The problem of stray dogs on the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) campus has been irking students ever since the permanent campus became functional. Many students have complained of stray-dog related incidents.
The menace was brought down after an incident when a student was reportedly injured after being chased by stray dogs. According to a notice titled Stray dogs Menace Inside the IISER Campus,issued in September by the Assistant Security Officer (ASO),the problem has been noted.
To curb the menace,appropriate remedial actions are being taken. As you all know,dogs cannot legally be removed and shifted to secluded places. The immediate action is to frequently chase them out of the campus…and not play with them, said the notice.
It further stated that since there is no dog pound in the Tricity,the institute had approached NGOs for sterilisation and vaccination of dogs. You may be surprised to know there is no non-government organisation registered with the Animal Welfare Board of India and capable of doing the task…there is one world level (sic) Sanstha (SPCA) Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals…which has been contacted and they have agreed to sterilise the stray-dogs, said the notice.
At one point,there were nearly hundred stray dogs on the campus. Students who fear dogs became wary of venturing outside hostels at odd times or going into secluded places in the campus, said Ashwini Bhardwaj,a research scholar.
However,the students agreed the menace has been brought down in the last few weeks. The authorities called some external agency who took many dogs away. The situation is relatively under control, said a student. Meanwhile,ASO G S Multani,when contacted,denied any problem.