Now, we will be taught about ill-effects of crackers as UGC
has asked all universities and colleges to introduce a module on it in the
paper of environmental studies which is a mandatory subject for all
undergraduate students. Approx 400 universities students will study the
UGC did so on the grounds of observing the effort of world
leaders at COP21 in Paris recently. It is our collective responsibility to
preserve the environment. According to UGC, universities and affiliated
colleges should do something like organizing forums or presentations related to
ill-effects of fire-crackers, said the UGC secretary Jaspal S Sandhu.
On December 11, UGC issued a circular which clearly
mentioned the demerits of fire crackers. It said that smoke from crackers
contain fine particulate matter which can enter our body and can affect those
who have asthma or sensitivity severely. They also contain a toxic mix of
carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting substances that go deep into the soil and
then water. Crackers are especially harmful as they contain chemicals that
don't break down.
The level of toxic
materials in the air increase considerably during festive seasons, due to
burning of fire crackers. So, teaching students about the ill-effects of
crackers become all the more important in order to discourage them, said the
Bangalore University immediately adhered to UGC's decision by saying that they
will implement this in their syllabus as crackers cause serious damage not only
to the environment but also to our heath.