The students of Delhi University will now have to plant at least one tree, and anywhere in the country during the course of their study as part of their curriculum . The initiative has been taken to move from ”environmental education to environmental action”.
“Planting a Tree is part of New Curriculum @UnivofDelhi. From Environmental Education to Environmental Action. It is now compulsory for students at UG, PG & Ph.D level to plant one tree anywhere in the country. The Centre for Himalayan Studies will monitor,” Delhi University tweeted.
A notification issued by DU said, “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/center. Picture should have a placard containing details, such as the name of the tree, name and course of the student, location and date of plantation.”
“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 added.
The notification also states that the sapling will have to be replaced in case of death of the tree due to a natural disaster or “unforeseen circumstances”.
“Planting millions of suitable trees and creating a natural ecosystem is one of the best ways and this can be achieved faster through massive student participation. Every year, the Delhi University admits lakhs of students from different parts of the country and they will be our climate warriors,” said P C Joshi, vice-chancellor, University of Delhi while addressing the media in the press conference.
While for UG students, it will be a part of the compulsory course on environmental studies, for those in postgraduate courses, it will be part of the course in the first semester. The programme has also been included in the MPhil/PhD coursework.