BENGALURU: From this year onwards, students who join undergraduate and postgraduate courses in state universities and 412 government colleges have to plant a sapling each.
Students will also have to nurture the sapling during their three- or five-year course and a picture of the plant will be printed on their graduation certificate.
A decision in this regard was taken at the Karnataka State Higher Education Council meeting held on Saturday.
Speaking at a press conference, Higher Education minister Basavaraj Rayareddy said that universities and government colleges were asked to pick a date of their choice for this task. He said the move would ensure nearly 20 lakh students plant saplings on their campuses.
This initiative was taken by the Sri Siddhartha University Tumakuru, where medical students, about two years ago , pledged to take care of their plants even after they leave college. The green graduation for this university will take place in October.
According to the agenda note, the one-student one-tree concept is part of the Sustainable Development Goal by the World Health Organisation and was reportedly discussed at the Consortium of universities for global health at Boston, in March 2015.