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Pradesh government has decided to engage the academic institutes of the state in regular cleanliness drives.
In a video conference with college authorities on Monday, higher education principal secretary Ashish Upadhyaya called for regular documentation of cleanliness activities in the institutes, complete with photographs. The report would be sent to additional directors of divisional headquarters for verification.
“Upadhyay expressed his dissatisfaction over the ongoing cleanliness work in the institutes. Now, documentation would be necessary for every college authority and photographs will be considered as proofs, “said a principal, who didn’t wish to be named.
Sources said Upadhyay made a surprise visit to Hamidia College on October 2 and found the floors dusty. He pulled up the college authorities and asked them to arrange for a cleanliness drive.
On September 26, the higher education department has released an order, asking colleges and universities to turn their clean drive into a full-fledged movement. The principals and registrars were told to ensure hygiene at libraries, corridors, laboratories, classrooms and other areas of the college.
“We were also asked to construct toilets taking the number of students into consideration. To deal with problem of funds crunch, colleges have been asked to seek help from corporate offices, businessmen, industrialists and banks. The principals can also pitch for finances from the MPLAD funds,” said a principal of a government college.
On the sidelines of the video conference, Upadhyay spoke to HT and expressed his disappointment over the pace of cleanliness work in the colleges. “I am not expecting much. At least, the colleges should ensure that the campus and rooms are dirt-free. If the lethargic attitude continues, I will take action against them.”
Higher education principal secretary Ashish Upadhyay said, “I am not expecting much. At least, colleges authorities should ensure sweeping on campuses.”