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UGC Issues Guidelines to Higher Education Institutions across India to Impose Ban on Single-Use Plastic

The guidelines state that the institutions should systematically ban the use of plastic on their campuses and replace it

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The move comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching a mass revolution against single-use plastic from October 2, which will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Pixabay

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued guidelines to higher education institutions across the country to impose a ban on single-use plastic.

The move comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching a mass revolution against single-use plastic from October 2, which will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The guidelines state that the institutions should systematically ban the use of plastic on their campuses and replace it with “environment friendly substitutes.” It also mandates that every higher education institution in the country should ban single-use plastics in canteens, hostels and shopping complexes in the institution’s premises.

“Carry out awareness drives and sensitisation workshops on the harmful impacts of single-use plastics, mandate all students to avoid bringing non-bio-degradable plastic items to the institution, install necessary alternative facilities like water units to avoid the use of plastic,” the guidelines state.

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued guidelines to higher education institutions across the country to impose a ban on single-use plastic. Pixabay

The UGC guidelines also ask the institutions to encourage the students to sensitise their respective households about the harmful effects of plastics and make their households ‘plastic-free’. The guidelines are an effort to encourage the universities and colleges to adopt policies and practices towards cleaner and plastic-free campuses.

The guidelines also ask the higher education institutions, which have adopted villages under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, to undertake a campaign in their adopted villages till they are converted into ‘plastic-free villages’ through promoting awareness and encouraging shift to alternative products.

The higher education regulator, while issuing the guidelines, said that plastic waste has emerged as one of the biggest environmental concerns adversely impacting the soil, water, health and well-being of citizens at large and that time has come for a systematic campaign to reduce the usage of plastics.

It added that the educational institutions have the unique spread and influence to educate the students and households on the need to avoid the usage of plastics.

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Prime Minister Modi in his Independence Day speech had urged citizens to eliminate the use of single-use plastic, besides suggesting that shopkeepers should provide eco-friendly bags to the customers.

Subsequently, in his monthly “Mann Ki Baat” address, Modi had said that the time has come for the citizens to join hands in curbing single-use plastic. (IANS)

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Google To Ban Online ads for Unproven Medical Techniques

Under a new health care and medicines policy, Google has announced to ban online ads for 'unproven or experimental medical techniques'

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This new policy will prohibit ads selling treatments that have no established biomedical or scientific basis. Pixabay

Under a new health care and medicines policy, Google has announced to ban online ads for ‘unproven or experimental medical techniques,’ such as most stem cell therapy, cellular (non-stem) therapy and gene therapy.

“We know that important medical discoveries often start as unproven ideas — and we believe that monitored, regulated clinical trials are the most reliable way to test and prove important medical advances.

“At the same time, we have seen a rise in bad actors attempting to take advantage of individuals by offering untested, deceptive treatments. Often these treatments can lead to dangerous health outcomes and we feel they have no place on our platforms,” Adrienne Biddings, Policy Adviser at Google, said in a statement.

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Google has announced to ban online ads for ‘unproven or experimental medical techniques.’ Pixabay

This new policy will prohibit ads selling treatments that have no established biomedical or scientific basis.

The new policy also includes treatments that are rooted in basic scientific findings and preliminary clinical experience, but currently have insufficient formal clinical testing to justify their widespread clinical use.

“Google’s new policy banning advertising for speculative medicines is a much-needed and welcome step to curb the marketing of unscrupulous medical products such as unproven stem cell therapies,” said Deepak Srivastava, President, International Society for Stem Cell Research.

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According to Google’s announcement, they will continue to allow advertising for research happening in this space for clinical trials and the ability for clinicians to promote their research findings among the the public.

As new findings come to light and regulatory bodies oversee developments in this field, Google will continue to evaluate policies and make updates as needed. (IANS)