- It is slated to be an institute of eminence
- Aiming to break into the top 20-40 rankings in the world
- Dogs chasing foreign guests may mar reputation
- Wild life also endangered by the stray dogs
(By a special correspondent)
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM), is an educational institution of repute, ranked #1 in NIRF rankings for the past 5 years. It is an institute that was selected to be one of the Institutes of Eminence, aiming to break into the top 20-40 rankings in the world. This institute has been plagued for over 5-6 years by a serious problem, a problem that might become a hurdle for the Institute in reaching its lofty goal.
The problem is UNREGULATED PROLIFERATION OF STRAY DOGS, artificially amplified by a small group of dog feeders.
The dogs attack faculty as they travel to work place. They chase people going on two wheelers and cycles. Recently a faculty member who was going on a two-wheeler was chased by a stray dog. He lost control and met with an accident and had to undergo two plastic surgeries as a result. The stray dogs attack old people and children on campus, creating a potentially life threatening situation. The stray dogs are found everywhere in the office buildings, in class rooms, in the labs, creating unsafe conditions for work. As a consequence, there could be law suits by the employees against the administration for creating unsafe workplace surroundings.
As a part of its mandate to become an Institute of Eminence (IoE), IITM plans to invite a lot of international visitors from the next year. Most of these people come from the first world where stray dogs on the streets are unheard of. If the guests are chased by the stray dogs on IITM campus streets and get into an accident, there could be law suits against the administration besides getting a bad name for the campus.
IITM campus is also a reserve for wild life housing a number of species like spotted deer, black buck etc. The black buck is an endangered species, and the Institute has taken the responsibility to protect them. But the stray dogs frequently attack and kill the deer. The young fawn are particularly vulnerable.
But a small number of vociferous dog lovers are intransigent in their will to feed the dogs in an unregulated fashion. Also some people are smuggling stray dogs from outside into the campus to add to the problem.
Efforts by the IITM administration to regulate stray dogs are met with intimidation from certain high ranking officials in Delhi. The competent authority must look into this serious problem and do everything to protect a prestigious academic institution, the campus community, and the wild life that is housed within, from the menace of stray dogs. One should not allow the hard built reputation of the premier institute to literally go to dogs. It is high time the concerned authorities intervened in this matter and made the campus dog-free.