Dr Sanjeev Khosla took over charge as Director, Animal Husbandry, Punjab, at the Livestock Complex in sector 68, Mohali district on Wednesday.
The orders of regular appointment were issued on April 19 by the Additional Chief Secretary, VK Janjua, following approval of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Animal Husbandry Minister.
Animal Husbandry Department was bereft of regular Director ever since Dr HS Sandha retired on June 30, 2017. Dr Khosla is the senior-most officer of the department and has varied experience at the headquarter and was, of late, working as Joint Director (Animal Health).
After joining, Dr Khosla said his top priority would be disease prevention, increasing milk production through selective breeding, dissemination of information about latest management techniques through extension, augmenting the income of livestock farmers and above all implementing policies and programmes of the Punjab Government.
He added that he would endeavour to bridge the gap between the lab to land as research carried out at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana would be fruitful only then for the benefit of stakeholders.