Kurukshetra: Even after the efforts undertaken by University Grants Commission (UGC), many Universities have still not introduced Environmental Science subject in accordance with the set norms. Taking a serious note of this issue, the UGC has freezed the financial grants given to 11 Universities for development work.

In a reply to the Right to Information filed by Naresh Bharadwaj, a member of Green Earth Organization, UGC provided the aforesaid details.

It is noteworthy that after the orders by the Supreme Court in 2002, the UGC had directed all the Universities of the country to introduce Environmental Science as a compulsory subject at under-graduate level. However, the issue was ignored by most of the Universities.

Nine years after the order, many Universities have yet not recruited a facility to teach the subject. Some varsities have not recruited a faculty member either on a permanent or a contractual basis.

The Central Public Information Officer of UGC, MK Rewari, has identified 11 Universities after the investigation which did not follow the orders. UGC has stopped the grants to these Universities in 2011-12.

JPN/Bureau