Neither came central team nor rankings DAVV

Indore: Having applied for ‘Swachhta Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions’, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, a Grade A accredited university from National Assessment and Accreditation Council, is waiting for the Central survey team to come and assess its standards on hygiene and cleanliness but to no avail so far.

“We were told that survey team would come in August and rankings on cleanliness would be declared on September 8. But, neither the survey team came to UTD campus nor did ministry of human recourse development (MHRD) released rankings till September 8, the time set by the ministry for the same,” said vice chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad. He also stated that the university did not receive any communique from the Centre on extension on deadline for the same.

“We not received any information on Swacch survey for higher education institutions from MHRD,” he added. The DAVV had applied for Swachhta Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions announced by the MHRD and had taken on massive cleanliness drive on both of its campuses – RNT campus and UTD campus. But for its disappointment no inspection team turned up for the survey.

Also the rankings were not released by MHRD on September 8, the date announced by the ministry for the same. MHRD had launched survey called “Swachhta Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions” on July 20 and asked institutions of higher learning to participate in it. The DAVV had submitted entry for the survey withing the deadline of July 31.

Since, the university focused mainly on upkeep of both his premises. It left no stone unturned to ensure that its campuses remain cleanliness and hygienic. It even took help and advice from Indore Municipal Corporation which clinched cleanest city tag for Indore. The university cleaned buildings and grounds but toilets of its hostels hoping to score good on cleanliness indicator but the MHRD “silence” on the survey has left it disappointed.

The Central team members was supposed assess universities on two criteria: on-campus hygiene and cleanliness activities outside. They were supposed to see availability of toilets and their condition, examine garbage disposal system, technology used for solid and liquid waste management etc.

The team members was also supposed to examine quality of drinking water, hostel kitchen hygiene apparel of staff and extent of mechanization of food preparation. As per schedule, the Central team was to carry out inspection at institutions of higher rankings in August and declare ranking on September 8. But nothing of that sort happened.

Prof Pratosh Bansal of DAVV said that the MHRD might have extended the deadline for the survey but if any such development has taken place they have not informed about the same. The DAVV continues to wait for the inspection team to come to its campuses.