Sashi Tharoor, the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development was named as the Person of the Year by the animal rights body PETA – India for taking steps to advance animal protection.
The director of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) was encouraged by Tharoor to examine PETA’s Central Board of Secondary Education approved programme for incorporation into its textbooks.
He also wrote a letter to Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad urging him to implement non-animal methods of teaching in medical courses.
In 2012, the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued a directive instructing all the institutes or establishments associated with teaching of medical, pharmacy and other courses in life sciences to follow UGC guidelines for discontinuation of dissection and animal experimentation in universities and colleges and introduce use of alternatives to animal experimentation.
Past recipients of the award are Hema Malini and R Madhavan.
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