Cleaning up the tricity: India’s ‘best’ rank bad in hygiene

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 09, 2014 01:19 IST

Ranked India’s best on certain parameters lately, Panjab University in Sector 14, scores high even on the scale of untidiness.

It seems a clean campus at first sight but spend some time at Student Centre, the canteens, and the hostels, and the picture turns ugly. Students from all departments frequent Student Centre but few care to keep it tidy. They leave a trail of paper plates, empty packs, and soft-drink bottles on the floor. In this filthy environment, the visitors have their food.

Centre no attraction

The used plates are abandoned near trees and benches, even though waste bins are aplenty and at hand. The fountain area at the centre is littered with polythene bags, tetra packs, and other junk. At the department canteens, there’s a carpet of chocolate and candy wrappers in the sitting area. The tea drinkers keep adding to the filth and never wake up to their faults.

Between the schools of mass communication and law lie heaps of garbage. Banned polythene is almost in all grounds. The garbage is never swept off the roads but only piled on the side or outside various departments.

Museum of Man his victim

Behind the Museum of Man in the anthropology department, where furniture is dumped, lies the evidence of the evolution of man into an untidy creature. Garbage bins are placed at short distances on the campus but the “use me” signs on these are a waste. Construction waste from the work on the pavements is also piled up on the roadside. The backyard of Girls’ Hostel 6 is ill-kept and the toilets in most girls’ hostels are dirty. On the campus market, garbage lies behind the shops; and the parking lots are no better.

A university that is first in India and 32nd in Asia in Times Higher Education Asian University rankings 2014 ought to be a lot cleaner.

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