It is a matter of great pride for the whole of the Indian Animal Science fraternity, and the Indian Animal feed Industry, that one of its well-known stalwarts, Prof (Dr.) Moti Lal Madan, has been conferred with Govt. of India’s 4th highest National Award, the “ Padma Shree”, for the outstanding research contribution that he has made in the field of Animal Biotechnology. This is the first time that an Animal Scientist has been given such recognition.
Born in Srinagar Kashmir in 1939, Prof Madan did his B. V. Sc. Form HAU Hisar, his M.Sc. (Anim. Physiol) from NDRI, Karnal and his Ph. D. from the University of Maryland, USA. AS Head of the Division of “Animal Physiology Division, at NDRI, Karnal, he built a team of dedicated workers, to embark up his monumental research work of producing first buffalo calf through IVF and the birth of more than 10 calves from a single cow through multiple ovulations and multiple fertilization. The team he had built, continued its efforts for cloning of calves in cows and buffaloes, and the technique has now been fully standardized. In the future, this technology is going to prove to be of immense importance in improving our own dairy breeds and enhancing their productivity in a big way.
His unique research contribution not only brought laurels to him in terms of a large number of national and international awards that he has won, but this also saw him being elevated to the various responsible positions of research management, viz. Joint Director (Res) at NDRI, Deputy Director General, (Anim. Sci), at ICAR headquarters at New Delhi. After his retirement, he held the position of Vice Chancellorship, first at Agri Uni. Akola, Maharashtra, and then at Vet. University Mathura, UP. If one looks at his growth curve, his graph shows a number of peaks, which has now culminated in a Mega peak, which can be called a “Crowning Glory”. “Think Grain Think Feed”, heartily congratulates Prof. Madan for being honored with this prestigious national recognition”.