Chairman’s Statement

Dear Members,

It is my pleasure to present before you the Twenty First Annual Report of Vidya Dairy for the year 2018-19.

When I retrospect the activities during the year, it gives me a sense of satisfaction that the activities of Vidya Dairy are flourishing in line with its mandate. We know that effective dairy development rests on our concerted endeavors towards education, research, extension and training. Professionally competent and committed group manages Vidya Dairy, which is contributing towards achieving its unique status at all levels. This includes TQM activities to inculcate the implications of Quality, productivity and sensitivity towards the efficient use of energy, having eco-friendly environment and newer production technologies among the students of fourth year B.Tech (Dairy Technology) of SMC College of Dairy Science, Anand Agricultural University, Anand.

During the year 2018-19, we have provided versatile training of dairy business to 57 students in various areas like production, Quality, Maintenance, Finance, Marketing, etc. Vidya Dairy received awards this year too, which are listed below. I appreciate the efforts of Vidya Dairy team for the same and congratulate them.

• The “ICAI Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting” under the Category “Not for Profit Sector” for the Financial Year 2017-18.

• “ASSOCHAM Food Processing, Agribusiness & Dairy (FAD) Excellence Award” in the category of “Best Dairy Skill Development Program of the year 2018” by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

•“Best Skill Development Award” of Gujarat Training & Development Leadership Awards 2018, in the program hosted by World HRD Congress & Star of the Industry Group.

• Second Runner Up prize in All India Kaizen Competition 2017-18, organized by Baroda Productivity Council.

• ‘Certificate of Merit’ for the year 2017 in the category of non-governmental organization by the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA).

I am delighted to note that the dairy took an initiative to offer training programmes considering the recent requirements of the dairy industry. From April 2018 to March 2019 Vidya Dairy offered 67 short term training programmes and trained 1367 candidates. So far the dairy has conducted 502 Short-term training programmes and trained 8776 personnel of the Dairy Industry from India and abroad.

My best wishes to the entire team of Vidya Dairy, the students, the AAU faculty members, the distributors, the great institutions like NDDB, GCMMF, AMUL and other for their unstinted support and cooperation to dairy to grow from strength to strength. I specially thank government of India as well as government of Gujarat and particularly Dr K.B. Kathiria, Director of Research of AAU for motivating the grant of Rs 8.70 crores f

I sincerely thank the Board of Directors for their guidance and my colleagues at Vidya Dairy for their co-operation.I heartily congratulate all my colleagues as their collective hard work and contributions resulted in the desired performance of the dairy.

Yours sincerely,
Dr. J B Prajapati