NDRI takes pride for acquainting Bapu with scientific dairying as back as in 1927 at Bangaloe. Alumni Association of the Institute at Bangalore thought it appropriate to install a statue of Mahatma Gandhi with 'Jill' at the Institute premises and release a publication entitled 'Bapu & Daiarying', on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee of NDRI.
Beginning of Gandhiji's Direct Interest in the Cattle Development. The British Surgeon Maj.Maddock, who performed the operation on Gandhiji, in 1927, recommended his convalescence at a place with a temperate climate. Bangalore became the place of choice by the Government of India. He was extended the most cordial welcome by the then Maharaja of Mysore and was treated as a State Guest. The State Guest House at Kumarapark, where Gandhiji was lodged, was nest door to the office of the Imperial Dairy Expert (Govt. of India), where the incumbent of the post, Mr. William Smith was living. This provided a unique opportunity for Gandhiji and Smith to meet together almost every evening and discuss problems of cattle improvement in the country.