Taking into consideration the challenges posed by climate change, students of colleges affiliated to Bangalore University will be taught about air and water pollution from the 2019-20 academic year.
They will also have subjects related to solid waste management, environment protection, resource management, civic management and disaster management among others.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday after conducting a day-long meeting with principals of the affiliated colleges, BU Vice Chancellor K.R. Venugopal said all colleges will have to give importance to value-based education, yoga and meditation classes.
The colleges will have to establish four study cells on Buddha, B.R. Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda, to ensure that students get “holistic” education. “If we find that these cells are not established or classes on these topics are not conducted, the Local Inquiry Committees who look at renewing the recognition of the colleges will ensure that they do not give a favourable report in this regard,” he said.
Currently, 276 colleges are affiliated to BU after the trifurcation of the university.