With admissions just around the corner, Delhi University (DU) has put on hold the cleanliness drive it was supposed to undertake as per a notice of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The drive, a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, was scheduled to begin on June 22.
“The college has received the circular but it hasn’t been sent to the various departments yet. We are busy in the admission process so nothing has begun as of now,” Jaspal Singh, acting administrative officer of Ramjas College, said.
In Miranda House too, the situation was similar. The administration acknowledged that they had received the circular, but said that it was not possible for them to undertake the drive at this crucial time.
“The principal acknowledges that the teaching and non-teaching staff is involved in the admission process and she has not made it mandatory for anyone as of now to take part in this drive. The departments haven’t even received the letter yet,” a lecturer of Miranda House said.
The university, however, claims that the drive was on in full swing.
“The Vice-Chancellor, along with the Pro-VC, Director of South Campus and the Registrar personally took part in the drive yesterday, both in the North and the South Campus. We are committed to the issue of cleanliness generally and the Swachh Abhiyan in particular,” DU Media Co-ordinator Malay Neerav said.
As per a notice issued by the UGC on June 19, all Central universities and affiliated colleges were to undertake a week-long cleanliness drive from June 22 to 26.
The move was criticised by a section of the teachers as it clashed with the DU undergraduate admissions scheduled to begin on June 25, when the first cut-off will be released.