Indore: Ill-effects of fireworks to be taught at DAVV

Staff ReporterUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 02:49 AM IST
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Indore: On the occasion of Diwali, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) has announced plans to launch an elective on fireworks so as to sensitise students on ill-effects of firecrackers. The announcement comes following an order issued by University Grants Commission directing universities across the country to teach ill-effects of fireworks to students.

“The UGC had last year directed all the universities in the country, including DAVV, to include a module on ill-effects of fireworks in the paper on environment studies for undergraduate courses. Last year we could not prepare the module but this year we are not only going to prepare it but also implement the same,” said incharge registrar Ajay Verma. He stated that the university will take help of Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board for preparing the module.

In order to create awareness about environment issues, the UGC wants students to study about the ill-effects of fireworks also. In a letter addressed to the VCs of universities, UGC says: “At a time when issues of climate change and global warming have captured international attention, we need to do maximum to educate students about the severity of toxicity of fireworks so as to discourage their usage.”

The letter asks the universities to include a module on ill-effects of fireworks in the paper of environment studies which has to be compulsorily studied by all students. The UGC has also stated that the universities should organise forums, discussions and presentations related to hazards of fireworks and ways of reducing them.

The UGC also directed the universities to depute student groups and/or teachers to undertake educative workshops/lectures/presentations in schools and colleges in surrounding areas. The Supreme Court, the UGC letter added, had also expressed serious concerns over environment health hazards and toxic fallout that fireworks pose.

The smoke from fireworks consists mainly of particulate matter that can enter lungs and severely affect people with asthma or multiple chemical sensitivity. Fireworks shows also spray out a toxic concoction of carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting substances that seep into soil and water. Still worse are the chemicals in fireworks that persist in environment and do not break down. On festive occasions, the levels of particulate matter in the air increases beyond the permissible levels.

Environmentalists and scientists have affirmed in uncertain terms that a host of factors like uninhibited industrialisation, unchecked urbanisation, fossil fuel emission etc have done tremendous damage to ecology and environment and humankind has to brace for the impact of greenhouse gas emission and climate change. It is as a part of this effort that world leaders came together at COP21 in Paris recently and underscored preservation of environment as collective responsibility.

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