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Division of Physiology & Climatology

Dr. F.C. Minett, then Director of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute decided to have a new section of Physiology under a Senior Physiologist in the decade forties. But due to one reason or the other the decision did not take a shape. Subsequently, a definite proposal was submitted by Dr. D.N. Mullick, then section officer, Physiology Section, Animal Nutrition Division on October 10, 1963 for setting up of the ‘Division of Animal Physiology & Pharmacology’ at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar in the III Five Year Plan (1964-65 to 1968-69). In the mentioned proposal, ten sections, namely Energy Metabolism, Reproductive Physiology, Endocrinology & Lactation Physiology, Growth and Work Production, Climatology, Physiological Nutrition, Animal Behavior, Hematology, Physiology of Birds and Pharmacology & Toxicology, were proposed

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research in consultation with the Ministry of Finance approved the establishment of the Division of Physiology & Pharmacology as preparatory action for the IV Five Year Plan and was formally established in 1970. Later on Division of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Biochemistry was separated and the existing division was renamed as Division of Physiology & Climatology. On the basis of achievements in research and teaching, the division was recognized as Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) in Veterinary Physiology in 1995 by Indian Council of Agricultural Research and later renamed as Center for Advanced Faculty Training (CAFT) in Veterinary Physiology in 2011. The centre is having the responsibility of teaching and research with mandate of training scientists and teachers of universities and research institutes. Division has five major laboratories; Climatology Laboratory & Psychrometric Chamber, Endocrinology Laboratory, Reproductive Physiology Laboratory, Digestive Physiology & Biocalorimetry Laboratory and Neurophysiology Laboratory, besides a divisional CIF, Reading Room/Class Room/Committee facilities and Experimental Animal Sheds. At present in this division there are nine scientists and Thirty students, divisional research is focused on various aspects of Animal Physiology. Research outcomes are published in highly acclaimed journals of international repute, division has applied four patents, developed a number of concepts, products, processes and technologies and has been recognized through various awards from National as well as International organizations. Division of Physiology and Climatology has organized Fourty One refresher courses under CAFT, meant for training of the faculties from different parts of the country. Students of this division are well placed in various state and central government organizations and a good number of them are carrying out research in leading research institutes in country or abroad. It is marching ahead to complete its fifth decade.

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