New Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI) The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, has received 50 proposals from different academic and research institutes to study the benefits of cow urine and milk under the SVAROP programme, the government said today. Also Read - IIT JEE Advanced Result 2020 Declared at jeeadv.ac.in, Chirag Falor Bags AIR 1 | Steps to Download, Direct Link Here

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Y S Chowdary, the Minister of State in the Science and Technology Ministry, said that at a brainstorming-cum-consultative workshop held at the IIT, concept ideas/proposals related to the SVAROP programme, including the research and development (R&D) component on cow derivatives, were discussed. Also Read - IIT JEE Advanced 2020 Result Decaled at jeeadv.ac.in, 43,204 Candidates Qualify The Examination | Key Points

SVAROP is acronym for Scientific Validation And Research On ‘Panchgavya’ (concoction of cow dung, cow urine, milk, curd and ghee). Also Read - Section 144 Imposed Around India Gate, No Gathering Permissible: Delhi Police

“Consequently, about 50 Research and Development (R&D) proposals have been received by IIT-D from various academic and research institutes besides voluntary organisations,” the minister said.

The government has constituted a national steering committee (NSC) to initiate the SVAROP programme.

The committee comprises secretaries of scientific departments, senior scientists and three members linked to the RSS and VHP.

Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is the chairman of the NSC and Vijay Bhatkar is the co-chairman.

Known as an architect of the Param supercomputer series, Bhatkar is also linked to the RSS-affiliated Vijyan Bharti.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.