Scientists oppose study into ‘qualities’ of indigenous cow
Part of: GS Prelims –Sci & Tech and GS-III- conservation
- Many scientists have petitioned the Department of Science & Technology (DST) to withdraw a proposal that solicits research into indigenous cows.
- 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:
- 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
- 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