Why in news?
- The government has unveiled a programme to research on ‘indigenous’ cows.
- To be funded by multiple scientific ministries, the initiative, SUTRA PIC [Scientific Utilization Through Research Augmentation Prime Products from Indigenous Cows], is led by the Department of Science and Technology (DST)
More about SUTRA PIC
- It has the Department of Biotechnology, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Ministry for AYUSH (Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homoeopathy) among others and the Indian Council of Medical Research as partners.
- The proposals under this theme should aim to perform scientific research on complete characterization of milk and milk products derived from Indian indigenous cows