11th May, 2013, New Delhi
Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble President of India conferred prestigious National Technology Award on Dr Ramesh Kumar Vijh on Technology Day, 11th May, 2013, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi for his outstanding research contribution for the development of parentage verification kits for livestock species. Dr Vijh is working as Principal Scientist in National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal. He is Consortium Principal Investigator of National Agricultural Innovation Project "Identification of QTL for milk yield, fat and protein percent in buffaloes." Dr. Vijh is also Animal Sciences Group Leader of NAIP Mega Project on "Bioprospecting of genes and allele mining for abiotic stress tolerance" of Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
Dr Ramesh Kumar Vijh and his project associates developed parentage verification kits for all economically important livestock species. The Five parentage verification kits utilise DNA markers. Four of these kits are species specific - cattle, buffalo, goat and camel while one kit can resolve parentage and related issues in all ruminant livestock species - cattle, buffalo, goat, sheep, yak and mithun. The kits developed are highly accurate for parentage verification and are cost-effective. The kits shall provide a unique identity to each animal, enhance the accuracy of selection of elite animals, reduce inbreeding, help in conservation and effective management of Animal Genetic Resources of the country. The kits may also find applications in forensic and insurance sector.
(Source: NBAGR, Karnal)