Published: 22nd November 2018
Puducherry, TN have the 'cleanest' schools in India, according to MHRD
South Indian schools managed to block out almost half the tally in the 52 cleanest schools in the country, released by MHRD
It's official. Seven of the cleanest schools in India are from Puducherry, followed by six from Tamil Nadu, according to the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD) under the Swachh Vidyalaya Rankings 2017-18. They released the list of 52 institutions across the nation have been selected as Swacch Vidyalaya Puraskar. They are followed by institutions from states like Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Kerala and more.
The schools are marked on the basis of several factors and are graded on a total of 100 marks. The factors include safe and clean drinking water (marks weightage 22), clean toilets (28), the presence of hand wash with soap in the toilets (20), the operations and maintenance of the toilets (15) and finally, the behavioural changes and capacity building among students (15).
Though there are over 8,500 government schools, around 1000 private schools in West Bengal, but only one Government school from West Bengal marked its presence in the list at number 48. What's even more surprising is that with over 48,000 government schools and around 3,000 private schools in the state, Karnataka didn't make it to the list at all. As per the information available from Karnataka's Department of Primary and Secondary Education, over 38 schools from the state of Karnataka applied for the Swacch Vidyalaya Puraskar.
The Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar (SVP) was first instituted in 2016 - 17 by the MHRD, Department of School Education and Literacy, Government of India to recognise, inspire and celebrate excellence in sanitation and hygiene practice in schools. According to the MHRD guidelines, the explicit purpose of the awards is to honour schools that have undertaken significant steps towards fulfilling the mandate of the Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign. The awards are open to Government and aided schools; and Private schools, in both rural and urban areas.
- Criteria for selection: Water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools
- This award was first instituted in 2016 - 17 by the MHRD
- Committee constituted by HRD visited the applicant schools choosing them randomly
- The idea is to ensure that all schools in India have access to separate functional toilets for boys and girls. The initiative also has its emphasis on promoting safe and appropriate hygiene practices in schools and behaviour among children