Universities under UGC has been asked by the commission to include a module on how the fireworks effects the environment and its other ill effects in the society in the Environment Studies paper for Undergraduate courses.
UGC Secretary Jaspal S Sandhu has written a letter to all the Vice Chancellors of the universities under the administration of UGC to organize forums, discussion and presentation related to the hazardous fireworks to its students and ways to reduce the same. Mentioning the uninhibited industrialization, fossil fuel emission and other disastrous harmful elements for environment the letter has said that we need to save the plant and help keeping it green as we have received from our forefathers. A constant damage is undergoing due to immense pollution and harmful extraction of toxic wastes from industries and every vehicles on road. Recently the world leaders met at Paris and a global treaty got signed by the nations to take collective responsibility of the overall pollution over the world and take preventive measures to save the world. The Supreme Court of India has also expressed serious concerns over hazardous toxic fallouts of the fireworks in the country. According to the letter written by Sandhu he pointed on the importance to educate the students about the “severity of toxicity of fireworks so as to discourage their usage.”
Along with incorporating a module on ill-effects of fireworks in the Environmental Studies for Undergraduate courses, the UGC has also asked the universities to organize forums, discussion and presentations to make the students aware of the hazards of the fireworks and teach them to reduce the same. It has also encouraged the group of students and teachers to undertake workshops, lectures and presentation in various schools in their surrounding areas.