Uttarakhand ropes in HNB Garhwal University students to clean Ganga

dehradun Updated: Sep 11, 2017 20:39 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
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A MoU was signed between HNB University authorities and state government officials in presence of chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Monday in Dehradun.(HT Photo)

In a first, hundreds of students of HNB Garhwal University will soon pitch in to clean the Ganga river originating from Uttarakhand besides sensitising the people to keep it clean under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet ‘Namami Gange’ project.

“A large number of youth, teachers and various youth organisations like National Service Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) will now be involved in a big way in the ‘Clean Ganga’ campaign,” chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said.

“In that connection, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the officials of the HNB Garhwal (Central) University and the state government on Monday,” he said.

The MoU was signed by Namami Gange project director Raghav Langer and the registrar of the University in the presence of its vice-chancellor Jawahar Kaul and the chief minister.

As part of the public awareness campaign a number of awareness programmes would be organised by the students, Rawat said.

Officials told HT that hundreds of students from HNB Garhwal (Central) University and also from colleges affiliated to it would participate in the public awareness campaign.

“This is for the first time that such a huge strength of students would participate in the Clean Ganga campaign,” an official of the chief minister’s office (CMO) said.

“Besides cleaning the Ganga, students would also carry out campaign to motivate the people to keep the holy river and all its tributaries clean by organising various Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities,” he said.

Officials dubbed the move to rope in HNB Garhwal (Central) University to carry out the public awareness campaign as a strategic decision.

“Such a decision was taken owing to a number of reasons,” the CMO official said, adding that the area where the university “is located is in close proximity” to the Ganga.

“Besides, it (university campus) is on the route to the Chardham,” he said referring to the fabled religious destination comprising four celebrated shrine areas of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri (the area from where the Ganga originates) and Yamnotri.

As part of the public awareness campaign, a workshop would be organised on the Chauras campus of HNB Garhwal (Central) University on 13 September, Namami Gange project director Raghav Langer said.

“Under the programme, a series of awareness programmes like street plays, rallies such as Ganga raths would be organised by the students as part of the awareness campaign,” an official note quoted Langer as saying.

Officials said apart from students, teachers and scientists would also participate in the workshop which would be the beginning of the public awareness campaign.

“Besides, the chief minister is also likely to preside over a meeting shortly, which will be organised as part of the preparations to be made for yet another phase of the public awareness campaign for clean Ganga,” an official said.

“The second phase, which will also be carried out by the students of HNB Garhwal (Central) University, would start on October 2, to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” the official shared with Hindustan Times.

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 20:39 IST