RKA had no mandate for it, says Animal Husbandry Dept.
With the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog having cancelled its “indigenous cow science” examination after widespread criticism about its promotion of faux claims and pseudoscience, the Animal Husbandry Division mentioned the two-year previous physique had “no mandate” to conduct such an examination. Any future consciousness programme can be carried out “on a scientific foundation”, the senior official overseeing the RKA informed The Hindu.
Below the management of its chairman Vallabhbhai Kathiria, the RKA had introduced a nationwide “Kamdhenu Gau Vigyan Prachar Prasar Examination” to be held on February 25. Reference supplies for the examination made quite a few unscientific claims, together with that the dung of indigenous cows protected in opposition to radioactivity, and that their milk has traces of gold, and that cow slaughter causes earthquakes. The RKA had the backing of the College Grants Fee (UGC), which publicised the examination, inflicting widespread outrage.
“This gau vigyan (cow science) programme was introduced by the then chairman, Mr. Kathiria. And his time period was as much as February 20 solely. Earlier than leaving the workplace, he postponed it,” mentioned O.P. Chaudhary, joint secretary within the Animal Husbandry Division which oversees the RKA. Mr. Kathiria didn’t reply to calls or requests for touch upon the postponement.
“Till date, the Ministry was not concerned. Solely Mr. Kathiria was concerned and he was conducting the examination. Ministry doesn’t know the examination paper and didn’t play any function within the reference materials for the examination…We’ll now look at all the pieces on a scientific foundation, after which take some choice,” Dr. Chaudhary informed The Hindu.
He mentioned that when the RKA was arrange in February 2019, it was given a mandate as an advisory physique on points associated to the safety, conservation and growth of the indigenous cow and its progeny.
“Consciousness programme is at all times a part of the function, no concern. However conduction of an examination is one thing completely different. AICTE, UGC, all these our bodies take [conduct] exams. Taking examination just isn’t the mandate of the RKA. Creation of consciousness is actually the mandate, nevertheless it have to be on a scientific foundation,” he added.
After inspecting the scenario, the Ministry will appoint a brand new chairperson for the RKA and ship contemporary data to those that had already registered for the examination, mentioned Dr. Chaudhary.