Faculty representatives join University delegation to India

Representatives from the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences joined University of Melbourne colleagues last month in a delegation to India, the first Australian university to do so in over two years.

Dr Surinder Singh Chauhan and Prof Frank Dunshea with Dr Harinder Kumar Chaudhary, The Vice-Chancellor CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur

The Faculty is collaborating with leading institutions in India on ground-breaking research to mitigate heat stress in farm animals and promote sustainable livestock production by developing nutritional interventions.

While on the trip Professor Frank Dunshea and Dr Surinder Singh Chauhan visited the National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology in Bangalore to review findings as part of a co-organized three-day Indo-Australia Workshop on sustainable livestock production, attended by participants from seven different states of India.

Prof Dunshea and Dr Chauhan with Indian colleagues during the workshop

Dr Chauhan and Professor Dunshea were joined (Online) by Professor Robyn Warner and Dr Kristy DiGiacomo to deliver keynote papers during the workshop in Bangalore. During this event, a Springer Book co-edited by Dr Chauhan and colleagues from India, titled “Climate Change and Livestock Production: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives” was also released.

The Faculty delegation discussed potential collaborations in the areas of agricultural research, education, staff, and student exchanges with the Indian Council of Agriculture and Research (ICAR) New Delhi, and CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University in Palampur.

Professor Dunshea and Dr Chauhan alongside colleagues in India are working with governments in Australia and India on a collaborative project funded by the DFAT Australia-India Council Grant.

As part of this project, remotely guided feeding trials are being conducted in different locations in India to maintain livestock production during the summer months. Should they succeed, farmers will have the ability to maintain livestock production in countries where climate change-induced heat stress is a very real threat.

(Left to right) Ms Aparajita Banerjee, Chairperson, East India Chapter, Indo-Australia Chamber of Commerce; Ms Rowan Ainsworth Consul-General in Kolkata; Honorable Barry Robert O'Farrell AO, Australia's High Commissioner to India; and Dr Surinder Chauhan, FVAS, University of Melbourne.

While in India, Dr Chauhan represented the University at the Bengal Global Business Summit, as part of the Australia delegation led by the Australian High Commissioner to India and Consulate General Kolkata.

Dr Chauhan delivering guest lecture at NIFTEM

Dr Chauhan also delivered guest lectures on “Impact of Climate Change on Food Animal Production and Strategies for Mitigation” at the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), Punjab and National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Haryana.