Ludhiana 10 December 2019-Faculty training program on Advances in Molecular epidemiology has started on 10th of December at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana. In this program 25 faculty participants from different State Agricultural/Veterinary Universities and National Institutes have joined to enhance their knowledge and practical skills. The training program is being funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi under its prestigious Capacity Building Program (CBP). The training is scheduled to continue from 10th -19th December, 2019.

Dr. R.S. Aulakh, Director, School of Public Health and Zoonoses, welcomed the participants of the program and officers of the university. In the inaugural function, Dean Post Graduate Studies, Dr. S.K. Uppal (Nodal officer, ICAR) apprised the participants about the importance of epidemiology in animal and public health. Dr. J.P.S Gill, Director Research briefed the participants about the significance of rapid and sensitive molecular epidemiological investigative tools in population health. The Dean of College of Veterinary Science, Dr. P.S. Brar highlighted the relevance of epidemiology in veterinary and human medicine and as a core subject in veterinary curriculum. The Course Director, Dr. Jasbir Singh Bedi, elaborated that the course was in great demand and only 25 applicants could be accommodated due to limited slots. The selected participants represented 14 different states of India. Dr. Bedi expressed his gratitude to the ICAR and University officials for their support, encouragement and co-operation rendered for this training program. During the course of the training program eminent speakers of national and international repute, from University of Sydney (Australia), Royal Veterinary College (United Kingdom), University of Calgary (Canada), International Livestock Research Institute (Kenya), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden), PGIMER (Chandigarh) and experts from the university will interact with the participants. Hands on training on various molecular epidemiological techniques will be imparted in this course. The course co-ordinator Dr. Randhir Singh, expressed vote of thanks to the University officials and other dignitaries. The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. A.S Nanda extended his best wishes to the organizers and participants for the training course.