Panel to study benefits of cow derivatives

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The Union Ministry of Science and Technology has constituted a 19-member panel, including members of the RSS, VHP and the ex-CSIR chief, to conduct a scientifically validated research on cow-derivatives, including its urine, and their benefits.

  • The government has given the project the acronym SVAROP (Scientific Validation and Research on Panchgavya).

  • It is a “national programme” being conducted by the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with IIT-Delhi.

  • The panel is tasked with selecting projects that scientifically validate research on indigenous cow and also the panchgayva.

  • The committee will select projects that can help scientifically validate the benefits of panchgavya — the concoction of cow dung, cow urine, milk, curd and ghee — in various spheres such as nutrition, health and agriculture.

  • The panel, which will have a tenure of three years, will function as an apex body for guiding SVAROP.