PM’s “Swachhta Abhiyan” inspires UGC

October 6, 2014

Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' the University Grants Commission (UGC) has launched a sanitation programme in all the universities, including Kolhan University.

With an aim to ensure clean and green environs within and outside the campus, UGC has sought suggestions from universities on innovative ideas to implement the 'Swachh Bharat Swasth Bharat' programme effectively.

The scheme will be implemented in universities and colleges during the 12th Five Year Plan period (2012-17).Various sanitation-related schemes will be run by UGC.

The Commission has asked universities to use fund from General Development Assistance Grant (GDAG) for running special sanitation schemes.

"A letter to this effect is being sent to the universities, including ours, by the secretary of the UGC (Jaspal S Sandhu)," said a senior office staff of the vice-chancellor, KU.

Further, the officer said under the said scheme, UGC would spread 'Clean India' awareness among students for the next three weeks, ending October 30.

"Not only students will be motivated to participate in the programnme but they will also be asked to involve their family, friends and neighbours in the sanitation drive," said the official.

When approached, pro-vice chancellor of KU, Dr. Shukla Mohanty, emphasized on the significance of the commission's clean and green initiative.

"Definitely, UGC has taken a worth initiative in making the college campus clean and green," said Dr Mohanty.

The faculties and students' union representatives have given a mixed response to the UGC program.

"UGC should have taken a lead voluntarily in building clean and green environs in the society with active involvement of the students much before PM's sanitation mission. However, it is better late than never," said a sociology faculty of one of the KU's affiliated women's college, requesting anonymity.

"It is indeed pleasing that the UGC has launched a dedicated programme to keep cleanliness, in the campus in particular and outside campus, at large," said P K Singh, students' union leader.



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