CHANDIGARH, Sept 27: Vatavaran ke dushman teen, burai, pradhushan, polythene. Swasthya anmol hai, polythene vish ka gol hai.
These are few of the slogans coined by students of Punjab University in the recent contest organised by the organisation, Yuvsatta on the topic "Perils of polythene and pollution". Out of 215 entries, six were awarded cash prizes of Rs 500 each, although according to the organisers some catchy slogans could not win the award.
Apart from the prize distribution, a seminar was also organised by Yuvsatta and the Department of Gandhian Studies at Panjab University on the same topic. The chairman of the Department of Gandhian Studies, M L Sharma talked about Gandhian thought on environment.
R C Sobti, chairman of the Department of Biotechnology, PU felt that "humans had become the real slaves of plastic". He narrated how in the developed world, plastic bags were never used to carry vegetables or raw food stuff. "In case you have to carry something in a plastic bag from a shop, you are asked to purchase a plastic bag. And the cost of the plastic bag is half that of the cloth bag", he stated from his recent experience in Germany.
"Regulate recycling", was the main slogan of P D Sharma, a well known activist whose organisation, Aashta has been involved in a campaign against plastic bags in Himachal Pradesh. He had brought a plastic bag which he had received from the US. The slogan on it read "It is made of plastic which can be incinerated". He regretted that the regulation mechanism in India was negligible.
Later former Dean, Student Welfare, Anirudh Joshi talked about how Pramod Sharma of Yuvsatta had initiated the practice of installing garbage bins at the university student centre. He also announced the names of the six prize winners, Suman (Department of Library Sciences), Ashok Kumar (business management), Harneet Kaur (public administration), Rishi Kaushal (laws), Daksh Trivedi (mathematics), Vikram Juneja (public administration).
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