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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Activities: UGC to Universities

Published On: 05 Apr 2018 | Last Updated On: 05 Apr 2018

About Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

On 2nd of October, 2014 at Rajghat, the Abhiyan was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an intention to make India clean. The aim is to provide sanitation facilities to every family, including toilets, solid and liquid waste disposal systems, village cleanliness, and safe and adequate drinking water supply by 2nd October 2019. It will be a befitting tribute to the Father of the Nation on his 150th birth anniversary. It is significant that the PM himself is taking a very proactive role in making the campaign a success; at Rajghat he started the campaign by cleaning the street himself.

Each and every citizen of the country is equally responsible to keep the nation clean or swachh is the core motive of the initiative Therefore it is necessary to understand that the campaign is not only the duty of the Government.

The campaign of clean India movement is the biggest step taken ever as a cleanliness drive to date.  On the day of the launch in the event,  a campaign around 3 million government employees including students from schools and colleges had participated to make it popularize globally and make the common public aware of it. The event was organized at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 2nd of October in 2014 in the presence of 1500 people. This event was flagged off by the Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee.

Latest Statement by UGC

In a letter to the vice-chancellors, directors and principals of all universities and colleges, higher education regulator UGC asked to provide two academic credits to students who are undertaking summer internships under government's cleanliness drive Swachh Bharat Abhiyan activities.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) in a meeting held on March 20, 2018, has approved to provide two credits like any other 'Elective' under Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) to students in Higher Educational Institutions undertaking 15 days (100 hours) Summer Internships under Swachh Bharat AbhiyanActivities.

In this summer internship, the letter also said, it is expected that the students will not only participate in the overall cleanliness in the villages/slums but would also help in setting up systems for sustaining cleanliness/sanitation efforts under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

"These efforts are expected to provide a great learning experience in Indian context to the students across the country and would help in improving the overall quality of education," said the UGC communication.

With two credits for 15 days (100 hours) summer internship under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan activities in respective universities and its affiliated colleges, as applicable, UGC also asked the educational institutes to consider providing an "elective course" under CBCS

"You are requested to consider an implementation of this elective course from the forthcoming summer session and give wide publicity among the students so that vast majority of the students opt for this elective course," said the letter.

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