| Botany department at Cotton College. File picture |
May 15: The mundane activities of attending environmental education classes, long hours of workshops and seminars are passť.
Instead, Dispur wants city colleges to adopt a more practical approach of teaching its students to go green.
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told The Telegraph that he has instructed Cotton College to protect and preserve all trees on the campus to sensitise students on the importance of greenery.
He said like most of the colleges under Delhi University, Cotton College must also preserve its old trees by prominently displaying their ages, botanical names and utilities.
Students and teachers will also be involved in planting saplings so that their campuses remain green in the days to come.
An education department official said growing urbanisation had an adverse impact on city colleges and many of the campuses wear a barren look without any touch of greenery.
He said such development would not create awareness on the concept of greenery or overall conservation of the environment.
The official said besides planting saplings and protecting existing trees, the city colleges would have to take place waste-paper bins divided into plastic, paper, food and pen refills.
“The colleges will have to segregate waste in the initial stage. Even though it will take sometime to convince students, teachers and non-teaching staffs in the colleges to participate in such an initiative, they will have to make an effort,” the official said.
The colleges have been asked to ban sale and use of plastic bottles and polythene packets in the canteens as well as hostels.
The official said the colleges would have to work on using solar panels for their hostels to save electricity.
“The colleges have been asked to submit proposals to the education department on go-green project. The government will sanction funds for the colleges to execute such project. The botany departments and environment science departments of different colleges will be involved in the project,” the official said.
A principal of a city college said the project sounded interesting.
“But we have to know how pragmatic the project will be. Co-operation of students and teachers will be very essential in successful implementation of the project. The students’ unions will have to play a crucial role in execution of the project,” he said.