhawa from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, shared their invaluable insights, emphasizing the integral role of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in a progressive society.

The Cabinet Minister of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development, Punjab, Gurmeet Singh Khuddian graced the event as the chief guest, underscoring the government’s commitment to an inclusive veterinary profession. The inauguration of the online registration system of the Punjab State Veterinary Council by the minister was a pivotal moment, promising modernization and accessibility for aspiring veterinarians. The minister also highlighted the government’s initiatives, including providing free Goat Pox Vaccine to protect cattle from Lumpy Skin disease.

Dr Sangeeta Toor, director of Animal Husbandry, Punjab, expressed gratitude in the vote of thanks, urging continued efforts for a more diverse and equitable veterinary profession. The workshop, deemed a success, was a significant stride toward a more inclusive future in veterinary medicine.

Dr Gursharanjit Singh Bedi, Registrar of the Punjab State Veterinary Council, delivered an inspiring vote of thanks, outlining the council’s initiatives and acknowledging the dedicated work of veterinarians during crises. He stressed the importance of training and awareness in the veterinary profession and organized a swearing-in ceremony for state veterinarians.

The success of the event in Punjab was attributed to the sincere efforts of individuals and organizations, including the Department of Animal Husbandry, members of the Punjab State Veterinary Council, government officials and various committee members. Their collective endeavours contributed to the workshop’s success.