‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ (Cleanliness is service) pakhwada during 15th September to 2nd October, 2017
On the third anniversary of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” (Clean India Drive) run by the Government of India, the Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) observed the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ (Cleanliness is service) pakhwada during 15th September to 2nd October, 2017 in the University premises and neighbouring areas. Based on the guidelines received from University Grants Commission (UGC) and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, the University observed the cleanliness drive with main thrust on the activities such as upkeep and cleaning of offices including common area premises, toilets, stairs, etc., and areas outside the office including parking lots, pathways, etc. Under the guidance of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Harish Chandra Singh Rathore, the entire University fraternity comprises of the faculty members, staff and students enthusiastically participated in the various cleanliness activities organized under the pakhwada.
On the inaugural day, the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ pakhwada started with the ‘Swachhta Pledge’ taking ceremony administered by Prof. Prabhat Kumar Singh (Professor-in-Charge, Gaya campus) at Gaya, while at Patna the ‘Pledge’ was taken under the supervision of Prof. Arun Kumar Sinha (Professor-in-Charge Patna campus). In the inaugural ceremony the participants took the pledge to remain committed towards cleanliness and devote time for this. After the pledge taking ceremony, the faculty, students and staff participated in the ‘Swachhta Shramdaan’ event. The waste materials like papers, polythene bags, wrappers, etc. sprawling in the University premises were cleaned up by the participants and disposed of in the dustbin. In addition, the students and faculty members carried out the cleanliness drive in the various laboratories and class rooms of the University.
Under the fortnight campaign the focus remained on keeping the University’s premises clean and hygienic. The participants took part in tree plantation activity as well with the aim to keep the University environment clean and eco-friendly. On the final day of the Pakhwada, the University fraternity expressed the willingness to continue the cleanliness drive after the fortnight as well for the entire year as they vowed during the ‘Pledge’ taking ceremony. And repeated the lines “I will devote 100 hours per year that is two hours per week to voluntary work for cleanliness. I will neither litter nor let others litter. I will initiate the quest for cleanliness with myself, my family, my locality, my village and my work place. I will encourage 100 other persons to take this pledge which I am taking today. I will endeavor to make them devote their 100 hours for cleanliness. I am confident that every step I take towards cleanliness will help in making my country clean.”