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LOCATION

At present, the NRC has its headquarter (office with central laboratory) at Dirang (1500m above msl) and experimental Yak farm at Nyukmandung (2700m above msl) at a distance of 31 km from Dirang. Both the campuses are located in the West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh.

 

MANDATE

1.

Survey for genetic resources, management practices, production level and problems associated with production.

2.

To establish a small herd of pure yaks to carry out observations on performances under range and semi-range systems of management.

3.

To conduct research on improvement of yak and its products through selection and breeding with exotic frozen semen.

4.

To conduct research on nutrition, physiology, production and managemental aspects under semi-range and confinement.

5.

To conduct research on fodder and development of pasture at mid and high altitude for yaks.

6.

To provide complete health coverage through proper therapeutic and prophylactic measures based on clinical and laboratory findings on the prevalent diseases of yak.

   
ORGANIZATION
The Director, NRC on Yak exercises full authority for research strategy formulation and administration. Institute Management Committee (IMC), Research Advisory Committee (RAC), Staff Research Council (SRC) and other functional committees constituted by ICAR provide directives to the Director for running the institute's administration. For day-to-day administration and smooth running of the institute, a team of scientists, technical, administrative and supporting staff, assists the Director. The present structure of management of the centre is presented below.
 
 
 
 

 

 

UNITS

Finance & Accounts

This section has only two permanent staff viz., one Assistant acting as Incharge, Assistant Finance & Accounts Officer and one SS Grade-II. The budget and revised estimates along with actual expenditure during the financial year 2009-10 have been mentioned below.

 

Head

Budget Estimate

Revised Estimate

Actual Expenditure

Plan

Non-Plan

Plan

Non-Plan

Plan

Non-Plan

Establishment Charge
Wages
O.T.A
T.A
HRD
Works
Works maintenance
Other Including Equip
Total

AICRP

IPR Fund

10.00
-----
-----
8.00
2.00
170.00
30.00
130.00
350.00

6.35

5.63

285.00
-----
0.05
1.50
-----
-----
5.00
10.00
301.55

-----

-----

10.36
-----
-----
10.57
1.01
135.17
2.30
220.59
380.00

9.55

5.63

211.84
-----
-----
0.91
-----
-----
2.00
0.08
214.83

-----

-----

10.36
-----
-----
10.57
1.01
135.17
2.30
220.59
380.00

5.49

3.78

211.84
-----
-----
0.91
-----
-----
2.00
0.08
214.00

-----

-----

Network Projects

Alpine/temperate pastures

VTCC – Rumen Microbes

19.00

4.60

-----

-----

29.25

4.60

-----

-----

18.31

3.78

-----

-----

Outreach Programme

DBT

7.50

31.36

-----

-----

7.50

31.36

-----

-----

-----

30.38

-----

-----

 

Central Laboratory

The Institute has one Central laboratory and other specialized/specific laboratories viz., Nutrition laboratory, Genetics laboratory, Health and Medicine laboratory, Parasitology laboratory and Physiology laboratory etc. The laboratory in totality is equipped with Rotary Microtome, Kjeltec Protein Analyser, Rotary Evaporator Semi Auto Analyser, ELISA Reader, ELISA Plate Shaker, Vortexer, Thermal Cycler for PCR, SDS PAGE Unit, Micro Oven, Gel Documentation Unit, Benchtop Micro Centrifuge, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Image Analyser, HPLC System, UV Visible Spectrophotometer, Cryostat, Vertical Slab Gel Electrophoresis system, Western Bloting Apparatus, Gel Drier, Automated Blood Analyser, Leica Microsystem, Stereo Zoom, Speed-vac concentrator, Flourescent Microscope, Phase Contrast Microscope, Geranium Oil Extraction Unit, Auto Dilution and Dispensing system, GLC, HPLC accessories, Progammable Bio Freezer and Computer Aided Semen Analyser and Feed Milling Plant etc.

