Bhavsar S and Jukes N. Replacement of animals in education in Gujarat, India. Poster session presented at: Calling on Science. 7th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences; 2009 Aug 30 - Sept 3; Rome, Italy


In the state of Gujarat, India, there has been increasing replacement of university level dissection and animal experiments, reflecting efforts to modernise and make humane the education and training of students. Nominees from the Indian government agency that controls animal experimentation, the CPCSEA, some of whom are also involved in animal protection organisations, are increasingly rejecting applications for animal-based practical classes. Examples of replacement at several universities are described, along with details of the regulations, outreach and training, provision of alternatives, and cultural and economic realities that have helped create a context for successful curricular transformation in Gujarat.

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Author's keywords: animals, alternatives, education, India, Gujarat