New Delhi, July 16: The panel set up by Central Government in April to study the medicinal role of cow dung and urine in curing diseases and scientific validation of uniqueness of indigenous cows, is likely to have its first meeting next month. The meeting will be held to assign various projects to concerned ministries and institutions. Also Read - Government Working to Ensure Every Citizen Gets COVID-19 Vaccine: PM Modi in Address to Nation

The panel will be headed by Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan, who will evaluate the role of ‘Panchagavya’ – a concoction of cow urine mixed with cow dung, curd, milk and ghee – in four broad areas like medicines, food and nutrition and utility products, products for agriculture applications. Also Read - Festivals Are Time For Celebration But Can't Let Our Guard Down: PM Modi in Address to Nation | Top Points

Apart from eminent scientists like former CSIR director general R A Mashelkar on board, the panel also has members from RSS and VHP-linked organisations. The tenure of this panel will be for a period of three years. Also Read – Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan to Kick Off Astrological OPDs Where Patients Will Consult Soothsayers Also Read - PM Modi to Share Message With Citizens Today at 6 PM | What to Expect

VK Vijay, member of the Central for Rural Development and Technology (CRDT), IIT-Delhi and who is also a part of one of the 19-member panel reportedly said, “Though the panel – National Steering Committee (NSC) – has been constituted long ago, it could not meet so far due to one or the other important engagements of its members”.

Vijay reportedly said that the Committee would function as an apex body for guiding a national programme on “Scientific Validation and Research on Panchgavya” (SVAROP).

Earlier there were reports that the government is planning to have such committee and its panel includes Vijay P Bhatkar, chancellor of the Nalanda University in Bihar, IIT-Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao and secretaries of the departments of science and technology, biotechnology and renewable energy.

Other members of the committee include A Jaykumar of Vigyan Bharti, an RSS-linked body, and Sunil Mansighka of the VHP-linked Go Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra which has long been involved in research on cow urine and cow dung.

The idea of ‘Panchagavya’ was first discussed when scientists from across India floated the proposal at an IIT workshop.