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‘Environment education to action’: From this session, every DU student must plant one tree

Gupta told The Indian Express that students would need to submit proof of having planted the trees to their respective departments and colleges.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi |
Updated: August 8, 2021 1:26:23 am
In a press conference on Saturday, acting vice-chancellor P C Joshi said the need for trees and oxygen was all the more necessary in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Express File Photo)

Delhi University Saturday said it would be mandatory for all students to plant at least one tree anywhere in the country, as part of their programme, in the upcoming academic session 2021-22. This is being done to move “environmental education to environmental action at the ground level”, officials said.

“From the coming academic session it has now become compulsory for every student to plant at least one tree anywhere in the country during the course of their study. This will be applicable at the undergraduate, postgraduate and MPhil/PhD level. The programme will be scientifically monitored and evaluated by the respective colleges, centres and departments,” Registrar Vikas Gupta said in a statement.

Gupta told The Indian Express that students would need to submit proof of having planted the trees to their respective departments and colleges.

A notification in this regard has been issued. “Each student should plant at least one native tree species in his/her native place/place of stay… The student should submit GPS coordinates/ site location along with the picture of the plant to the respective college/ department/ centre. Picture should have a placard containing details such as name of the tree, name and course of the student, location and date of plantation,” said the notification dated August 6.

“The student needs to take care of the tree planted by herself/himself by periodic monitoring. For long-term monitoring, the family members/RWA/ local bodies may be involved. Six monthly reports, photographs with some description of growth needs to be submitted by the student…,” it further said.

The notification also states that the sapling will have to be replaced in case of its death due to natural disaster or “unforeseen circumstances”.

Meanwhile, more than 1,31,021 applicants applicants have registered for various undergraduate courses at Delhi University for around 70,000 seats. The university had opened its admission portal for UG courses at 8 pm on Monday.

The last date for registration is August 31.

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