The ICAR-National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (ICAR-NIANP) was established on 24th November 1995 at Bangalore under the aegis of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. The Institute is mandated to conduct basic and fundamental research with respect to animal feed resource management using physiological-nutritional approaches to improve animal productivity and profitability of livestock farmers.
The institute's new campus was inaugurated by the Honourable Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Rajnath Singhji on 13th August 2003.
With the dawn of New Year 2016, I wish to extend warm greetings to all of you for a Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous year throughout.
2015 was a milestone for ICAR-NIANP, Bengaluru. In November 2015, our Institute completed two decades of its purposeful/fruitful existence by serving the nation with its notable contributions in the field of animal nutrition and physiology. While we can take pride that during these twenty years, the Institute scientists have received much acclaim with their work catering to the mandate and objectives of the organization, I am aware that it is not enough to gloss over and be complacent. As the cliché goes, we have miles to go before we rest.
However, I would like to share with the esteemed readers that in February 2015 the Parliament Committee on Agriculture, consisting of 15 Hon’ble Members of Parliament headed by Shri Hukum Dev Narayan Yadav, Hon’ble MP visited the Institute and sought to know the research activities being carried out by the Institute. I am happy to say that after a detailed presentation and discussions, the Hon’ble Committee expressed its satisfaction about the work and also gave valuable suggestions in further improving our programmes. The 20th Foundation Day of the Institute was observed on 5th Dec. 2015. Dr. Manmohan Singh, IAS, Secretary to Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Deptt. of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries and Vice-Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Tirupati was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Dr. Manmohan Singh was highly impressed with the kind of research projects taken up by the Institute and offered to have collaborative projects with funding by the Govt. of A.P. and adopt some of the research results for the benefit of livestock holders in Andhra Pradesh.
While such words of recognition do encourage us, I would reiterate that we would certainly not by-pass our increased responsibilities. In the wake of many ground realities and situations such as shortage of animal feed, increasing cost of feed ingredients, need to improve feed utilization, need to improve digestibility, improve productive efficiency of animals, consumers giving more importance to safety, quality and specificity of products, ethical and environmental considerations, growing demand for livestock products etc. put lot of onus on us to cater to diverse needs of finding solutions towards continuous increase in livestock economy, increase economic prospects of stakeholders, that is both animal husbandry practioners and livestock industry, enable the decision/policy makers to understand, direct and support continued positive impacts and growth in animal nutrition and physiology as well as guide the next generation of researchers. At the same time, we can take solace that all these open up a vast array of opportunities, new vistas and setting new priorities and objectives to undertake studies in terms of quantitative and qualitative animal production.