CAFT-Veterinary Microbiology

Centre of Advanced Faculty Training (CAFT)
(Indian Council of Agricultural Research)
Veterinary Microbiology
(Established in the year 1995 AD vide O.O. No.1-2/93(CAS)/UNDP dated 11.11.1994)
Department of Veterinary Microbiology
Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Hisar-125004 (Haryana) India

Dr. Rajesh

Senior Scientist & Head of Department - cum - Director,

ICAR-Centre of Advanced Faculty Training Veterinary Microbiology

Department of Veterinary Microbiology, and

Incharge, College Central Laboratory

College of Veterinary Sciences

Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences

Hisar-125004 (Haryana) India 

Phone: 01662-256104

Phone (O): 01662-256104

Mob.: +91-7988648004

Fax: +91 1662 284312


Alternate E-mail:


Foundations of the Department that led to its recognition by the ICAR as the Centre of Advanced Studies in Veterinary Microbiology:

  • Established as Department of Bacteriology & Hygiene in 1965, the department took lead for teaching & research activities in the disciplines of veterinary microbiology & immunology:
  • The department is known to the scientific world of microbiology & immunology for its pioneering and outstanding contributions in:
  • Virology: a) poxviruses, particularly buffalopox virus and capripox viruses, b) Foot-and-mouth disease virus, particularly A22 subtype, extensive epidemiology & sero-monitoring of FMD control programme, c) bovine rotaviruses, particularly buffalo rotavirus electropherotyping & molecular diagnostics, d) first isolation of equine herpes virus-1 and blue-tongue virus, and e) infectious bursal disease virus IV95 vaccine & immunity.
  • Bacteriology & Mycology: a) Enterobacteriaceae: new serotypes of Salmonella (S. Hissar), Arizona,Edwardsiella tarda and E. coli, and molecular studies, b) avian mycoplasmas, c) Pasteurella multocida B:2: DNA diagnostics & sero-monitoring of HS vaccination programme, and d) Cryptococcus neoformans, C. laurentii and Rhodotorula rubra.
  • Immunology (since 1984 AD): a) Immunology of buffalo and camel Igs, b) Bacterial and parasitic immunity, particularly Trypanosoma evansi and Schistosoma spp., c) Experimental vaccines of Salmonellla Typhimurium, biofilm-forming Staphylococcus aureus and Pasteurella spp., d) Penside test for surra in animal spp, e) Immunobiologicals production technologies: Hybridoma, phage display technology for single-domain antibodies, rDNA technology for genetically engineered antigens and novel technology for synthesis and applications of polyacrylamide gels catalyzed by silver nitrate as novel catalyst discovered.
  • Research by students and faculty published in high impact peered-reviewed national & international journals.
  • Veterinary Microbiology and Veterinary Immunology as separate disciplines for under-graduate and post-graduate programmes of study.
  • Books, instructional materials and teaching aids prepared by the faculty as valuable tools to equip students with updated knowledge.
  • Several students and alumni bagged national & international prizes, awards, honors, distinctions, scholarships, fellowships, etc. for accomplishments in academics, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • Faculty won several coveted awards, prizes, fellowships, etc., including Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Memorial Prize, Hari Om Ashram Trust Awards, ICAR Team Research Award, Commonwealth Scholarship & Fellowship, Post-doctoral Fellowships, Fellows of National Academy, National Fellows, National Professor, etc. at various times over more than four decades.

Resource Faculty

Dr Swati Dahiya, B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D. (INDIA)

Dr Rajesh Chhabra. B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D. (UK)

Dr. (Mrs.) Vandana Bhanot, B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D.

Dr. P. S. Cheema, B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D.

Dr. Pankaj Kumar, B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D.

Dr. Anshul Lather B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D. (INDIA)

Dr Akhil Kumar  B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D. (INDIA) 

Dr Mahavir Singh B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D. (INDIA)

Dr Parveen Kumar  B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D. (INDIA)

Dr Anita Dalal  B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D. (INDIA)

Dr Sanjeevna Kumari  B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D. (INDIA)

Dr Rahul Yadav  B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D. (INDIA)

Dr. S. K. Kadian, B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D. (UK), [ICAR-Emeritus Scientist]

Dr. Naresh K. Kakker, B.V.Sc. & A.H., M.V.Sc., Ph.D. (UK), PDF (UK), [Consultant Faculty]


Faculty trainings organized by the ICAR-Centre of Advanced Studies/ Centre of Advanced Faculty Training in Veterinary Microbiology: 34 trainings organized since 1995

Sr. No.

Title of the course

Course Coordinator(s) CAS / CAFT




Trends in Immunodiagnostics for Veterinary Microbiology

Dr S. K. Kalra

Dr S.C. Tewari

February 11 to March 2,1996


Murine Monoclonal Antibody Production

Dr Arvind Kumar

Dr S.C. Tewari

January 14 to Feburary 2, 1997


Enzyme Immunoassays in Veterinary  Microbiology

Dr G. Prasad

Dr S.C. Tewari

March 3 to 17, 1997


linical Veterinary Microbiology

Dr R.N. Srivastava

Dr D.P. Monga

March 5 to 24, 1998


Update in Poultry Microbiology

Dr S. K. Kalra & Dr S Charan

Dr D.P. Monga

August 3 to 22, 1998


Update in Bovine Diagnostic Microbiology

Dr K. L. Ahuja & Dr V. D. Purohit

Dr D.P. Monga

February 4 to 24, 1999


Recent Approaches in Immuno-diagnostics for Livestock and Poultry

Dr G. C. Chaturvedi

Dr D.P. Monga

January 11 to 31, 2000


Advances in Cell Culture Technology

Dr R. Sharma

Dr D.P. Monga

March 3 to 23, 2000


Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases of Poultry

Dr P.C. Sharma

Dr D.P. Monga

September 5 to October 4, 2000


 Molecular Approaches in Diagnosis of Infections in Livestock and Poultry

Dr S.K. Batra

Dr V.D. Purohit

January 5 to    February 3,2001


Production and Use of Instructional Material on Veterinary Virology

Dr Sanjay Kapoor

Dr S.K. Kalra

February 8 to 28, 2002


Production and Use of Instructional Material on Veterinary Immunology & Serology

Dr S. K. Kadian

Dr S.K. Kalra

December 16, 2002 to January 06, 2003


Management of Microbes as Instrument of SPS Compliance and International Livestock Trade

