The Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (RAGACOVAS) would be renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Veterinary Education and Research (RIVER) soon, said Dr S Thilagar, dean of the college.
Dr S Thilagar on Saturday said that a function would be organised in connection with the renaming of the college, here on Monday. He added that the new name was a part of efforts to stress on research works to be undertaken at the college.
When asked about the expansion plans, he said that the veterinary college would start three more post-graduate courses, in addition to the eight post-graduate courses, in the coming academic year. The PG courses would include Live Stock Production Management, Veterinary Parasitology and Veterinary Public Health.
Thilagar said that the post-graduate syllabus would undergo a change on the lines of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has allocated `65 lakh for infrastructure and the fund would be used to buy new equipment and books, he added.
He said that a newsletter elaborating on the research works undertaken by the college, and its activities would be unveiled during the function.
Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, formerly Pondicherry Veterinary College, was formally inaugurated on 14 October, 1994.