We, being a research organization mandated for overall welfare of equines, are responsible for providing best services to the nation’s poorest-of-the-poor (landless, small and marginal farmers), powerful (police, paramilitary forces and army) and the richest-of-the-rich (race clubs, breeders, turf authorities of India) equine keepers besides researching in the frontier areas of science and technology for its application in improvement of equine health and production.
The main campus of the Centre at Hisar (Haryana) has state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities for undertaking research in all areas of equine health. Our sub-campus at Bikaner (Rajasthan) undertakes research on equine production including conservation. Currently, the Centre is undertaking 24 research projects in leading areas of equine health and production including 9 externally funded projects. The Centre is in process of attaining OIE International Reference Laboratory status in the field of equine piroplasmosis, equine influenza and glanders by the process of twinning with international laboratories in Japan, UK and Germany.
The ICAR-NRCE has landmark achievements in the development of diagnostics and prophylactics for major equine diseases. It undertakes nation-wide monitoring and surveillance of equine infectious diseases in order to manage, control and eradicate diseases. The Centre through it continuous surveillance programme established that equines in India were free of African horse sickness and OIE in 2006 declared India as AHS free country. It has successfully controlled the re-emerging diseases such as glanders and equine Influenza in the recent past. The Centre has also been recognized as a National Referral Centre for diagnosis of important equine infectious diseases including exotic diseases by the Govt of India, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, New Delhi. The Centre has also been working towards characterization of different breeds of equines and has finalized the breed descriptor for the Marwari horses for their registration into the stud book. The cryopreservation of semen and artificial insemination technology has been perfected to augment production of superior quality Marwari horses, mules and donkeys.
Veterinary Type Culture Collection (VTCC) centre established in June 2005 serves as a national repository of microorganisms of animal origins from different regions of the country. Currently, our microbial repository has more than 2000 accessioned animal microbes. VTCC is supported by 18 network units throughout the country to serve as a biological resource not only for the present generation but also for the posterity.
Our future mission includes achieving freedom from dreaded equine diseases through development of modern diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics, undertaking disease surveillance, monitoring & forecasting, strategic control and eradication measures, and providing germplasm of superior donkeys and indigenous horse breeds for improvement of horses in their home tracts using artificial insemination and embryo transfer technology.
I am confident that with the dedicated cadre of scientific community we will contribute unabatedly to the rich scientific legacy of NRCE to outshine nationally and globally in the years ahead.
It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you to our website which is informative and dynamic so that equine owners and other stakeholders could be benefited. I invite you to our campus and look forward to your company as our joint partner in the inclusive progress of the nation.