Mohanpur, Sept. 23: The agriculture university at Kalyani has started a tree adoption programme under which each first-year student will be assigned the responsibility of the upkeep of a plant.
Officials at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwavidyalaya said the programme was initiated earlier this month after teachers learnt that students, mostly from urban areas, lacked sufficient knowledge about trees.
To begin with, the university has already planted 146 mango saplings of 44 varieties, including mallika, rani pasand, alphonso and kisan bhog, along a 300m stretch on the campus. The responsibility of the upkeep of the saplings has been assigned to 146 first-year students of agriculture, horticulture and agri-engineering courses.
Pro-vice-chancellor Biswapati Mandal said: “Our objective is to get the students know more about trees. Such knowledge is necessary for studying agriculture.”