Commission asks universities to ban single-use plastic

The University Grants Commission of India has issued guidelines to higher education institutions across the country to impose a ban on single-use plastic. The move comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching a mass revolution against single-use plastic from 2 October, which will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, reports the Indo-Asian News Service.

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.

The higher education regulator, while issuing the guidelines, said that plastic waste has emerged as one of the biggest environmental concerns adversely impacting the soil, water, health and well-being of citizens at large and that time has come for a systematic campaign to reduce the usage of plastics. It added that the educational institutions have the unique spread and influence to educate the students and households on the need to avoid the usage of plastics.
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