World Class institute namely Indira Gandhi Centre for Advanced Research
on Livestock (IGCARL) has been established at Pulivendula in Kadapa
District of Andhra Pradesh, India as an autonomous institution under
Public Private Partnership (PPP) with a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). It
has since been incorporated as a private limited company on 11-11-2008
under Companies Act, 1956
The objectives include
application of frontier and cutting-edge technologies like
biotechnology, information technology and nanotechnology, establishment
of state of the art analytical laboratory for testing of livestock
products and making use of GIS for disease monitoring.
3.The proposed programme
of work involves 6 research groups on molecular and cytogenetics,
reproduction and cryobiology, biotechnology and nanobiology,
microbiology and immunology, animal nutrition, and quality control. Four
centers, namely central instrumentation laboratory, bioinformatics &
information technology centre, extension & training centre and library &
information centre as well as BSL and ABSL laboratories will facilitate
the work of the research groups. The construction of the Research Block
consisting of the 6 research groups and 4 centres was completed and
inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister on 25-1-2009. The other
facilities have since been completed and the institute is now fullyfunctional.
4.A Livestock complex
with dairy unit; sheep, goat & piggery unit; poultry unit; laboratory
animal unit; feed & fodder unit; embryo collection centre, veterinary
hospital and quarantine facility has been established to facilitate the
work of the research groups and also for demonstration to farmers.
administrative and maintenance staff totaling 386 have been sanctioned.
Sri N. P. Ramakrishna Reddy, Special Secretary to Government was
appointed as OSD to IGCARL on 31-8-2007. He retired on 30-6-2010. Dr.
L. Mohan, Director of Animal Husbandry has assumed charge as CEO of
IGCARL on 9-5-2009. He retired on 31-5-2010. Consequent to his
retirement, Dr. M. V. Reddy, Director of Animal Husbandry is acting as
CEO of IGCARL.
6.A budget of Rs 386
crores for 2007-2008 to 2009-2010 has been provided for the Research
Center. The State Government has released Rs 36.67 crore for 2000-08,
Rs 75 crore for 2008-09 and Rs 75 crore for 2009-10 till December, 2009.
The expenditure incurred up to December, 2009 is Rs 186.67 crore.
7.It was proposed to
establish the Research Centre with vaccine production and other units
under public private partnership. An EOI was called for and there was
good response. Agreements have been entered into with M/s IMAC (USA)-Dodla
Dairy Consortium as Joint Venture partner, M/s Indus Gene Expressions
(USA) as a private partner and M/s Elbit India Agricultural Ventures (EIAV)
as a private partner. As per the collaboration agreement between M/s
IMAC (USA)-Dodla Dairy Consortium and IGCARL, a JV company namely
Global VetMed Concepts India Pvt. Ltd (GVC) was incorporated on
16-3-2009 under the Companies Act, 1956. Discussions are going on with
other partners and another global invitation for EOI will be issued
8.It was proposed to get
part of the land notified as special economic zone (SEZ) to get
concessions for attracting Indian and foreign partners. Gazette
notification of Government of India was issued on 24-8-2009 for sector
specific SEZ for biotech sector for an extent of 31.99 ha (79.01 acres)
of IGCARL land with APIIC as the developer.
project is expected to find solutions to the field problems, ex-situ
conservation of the dwarf breed of Punganur cattle, freezing of Ongole
cattle embryos for export, development of vaccines and diagnostics for
control of emerging diseases, better disease monitoring, surveillance &
forecasting and training of field personnel and farmers.