The University Grants Commission, in its directive, has ordered the varsities and higher educational institutions to ban the use of plastic cups, lunch packets, straws, bottles and bags on their campuses.
As per reports, the UGC has written to all varsity vice-Chancellors where in it has asked them to ban takeaway coffee cups, lunch wrapped in disposable plastic packaging, plastic bags, disposable food service cups, plates, containers made in polystyrene foam and plastic straws as well as restricting single-use plastic water bottle and encourage the use of refillable bottles instead.
The commission has also asked varsities to conduct networking activities on mass awareness on disposal of plastic and cleanliness drives under the Swachh Bharat Mission in municipalities.
The letter termed it an opportunity for collective efforts to reduce the use of plastic and the HRD Ministry has desired that the students be encouraged to refuse, reduce, and re-use plastic product in their daily uses.
The directive by the commission comes after the Union Environment Ministry issued an advisory, saying India is the global host of this year’s World Environment Day celebrations.
It is the largest UN-led celebration on the environment, and the theme for this edition is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.>