NEW DELHI || A Cow has always been a very holy figure in the Indian pantheon. In keeping with that reverence towards the animal, the Union Ministry of Science and Technology has been seeking advice for how best to leverage dung, urine and milk of a pure desi cow so that it can be used for medicinal, nutritional, agricultural and household purposes.
To further push for answers so as to make best of the pure desi cow, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has sought proposals from research institutes and NGOs to conduct research in this subject. The applicants have been given a deadline for this as March 14, 2020.
As per available information with the Department of Science and technology many ancient Ayurveda texts and traditional medicine practitioners have recommended the use of products made from ingredients of indigenous cows to treat arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, cancer and blockage of arteries.
However, there is no specific scientific research to prove the authenticity of the claims. For example, the use of cow urine is highly recommended, but there is no scientific knowledge about the ‘active causes’ contained in cow urine.
The idea behind research by DST is to ‘standardize’ effective, cheap and environmentally friendly’ use of homegrown cow ingredients in household products such as floor cleaners, toothpaste, hair oils, shampoo and mosquito medicine.
There are many such items available in the market but no scientific research has been done on them. The department has sought research proposals from competent NGOs related to science and technology apart from academics and research institutes.
There are also controversies erupting over this proposal. Scientists now ask whether this is an attempt to set an agenda by trying to know the reality of claims made about cows.
This is not a first about Gau-Vigyan. In 2014, the department started a national program for research and scientific recognition on Panchagavya and formed a national panel of experts. Panchagavya means cow dung, cow urine, milk, ghee and curd.
Between 2002 and 2004, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) worked closely with the NGO ‘Center for Science Research’ in Nagpur obtaining two patents on cow urine.