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PU told to keep campus clean

After enthusiastically participating in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has now been asked by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to take measures for ensuring that the cleanliness drive is implemented on the campus in a consistent manner.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 31, 2014 12:26 IST
Vinod Kumar

After enthusiastically participating in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has now been asked by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to take measures for ensuring that the cleanliness drive is implemented on the campus in a consistent manner.

In an official communication on Monday, the UGC said: “Since most of the institutions are spread over large geographical areas and have different units like hostels, playgrounds, teaching blocks, administrative blocks, it is necessary to earmark collection points for these units and create a system to move the garbage from these points to the main collection point, where the entire garbage of the institution shall be collected.”

The UGC has asked the varsity to inform local civic authorities about the main garbage point, from where they will collect the garbage for disposal.

The varsity has also been asked to depute a senior level officer to liaison with the civic authorities and to ensure that this system works smoothly and that the premises are kept neat and clean on a regular basis.

The varsity has been asked to communicate the action initiated in this regard to the UGC on a monthly basis.

Following directions from the UGC in September, various teaching and non-teaching departments of PU had organised a month-long cleanliness campaign in November.

During the campaign, students were advised to refrain from littering.

The PU horticulture department had provided the logistic support and manpower for the campaign.

PU director of public relations (DPR) Vineet Punia said the university had already constituted a standing committee to ensure the cleanliness drive was implemented on the campus in a consistent manner.

"The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has created lot of awareness and we want to continue with the campaign. The university strives to keep the campus neat and tidy and every possible step is being taken,” he said.

Meanwhile, the UGC has also sought to know the status of the university on digital connectivity.

The commission wanted to know if the university was connected by optical fiber or LAN or a Wi-Fi facility.

The UGC’s letter, which also mentions the digital India initiative of the ministry of human resource development (MHRD), read: “The Prime Minister’s office has directed that the mapping of universities should be done to identify their current statuses on optical fiber, LAN and Wi-Fi facility on campus.”

PU has been asked to submit its reply within 15 days.

PU officials claimed that the university was digitally connected.