UGC Directs Colleges to Have Environmental Studies for Undergraduate Courses
University Grants Commission has directed colleges to implement a six month compulsory core module course on environmental studies for undergraduate courses. It includes classroom teaching and eight units covering 50 lectures. The first seven units will cover 45 lectures which are class room based to enhance knowledge skills and attitude to environment. Unit eight is based on field activities which will be covered in five lecture hours. It would provide first-hand knowledge on various local environmental aspects.
Some of the important topics covered are biodiversity, pollution, conservation, endangered species, disaster management, sustainable development, environmental ethics, climate change, global warming and population growth.
UGC noted that despite the deteriorating status of the environment, study of environment have so far not received adequate attention in our academic programmes. Recognizing this, the Hon’ble Supreme Court directed the UGC to introduce a basic course on environment at every level in college education. Accordingly, the matter was considered by UGC and it was decided that a six months compulsory core module course in environmental studies may be prepared and compulsorily implemented in all the University/Colleges of India.