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NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 17, 2001: From this year, India's Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is scrapping dissections of animals completely, coinciding with the 2,600th anniversary of the Mahavir the founder of Jainism who preached non-violence. "The idea is to develop a steady hand, and one can learn how to make a fine incision on a pumpkin as well, so why kill an animal?" CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly reasons. "The reason for dissections was to help develop skills necessary for students pursuing a career in medicine. Over the past few years, animal activists have targeted the use of animals for biology experiments in schools. Two years ago, the Supreme court made it optional.