Higher Education

Higher Education

Now, varsities & colleges across nation enter `cleanest campus' competition

PUBLISH DATE 6th June 2017

Union minister for human resource develop ment (HRD) Prakash Javadekar announced a national competition for cleanest college campus here on Monday at the launch of MIT's World Peace University smart campus project.

Javadekar said that colleges and universities will be judged based on parameters such as cleanliness, waste management, water and light conservation among others in January 2018.

The HRD minister launched MIT's Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN) project in association with TERRE Policy Centre. He said, “While the ambitious Swach ha Bharat Mission has now become a people's movement, we will conduct `Smart, Clean, Green Campus' competition for all university campuses across India in January and declare the results in February .“

There are around 700 uni versities and 40,000 colleges in the country . The University Grants Commission (UGC) will prepare the framework and monitor the initiative.After the college and university competition, a similar competition for schools will be conducted in the following year, Javadekar said.

Rajendra Shende, chairman TERRE Policy Centre and former UNEP chairman, said that through the catalytic Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN), MIT-WPU would deploy Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data Analytics (BDA) through a cloud-based dashboard for real time monitoring of campus utility production and consumption patterns. The cloud platform will enable connectivity to other campuses in India and worldwide to compare and generate positive competition for the improvement of resource efficiency. The network would also provide real-time data about its energy consumption with the capability of advanced analytics.