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School, college canteens to be graded

india Updated: Jul 31, 2010 01:57 IST
Rajendra Aklekar
Rajendra Aklekar
Hindustan Times
Aditya Thackeray

Toilets and canteens in schools and colleges in the city will soon be graded for their cleanliness and quality. A proposal to this effect is slated to come up before the BMC meeting on Monday.

The proposal is said to be the brainchild of Aditya Thackeray the son of Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray.

“I will get it done across the city, and all the municipal bodies we hold. I hope for the same pattern across the country. It will benefit the students and address their basic needs, Aditya said.

The proposal has been moved by the Sena corporator from Chembur, Rajan Sumat Chougle, who said, “Hotels are graded by the health department of the civic body and a similar process should be in place for schools and colleges. If we teach our kids the importance of cleanliness in the school itself, they will grow into better citizens.”

Explaining the process he said, “Once the grading process begins, all schools and colleges will compete with each other to get the best grades. This will not only boost students’ health, but also maintain hygiene in the school and college premises,” he said.

Civic officials said the grading, if approved, will be similar to that of hotels done.

The fourth generation Thackeray, 19-year-old Aditya, a student of St Xavier’s College, has been getting increasingly involved in student politics. He had tried to mediate in the teachers’ strike last year and this year filed an intervention petition in the court on the Best-Five issue.

At a press conference recently, he had asked for comprehensive education reforms for Maharashtra. The Sena is said to be working to set up a separate and independent body for the youth, to be called Yuva Sena, as the launch pad for Aditya.