SWATCH BHARATH MISSION CELL
Further the SBM intends to adopt five villages in the surroundings to educate them about hygiene and cleanliness through the students of MIT, Mysore.
A clean and hygienic environment is essential for the learning minds in an educational institution. A government of India initiative talks about providing clean drinking water, hygienic toilet facilities, etc as a basic necessity for each every citizen of India at home and workplace alike. In order to ensure such an environment and provide a better quality of life at the campus, Maharaja Institute of Technology, Mysore has established a “Swachh bharath mission committee MIT Mysore”. The objective of the committee is to ensure healthy, hygienic and clean environment around the MIT Mysore campus.
The members of the committee carry out various functions, with in the scope/objectives of the mission, to continuously contribute to the betterment of the student/faculty life at campus through various initiatives. The policy document of the “Swachh bharath mission- MIT Mysore” touches upon various functionalities, roles, responsibilities, functions etc to meet the objectives set out by the committee for the Institution.
To make this policy document relevant, it is recommended that the work and the guidelines as envisaged in this document be reviewed periodically as the need arises.
I am happy to learn that the members of the Swachh Bharath – MIT Mysore committee have spelt out the functional procedure in the form of “Policy Document”. I congratulate members headed by the chairman in this regard. Further they have taken initiatives to ensure that the Swachh Bharath Mission is responsible for the overall healthy and hygienic quality of life on campus with proper disposal of solid waste, etc
I, Dr. B G Naresh Kumar, hereby declare that Swachh Bharath Mission committee policy document is right in all aspects and deem fit for actual practice in the auxiliary Swachh mission and the management functions of this institute and hence all aspects compiled in this document be whole heartedly accepted and followed by all the stake holder of the institute with effect from DD/MM/YYYY.
This document is prepared to facilitate the overall objectives of the SBM, as per the Government of India guidelines on Swachh Bharath and to provide guidelines for the Engineering College of how to achieve the objectives. As MIT Mysore is located in a rural area, further strengthening the objectives of the SBM is well envisioned through the below objectives.
Main objectives are:
- Improve the quality of life on campus by promoting hygiene and cleanliness through class room and outside activity to the students.
- Bring about an improvement in the general quality of life in the rural areas, by promoting cleanliness, hygiene and eliminating open defecation through education and motivation by the students and faculty of MIT, Mysore.
Government of India, under the Swachh Bharath Mission, has emphasized on cleanliness and hygiene at all levels in the community, work place, homes, etc. Safe sanitation means promotion of safe disposal of human excreta, right use of toilet and avoiding open defecation as well as management of solid and liquid waste. Disposal of the solid and liquid waste needs to be done as per the guidelines published by the department of pollution control (pollution control board). The government clauses which affect the Swachh Bharath Mission as applied to Maharaja Institute of Technology Mysore are as outlined by the Pollution Control Board in terms of the disposal of the solid and liquid waste along with the common effluents.
The various acts under which are of interest are:
- The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Rules there under.
- Human waste effluents and treatment plants: as per sections 25/26 of the above act.
The functions of this committee are to ensure that the objectives as outlined above are met successfully over the period of time and are followed. To achieve the objectives listed above the following steps are taken. A strategy is developed with various phases
The Strategy is to move towards a ‘Swachh Bharat’ by making it a massive mass movement that seeks to engage everyone in the task of cleaning homes, work places, villages, cities and surroundings, in a collective quest. Also by augmenting the institutional capacity for undertaking the intensive behavior change activities at the grass roots level through education, information dissemination, street plays, etc. are planned.
It is suggested that Implementation Framework be prepared with a road map of activities covering the three important phases necessary for the Programme:
(i) Planning Phase
(ii) Implementation Phase
(iii) Sustainability Phase
MIT Mysore is strongly committed to various objectives as listed above under the SBM. In the previous section on capacity building and functioning of the committee we have indicated the various members of the SBM cell at MIT Mysore. Main focus of our cell has been to affect the behavior changes in the student, faculty and staff community at the MIT Mysore. Behavior change has been the key differentiator of Swachh Bharat Mission and therefore emphasis is placed on Behavior Change Communication (BCC). BCC is not a ‘stand-alone’ separate activity to be done as a ‘component’ of SBM-G, but about mobilizing and nudging communities into adopting safe and sustainable sanitation practices through effective BCC.
We have planned various activities to change the behavior of the students, faculties and staff of MITM towards the “Swachh bharath” initiatives such as:
- ICT Based initiatives such as Videos which would be played in all department TV monitors .
- Class room initiatives where there would be “surprise check” and incentives for keeping the class rooms clean for the students.
- Campus based initiatives where the student volunteers stage plays, enact simple programs to educate and emphasis on the behavior changes required to make SBM happen all around.
- Community Based: MIT Mysore has adopted five villages around the college. Students along with the NSS coordinator and various faculties to visit the Villages and provide guidance and help in keeping the surroundings clean with emphasis on defecation free environment.
As an example a simple jatha was organized in these villages with the active participation of students, villages and faculty. Student prepared poster on slogan ” Swach Vidhalaya Swach Bharat” , teachers prepared the badges for each Student on green colored paper with same slogan on it . The rally was organized to spread the message of cleanliness; all the students helped their class- teacher to clean cupboard, and tables and runners of their classrooms. The students actively participated in the project and enjoy a lot.