Updated: July 24, 2015 1:36:20 am
Panjab University (PU) will soon list the details of the progress taken place since the launch of its cleanliness campaign under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
In a letter dated July 17, 2015, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities across India to furnish information on the status of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan on their campuses.
“Certain NSS plantation drives have been conducted on the campus. NCC has also organised few events to spread the spirit of cleanliness inside the campus. We have also taken up some initiatives. The developments on every initiative will be communicated to the UGC,” PU registrar Colonel G S Chadha said.
A major drive was also conducted in the university for the removal of garbage and unused furniture from the campus. According to the information provided by the registrar, the university had also hired an employee solely for cleaning up of all offices, departments and classes.
The university authorities have also informed that they would meet the principal chief conservator of forest to further plan some plantation drives and other activities as a part of the cleanliness campaign.
In addition to this, the Centre for Social Work at PU has installed an e-waste collection bin for recycling e-waste. The authorities are now planning to take up the issue of food waste management at the university.
Dr Gaurav Gaur, the assistant professor at the Centre for Social Work, said, “There are 19 hostels of Panjab University and a huge amount of food is wasted. We are now trying to come up with a mechanism to convert the waste food into manure.”
During a meeting of the Senate of Panjab University in May this year, the university had adopted five villages in Chandigarh under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in order to transform them into model villages. These villages were Dhanas, Dadu Majra, Khuda Ali Sher, Khuda Lahora and Sarangpur.
Professor Seema Kapoor was appointed as the coordinator for the project and Dr Gaurav Gaur was appointed as the co-coordinator.
According to the university authorities, work has been started for the implementation of this project in Khuda Lahora village. “We have organised several meetings with the Sarpanch of the village to discuss our plans for the village. The first plantation drive in the village was done on June 5 on the World Environment Day. Last Saturday, we have also identified new sites in Khuda Lahora for plantation of trees. Additionally, six water filters have also been installed in the village. All these details will be furnished to the UGC,” Gaur said.
The Centre for Social Work is now planning to implement the same model for Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan-related activities in the four other adopted villages.
PU authorities have allocated Rs 40 lakh for implementation of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan for the current financial year.
“This money has been allocated to improvise the condition of toilets and to procure certain implements that will be used for the maintenance and cleanliness of the university. This plan will also be highlighted in the report that will be submitted to the UGC.”
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