HYDERABAD: The students of University of Hyderabad launched a unique Green Bucket Initiative (GBI) here on Sunday, planting about 200 trees on the premises of the School of Management Studies.
The initiative is said to be a precursor to the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ to be launched by the Union government on October 2 throughout the country.
Under GBI-2014, students adopted the saplings they planted to ensure that they grew to become trees. It is proposed to plant saplings and guard them apart from undertaking awareness and sensitisation programmes on and around the campus.
Launching the green initiative, K Vishweshwar Reddy, MP from Chevella, called for participation by all the students of the university to become part of this mission to preserve the planet. “We must involve ourselves in sustaining the resources and promote use of biogas in rural areas,” he added.
Hyderabad Metro Rail managing director NVS Reddy appealed to students to identify the problems and contribute back to the society through green initiatives. He wanted each student to adopt a sapling and ensure its nurture.
Vice-chancellor Ramakrishna Ramaswamy sought the MP’s support for preserving the rich biodiversity of the campus.
“The flora, fauna and rock formations are part of Telangana’s heritage and need to be preserved. Our campus needs much more support to preserve the biodiversity and wildlife,” he said. V Venkataramana, a senior member of the faculty of School of Management Studies, who conceptualised the initiative, said that students as Green Warriors should actively involve themselves in such noble initiatives.