 

Library

As on 31st March 2010, the library collection has 1870 books (added 135 books during the year under report) covering various subjects. In addition, it subscribes 21 journals for the current financial year. It also receives four journals, viz., invention intelligence, Aviskar (Hindi), Prayas (English) and Prayas (Hindi) as Ex-Gratia from National Research Development Corporation and Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology. Under exchange programme, our Library receives Annual Report, Newsletters, Research Highlights and other Special Publications from ICAR Institutes, SAUS and other Organizations.
Apart from above, our library also provides computerized bibliographic search through CD ROM (CAB SAC) from CABI. It has a CD MEDIA DATABASE collection of VETCD, BEAST CD, AGRIS, AGRICOLA, FOOD and HUMAN NUTRITION.

 

Farm

The yak farm is located at Nyukmadung at a distance of 31 km from Dirang township on a diversion of Tezpur-Tawang Highway at an altitude of 2750 metre above msl. The total number of animal sheds at the farm complex are 19 (Bull shed-01, Metabolic shed-01, Milking shed-02, Female shed-02, General Animal shed-05, Experimental Animal shed-01, Quarantine shed-02, Parturition shed-01 and Calf shed-04). The yak farm was started with only 4 number of yaks in the year 1993. At present, the farm is having 184 numbers of yaks (69 male and 115 female) out of which 34 were lactating and 35 pregnant yaks as on 31st March, 2010. A total of 49 calves (26 male and 23 female) were born during the period of April 2009 to March, 2010 out of which 10 were AI born calves. Highest birth weight of calf was recorded 18 Kg (Anim. No. 335) with an average birth weight of 13.34 Kg. Total milk production during the year was 7617.28 litres with the highest production during the month of October. The conception rate of female yaks by AI is 64 percent.

 

Fodder production

Certain varieties of quality fodder were selected for cultivation for effective fodder production depending upon the climatic condition during the summer and winter season. The fodder crops were cultivated accordingly and adequate quantity of quality fodder was produced from high yielding varieties of fodder crops of maize and oat. The production of fodder round the year is tabulated in Table below:

 

Nyukmadung

Fodder cultivated

Production(Kg)

Dactylus glomerata (Amba, Porto, Sparta)
Bamboo leaves
Tree leaves

Salyx tree leaves

72,704.000
 

4,621.000
65,813.000
2,687.000

Dirang

Maize

1,97,610.000

Oat

19,178.000

Salyx tree leaves

5,238.000

 

Yak Product Technology Unit

Milk Processing

The unit developed process technology for making different milk products like milk paneer, low fat paneer, churpi, churkam, enrobed paneer fingers, dahi, ghee, vegetable extended paneer and whey beverage etc. The unit generated a gross income of Rs.1,15,649.00 through the sale of different yak milk products and Rs. 19,660.00 through raw yak milk.

Wool Processing

Choudhary charkha is used for making yarn from yak wool. Different woolen products like caps, carpets, belts, chammer (prepared from long hairs clipped from yak tail) were made by utilizing the yak hair. The unit generated a gross income of Rs. 10,240.00 through the sale of innovatively designed carpets, caps etc made from yak hair fibers.

 

Technical Cell

The technical cell is dealing with all technical matters and generating reports viz., Annual Report, News Letter etc. published from this Centre. This cell plans documents incorporating scientific and other information. Central xeroxing, still/digital photography, liquid crystal display system, overhead projector, slide projector, video photography facilities are available at this cell besides stand alone computer systems with colour laser printing facility. This cell is headed by one Scientist, who acts as In-charge.

ARIS Cell

The ARIS Cell has been established in the year 1998. Presently the cell is equipped with FTDMA VSAT having 256 Kbps bandwidth capacity through which the internet is being distributed to all important sections. This Cell is having four individual computer systems with color LaserJet, black and white laser, dotmatrix printing and scanning facilities. Decentralised computer systems with printing facilities as per the requirements (color laser, color deskjet, color inkjet, b/w laser, dot matrix etc.) have been provided to all the Scientists, Technical Officers, other administrative sections besides ARIS Cell and Director’s Cell. New internet connectivity is being provided through ERNET India, New Delhi in November, 2004.

 

 
   
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