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Outstanding Faculty in Livestock Production and Management - 2016

    John Abraham - Facts

    Dr. John Abraham

    Born : 21 November 1973, Kerala , India

    Affiliation at the time of the award :

    Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, India

    The Award :

    The Outstanding Faculty Award - 'Certificate, Bronze Medal and Memento' has been bestowed to Dr. John Abraham in view of recognition of his Contributions, Achievements and Excellence in Livestock Production and Management

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Life and Work

Dr. John Abraham is working as the Assistant Professor in the department of L.P.M COVAS Pookode. He was responsible for starting teaching, research and extension in the new College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Pookode. He had established the infrastructure facilities in the department and instructional farm and also has carried out a total of 12 external aided projects in various capacities as Principal investigator and co-investigator. The 1st rank in L.P.M in the all India examination qualified me for the award of Senior Research Fellowship of ICAR to pursue Ph.D research at Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. The invention of the technology to produce biodiesel from dead poultry birds was a break through which fetched him 1st rank for Ph.D and 4 gold medals from TANUVAS.He had been awarded the Millennium Alliance Award-2016 for his invention “Low cost manual milking machine”.

He has received the prestigious Dr. Vithilingam Ratnasbapathi innovation award for my research work. I had undergone professional development training at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has 9 inventions to his credit and have filed patent for 3. He has 18 articles in peer reviewed journals and 11 in non referred reputable journal with ISSN No. He also authored a chapter in the reputed text book ‘Livestock Production Management’ by NSR Sastry and C.K. Thomas. He is still active in field work and extension and have delivered the maximum number of extension class in the last 11 years. He has given free consultation to establish 7 dairy farms in Wayanad district.

Area of Specialization : Livestock Production and Management

Invention of technology to produce bio-diesel (a renewable bio-fuel) from chicken slaughter waste and also chicken carcass meal and glycerine, the co-products.

All together a value proportion to generate wealth from waste.

I had perused my invention to scale it up to a pilot plant and I had demonstrated the viability of this technology by running a Farm Vehicle on this fuel.

This technology is now ready to be commercialized and can revolutionize motor vehicle sector as 20% blending of bio-diesel with petro-diesel can reduce the engine emissions by half. i.e no need to ban diesel vehicles any more.

The Process

The Venus International Faculty Awards - VIFA, ( is a part of VICAM ) celebrates teaching as the noblest profession in the world by recognizing extraordinary teachers who have demonstrated excellence in engaging their students in inspiring - innovative - path breaking ways to ignite their potential. VIFA 2016 is convened by the Centre for Advanced Research and Design ( CARD ) of VIF and conducted in accordance with the VIF BOARD MEETING resolution vide F. No. VIF / MIN / BM - II / 2016 held on March 16, 2016 at VIF Head Quarters. The VIFA 2016 invited nominations vide F. No. VIF / CFN / FA / 2016 opened on 18 March 2016 from candidates those are in continuous regular service in universities and colleges and working in the frontiers of agriculture, engineering, medical, science, management and other specializations.

- Dr. John Abraham submitted his nomination in the Veterinary Specialization for VIFA 2016 on 3 May 2016 and the same has been selected for the OUTSTANDING FACULTY Award in the field of Livestock Production and Management based on the Expert Committee report and APEX Committee recommendations as per the 'VIFA Process'. The selection has been communicated via a formal letter [ F.No.VIF/ACP/FA/2016 (AAP-II) ] dated 10 May 2016 to Dr. John Abraham ( Nomination Code - FA16NC505 ). Subsequently Dr. John Abraham given his consent to receive the Award by submitting the registration form on 17 June 2016.

The Presentation

- Dr. John Abraham has 'Attended and Participated' in the Contemporary Academic Meet-VICAM 2016 ( Agenda : Technical Talks, Research Discussions & Award Ceremony - VIFA 2016 ) organized by the CARD of Venus International Foundation on 9th July 2016 at Green Park Chennai.

- The Outstanding Faculty Award - 'Certificate, Bronze Medal and Memento' has been bestowed to Dr. John Abraham in view of recognition of his Contributions, Achievements and Excellence in Livestock Production and Management by the following Guest of Honors namely Prof. Manoj Gupta of National University of Singapore, Hon'ble Mr Justice T.N. Vallinayagam of Tamilndau & Prof. Matthew Hibberd of University of Stirling, on 9th July 2016 at the VIJAYA Hall, Green Park Chennai, India.

"Winning of this award means a lot to me"

Q1. What is your principles on teaching and learning?

Ans : My role model in teaching and learning is my father Dr. J. Abraham who was a Professor in Veterinary College Mannuthy, who had exemplified virtues of Sincerity and Hard work. I firmly believe that for a student to scale great heights, he should be dedicated to the core, have determination to excel, do hard work and patiently wait for the reward.

Q2. What's the most significant change you have brought in your institution and what has been the impact?

Ans : I was appointed as an Assistant Professor in a New Veterinary College at Pookode, and I was entrusted with the responsibility to establish the Dept. of L.P.M for starting teaching and research. I had carried out my responsibility sincerely and L.P.M is one of the best departments of this university. I also played a crucial role in establishing the instructional livestock farms of the college. I had carried out 12 external aided projects which had significantly improved the infrastructure of the college. The invention of the technology to produce biodiesel from chicken slaughter waste was a break through which fetched me 1st rank for Ph.D and 4 gold medals from TANUVAS. Through my hard work I could establish a Pilot Plant for biodiesel production, which had demonstration to everyone that anything is possible anywhere if there is will. I had stimulated my students to think critically and encouraged them to clear doubts and initiate discussions which had clearly changed the outlook of student and teacher student relationship.

Q3. What's your proudest achievement in the last 5 years and why? what did you learn along the way ?

Ans : My proudest achievement in the last 5 years was the winning of Millennium Alliance Award-2016 for my invention “Low cost manual milking machine” which was among the 10 best invention selected from 3700 applications all over India, which is going to benefit 70 million families who rear cows in India. Millennium Alliance is a strategic partnership between the Technology Development Board (Dept. of Science and Technology, GoI) United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), ICCO Co-operation, ICICI-foundation for inclusive growth, Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Health (WISH) and World Bank Group to support and scale innovative solutions being developed and tested in India to address development challenges that will benefit base of the pyramid populations across India and developing countries. It proved to me that hard work and sincerity would be rewarded even though it may take some time.

Q4. Outline your plan for next 3 years?

Ans : My plan for the next 3 years is to get an external aided project to set up a plant to process chicken slaughter waste and produce bio-diesel in a commercial scale for the benefit of society and to carryout research on new biofuel production technologies. I also plan to guide my students in the frontier areas of renewable energy research and enrich their knowledge.

Q5. What this winning mean to you?

Ans : I had entered VIFA 2016 because Venus International Foundation recognizes outstanding contribution and sustained execellence. Winning of this award means a lot to me i.e it motivates me to do more hard work and contribute more to science by solving problems of common man for the benefit of posterity.