Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: On World Environment Day celebrated across the globe on Friday, Indira Gandhi National Open University here has pledged to make its campus greener.

The rocky terrains, slopes and barren patches on the vast IGNOU campus will soon metamorphose into green foliage creating vegetation cover.Termed as “Green IGNOU”, the project has been undertaken to mark World Environment Day. It will look into the other associated environmental plans of the University that are in the pipeline.

“We are looking at massive plantation of trees, avenue trees, and extensive horticulture activities within the campus. It is a two-year project in which the 80 per cent of the area of the University will be turned green,” said Vice-Chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai.

Plantation drive

Under the project, IGNOU will undertake a massive plantation drive, landscaping and development of avenue trees for dense foliage all over the campus.

“We will also take consultancy from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, Ministry of Agriculture, particularly from the Horticulture Department, as and when necessary,” said Shailendra Kumar Yadav, a Reader at the School of Agriculture at IGNOU.

IGNOU would also work for development of surface water reserves.