Taking forward the ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) is organising a 15-day drive involving 200 National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers, which will culminate on the Independence Day.
Inaugurating the drive, GNDU registrar Prof Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said: “Volunteers have been divided into 28 groups. Each group has been allotted a specific area within and outside the varsity campus. They will be cleaning the area, planting saplings and sensitising students and people about the importance of sanitation and clean environment. They will also visit five border villages.”
Programme coordinator Dr Hardip Singh Gujral said last year the drive was conducted for just one day and covered the city railway station. “Seeing the deplorable condition of the city, we chalked out a 15-day plan this time,” he said. NSS programme officer Rajesh Kumar said: “Students will cover 500 acres of area in the university, and will also visit Kabir Park, railway station, Mahl village and other nearby areas in the evening.” He said Raniyan, Dhariwal, Chakala Baksh and Pandori villages in Ajnala belt will also be covered.
Earlier, addressing NSS volunteers, Prof Dhillon motivated them to not only create awareness about cleanliness among people, but also appraise them about other social responsibilities. All the volunteers took a pledge to keep their surroundings clean.