In a bid to make the students of India aware of the implications of polluting the world, The University Grants Commission has decided that they will be introducing the subject of environmental studies.The subject will be a compulsory subject for all undergraduate courses that are on offer in India.
As per a directive forwarded by the Supreme Court, it was stated that all the branches of study in India should have a subject for environmental studies. To facilitate the notice, the University Grants Commission had sent various letters to all the universities, colleges and institutions for the implementation of the course in all the undergraduate courses of all the branches of study. The UGC has been asking all the educational institutions in India to implement the six-month module of the subject in their curriculum for all the branches of study.
In the latest letter that UGC had sent to all the universities, colleges and institution, it said that all the educational institutions have to implement the subject of environmental studies in all of the undergraduate courses for in the different branches of studies that are present in the educational institutions of India.
The six-month core module of Environment Studies includes 7 units that will be taught to the students. The first unit of the subject is the basic introduction to environmental studies. The second and the third unit of the module will teach the students about various resources that are available in nature as well as the ecosystem of the Earth. The fourth unit of the course will include the topic of biodiversity as well as its conservation. The fifth and sixth unit of the subject includes the study on the pollution of the environment and the different environmental policies and practices. The Seventh unit will be a practical unit where the students will have to go to various environmental resources and study about the local fauna and flora present in the environment chosen by the student. The students can also choose to visit any of the polluted areas that they have access to or know off.
The principle of Dr Nayapalli College Bhubaneswar, Rajani Ranjan Das, had stated that certain branches of study already have to course as a mandatory subject in their curriculum. They are continuously putting more effort into implementing the subject as a mandatory subject in all the branches of study. Another official from a university had also stated that many universities are yet to implement the subject in the curriculum of the different courses that they offer.