GUWAHATI, July 13 - The Directorate of Higher Education (DHE), Assam recently sent a letter to the registrars of Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University and Assam University, Silchar regarding the environmental education system in their affiliated colleges across the State.
Through this letter, the DHE director has sought a report from the universities, citing the status of compulsory implementation of the Environmental Studies subject in their affiliated colleges, as per the directions of the Supreme Court and the UGC, and of recruitment of teachers in these colleges for the subject.
Earlier, the apex court, in its order, had directed varsities across the country to introduce the subject of Environmental Studies and also directed the UGC to consider the feasibility of making the subject compulsory.
Following the directives, the Government of Assam introduced the subject at graduation level in all colleges in 2004.
But a section of environmental science students of the State alleged that the subject is not being taught by teachers from the environmental science background since its introduction.
On this issue, a section of environmental science students submitted several memorandums to the Assam Education Minister, the Principal Secretary and the Director of Higher Education along with various other officials from time to time but the issue is yet to be addressed by the authorities concerned.