A clean India would be the best tribute India could pay to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150 birth anniversary in 2019,” said Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi as he launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Mission) at Rajpath in New Delhi. On 2nd October 2014, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched throughout length and breadth of the country as a national movement. The campaign aims to achieve the vision of a ‘Clean India’ by 2nd October 2019. The mission focuses on sanitation and clean drinking water throughout the country.
Goa University contributed to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan with following actions:
Her Excellency, the Governor of Goa Smt. Mrudula Sinha addressed staff and students of Goa University on 29th September 2017 on cleanliness and sensitized the movement.
All the students and staff members of the Goa University participated in the Cleanliness Drive to clean the work place and University Campus as the part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on 29th September 2017. This was the first ever effort wherein all staff and students participated in the drive.
Department of Konkani, Goa University organised a cleanliness drive under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, (स्वच्छ भारत अभियान > नितळ गोंय > नितळ गोंय विद्यापीठ) on 9th February 2018 between 9.30 am. to 2.00 pm. and collected more than 95 bags of garbage (paper waste/Plastic waste/ Plastic bottles) from various 11 locations on Goa University Campus. More than 60 students, non teaching staff and our faculty members from our Department participated in this campaign. This is the second time after 2017 initiative. (Click here for more photos).
Her Excellency, the Governor of Goa Smt. Mrudula Sinha has come up with a new scheme of awarding Swachchatam Mahavidyalaya Samman (for the first time in India) under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to encourage, motivate, and institutionalize the concept of cleanliness among the students, teaching community, and administrative supporting staff from undergraduate level. At this stage, the student community can be shaped to be good citizens with a mindset to make the concept of 'Clean and Green India' a reality. The award will definitely motivate the institutions that are really practising the concept of cleanliness from inception, and can be a bench mark to other institutions to emulate. The overall aspect considered while evaluating the institutions is the existing practices followed to maintain good and efficient environment which positively affects the health and learning of the student/teaching community. The practice of cleanliness must be on a regular and continuous basis as the concept of cleanliness leads to overall improvement of the credibility of academic institutions.
The Department of Women’s Studies and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Committee of Goa University organized inauguration of the Menstrual Health Management Units (sanitary pad dispensers and incinerators) at the hands of Prof. Varun Sahni, Vice Chancellor in the presence of Prof. Y.V. Reddy, Registrar; Shri Kishore Dhume, President of Rotary Club of Panaji and staff of the University on 29 June 2018 coinciding the University Foundation Day celebrations.
There are in all nine units installed in one women’s washrooms in each of the Faculty Blocks (A, B, C, D, E and F), the Main Building, Library and Women’s Hostel. All of these have been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Panaji.
Goa University thanks Rotary Club of Panaji for their generous support. This is a unique move on Swachh Bharat on the University campus.