Jamia Millia Islamia was declared plastic-free on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi today. University Vice-Chancellor Professor Najma Akhtar administered the pledge of not using plastic and keeping the campus clean, to the staff and students, while announcing the ban on single-use plastic inside the varsity.
Akhtar also flagged off seven groups of students comprising NSS and NCC volunteers, who will visit nearby localities to spread the message of not using plastic in their day to day life. The items banned in the university campus include plasticbottles, cups, glasses and other items, polythene bags andplasticitems less than 50 microns (in width), cutlery including plates, cups, straws among others.
An exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi was also inaugurated at the university in which rare letters written by Mahatma Gandhi in English and Urdu to Dr M A Ansari, one of the founders and Chancellor of JMI, Zohra Ansari (Ansari’s daughter whom Gandhiji considered as his daughter) and others associated with the university are on display apart from several rare pictures and books, officials said.