Animal welfare could soon turn out to be one of the separate subjects in the CBSE curriculum as CBSE is planning to consider the same. The CBSE joint director AL Hilal Ahmed in a reply to People for Cattle in India (PFCI), a Chennai based animal welfare organization in Chennai, has said that in the forthcoming new policy recommendations, he would present the same to the board to take necessary changes and action.
The PFCI, which is based in Chennai, had previously written letters to CBSE, ICSE and other state boards in September, 2005 and requested them to add animal welfare as a subject in curriculum of the schools in Tamil Nadu. The PFCI founder Arun Prasanna said, “In the three years since we have been working in the field, we have seen a lot of cruelty to animals as well as abuse. So we thought teaching out to young children is the best way to sensitize society.”
The letter that the PFCI head sent to the CBSE Joint Director mentioned that initiating animal welfare education at the school level can result in sensitizing young minds towards the value of animals and develop feeling of compassion towards the animals. The subject will also promote understanding, knowledge and skills required from humans in order to better the lives of animals in and around their societies. The animal loving segment in the student segment would like to know more about caring and curing animals in need and can help working of this co-existence of man and animal together in nature.