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Ishita Bhatia | TNN | March 11, 2016 |

MEERUT: To promote green cover and enable its affiliated universities to be energy efficient, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked them to send proposals so as to develop green campuses under the ‘Development of Solar Cities’ programme. A circular in this regard has been issued by UGC secretary Jaspal S Sandhu.  The project under the ministry of new and renewable energy aims at minimum 10% reduction in projected demand of conventional energy at the end of five years. This will be done once colleges are shortlisted following which energy efficient measures will be implemented on the campus. As per the plan, measures such as energy-efficient street lighting system with proper control, low-energy fixtures, energy-efficient pumping system, energy-efficient motors and use of energy star rating equipment will be carried out on varsity campuses.

 “Urbanization and economic development are leading to a rapid rise in energy demand in urban areas of our country leading to enhanced Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Many cities around the world are setting targets and introducing polices to promote renewable energy and reducing GHG emissions. Accordingly, the Central ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has taken initiatives to develop green campuses under “Development of Solar Cities” programme which aims at minimum 10% reduction in projected demand of conventional energy at the end of five years,” reads the circular. The circular further directs all vice-chancellors to become partners in the noble cause and send in their proposals as per the guidelines of the programme mentioned in the MNRE.  Additionally, an awareness workshop will also be organized on the campus regarding renewable energy applications and initiating suitable measures for energy conservation and energy efficiency. – Courtesy            /           Published on 11/03/2016   –  UGC Letter reg.: Initiatives to develop Green Campuses under “Development of Solar Cities” Programme

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