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Mahatma’s learning of dairy farming still haunts NDRI – Bengaluru

S.S. Ali  

Bengaluru, December 7, 2018: The National Dairy Research Institute at Bengaluru (NDRI) has gone through many changes since its inception as Imperial Institute of Animal Husbandry and Dairying on 1st July 1923. The institute has come up as a pioneering centre of learning and research and promotion. 

But the memorable event never to forget and to share with generation after generation was visit of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi at the centre in 1927. India’s freedom hero Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya accompanied him..

So what brought Mahatma to the institute – was it a visit at the capacity of a leader or statesman or was he invited to grace an occasion. No he ventured for a different reason.

He came for his training, so Malaviya. The stayed for two weeks to learn how best cattle can be taken care of and advanced rearing technique.

“Here he spent time as an ordinary person – as a learner. He considered self as a farmer”, said Dr K. P Ramesha, Principal Scientist and Head of the institute.

If Ramesha has other reasons to excel, but he takes pride like everyone at the centre Mahatma Gandhi’s historic 1927 visit. He proudly said Gandhi made changes in his cattle farm at Sabarmati Asram in Gujarat based on the ‘lesions’ he leant from the institute that originally came up with support and encouragement of Maharaja of Mysore.

Located in a huge campus, bestowed with several heritage buildings, Imperial Research Institute was renamed as Indian Dairy Research Institute  after independence. It was elevated to Deemed University in 1989 and the institute has no parallel in south Asia.

Dr K.P. Ramesha informed the institute has produced 2200 Diploma holders, 1400 Dairy Graduates, 2200 Post Graduates and 1000 Doctoral students over the years. On the other, Scientists under Research Projects have conducted significant work in areas of dairy production, processing and management which have paved to provide impetus for dairy development in the country.

(Photo: PIB sponsored journalists team stand for a photo shoot outside heritage building where Mahatma Gandhi stayed.)