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MHRD asks schools to ensure implementation of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’

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The Human Resource Development ministry has asked all colleges and educational institutions to ensure implementation of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. In a ministry communiqué sent on Wednesday ahead of the launch, institutes have been asked to make sure that the programme is sustained in a “befitting” manner and the campuses are kept clean.

Laying emphasis on the sustenance of the programme, the communication said, “All concerned may be requested to keep the academic, administrative and residential area in a neat condition.”

The ministry has also asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to roll out schemes on national initiatives for fostering social responsibility in higher education and set guidelines for the establishment of a centre for fostering social responsibility and community engagement in universities during the 12th Plan period.

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The centre would help to leverage on the mobilisation and interest that will be generated in the higher educational institutions during the launch of the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission, the communiqué added. Teaching spaces should have a positive ambience for students and playgrounds and open spaces should be kept in neat and clean conditions. Besides, drinking water supplies and storage facilities in both academic and residential blocks should be kept clean and inspected on regular basis, the communication said.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani is set to launch specific cleanliness campaign from a school in New Delhi today. All officials up to the rank of Deputy Secretary will take part in cleaning activities in Kendriya and Navodaya Vidyalayas across the national capital as part of the ‘Swachch Bharat’ campaign. Officials in the higher education division will be at the universities as part of the clean-up drive.

The cleanliness drive culminates on October 31, birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. To ensure the exercise is not confined to one day, the HRD ministry will ask educational institutions to include stories of cleanliness in their curriculum. They will also be asked to ensure that at least few questions in examinations are about hygiene and cleanliness.

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