In an inspiring and environment friendly initiative, Gijubhai Chhaganbhai Patel Institute of Architecture, Interior Design and Fine Arts, Gujarat, has instructed its students to plant a sapling for every mistake they commit on the campus.
The students have been asked to contribute towards saving nature by planting trees for every time they get late to class or fail to submit an assignment.
“The students happily accept the punishment as it is an environment-friendly initiative. They have to plant a sapling and take care of it until they leave college. It was my decision to give this unique punishment to the students when they make mistakes,” said Professor Mahesh Patel of Architecture Department.
“This is not a punishment but a good move. Even I planted a sapling after forgetting to put my phone on silent. This is a good step taken to protect our environment. Most of the plants and saplings in university premises have been planted by the students here”, said Bhumisha Prajapati, one of the students at the university.
“I myself plant saplings here in case I commit some mistake. I believe that punishment should be such that it gives our students some lesson that can make them a better individual. This initiative helps them develop a habit of planting trees from a young age”, Patel added.
According to the faculty members, most of the students visit the university to look after their plants, even after the completion of their course.