The Indian government on Tuesday announced the virtual voluntary examination on the science of cow (gau vigyan) starting from February 25th. The examination is designed to invigorate the interest of students and the general public in the anatomy and mechanism of the cow. Also, it will educate the applicants on the benefits of cow, says Indian media.
Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog(RKA) Chairman Vallabhbhai Kathiria said it will be the first-ever examination in India which will be held annually. Students of all levels from primary to graduate and the general public can appear for the exam.
“For raising mass awareness about the indigenous cows among young students and every other citizen, the RKA decided to conduct a national exam on cow science,” he told reporters.
The Indian government has even prepared a course material on the cow. It intends to inform people about the unexplored potential and business opportunities of cow even after it has stopped giving milk.
The chairman said that there will be objective-type questions and the syllabus will be recommended on the website of RKA. The results will be announced immediately and certificates will be given to all the applicants. The high-achievers will be given prizes and certificates.
He added that they have been receiving a positive response from varsities for setting up chairs and research centers on cow and related issues. RKA comes under the Ministry of Fisheries, Husbandry, and Dairying was set up in February 2019 for “conservation, protection, and development of cows and their progeny”.
Cow: cure for coronavirus?
In April last year, sales of cow urine spiked exponentially in Gujrat, India, since the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. Citizens had increased the consumption of cow urine believing that it can cure coronavirus. Thousands of liters of cow urine is consumed daily in Indian Gujrat.
Vallabh Kathiria, Chairman of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog, had explained to media teams that the sale of cow urine has spiked up to 6000 liters a day with people preferring to consume it in a liquid or condensed form.
We are starting 'Kamdhenu Gau Vigyan Prachar Prasar Examination' at national level from 25th February 2021. Cow is full of science that needs to be explored. It plays an important role in 5 trillion economy of the country: Vallabhbhai Kathiria, Chairman, Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog pic.twitter.com/r9AWOHR2f5— ANI (@ANI) January 5, 2021
Kathiria, further informed that not only cow waste is consumed orally but is also used to produce body sprays and sanitizers that are believed to keep the harmful microbes away.
“Apart from improving digestion, goumutra strengthens the lymphocytes and is rich in antioxidants,” said Kathiria, an oncology surgeon who was also Union minister of state for health and family welfare. He said, “its use kills bacteria and would help fight the coronavirus.”
Kathiria of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog said, “There are about 4,000 gaushalas in the state, of which around 500 are involved in collecting and processing cow urine.”