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NIT Srinagar organizes ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign

Special cleanliness drive, drawing competition organised

Srinagar, 1 Oct: The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar on Sunday organized a special cleanliness drive and drawing competition as part of the ‘Swachhata Pakhwada – Swachhata Hi Seva’ 2023 campaign.

The event, titled ‘Ek Tareekh, Ek Ghanta, Ek Saath,’ drew enthusiastic participation from students, faculty, and staff, showcasing their dedication to Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of a clean and self-reliant India. The event, held at the sprawling campus, brought together students, faculty, and staff for a day of dedicated cleaning and awareness activities.

The Swachh Bharat program commenced early in the morning with a pledge towards cleanliness followed by a cleanliness drive.

The program received resounding support from the institute’s leadership, with Director NIT Srinagar, Prof. (Dr.) Sudhakar Yedla. Institute’s Registrar, Prof. Syed Kaiser Bukhari, Dean Student Welfare Prof. Abdul Liman, Prof. Atikur Rahman, Dr. Yashwant Mehta, and Nodal Officer SHS, NIT srinagar Dr. Jitendra Gurjar gracing the mega cleanliness event with their presence.

Under the banner of ‘ Swachhata Hi Seva’ participants armed themselves with brooms, dustpans, and waste disposal equipment to embark on a comprehensive cleaning mission.

The campus witnessed a flurry of activity as students, faculty, and staff worked tirelessly to ensure every nook and corner was spotless. The initiative extended its scope to include waste segregation and responsible disposal, promoting sustainable practices.

In addition to the cleanliness drive, a special painting competition was organized on the campus, attracting participants not only from NIT Srinagar but also from nearby schools participated, including Delhi Public School Srinagar & Badgam and G.D Goenka Public Srinagar, Foundation World School, Srinagar and Iqra education institute Srinagar.

This competition encouraged artistic expression while reinforcing the values of cleanliness and environmental responsibility.

Institute’s Registrar, Prof. Syed Kaiser Bukhari highlighted the importance of raising awareness about pollution and filth. Cleanliness was one of his core beliefs, and today, we pay our tribute to him by actively contributing to a cleaner and greener future, he said.

“Such campaigns are the need of the hour, bringing hope for a cleaner and healthier environment,” he said.

Dean of Students Welfare, Prof. Abdul Liman, actively participated in the cleanliness drive and inspired others with his dedication to the cause.

He emphasized the significance of Gandhi Jayanti, said it is not only a day of remembrance but also an occasion for us to reflect on the values and principles that Mahatma Gandhi stood for.

Dr. Jitendra Gurjar, the Nodal Officer for Swachhata Pakhwada – Swachhata Hi Seva (SPS) at NIT Srinagar, highlighted the campaign’s role in reminding the institute of its responsibility towards its surroundings and the environment.

He underscored the importance of collective action in instilling a sense of ownership among the students, encouraging them to be responsible citizens.

Dr. Gurjar expressed his gratitude to Director NIT Srinagar, Prof. (Dr.) Sudhakar Yedla, for his unwavering support of such initiatives on the campus.

“The event stood as a testament to NIT Srinagar’s commitment to fostering a culture of cleanliness, sustainability, and social responsibility, echoing the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and inspiring a cleaner and greener future for all,” he said.

Later, Registrar NIT Srinagar, Prof. Syed Kaiser Bukhari,Prof. Atikur Rahman and  Dr. Yashwant Mehta felicitated the participants of all age groups for their active participation in the event, provided them certificates and mementoes.