Following the University Grant Commission (UGC) guidelines on phasing out animal dissections from university education announced last year, Mumbai University (MU) has set up a committee to look into the matter.
Last November, the UGC, following a committee's recommendations, had said that universities teaching post-graduate and undergraduate courses would have to considerably reduce animal dissection practices and bring in other teaching methods instead.
MU took up the issue at the academic council meeting last week and now a committee, headed by the dean of the science faculty Madhuri Pejaver, will look into the matter. “We will go through UGC guidelines and then the committee will take a decision,” said Pejaver.
UGC recommendations include setting up dissection monitoring committees, reduction in the number of animal specimens used, and using computer simulated models where possible.
It is not clear whether this would mean a change in syllabus from this year itself. The disciplines that will be affected by the new guidelines include zoology, life sciences and biotechnology.