JNU - NIAW Joint Programme on Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare

Admission announcement

The University will admit a limited number of candidates to six Animal Welfare certificate courses. The first course in this series, titled Management and Ethical Use of Laboratory Animals in Research, is intensive in nature and will be offered to enhance various technical aspects of handling and procedures, to qualify a participant's scientific and welfare based competence. Each certificate course will comprise of a minimum of 85 contact hours of teaching methodologies. The first course will start on 01 November, 2016.

The course is designed as per CPCSEA and AALAC guidelines. Details of competence to be imparted include surgical skills, computational skills, ethical and analytical skills required for laboratory animal management and their welfare. Further, the lectures are designed to disseminate basic facts and principles which include knowledge skills and attitude towards animals which are essential for the humane use and care of laboratory animals used for research. In addition, hands on training will be imparted to improve quality of research conducted on animals.

All six certificate courses will run for 1 month and is targeted towards workforce training and for students with degrees, who are looking for specific skill sets not offered in a Bachelor's degree and other professionals who are interested in a reorientation / upgrade of their knowledge base. Accommodation and food (see below for details) will be provided during the conduct of each course. Subsequent course titles will be announced at the website.

Background and overview

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), a Central University with a NAAC grade of 3.91, the highest in India, is a premier institution of teaching and research. JNU’s mandate is to engage methodologies that cut across disciplines, whose intersections are expected to cross discipline boundaries, evolve complexities and innovate. Based on a combination of financial and technical parameters, set by a duly appointed Committee of the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, JNU has been successful to take up operations, management and conduct of animal welfare programmes at the National Institute of Animal Welfare (NIAW).

MoA between JNU and NIAW

JNU, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, signed the memorandum of agreement with NIAW in the presence of HRD minister Smriti Irani and EFCC minister Prakash Javadekar (see link http://www.moef.gov.in/division/national-instituteanimal- welfare-niaw)

According to the MoA, in the first year, JNU is scheduled to offer six certificate level courses (duration 4 weeks each) and one diploma level course (duration 5 months) on various aspects of animal welfare.

JNU and animal welfare

Animal Welfare Seminar

Prof. Cathy Dwyer speaks on Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Dr. Marie Haskell speaks on Animal Motivation, Cognition and Learning

Venue : SIS –II, Room No. 344

Day and Date : Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016

Time : 3 PM

The speakers are from Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (JMICAWE), University of Edinburgh, UK

Prof. Cathy Dwyer is the Director of the Centre

Tea will be served at 3:45 PM.

All interested are welcome

Animal awareness in JNU

JNU is part of the Southern Ridge of Aravali Hills and houses various species of wild fauna. These range from Common Palm Civets, Small Indian Civet , Indian Golden Jackal, Indian Crested Porcupine, Blue Bulls, Rufus Tailed Hare ,Various Lizards & Varieties of snakes, Birds & Butterflies etc.

Support for animals in communities

Various feeding spots and watering holes for dogs, birds and other animals are identified. Campus residents, as well visitors, place items for the benefit of the animals.

Support for laboratory animals

To provide support for research where animal models are employed, JNU has its own animal handling mechanism. The infrastructure is registered under the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), Ministry of Environment and Forest, GOI (Reg. No 19/GO/ReBi/S/CPCSEA dated: 10.03.1999) which provides professional and technical services for conduct of animal research.


The first certificate course

The first certificate course is titled Management and Ethical Use of Laboratory Animals in Research

