As per news, The Delhi University (DU) declares the compulsory course in Environmental Studies for its undergraduate students as a mandate by UGC
The course weighs 100 marks and it has to be followed from the current session. As per the scheme of three years undergraduate programme students can take it either in the first or the second semester of their study.
Prof Rup Lal, the DU Dean of examination sends the circular to the principals of the colleges where he wants that the evaluation of the course to be done by the respective colleges who will later send their evaluated marks to the examination branch through their existing mechanism.
Presently, the course is made available only in English language but efforts are been made to include it in Hindi language also for the coming sessions, urges MK Pandit a professor in DU’s Environmental Science department. The necessity was noticed earlier but the decision has been made now. The varsity officials say that the implementation of the course was delayed due to other duties like the time-consuming process of curriculum development and infrastructure upgrade.
The course will largely be theory but not completely. Pandit says that the course will not be completely but will include 25 per cent weightage for field work. Students will be taught through lectures, seminars, video presentations, field visits, excursions, project work, report writing and presentations.
Practical Knowledge is also important. As per the faculties of Environmental Science it is important for the students to have a knowledge about what is happening to earth and its resources. The course will be helpful to the students from all educational background.
MK Pandit says that the course will give all students a better understanding of environmental issues at the local, regional and global levels and even help them develop lateral thinking in this area
Ecosystems, renewable and non-renewable natural resources, biodiversity and conservation, pollution, environmental policies and practices, exploitation of mineral, land, water resources and deforestation will be among the subjects covered as part of the course.