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The Animal Care and Maintenance Department is the central laboratory animal facility of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute. It is registered with the “Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA)”, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India. The Registration No. is 1774/GO/RBi/S/14/CPCSEA.

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The department has its “Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC)” as per the provision of “Breeding of and Experiments on Animals (Control and Supervision) Rules, 1998”, under the “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (59 of 1960)”. The IAEC comprises of the following members:

  1. Dr. Chinmay Kumar Panda, Chairman
  2. Prof. (Dr.) Suhrita Paul, Main CPCSEA Nominee
  3. Dr. Capt. Kamal Kanti Dutta, Link Nominee, CPCSEA
  4. Dr. Kuladip Jana, Scientist Nominee, CPCSEA
  5. Shri Swapan Kumar Shee, Socially Aware Nominee, CPCSEA
  6. Dr. Rathindranath Baral, Biological Scientist Member
  7. Dr. Prosenjit Saha, Biological Scientist Member
  8. Dr. Subhasis Roy, Veterinarian Member
  9. Dr. Abhijit Rakshit, Member Secretary

Objectives of the department:

  • To maintain laboratory animals in a clean and hygienic environment
  • To produce good quality, healthy animals by adopting scientific breeding techniques
  • To provide healthy, disease-free animals to various departments of this Institute for their research work
  • To provide technical help in animal experiments
  • To organize the Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) meetings to scrutinize and guide the animal experimentation projects conducted by different research departments of this Institute
  • To supervise ethical aspect of animal experimentation
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The department maintains Swiss albino and C57BL/6J mice, which are used for cancer research by the scientists of this Institute. These animals are randomly bred in the animal house to maintain the colony. All the scientific departments, those are performing animal experimentation, keep and maintain their animals in this department. Animal experiments are also done in the Animal House itself.

Departmental Staffs:

  1. Dr. Abhijit Rakshit, Technical Officer & Head of the Department
  2. Shri Shibashis Das, Laboratory Helper