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DU initiate a cleanliness campaign

While the campus is buzzing with the fest season, a group of students have taken to the cause of a clean campus.

education Updated: Jan 22, 2012 01:37 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

In a unique initiative, students of both South and North campus of Delhi University (DU) have come together to initiate a cleanliness drive in the campus.

Called the Lead Green Initiative, this event, which will span almost two months, is being organised by the students of the varsity with Uureka Training and Event Management.

The first phase of the event, which kicked off last week, includes students setting a Common Bin at various key areas such as the PG areas and markets.

“The first and foremost step is to make people aware of the initiative. So, we are talking to shopkeepers in and around campus, and briefing them about it,” says Garima Narang, one of the representatives from Uureka.

The common bins have been made from old and useless cartons by the students.

“We want this initiative to get visibility and make people think of the cause of cleaner surroundings,” says Trishala Shandilya, a student of Jesus and Mary College.

The second leg of the initiative, which kicks off next week, will invite registrations from various colleges of the university.

“The registered colleges will then have to maintain a high level of cleanliness in the campus, as well as the areas around, and compete in the cultural events too,” says Shandilya.

The initiative will be further carried through a set of cultural events and variety programmes, aiming to generate maximum participation across the colleges.

There will be a combination of cross musical programmes, dance acts, stage and street plays, and ramp shows highlighting various environmental issues that create awareness.

But even those colleges who don’t get selected for the next level, have something good in store for them.

“Maintaining the cleanliness level at the start of the event becomes a criterion for them to be eligible to re-enter into the competition at any stage of the event,” says Shandilya.

The event is slated to end on a grand note, as the winning team will get a prize that will be announced in due course of the campaign.

Campaign at a glance
Phase 1: Setting up of common bins and spreading awareness
Phase 2: Colleges register for the campaign
Phase 3: Colleges maintain cleanliness in areas around the campus at the pilot level
Phase 4: Colleges compete in cultural programmes
Phase 5: Announcement of the winning team at the grand finale
Facebook page: facebook.com/lead green

Other such initiatives by campus students

Shared Pilgrimage
The students of Hindu College and St. Stephen’s College came together in December 2010 to start a cleanliness drive in the campus. The drive saw the participation of 50 students from Hindu College, who visited the campus of St. Stephen’s with teachers to initiate the drive.

Leaders for tomorrow
This non profit organisation has carried out many cleanliness drives with their chapters in various colleges in Delhi University. The latest one was organised at SGTB Khalsa last year, in which, the students made special bins and paper carry bags to collect litter.

Pravah
It is a non-governmental organisation that aims to increase youth participation, in collaboration with National Service Scheme (NSS). It organises cleanliness drives that see participation of students across various colleges. Students are awarded certificates at the completion of each initiative.

Haritma
The Environment Awareness Committee of Hansraj College in Delhi University carried a cleanliness drive in and around their
campus area in August 2011. The members of the committee also participated in a nature quiz by St. Stephen’s College. Other colleges in the varsity have
similar societies.

Vice Chancellor did it too!
Kicking off his tenure as the vice chancellor of the Delhi University, Professor Deepak Pental took to himself to inspire the youth in the campus for keeping the surroundings clean and green. He was seen gathering litter from the campus area in December 2010.