Published: 18th September 2020
After outcry, IIT Madras sets up zones, designates time to feed stray dogs on campus
A couple of weeks ago, IIT Delhi had advertised an opening for the position of a dog handler to deal with the campus strays
The IITs in the country are probably now on the right path to deal with the stray dog issue. A couple of weeks ago, IIT Delhi had advertised an opening for the position of a dog handler to deal with the campus strays. Now, IIT Madras has set up separate zones for residents and students to feed strays on the campus. They have also authorised an agency to feed these dogs.
According to a new circular, IIT has now directed the dogs to fed only feed pelleted food and water at a designated time. They also have the option of handing this over to authorized people who would feed the dogs on their behalf. This is part of an initiative to manage solid waste and pollution on campus and conserve its wildlife. "Feeding of free-ranging dogs should be restricted only within the dog feeding sites available at these five locations at a designated time, i.e. twice a day (6.30 am to 8.30 am and 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm). The dogs are to be fed with pelleted dog food and freshwater," reads the circular.
The feeding zones are - Behind the Himalaya Mess, near the Biotechnology Department, near New Academic Complex, Adyar Avenue and Out-Gate. However, the students or campus residents cannot feed these dogs anywhere else. "They (students and residents) can visit the dog feeding zone and can ensure that the dogs are fed adequately by the institute/authorised agency appointed by the Institute," reads the circular.
At the same time, the circular also asks the campus residents to register their pets. It also prohibits visitors from carrying their pets along.