Anand remembers Dr Verghese Kurien on National Milk Day

VADODARA/ ANAND,Nov26: Milk city Anand will celebrate the 95th birth anniversary of Dr Verghese Kurien on Saturday.

The Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers Union Limited, popularly known as Amul Dairy, the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation, the National Dairy Development Board and Vidya Dairy will observe National Milk Day on Saturday to mark birth anniversary of Kurien, Father of India’s White Revolution.

November 26 has become a special day in the annual calendar of the dairy sector of the country since 2014.

Two years back, all the dairy majors of the country along with Indian Dairy Association had resolved to observe November 26 as National Milk Day in the memory of Kurien, the doyen of co-operatives.

Globally, since 2001, June 1 is annually celebrated as World Milk Day after the day was designated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to publicize activities related to milk and milk industries and raise public awareness about the importance of milk and milk products for everyone throughout life.

 “On Saturday morning, all the institutes with whom Dr Kurien was associated will gather at Amul Dairy premises. They will pay homage at Dr Kurien’s ‘samadhi’ and bust. Later, officials of all the institutes along with farmers will take part in a rally that will start from the dairy premises and end at ‘baithak mandir’ covering two kilometres stretch to spread awareness on the importance of National Milk Day,” said Amul Dairy’s managing director Dr K Rathnam.
Other institutes which Kurien had nurtured in his lifetime have already started organizing programmes in memory of the legend.
 The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) on Friday hosted the Dr Verghese Kurien Memorial Lecture which was delivered by Brookings India’s chairman and senior fellow, Brookings Institution Vikram Singh Mehta on ‘Attaining energy security for rural India’.
On November 21, Anandalaya, a CBSE school that operates from NDDB campus hosted the prestigious Dr Verghese Kurien Memorial Inter School competitions in which over ten CBSE schools of Central Gujarat Sahodaya complex participated.