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Devbrat Patnaik

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked the Vice-Chancellors of universities across the country to encourage students to take an online voluntary national-level exam to test their knowledge on 'Gau Vigyan'' (cow science).

An all-India online 'Kamdhenu Gau Vigyan Prachar- Prasar Examination' will be conducted by the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog (RKA) on February 25, 2021, for students of primary, secondary and senior secondary schools, colleges, varsities and for all citizens.

The exam will be conducted in English and 11 more languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Marathi, Telugu and Odia.

In a letter to vice-chancellors, Secretary of the UGC, Rajnish Jain said: "You are aware the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, established in February 2019, has been working on dissemination of information on economic, scientific, environmental, health, agriculture and spiritual relevance of indigenous cow in the country".

"I write this to request you, to give wide publicity to this initiative and encourage students to enrol or register themselves for this examination. This may also be brought to the notice of the colleges affiliated to your university," Jain stated in the letter.

All the participants would be given appreciation certificates. Relevant information for this exam is available on the website of the Aayog - kamdhenu.gov.in.

Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog had issued a notification in this regard last month, stating that the exam aims to 'infuse curiosity into all Indians about cows and make them aware of the unexplored potential and business opportunities a cow can offer, even after it stops giving milk'.

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