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‘Smart campus contest to cover 800 varsities, 40,000 colleges across country’

HRD minister said nationwide contest is part of Centre’s Clean India programme to encourage educational institutes to be environmentally friendly and sustainable

pune Updated: Jun 05, 2017 17:56 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
Prakash Javadekar,HRD Minister,Smart Campus
Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar was presented a Puneri pagdi at the inauguration of Smart Campus Cloud Network at MIT Pune on the occasion of World Enviroment Day on Monday.(HT PHOTO)

Union human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday announced the launch of a nationwide competition for the most environmentally sustainable and smart campus amongst universities and colleges in the country. The competition will be open to 800 universities and 40,000 colleges, across India, said Javadekar after inaugurating India’s first-ever Smart Campus Cloud Network at Maharashtra Institute of Technology in Pune.

“Around 800 universities and 40,000 colleges will be part of the Clean India programme by keeping its campuses clean, plant more trees, conserve water and energy, and sustainably manage their waste production. These campuses will be truly declared a ‘smart campus’,” said Javadekar.

The guidelines for the ‘Clean Campus, Green Campus & Smart Campus’ competition will be prepared and declared by University Grants Commission and All India Council for Technical Education, said the HRD minister.

According to Javadekar, campuses will be examined for the competition in January and the results will be declared in February.

“The smart campus competition is being held to promote a sustainable lifestyle amongst the youth so that students can practically learn the value and importance of sustainable living,” said Javadekar, adding that from next year the same initiative will be followed up in schools across the country.

Referring to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at Paris Climate Summit, Javadekar said while the United States president Donald Trump has opted out of Paris Climate Agreement, India has reassured its commitment and has taken the lead.

“Our Prime Minister has called the environment conservation initiative as an Article of Faith. We remain strongly committed to the environment conservation programmes,” said the minister.


First Published: Jun 05, 2017 17:56 IST