The Registrar of the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Mass Communication Deepak Sharma today sparked a debate after revealing his plans of running a ‘gau shala’ in the university campus. The university has a 50-acre campus in Bhopal. The Registrar said it is a new “experiment” and added that the ‘gau shala’ will be built on around two-acre land, ANI reported. Sharma said the plan doesn’t need any permission from University Grants Commission (UGC), a commission to regulate higher education in India.
The university’s Vice Chancellor BK Kuthiala, has confirmed it. “In the new upcoming campus, we have around 50 acres of land. Of this around two acres of land is such that it could not be put to any use. So the question was raised before architects. There were several suggestions but one suggestion that we decided to act upon was of starting a ‘gau shala’,” Kuthiala was quoted as saying by India Today.
On how the cow shelter will benefit students, Kuthiala said, “Firstly it will provide unadulterated milk and its products like ghee and butter which will be given to students staying in hostels on the campus. If we produce milk which exceeds the demand of the students staying on campus we will supply it to the other staff members who will stay on campus.” He added, “also we will do organic farming and the cow dung would be used as manure so there is a win-win situation.” as per India Today.