In a recent notification, the University Grants Commission (UGC) asked colleges to minimise their usage of plastics on campus. The notification directly addresses avoiding single-use plastics and encourages proper disposal of plastic trash. "All universities and affiliated colleges/institutions are asked to make the awareness programme effective in order to reduce the usage of single plastics,"said the official notification.
This warning is a continuation of the previous notification published in September 2019. Back then, the notice outlined instructions for avoiding the use of single-use plastics on university and institution campuses.The guidelines also requested that awareness drives and workshops should be held on the harmful effects of single-use plastics and all the students should be refrained from bringing non-biodegradable plastic items to the college, and that necessary alternative facilities, such as water units should be installed to avoid the use of plastic. It also requested the students to educate their families about the negative consequences of plastics and to make their homes plastic-free.
The instruction corresponds with the 75-week-long Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign sponsored by the Government of India. The campaign, which will eventually result on August 15, 2023, aims to celebrate the country's and its people's achievements. "This campaign not only honours successes, but also stimulates and urges individuals to take good measures for the country's progress," the notification stated.
The government has chosen awareness initiatives to avoid the use of single-use plastics" as one of the topics for this campaign in order to gain strength, growth, visibility, and awareness. The notice further states that plastic sticks for balloons; plastic flags used for decoration in the colleges with a thickness of less than 100 microns are among the single-use plastic products that will be banned beginning from July 1, 2022. In this respect, a webinar was held during which Union Minister for Environment, Forests, and Climate Change,
Bhupendra Yadav , met with students and young people from around the country.The Union Minister emphasized that deliberate behavioural adjustments were required because there is no Planet B.
Higher education institutions that have adopted villages via the 'Unnat Bharat Abhiyan' shall launch a campaign in their adopted villages till they are transformed into 'plastic-free villages.' The suggestions are an attempt to persuade universities and colleges to adopt policies and practises that promote cleaner, plastic-free campuses.