Thiruvarur, Oct 9, 2018: Press release
Pointing out that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is directly or indirectly related to at least six of the 17 sustainable development goals laid out by the United Nations Development Programme, Central University of Tamil Nadu Vice-Chancellor Prof. A. P. Dash said that the mission will also help India achieve sustainable development goals.
Taking the example of South Korea, Prof. Dash said, “This country, only by improving sanitation, has eliminated lymphatic filariasis (LF) without any medical intervention. LF is a disease which affects the marginalised community in many countries, including India.”
“Launched on October 2, 2014, the Swachh Bharat Mission is aimed at accelerating the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage in India. SBA, which has set 2019 as a target to make India clean, is a fitting tribute to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It is also a Mahatma dream that is now being realised, especially in the rural landscape. We hope, India’s target of complete sanitation in the next few years will bring about a clean behavioural change among the Indian populace. Bringing the spotlight on cleanliness and hygiene will also aid in the Incredible India campaign. In view of this, the CUTN has been taking part in the SBA every year and this year’s programme was a massive one. Every citizen of India should take it upon himself or herself to make this campaign a success rather than waiting and depending on the government to do,” Prof. Dash said, at the release function of the 2018 SBA Action Report of CUTN on Tuesday.
Releasing the Action Report and the university newsletter Lapwing at CUTN, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) Vice-Chancellor Prof. K. Ramasamy commended the efforts of the SBA team of CUTN and called on the students to sustain their practices of cleanliness. “Moving beyond clearing waste and cleanliness, we need to focus on recycling waste. That will be more meaningful,” Prof Ramasamy told the gathering of students and faculty members who participated in the release function. Apart from the release of the action report and newsletter, student teams performed dance, folk songs and skits to reinstate the need for cleanliness and creating a open-defecation free India.
Speaking at the release function, CUTN Registrar Dr. S. Bhuvaneswari appreciated the efforts of the SBA team of CUTN and the student participants from all departments for the month-long campaign that culminated with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. “For a clean India and sustainable development, both individual and societal efforts are needed.”
Controller of Examinations Dr. A. Raghupathy, Finance Officer CMA V. Palani, Dean (Students Welfare) Prof. S. Nagarajan and Dean (School of Communication) Prof. S. Ravi also expressed their views on Mission Clean India and congratulated the coordinator of SBA of CUTN, faculty members, staffers and students for making the SBA of the university a great success.
Both the support and the direct involvement of the Vice-Chancellor and statutory officers in the cleanliness campaigns were highlighted and appreciated at the function.
CUTN SBA Nodal Officer Dr. N. Sivakami listed out the department-wise activities untaken during September 1 to October 2, 2018. “From clean-up campaigns, folk songs and dances, skits, street plays, rallies, photography competitions, slogan contests and door-to-door campaigns to serious researches and simple selfies, the potpourri of Swachh Bharat activities that the CUTN fraternity indulged in this month was a remarkable experience. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has kindled the societal spirits of the youth and our students have applied diverse strategies to promote cleanliness, well within the campus and in villages nearby. Public participation is crucial for the success of any programme. We did strive our best to achieve that for SBA! Through Swachhata Pakhwada and Swachhata-Hi-Seva, a student-teacher-public connect has been established to promote cleanliness as a value. We are sure that this value transformation will prevail and it is our collective responsibility to reassure it does,” said Dr. Sivakami.
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