O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) was awarded the 2nd Rank on the Swachh Campus Ranking 2018 of all Higher Educational Institutions in India. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Prakash Javadekar presented this prestigious award to the Founding Vice Chancellor of JGU, Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar and Registrar, Prof. (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy at a ceremony in The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi.
It is notable that this year, 6029 of India’s higher educational institutions participated in the ranking exercise out of which 205 institutions were shortlisted. JGU was one among them. A team of officials from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and University Grants Commission (UGC) visited the campus for a field inspection where they interacted with the faculty and students on issues including overall sanitation and hygiene, campus green cover, garbage waste-disposal techniques, environment consciousness and development, water-supply systems and JGU’s work in neighbouring communities to spread awareness and activities under Swachhata mission.
Mr. Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor, O.P Jindal Global University said, “It is a moment of great pride for all of us at JGU that we are among the top rankers for the second year in a row in Swachh Campus Rankings in India. Cleanliness is a way of life for us at the University and is part of our vision to build a world class university in India. We have always emphasised on the need for a clean campus and accorded highest priority and attention to cleanliness in all our initiatives. I thank the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India for bestowing us this honour. I congratulate the staff, faculty members and students at O.P. Jindal Global University and everybody who contributed towards this achievement.”
Upon receiving the award on behalf of JGU, Professor C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, O.P Jindal Global University said, “It is a great honour to be recognized as a leading institution in the higher educational category in the all-India Swachhata Ranking. The strong commitment to sustainability and environment is embedded in the institutional culture. We ensure proactive participation of students and faculty towards swachhata to maintain cleanliness in the premises and neighbouring surroundings. Such accolades give us enormous boost, encouragement and support towards fulfilling the vision and mission of building an institution of global excellence in India.”
Professor Y.S.R. Murthy, Registrar, JGU said, “JGU maintains a very high standard of upkeep with regard to cleanliness, environmental preservation and sustainability. For us, cleanliness is not just another element of administration, but a commitment borne out of conviction. As part of the Swachhata efforts, we have taken many initiatives for garbage disposal, clean energy and for a green campus. We are fully committed in this Swachhata endeavour.”
JGU is a fully residential campus and students are housed in 10 hostels, each with state-of-the-art amenities and hygiene facilities. Round the clock housekeeping activities are undertaken to ensure cleanliness. The hostels have 1658 toilets with a 1:2.61 toilet to female student ratio and 1:3.1 toilet to male student ratio. In order to reduce our dependence on ground water, 32 rainwater harvesting chambers have been constructed to recharge ground water level.
With over 7500 dustbins across the campus, a twin bin policy has been implemented for garbage segregation. Segregated garbage is collected by the Municipal Corporation of Sonipat. Green waste is converted into vermicompost for further horticulture use. Sewage water is treated in our sewage treatment plant and the treated water is used for irrigation.
JGU operates its food services through a modern centralised kitchen. In the kitchen and dining area, air cutters and ﬂy catchers have been installed to ensure insect free environment in addition to air handling systems that ensure proper air circulation and ventilation. Fire resistant stainless steel ceiling tiles and a fully automatic ﬁre suppression system ensure that kitchens are safe for the workers as well. In order to reduce human intervention in the preparation of food, fully automatic dishwashing machines and fully automatic chapati making machines have been installed.
58% of the JGU campus is under green cover including a 50 meters' green belt on the periphery of the campus. This green cover is maintained by a team of gardeners. JGU campus is host to a wide variety of species of ﬂora and fauna.
JGU has installed a 100 KW solar power system which, on an average, generates 250 units/day. This energy is used in academic block in the same grid.
JGU has been selected under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. JGU has identiﬁed 10 villages for making them self-sustainable. These villages include Chhatera, Jagdishpur, Garhibala, Rathdhana, Rohat, Badh Khalsa, Bahalgarh, Nahara, Khanpur and Rai in the Sonipat District of Haryana. Swachhta campaigns have also been carried out in Tulip labour Colony, close to our campus. As a result of our eﬀorts, Rathdana, Jagdishpur and Jatheri have been made open defecation free. JGU proposes to adopt 15 more villages, thereby taking the total tally to 25 villages.
This is the second year in a row that JGU is getting the Swachhata Award.