The UGC in one of its revolutionary judgments directed all the universities around the nation to stop experimenting with animals in their research laboratories. The news has put smiles on the faces of animal protection wings and animal lovers throughout the nation.
All the UGC affiliated universities would now have to register online to the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiment of Animals (CPCSEA), which functions under Ministry of Environment and looks after the matters of preventing cruelty against animals under any educational organization or other commercial or business research organizations. The universities would now have to comply by the guidelines set by the commission after registering themselves.
The universities have been asked to consider and act upon the matter on priority basis to stop the practice of using animals as research subjects in laboratories. UGC has asked the universities to submit an ‘action-report’ by July 30. According to sources close to 1,544 universities have already made registrations with the committee abiding by the guidelines of UGC.
The ban on using animal dissection was implemented way back in 2011 by the then government but there had been many loopholes which prevented it to be successful overall. There were repeated complaints that got registered related to animal cruelty and thus UGC and Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) had to take strong measures and enforce it to the teaching institutes, so as to curb the cruelty over animals.
Along with this, UGC has also instructed all the universities to comply by the Biological Diversity Act in academics and research so that the awareness of safeguarding biodiversity in the country can prevail.