Under the auspices of the centenary celebrations of Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Kamdhenu University in association with AARSH Research Institute, Gandhinagar, organized a special seminar on the topic ‘Animal Welfare by Pramukh Swami Maharaj’ in the open-air theater of the university, which is a national leader in veterinary and allied sciences. The seminar highlighted the seminal work of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, who championed the welfare of livestock, ensuring appropriate facilities for their care.
The seminar was chaired by Shri N.H. Kelawala, Chancellor of Kamdhenu University, and compered by Dr. J.B Nayak, Associate Professor at the Veterinary College.
Dr. Adarshjivan Swami, author of the biography on the life of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, from BAPS Sarangpur Mandir and Dr. S.K. Bhavsar, Professor and Head of the Veterinary Pharmacology Department were the main speakers at the seminar. Dr. K.B. Kathiriya, Chancellor of Anand Krishi University, also graced the event.
After the traditional lighting of the lamp by senior BAPS swamis, Dr. M.N. Brahmabhatt, Dean of the College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Kamdhenu University, delivered the welcome speech.
In his speech, Dr. S.K. Bhavsar highlighted the contribution of Pramukh Swami Maharaj towards the welfare of animals. A video showcasing Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s exemplary planning, decision making and foresight was also shown.
In his address, Adarshjivan Swami described the many works of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, who not only toiled all his life for the all-round development of society, but also compassionately worked for the well-being of animals. During the 1987 drought in Gujarat, Pramukh Swami Maharaj guided the BAPS Sanstha to set-up four cattle camps to care for more than 10,000 animals endangered by the drought.
Shrutiprakash Swami, Dr. K.B. Kathiriya, Dr. N.H. Kelawala also addressed the seminar. At the end, Bhagwatcharan Swami gave detailed information about the modern animal welfare center operated by the BAPS Sanstha in Khandadhor, Dakor. The state and central government officials have commended this work of the Sanstha.
Over 500 students and staff members of the veterinary college attended this seminar, which was also broadcast live on the university’s website and on the BAPS Sanstha’s Prerna Setu app.