GUWAHATI, July 10 � A civil society group has called for establishing an environmental university in Assam to cater to the needs of students as well as conservation of the region's flora and fauna. Aranya Suraksha Samiti - Assam, the Orang-based NGO has written to the Chief Minister Assam and the BTAD Chief Hagrama Mahilary stating their demand.
The Samiti mentioned that the Supreme Court of India has instructed the University Grants Commission to make environmental education compulsory to college students, but lack of properly trained teachers has proved to be a challenge. A university imparting environment education can fulfill that gap and also produce students who can contribute to important areas of research.
It was reasoned that the new university should be open to students from different academic backgrounds and should have a multidisciplinary character. It could offer courses on several subjects such as environmental education, ecology, sustainable development, forestry, ethno-botany, folk science, among others.
In its letter to the Assam Chief Minister and BTAD Chief, the Samiti requested that the site for the university should be in Orang because apart from being in the middle part of Assam, the area was in close proximity to Orang National Park, Kaziranga National Park and not far from the biodiversity rich Himalayan foothills.