Dr S. K. Kalra, Dr N. K. Kakker, Dr J. R. Rawat

Dr S.K. Kalra

November 18 to December 08, 2003


Development of Instructional Material for General Veterinary Microbiology

Dr Y. P. Grover & Dr Sanjay Kapoor

Dr S.K. Kalra

February 10 to March 1, 2004


 Antimicrobials, Disinfectants, and Immunomodulators – The Indian Heritage

Dr Ajit Singh &Dr S. K. Kalra

Dr S.K. Kalra

November 8 to 28, 2004


 Accreditation and Allied Issues with Focus on Development of Website of Core Courses Of Veterinary Microbiology

Dr S.K. Kalra,  Dr Sanjay Kapoor & Dr G Singh

Dr S.K. Kalra

 February 1 to 21, 2005


Capacity Building of Decentralized Institutions for SPS Compliance and Self Employment

Dr S. K. Kalra, Dr A. K. Vinayak, Dr S. R. Garg, Dr. N. K. Mahajan

Dr S.K. Kalra

October 11 to 31, 2005


Current Methods in Veterinary Microbiology

Dr R. Sharma, Dr. N. K. Kakker, & Dr A. Sharma

Dr S.K. Batra

January 17 to February 06, 2006


Methods in Virology for Disease Diagnosis

Dr Sanjay Kapoor, Dr R. Sharma and Dr Minakshi

Dr Arvind Kumar

December 28, 2006 to January 17, 2007


Techniques in Murine Monoclonal Antibody Production

Dr S. K. Kadian, Dr Ajit Singh, Dr B. R. Gulati

Dr Arvind Kumar

January 23 to February 12,2008


Phage Display Technology for Production of Single-domain Antibodies

Dr Ajit Singh

Dr Arvind Kumar

September 25 to  October 15, 2008


 Current Concepts in Immunoassays for the Diagnosis of Animal Diseases

Dr R. Sharma and Dr N. K. Kakker

Dr Arvind Kumar 

January 16  to February 5, 2009


 Modern Trends in Vaccines and Diagnostics for the Control of Infectious Diseases in Animals

Dr Shiv Charan & Dr S.K. Batra 

Dr Ajit Singh 

March 5 to 25, 2010


Modern Cellular and Molecular Immunology Techniques in Animal Health

Dr S.K. Kadian & Dr J. Rawat

Dr Ajit Singh

November 3 to 23, 2011


Control of Infectious Diseases of Animals, with Particular Emphasis on FMD Control Programme

Dr R. Sharma and Dr N. K. Kakker 

Dr Ajit Singh 

September 18 to October 8, 2012 


Advances in Diagnostics of Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals

Dr S.K. Batra & Dr Shiv Charan

Dr Y. P. Grover 

September 17 to October 7, 2013


Capacity Building for Safe Exchange of Bovine Germplasm Conforming to SPS Standards

Dr J. Rawat & Dr Swati Dahiya

Dr Sanjay Kapoor

February 3 to 23, 2015 


Development of Validated Diagnostic Assays and Accreditation of Diagnostic Laboratories

Dr Swati Dahiya & Dr Archana Sharma

Dr Sanjay Kapoor

February 3 to 23, 2016


Modern Technologies for Production and Applications of Antibodies for Animal Health Improvement

Dr Ajit Singh & Dr S. K. Kadian

Dr Sanjay Kapoor

March 1 to 21, 2017


Microbial Genomics and Proteomics in Diagnosis and Control of Diseases of Veterinary Importance.

Dr. N. K. Kakker & Dr. Rajesh Chhabra

Dr Sanjay Kapoor

November 7 to 27, 2017


Diagnosis and Control of Emerging and Re-emerging Trans-boundary Diseases of Poultry

Dr. Rajesh Chhabra & Dr. N. K. Kakker

Dr Sanjay Kapoor

February 7 to 27, 2018


Recent Advances in Cell based Technologies for Animal Disease Diagnostics and Therapeutic

Dr. Swati Dahiya & Dr. Rajesh Chhabra

Dr Sanjay Kapoor

October 11 to 31, 2018


Microbiological Techniques for Diagnosis of Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases of Veterinary Importance

Dr. Akhil K. Gupta

Dr. Anshul Lather

Dr. Mahavir Singh

Dr. N.K. Kakker

November 20 to December 10, 2019


Issues in Export of Livestock and Livestock Products vis-à-vis SPS Agreement

Dr. Jagveer Rawat

Dr. Parveen Kumar

Dr. N.K. Kakker

February 7 to 27, 2020

Faculty trainings to be organized by the ICAR - Centre of Advanced Faculty Training in Veterinary Microbiology during 2022-23:


Sr. No.

Title of the course

Course Coordinator(s)




Combating Antimicrobial Resistance in Livestock and Poultry: Recent Advances in Surveillance, Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Dr. Swati Dahiya

Dr. Akhil K. Gupta

Dr. Rajesh

February 1 to 21, 2023