Will keep meat on menu, IIT Bombay rejects Peta India plea seeking non-veg food ban on campus

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Will keep meat on menu, IIT Bombay rejects Peta India plea seeking non-veg food ban on campus

PETA India urged IIT-Bombay to ban meat on campus and IIT-Bombay refused saying that only stale non-vegetarian food has been discontinued in a particular cafeteria, and not meat on the whole campus.

Citing this, IIT-Bombay issued a statement refusing to ban meat on the campus, and mentioning that only stale non-vegetarian food has been discontinued in a particular cafeteria.

The institute began its response by saying it does not favour or prefer any one over another or discriminate on vegetarian or non-vegetarian grounds. "Students and faculty from across the globe and varied cultural backgrounds come to IIT-Bombay as the institute boasts of an inclusive and assimilating culture and we continue to foster such culture."

"Recently, the institute had been in the eye of a storm after there were students talking about non-veg food being banned. Even at that point, IIT-Bombay had clarified that the institute has not banned meat on the campus, as reported by few publications," said the statement.

"A letter was issued to the caterer of a cafeteria atop the Civil Engineering department for purely health and safety reasons as he was serving stale food," the institution added.

None of the cafeterias in the academic area are allowed to cook meals. The cafeterias within academic areas are only allowed to serve packaged food like chips, biscuits and snacks.

The cafeteria atop Civil Engineering department is popular amongst students and faculty because it is the only rooftop cafeteria on the campus. However, "the terrace area is not fit for cooking. We wish to avert any fire hazard here."

"Some students even complained of food poisoning. The non-vegetarian food is brought in the morning and kept till evening. Since it gets spoilt faster and is the major cause for food poisoning, the department has instructed the caterer not to serve stale food," the statement ended.