Dr. Raghunath Chattopadhyay did his graduation in Veterinary Science Animal & Husbandry with distinction and Honours in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from Bengal Veterinary College under Calcutta University in 1965. He joined as Veterinary Assistant Surgeon at Haringhata Farm. Subsequently, promoted as Supervisor, Veterinary Services being selected by Public Service Commission in West Bengal. He was further promoted as Assistant Superintendent (Livestock Management) again through selection by the West Bengal Public Service Commission. During the year 1971, he was selected as Superintendent of Livestock and was attached to World Food Programme 618 project. After taking extra ordinary leave, he completed his Masters Degree in Animal Husbandry from Kalyani University in 1973 and secured first position with first class.

During the year 1977, he was selected by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) as Project Executive and was posted at Anand. He was mainly looking after Farmerís Organization and technical input services as well as project planning for Operation Flood. He was promoted to the post of Sr. Executive in the year 1982 and was responsible for Supervision of various projects under Operation Flood. He completed Management Development Programme from Institute of Rural Management, Anand in 1986.

In the year 1986, he was posted as State Programme Coordinator for Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Besides Farmerís Organization and technical input services, he was also responsible for overall supervision of Milk Procurement, Processing, Quality Assurance, Marketing of Milk and Milk Products as well as Financial Management of the ongoing project. He was promoted as Manager in the year 1987 with additional responsibilities. In the year 1992, he was shifted to Uttar Pradesh as State Programme Coordinator for overall supervision of project execution in Uttar Pradesh under Operation Flood Programme. He was also given additional responsibility as General Manager of Animal Breeding Center, an Exotic Cattle Breeding Farm at Rai Bareli, Uttar Pradesh.

During the year 1994, he was deputed as Managing Director of Ajmer Milk Union for rehabilitation of sick Dairy Project with 1 lakh litre capacity milk processing per day with drying facility for 10 metric ton as well as production of cattle feed 100 metric ton per day.

In the year 1999, he was posted in the Eastern Region to supervise execution of the project under Operation Flood in Eastern India. He was also promoted as General Manager during the year 1999 and continued till July 2001.

During his various assignments in the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), he was representing National Dairy Development Board as a member of the Board of Directors of various Milk Union, State Dairy Federations and Members of the Management Committee of Mother Dairy & Metro Dairy, Calcutta.

After retirement from National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in 2001, he was assigned as General Manager of Sabarmati Ashram Gaushala, Bidaj, Gujarat and responsible for overall management of the Dairy Cattle Breeding Project including Asiaís largest embryo transfer unit and frozen semen production unit, besides managing a large fodder farm of 750 acres of land.

After completing the assignment at Sabarmati Ashram Gaushala, he has been assigned as Officer on Special Duty, Kaira Dist. Cooperative Milk Producersí Union Ltd., Kolkata to initiate Milk Processing, Packing and its Marketing in West Bengal and continuing the same assignment till today.

He was a member of Indian Science Congress and Life Member of Indian Dairy Association. He was also a member of Governorís Advisory Committee on Dairy Development in Punjab and also member secretary of Sabarmati Ashram Gaushala Project.

Core Competency:- His Core Competency is in the area of operation of Dairy Cooperatives, Animal Health and Cattle Breeding Operation. Besides these, the Management of Dairy Processing Units and Farmerís Organization is worth mentioning.


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