The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued guidelines to impose a ban on single-use plastic in Higher Education Institutions across the country. The guideline will be imposed from September 11 till October 2 to mark the ‘Swachhata Hi Sewa Campaign’ in which all students will be encouraged to pick up plastic waste in their surroundings and bringing them to a central location in their respective institution.
The guidelines state that the institutions should systematically ban the use of plastic on their campuses and replace it with “environment-friendly substitutes.” It also mandates that every higher education institution in the country should ban single-use plastics in canteens, hostels and shopping complexes in the institution’s premises.
Universities and their affiliated colleges are requested to upload the information with regard to the number of students, teachers, staff and officials who have participated in this campaign along with photographs and videos on the University Activity Monitoring Portal of UGC https://unrur.ugc.ac.in/uamp/ under the event Swachhata Hi Sewa by 5:00 pm on October 2.
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