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Scientists oppose study into ‘qualities’ of indigenous cow

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  • February 22, 2020
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Scientists oppose study into ‘qualities’ of indigenous cow

Part of: GS Prelims –Sci & Tech and GS-III- conservation

In news:

  • Many scientists have petitioned the Department of Science & Technology (DST) to withdraw a proposal that solicits research into indigenous cows.

Concerns 

  • The research programme appeared to endorse the belief that indigenous cows had “special” and “unique” qualities 
  • Possibility of money being “wasted to investigate imaginary qualities derived from religious scriptures”. 
  • Programme did not encourage fair comparison with other breeds of cows around the world or other bovine species within India
  •  Proposal was drafted unscientifically

From Prelims Point of View:

Background:

  • Government has recently unveiled a programme to research on ‘indigenous’ cows. (SUTRA PIC or Scientific Utilisation Through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows) led by the Department of Science and Technology 

Aims 

  • To perform scientific research on complete characterisation of milk and milk products derived from Indian indigenous cows 
  • Scientific research on nutritional and therapeutic properties of curd and ghee prepared from indigenous breeds of cows by traditional methods; development of standards for traditionally processed dairy products of Indian-origin cow

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