About NIAW

Background and  History of NIAW

• As per the decision of the Standing Finance Committee held on 16th January. 1999 under the chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, it was decided to establish a National Institute of Animal Welfare (NIAW) at Ballabhgarh (Haryana). The decision to establish the Institute was based on a recognition of the need to promote awareness and disseminate information about animal welfare amongst the public and to impart education in this discipline in a professional manner with a structured framework in view of the intrinsic value of animals and their contribution not only to the country's economy but also in terms of social and environmental impact.
• The proposal was approved by the Standing Finance Committee in its meeting of 16.3.1999. Land measuring around 8.3 acres was procured in Village Sikri, District Faridabad, Haryana. The foundation stone of the Institute was laid on 15th April, 1999.
• The original cost of the project was Rs.7.55 Cr, which was revised, with SFC approval to Rs. 11.39 cr in 2003.
• Presently, NIAW is working as a Subordinate office under the administrative control of Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Mandate of NIAW

• NIAW has been conceptualized as an apex body in the field of animal welfare and its broad mandate covers the need to improve animal welfare through research, education and public outreach.
• Its objective is to create enabling environment for fulfillment of the statutory requirements as laid down in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
• It is imparting training and education on diversified subjects in Animal Welfare including animal management, behavior and ethics.