Swachh campus: Higher institutions to replicate Pantnagar varsitydehradun Updated: Sep 15, 2017 20:32 IST
Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology at Pantnagar.(Ht PHOTO)
DEHRADUN/RUDRAPUR: Higher education institutions will be told to replicate the model of Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology (GBPUAT), which has emerged as the cleanest government educational institution in India, officials said on Friday.
Based at Pantnagar, GBPUAT was announced as the cleanest government institution in the ‘Swachhta Ranking 2017’ list released for higher education institutions for the first time by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The list includes top 25 institutions in four categories - universities, technical institutions, colleges and government institutions - ranked according to their cleanliness.
The rankings are in line with the Swachh Bharat Mission and seek to promote cleanliness in college campuses.
“We will be issuing letters to all higher education institutions based in Uttarakhand, including private universities and colleges, to take inspiration from and follow the example of Pantnagar University to improve cleanliness in their campuses,” BC Melkani, director of higher education department, told HT. “This will generate peer pressure among institutions. We hope that more colleges will join the nationwide list in the next survey.”
Uttarakhand has one central, 10 state and an equal number of private universities, apart from over 100 government, 300-plus private and around 18 government-aided colleges. Around 3,500 higher education institutions had participated in the Swachhta Ranking survey, out of which the MHRD shortlisted 174 applications.
The top 25 institutions were ranked after physical inspection of the shortlisted campuses by central teams. GBPUAT was ranked first in the higher education institutions in the government category. Parameters for the survey included condition of toilets, student/toilet ratio, garbage disposal in hostels and academic buildings, solid and liquid waste management and green coverage of campuses among others.
GBPUAT is credited with bringing about a revolution in agricultural education, research and extension in the country. “It is a matter of pride for us to get the first position in the tough competition featuring several state universities of the country…we’re sure everybody will continue to try their best in keeping premises clean,” GBPUAT vice chancellor J Kumar said, crediting all officers, employees, students of the university for the feat.
GBPUAT director S S Gupta and Technical and Planning Cell co-ordinator Manoj Kumar received the award from Union minister Prakash Javadekar at a function in New Delhi on Thursday. Incidentally, Uttarakhand cities had fared poorly in the Swachh Survekshan 2017, with none of the seven participating cities finishing among the top 200 cities among the 434 cities in the country.