In an award ceremony spearheaded by the Union Human Resource Development ministry, cabinet minister Prakash Javadekar gave away prizes to the awardees of ‘SWACHHTA’ - An initiative to rank Higher Educational Institutions based on cleanliness in 2017.
Manipal University Jaipur made it to the top echelons of this list, securing the second rank while OP Jindal University in Sonepat made it to the top spot.
Shri Javadekar went on to highlight the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan as one of the most significant cleanliness campaigns organized by the incumbent Indian government.
Under the 'SWACHHTA' mission, the government has constructed more than 4.8 Crore toilets so far, since its initiation on October 2, 2014. More than 2 Lakh villages have been turned free of open defecation under the aegis of this mission.
The mission has undertaken an exercise to rank higher-educational institutions (universities) on parameters such as student-to-toilet ratio, basic kitchen hygiene, the availability of running water, the fixtures used inside campus toilets and kitchens, the amount of 'green cover' over the campuses, the availability of adequate garbage disposal systems, and overall water supply. The ranking algorithm also took into consideration the efforts of universities that have taken time to adopt any neighbouring village or locality into the 'SWACHHTA' regime.
The SWACHHTA Ranking Initiative
Nearly 3,500 universities had responded to the call for nominations, among which the government proceeded to shortlist 174 institutions which were then further inspected by specially appointed teams from within the UGC and the AICTE. After this inspection, 25 institutes made it to the list of final awardees.
Manipal University Jaipur was selected as one of the cleanest universities under the program, ranking a close second behind OP Jindal University.
"Save water & electricity, promote cleanliness, and manage waste for (building a) Smart Campus."
– Shri Prakash Javadekar (Speaking at the event)
Note: The information in this article is based on data released by the Indian government, in a Press Information Bureau Release. The same can be referenced for access to the complete ranking list.
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