In an attempt to make India and Indian educational campuses clean, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) directed engineering colleges to restrict students from spitting within the campus. On Friday, the AICTE said although government’s Swachh Bharat campaign has received enormous support from all technical institutions, but spitting on campuses remains a concern.
Notably, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a campaign by the Government of India to clean the streets, roads, and infrastructure of the country’s 4,041 statutory cities and towns.The campaign was officially launched on 2 October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is India’s largest ever cleanliness drive with 3 million government employees, and especially school and college students from all parts of India, participating in the campaign.
The circular which was issued by AICTE has directed all engineering, professional and technical institutions to involve groups such as the National Services Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) in enforcing this rule. It is to be noted that there are over 10,000 AICTE-approved institutions in the country, with an enrollment of about 20 lakh students.
“The practice of spitting in the open is very much prevalent (on college campuses). One has to bring about a change in mindset by taking preventive steps to stop it. You are requested to involve volunteers of the NSS, NCC and other voluntary groups to take the campaign forward,” said AICTE.
In addition, it has also announced that all engineering colleges who have are unable to keep the student-teacher ratio and not adhering to pay scales and teacher qualification will be subject to action due to the violation of norms.