Adopts protocol of government’s Haritha Keralam Mission
Flex boards and paper cups used during seminars and academic programmes on the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit campus at Kalady will soon be replaced by cloth banners and glass cups.
The varsity has decided to adopt the green protocol being popularised by the government as part of its Haritha Keralam Mission. Soon, the main campus will have a rainwater harvesting unit and bamboo plantation.
Registrar T.P. Raveendran said the decision to go green was a natural follow-up of the resolve to promote renewable energy and protect nature. “All programmes to be held on the campus will go by the rules prescribed under the green protocol. There will be no use of plastic or materials that harm the environment. Instead, the departments will stick to reusable alternatives,” he added.
Instead of plastic cups and plates, the stakeholders will use glass/stainless/porcelain cutleries. Eco-friendly dustbins will be used in place of plastic ones and the focus will be on checking the menace of plastic on the campus. Mr. Raveendran said cups and containers that could be washed and reused will replace items made of plastic or paper. Efforts will be made to segregate bio and non-biodegradable materials.
The varsity will also be part of the e-waste collection drive initiated by the Clean Kerala Company. Electronic and other such waste will be collected and handed over to the company. The collection and handing over of the e-waste will also provide an earning for the students as the Clean Kerala Company pays Rs. 25 a kilo for e-waste collected.
The Sanskrit varsity already operates a solar power plant project on the main campus.