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About the Centre

The Elephant Research Centre [Centre for Elephant Disease Control and Prevention (CEDCP) & Elephant Formulary] at VISTAS, Chennai, India was inaugurated by the Chancellor of VISTAS Dr.Ishari K Ganesh & Vice- President (Planning & Development), VISTAS Prof. Dr. A. JothiMurugan on Friday 27 October 2017.

Our Elephant Research Centre is our country’s unique Elephant Research Centre which primarily focusses on Elephant Formulary.


 Elephant Research Centre [Centre for Elephant Disease Control and Prevention (CEDCP) & Elephant Formulary] is dedicated to the health (Treatment, Drugs and Dose), welfare of elephants and the sharing of information among elephant professionals, Forest Departments, State and Central Ministry of the Government of India.

How we are organised

Elephant Research Centre is made up of members from National and International Universities / Research Institutions / Forest Departments.

Elephant Research Centre

Chief Patron, Patron & Members Of VISTAS
Dr. Ishari K GaneshFounder & Chancellor, VISTAS
Dr. Arthi K GaneshPro Chancellor, VISTAS
Prof.Dr. A. JothiMuruganVice President (Planning & Development), VISTAS
Prof.Dr. P. SwaminathanVice-Chancellor, VISTAS
Prof.Dr. S. Sriman NarayananPro Vice-Chancellor, VISTAS
Prof.Dr. A.R. VeeramaniRegistrar, VISTAS

Elephant Research Centre (ERC)

International & National Advisory Committee
Dr. Susan K. Mikota

Diplomate American College of Animal Welfare
Director of Veterinary Programs and Research
Elephant Care International
166 Limo View Lane,
Hohenwald, TN 38462,
Dr. Janine L. Brown

Reproductive Physiologist
National Zoological Park's Endocrine Research Laboratory
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Center for Species Survival (CSS)
MRC 5534
1500 Remount Road, Front Royal
Virginia VA 22630

National Advisory Committee
Dr. Raman Sukumar

Professor and Chairman
Centre for Ecological Sciences
Indian Institute of Science (IISC)
Bangalore, Karnataka State, India
Dr. Jacob Cheeran

Professor (Retd)
Senior Scientist (Drug Immobilisation)
HOD - Pharmacology and Toxicology College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Mannuthy,
Thrissur, Kerala State, India
Dr. S.R. Srinivasan

Professor (Retd),
Former Dean Faculty of Basic Sciences
Madras Veterinary College (MVC)
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences
University (TANUVAS) Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India
Dr. R. Sridhar

Professor and Head
Department of Veterinary Pathology Madras Veterinary College (MVC)
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS),
Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India
Dr.M.G. Jayathangaraj

Professor and Head
Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine Madras Veterinary College (MVC)
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India
Dr.Kushal Konwar Sharma

Professor and Head
Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology
College of Veterinary Science
Assam Agricultural University
Guwahati, Assam State, India
Dr.Arun Zachariah

Forest Veterinary Officer
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Kerala State, India
Dr.N.S. Manoharan

Regional Joint Director
Veterinary services
Coimbatore & Nilgiris
Government of Tamil Nadu
Dr.K. Senthil Kumar

Assistant Professor
Post graduate Research Institute in Animal Sciences
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS)
Kattupakkam - 603 203
Tamil Nadu State

Chief Priest
Former Dharmakartha
Adikesava Perumal Temple (“Sri Ramanujar Temple”)
Tamil Nadu State
Dr. E.K. Easwaran

Chief Forest Veterinary Officer
Aruvikkara PO
Thiruvananthapuram Kerala state - 695 564 India
Dr. P. Sriram

Professor & Head,
Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology,
Madras Veterinary College,
Chennai - 600 007
Tamil Nadu
Dr. Jawaharlal Singh

Professor, VMD / Additional DSW
Coordinator Wildlife Disease
Diagnosis & Health Management
Department of Veterinary Medicine (Wildlife Medicine)
College of Veterinary and Animal SciencesGovind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology (GBPUAT)
Udham Singh Nagar, Pantnagar

Core Values

What We Believe

VISTAS students and scholars should be well-founded on the pursuit of knowledge through, teaching and learning research, with fellowships required on the basis of intellectual merit, ability and the potential for excellence.

Perspectives, arising from diverse knowledge background, that re-define our identities, deepen scholarly inquiry and enrich path breaking newer knowledge horizon.

Cherish the key values of academic freedom, creative and innovative thought, ethical standards and integrity, accountability and social justice, nurturing open mind and open society.

Foster inquiry‐led and evidence‐based approach to creative knowledge; facilitate a vibrant academic ambience to the nurture the intellectual climate.

Quality Assurance

The University has established a system of Quality Assurance to enhance and monitor the quality of education. Quality Advisory Committee and Internal Quality Assurance Cell are working towards this goal.

Vels Admission Open For 2020