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Higher Education

UGC to audit colleges, varsities for cleanliness

PUBLISH DATE 31st July 2017

Colleges and universities will be rated for on-campus cleanliness. The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) recently issued a notification that an annual check of colleges would be undertaken and points would be given to each college or university based on their levels of cleanliness.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) notified all colleges and universities about the cleanliness scheme recently, following which the Pune university has also taken up the task of cleanliness in all its affiliated colleges. The UGC will sending a member panel to inspect the campus on various parameters.

A statement issued by UGC said the universities and colleges have been told to utilise the general development grant for this purpose which has been allocated to them.

The scheme will be implemented by the universities and colleges with the help of existing departments such as physical education department, environmental science department, home science department and psychology department or any other relevant department by developing a centre on Swacch Bharat-Swasth Bharat, which will comprise a coordinator, doctor, counselor, yoga experts, nutritionist, psychologist and others.

The statement added that, “There could be a part of cleanliness and related areas in the environment course which is being offered in the system. Also, institutions must collaborate to come out with ways to make the Swachh mission possib le. Research must be funded for innovative designs and implementation strategies for making a clean India.“

The marks would be in categories, including 85% for cleanliness in the surroundings and awareness campaigns would be marked for the rest. The number of toilets and their cleanliness would be taken into account during the audit.

If the college has adopted a nearby village and spread awareness about cleanliness there, they will be awarded additional marks, the UGC statement said.