The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed universities across the country to made environment studies prepared by it compulsory in their campuses.
In a circular issued by UGC circular last week, the secretary Jaspal Sandhu said that the commission, under the choice-based credit system (CBCS), has developed an eight-unit module syllabus for environmental studies.
In order to implement the directives of the Supreme Court, Sandhu has directed officials to take necessary steps for it. He conveyed that the compliance of order is mandatory and it should also be communicated to the UGC immediately as non-compliance will be considered as the contempt of court. He also asked universities to convey the same to their affiliated colleges.
Two years ago, to create awareness among the student population, the UGC ordered universities to implement a six-month core module syllabus on environmental studies for under-graduate courses.