NEW DELHI: OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, and Kongu Arts and Science College Erode, Tamil Nadu emerged as the cleanest university and college respectively in the country. Prakash Javadekar, union minister for human resource development announced the "Swachhta Ranking 2017" for the higher education institutes on Thursday. The rankings have been categories into four sections, university, college, technical institutions and government institutions.
A total of 3,500 institutions took part in the ranking scheme out of which 25 best institutions were selected under four categories.
In the technical institutions category Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore topped the list, while G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar was on top of the list in the government institutions category.
Congratulating the awardees Javadekar said that the "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" is the most significant cleanliness campaign by the Government of India. Under this mission more than four crore and eighty lakhs toilets were constructed in India since October 2, 2014 and more than two lakhs villages are now open defecation free. "Indian are ahead in personal hygiene but they are not when it comes to keep our neighbourhood clean. This is the reason why our PM Narendra Modi initiated the Swachh Bharat mission and stressed on constructing toilets in schools and homes," added the minister.
Envisioning smart campuses by way of initiating schemes to save water, save electricity, promote cleanliness and manage waste in educational institutions, the exercise to rank Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) on the basis of cleanliness and hygiene was undertaken. Parameters for a clean campus were formulated, like student toilet ratio, kitchen hygiene, availability of running water, modernity of toilet and kitchen equipment, campus green cover, garbage disposal in hostels and academic buildings, disposal techniques, water supply systems and also a certain weightage to whether the institutions has adopted any neighbouring locality or village to spread awareness and activities in Swachhta.
About 3,500 HEIs responded to the online invitation, submitting all their details as per format. The top 174 institutions were shortlisted as per criteria and officials from UGC and AICTE inspected the premises of all 174 institutions. Finally, the top 25 institutions across various categories selected and awarded.
The other winners in the university category in descending order are Manipal University, Jaipur, Chitkara University, Kalu Jhanda, Solan, K L E Academy of Higher Education and Research, Belgaum, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, while in the category of college are Vidya Pratishthans Arts, Commerce and Science College, M I D C Baramati, Pune, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Chennai, S N R Sons College, Coimbatore and K G College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore,.
In the technical institutes category the other winners are Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Guntur, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, Vivekananda College of Engineering for Women, Tiruchengode, R M D Engineering College, Chennai, R M K Engineering College, Chennai and ABES Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad. The government institute category winners are Madurai Kamraj University, Madurai, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, NIT, Hamirpur, IIT, Guwahati, Government Post Graduate College for Girls, Chandigarh and Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Tamil Nadu has the largest representation in the award winning four out of five places in colleges category and five out of seven places in the technical institute category.