New Delhi: To all the engineers out there, next time when you will apply for engineering in India’s premier engineering and technology institutes under National Institutes of Technology (NITs), be prepared to learn more about the mega cleanup drive was undertaken by the government – Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. To give a boost to one of India’s most important campaign, a panel formed by the Council of National Institutes of Technology, Science Education ad Research, the highest decision-making body for the premier institutes has decided to include Swachh Bharat into the engineering curriculum. The decision was taken recently at a meeting which was chaired by Human Resource ad Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and it was decided to adopt new courses on the national flagship programmes for all engineering disciplines like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Make In India, Digital India, Smart Cities to name a few.
Courses related to national flagship programme will soon be introduced, the motive behind this course is to make students ready to contribute to the nation building programmes by extracting engineering aspects, highlighted the panel.
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For the first time in India, the courses will have government programme. This revision of curriculum is an attempt to address the problem of cleanliness across the country. There are around 32 NITs which are funded by the HRD ministry, the new curriculum is set to begin in all these institutes soon.
However, this is not the first time when educational institutions have come forward to show their support towards Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Kerala government is conducting a three-day sanitation drive starting June 27, where it has directed all the schools of the state to come forward and join the massive sanitation drive. This drive has been an undertaking to cut down garbage pile up in open dumping spots.
In another unique move, schools in Kota decided to introduce toilet stamps on children textbooks. This is their way to deal with Open Defecation in their area.
All these moves are the example of how the government ad local bodies are integrating the principles of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the hope that this practice gets ingrained in young minds of India.