The Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) oversees the operations of the Animal Housing Facility on campus.
The Facility, which is a part of the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, is a CPCSEA-approved unit that is licensed for breeding (CPCSEA Registration No: 220/PO/ReBi/S/2000/CPCSEA/02.05.2016). It is also licensed to conduct and support experiments on small laboratory animals like guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and mice.
The Animal Housing Facility adheres strictly to standard operating procedures. This ensures assessing the quality and consistency of research proposals, and preventing the infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering on animals before, during, and after experiments.
The Facility as well as connected laboratories are monitored using eight 2.8MP CCTV cameras along with components like DVR, a 1TB hard disk, a 21-inch monitor and a UPS support system. These security measures — in addition to regular inspections by the IAEC — are part of an effort to ensure that the animals are treated and maintained as per the rigorous CPCSEA guidelines. The feeding, watering, sanitation, lighting, pest control, and veterinary care provided to the animals is also in keeping with the standard guidelines.
Further, the IAEC conducts timely reviews to assess all research proposals involving animal experiments. They carefully analyze proposals to ascertain the ethics of the study and regularly monitor ongoing studies to ensure the welfare of the animals involved.
The committee is also responsible for ensuring that all regulatory requirements are complied with, that all guidelines have been followed, and that the law — as dictated by apex bodies — has been adhered to.
All records of the experiments performed on animals are maintained in the Department.