UGC Calls on Colleges and Universities to Conduct Swachhta Pakhwada to Raise Awareness of Covid-19 Hygiene and Cleanliness

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has advised all colleges and universities to observe Swachhta Pakhwada from September 1-15. UGC has written a letter to Vice Chancellors and Principals of all Colleges and Universities regarding the guidelines mentioned by Jal Shakti and Drinking Water and Sanitation.

As per the guidelines, universities have been invited to hold a webinar on Swachhta Pakhwada, which is celebrated across the country from September 1. All government departments, including educational institutions of the ministry, were invited to actively participate. The guidelines further instructed universities to post Swachhta or cleanliness messages on their websites.

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Limit the use of single-use plastic and discourage the use of plastic in offices, organize online competitions, develop information, education and the dissemination of communication on better hygiene related to Covid-19 and using social media to raise awareness are part of the other guidelines. issued by UGC.

Swachhta Pakhwada has been celebrated since April 2016. This is the seventh year of celebrating the same. During this time, all potty-related activities take place. People are aware of cleanliness. It was also said in the UGC letter that the report of Swachhta Pakhwada activities should be sent to the email address [email protected], and uploaded to the Swachhta examination portal of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Union.

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