Solan, September 19
Shoolini University, committed to cleanliness and sustainable living, recently orchestrated the 8th edition of the Swachhta Pakhwada event. Collaborating with the Ministry of Tourism, the initiative aimed to spotlight the urgent necessity for cleanliness and sustainable practices, especially at tourist spots throughout India.
Faculty members across multiple departments took charge as they led their students in a widespread cleanliness drive. The areas earmarked for this operation ranged from the bridge near the university campus to student hostels, academic blocks, and even the hidden corners that are often overlooked. The participating faculties included Sciences, Legal Sciences, Liberal Arts and Ancient Indian Wisdom, Applied Sciences, Biotech and Bioengineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Management Sciences, and Engineering and Technology.
The poster-making competition, parallel to the cleanliness activities, added an element of creativity and cultural engagement to the proceedings. The contest drew participation from approximately 70 students across various departments. Their artwork revolved around pertinent themes, such as ‘Swachhta’ (cleanliness) and ‘Meri Shoolini Swachh Shoolini’ (My Shoolini, Clean Shoolini). The competition became a dual platform for students to express their artistic talent and zeal for maintaining cleanliness.
Dean Student Welfare Poonam Nanda emphasised the transformative power of participating in such initiatives. “Once you’ve taken part in a cleaning campaign, you’ll never side with those who litter,” she stated. She also proudly pointed out the strategically placed dustbins across the university campus, contributing to Shoolini University’s reputation as one of the cleanest educational campuses in India.
A striking highlight of this year’s Swachhta Pakhwada was the overwhelming participation from the student body. Over 1,000 students rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty, gathering over 30 bags of waste.
The mission cultivated a sense of ‘Jan Bhagidari’ (public participation) and increased awareness about the importance of cleanliness.
In a ceremony to acknowledge the exceptional efforts, trophies and vouchers were awarded to the top-performing teams in the poster-making competition.