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23 September 2009

The Banaras Hindu University (BHU), one of the prestigious educational institutions of the country, is setting set a line of action for environment conservation and sustainable development.

The university is going to establish an institute of environment and sustainable development (IESD) with a mission to carry out teaching, research and extension work. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has allocated a fund of Rs 7.50 crore for its establishment. BHU vice-chancellor Prof DP Singh said the institute would impart education about sustainable development with main research priorities like global change and atmospheric pollution, natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, alternate energy resources and socio-economic and legal dimensions of sustainable development. The university has also planned to connect the IESD with the international network of environmental institutions for better output.

Besides, the university has also introduced an annual calendar of environmental activities on the campus.

The BHU also has a hydrogen energy centre.

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