Mangalore: In line with the Central Government’s Swacch Bharat Initiative, Yenepoya University observed “Swachhta Pakhwada” from Sept 1 – 15 and “Swachhta Hi Seva” from Sept 15 – Oct 3, 2017.
The Centre for Environmental Studies of the university in collaboration with the constituent colleges, organized various programmes which included a guest lecture on the topic “Garbage cleaning systems in Public spaces” by Madhu Manohar an Environmental Engineer from the Mangaluru City Corporation. A debriefing session about the systems for cleanliness was also organized for selected student volunteers with Municipal Commissioner, Mrs. Vani V. Alva of Ullala Municipal Council .
An elocution competition was organized on the topic “Health and Hygiene is the real wealth” for the students of Yenepoya Nursing College. The “Cleanest hostel room” contest was organized in two phases. Saplings were planted by students in the campus as part of the programme.
The campaign concluded with the Swachhta Pledge, which was administered by Dr. G. Shreekumar Menon Registrar, Yenepoya University on 3rd October, 2017. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Dr. M. Vijaykumar distributed prizes to the winners of all competitions. In his address to the students Dr. M. Vijaykumar spoke about the importance of cleanliness in the medical profession and advised the students to practice hygiene in all spheres of life. Prof. M. Abdul Rahiman, former Vice Chancellor of Kannur and Calicut Universities also graced the occasion.
Dr. Bhagya B. Sharma, Asst. Director, Centre for Environmental Studies co-ordinated the campaigns.