Course structure
(A) Lectures (3 weeks)
  1. Introduction to the animal world, laboratory animals and their environment.
  2. General anatomy of a laboratory animal (Rat/ Rabbit).
  3. Nutrition of laboratory animals.
  4. Evaluation of animal health.
  5. Diseases and pathology of laboratory animals.
  6. Laboratory animal welfare.
  7. Biostatistics.
  8. Introduction to CPCSEA & AAALAC guidelines and regulations during the conduct of animal studies.
  9. Ethics, ethical committee - The Indian System and Ethical evaluation of research protocols.
  10. Perioperative care, anaesthesia, surgical techniques and analgesia.
  11. Humane end points in animal experiments and euthanasia.
  12. Non- human primates - their care management and welfare.
  13. Pain: its causes, category monitoring and distress in laboratory animals.
  14. General occupational health hazards, personal hygiene and safety.
  15. Introduction to ABSL (Animal Bio-safety Level) - I, II, III & IV facilities and their monitoring.
  16. Alternative models for biological research.
  17. Selection for disease specific animal model.
(B) Group discussion (in the third week together with A)
  1. Preparation of an experimental protocol and the critical analysis of a scientific paper with animal experiment.
(C) Practical methodologies (1 week)
  1. Introduction to practical and experimental techniques.
  2. Handling and restraining of laboratory animals, namely mice, rats, rabbits.
  3. Different modes of administration of substances, namely oral gavage, i.v., i.p., s.c., i.p., i.m.
  4. Collection of body fluids (tail vein) and organs.
  5. Pain anaesthesia and peri-operative care.
  6. Demo for Live Animal imaging system.
  7. Visit to non-human primate (monkey) facility at NBRC, Manesar.
  8. Feedback.
(D) Criteria for evaluation of participants
  1. 100% attendance (mandatory)
  2. Presentation of animal protocols & group tasks (40 marks).
  3. Written exam (60 marks)
  4. Those who obtain 70% and above marks will be awarded Certificate of Competence and others will be given Certificate of Participation.
(E) Teaching faculty
School of Life Sciences, JNU, New Delhi

Prof. Rana P. Singh 

Prof. Deepak Sharma 

Dr. Sushil Kumar Jha 

Dr. Niti Puri 

Dr. Surya Prakash

School of Environmental Sciences, JNU, New Delhi

Dr. Paulraj. R

Central Laboratory Animal Resources (CLAR), JNU, New Delhi

Dr. Dinesh Kanwar Yadav

Institute of Genomic and Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi

Dr. Vijay Pal Singh

National Institute of Biologicals(NIB), New Delhi

Dr. Shikha Yadav

National Brain Research Centre(NBRC), Manesar

Dr. Inderjeet Singh

Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (JMICAWE), University of Edinburgh, UK

Prof. Cathy Dwyer 

Dr. Marie Haskell

Minimum qualifications

The minimum qualification for participation in this certificate course is BSc. Biology or equivalent, B.V.Sc, B. Pharma, B.Tech - Bio Tech and MBBS.

Last date for application

"Last date of application extended to 31 October, 2016, 12:00 hrs". All candidates will be informed by email within 24 hours. A list of candidates will also be placed at this site.

Fees, facilities and accommodation

There are no tuition fees for the courses to be conducted during the first year of operation. All interested candidates will have to register at this site. There is a registration charge of Rs. 1000 (Rupees One thousand only) per candidate to participate in the coursework during the first year (i.e., six certificate courses and one diploma course). All payments are to be made online through the payment gateway at this site.

The coursework lectures and discussion will be conducted at the NIAW campus located in Ballbhgarh, near Faridabad (Haryana), on the National Highway No.2 (NH2). Practical methodologies will be conducted at JNU and other well known laboratories in and around Delhi. Free transport will be arranged for this purpose.

Frugal accommodation will be provided for a nominal payment. The food cost per day is expected to be around Rs. 300.

Sample future coursework

List of certificate courses

(1) City animal management; (2) Zoo animal management; (3) Wildlife management; (4) Accounting practices/record keeping for animal shelters; (5) Habitat restoration and management; (6) Veterinary hospital management; (7) Welfare management of animals in disasters; (8) Animal management in livestock fairs; (9) Welfare management of animals used as food; (10) International movement and quarantine.

List of diploma courses

(1) City animal management; (2) Zoo and wildlife management; (3) Laboratory animal management; (4) Infectious disease containment; (5) Shelter management; (6) Rules/Regulations/Policies

List of PG courses (Masters)

Presently just one, (1) M.Sc. in Animal Welfare with inputs from both life science and social science streams.


Coursework aims (general)

(1) Upgrade the skill and knowledge base of existing government and non-government organizations. (2) Impart significant knowledge and practical skills so as to enable certifications for a participant, to earn employment. (3) Enable students to receive significant basic training to carry on as researchers in the field and improve the existing infrastructure and knowledge base through a series of feedback mechanisms.

Contact Us

(1) Prof. Prasenjit Sen, JNU 
Phone : (011) 2673 8773 
Email ID : awatjnu@mail.jnu.ac.in , awatjnu@jnu.ac.in

(2) Mr. S. Gowri Shankar, Director, NIAW 
Phone : (0129) 2215037/38