The Call For Proposals

The science and expertise ministry has supplied to fund analysis initiatives that search to pinpoint elements in dung, milk and urine of “pure indigenous cows” to be used in medicinal, dietary, agricultural and family merchandise.

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The division of science and expertise (DST), an arm of the ministry, has invited analysis proposals from educational establishments and non-government organisations for systematic investigation into prime merchandise of indigenous cows, setting March 14, 2020, because the deadline for purposes.

The name for proposals, titled “Scientific Utilisation Through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows (Sutra-Pic), has stirred hypothesis amongst some senior scientists whether or not the initiative is a real open-ended inquiry into claims on cows or an agenda-driven programme.

“The concern is whether or not the programme shall be an trustworthy inquiry or a directed inquiry,” stated Subhash Lakhotia, an emeritus professor who himself specialises in ayurvedic biology, amongst different fields, at Banaras Hindu University.

The DST has identified that though a number of historic ayurveda texts and conventional drugs practitioners prescribe merchandise from indigenous cows to deal with well being issues starting from arthritis, bronchial asthma and blocked arteries to most cancers, diabetes and hypertension, “there may be not a lot scientific analysis” to again these claims.

Cow urine, for example, is extensively really helpful, however the DST’s Sutra-Pic doc stated, scientific details about the “energetic rules” within the urine is missing.

“Research proposals underneath this theme ought to undertake detailed scientific investigations of chemical profiling, identification of bioactive rules answerable for enhancing exercise of antibiotics and anti-cancer medication and different medicinal properties of the prime merchandise of indigenous cows,” the DST stated.

The DST has additionally referred to as for analysis efforts to “standardise efficient, financial and eco-friendly” family use preparations resembling flooring cleaners, tooth pastes, hair oil, shampoos and mosquito repellents from the prime merchandise of indigenous cows. “Various merchandise can be found available in the market, however there isn’t any scientific analysis on them,” the DST has identified.

The funding company has referred to as for proposals from educational and analysis establishments in addition to “science and expertise succesful” NGOs energetic in India with confirmed report of accomplishment in executing analysis initiatives.

“This isn’t a surprise – and the silence from our prime science coverage managers solely means their approval,” stated a senior scientist in a central educational establishment who requested to not be named.

The DST’s Sutra-Pic proposal isn’t the primary government-supported analysis initiative on cow science.

In 2017, the DST had constituted a nationwide steering panel of specialists to provoke a “National Programme on the Scientific Validation and Research on Panchagavya” – a five-ingredient combination of cow dung, urine, milk, ghee and curd.

Between 2002 and 2004, scientists with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, one other unit of the science ministry, had labored with a Nagpur-based NGO, Govigyan Anusandhan Kendra, and obtained two patents on cow urine distillates. One patent claimed that cow urine enhanced the exercise of antibiotics, the opposite claimed anti-allergic and anti-infective properties.

“If that is an open-ended analysis programme, why is the main target solely on cows? Why not different herbivores resembling camels or goats – conventional drugs methods additionally point out merchandise from different herbivores,” stated Ayan Banerjee, a school member on the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Calcutta.

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