Union HRD Ministry presents Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017-18

Sep 19, 2018 10:18 IST
Union HRD Ministry confers Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017-18

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar presented the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017-18 on September 18, 2018 at Dr Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi, as a part of the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign launched by PM Narendra Modi on September 15, 2018.
This year, for the first time, the award has been extended to private schools besides government and government aided schools.

The award was launched as a follow up to the Swachh Vidyalaya Initiative launched in 2014. Under Swachh Vidyalaya Initiative, a record number of 417796 toilets were constructed in 261400 schools, including 190887 girls’ toilets in one year up to August 15, 2015.

Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017-18

• The methodology for the awards was evolved in consultation with the UNICEF and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), the Implementation and Technical partners for the awards.

• The schools voluntarily applied online through a website and mobile App for the awards.

• Schools were rated through a transparent mechanism on five broad parameters – Water, Toilet, Hand washing with Soap, Operations and Maintenance, and Behaviour Change and Capacity Building.

• Out of 52 Awardee schools, 37 schools are from rural areas and 15 from urban areas.

• A total of 45 schools are government/government aided; 7 are private schools; 24 are elementary and 28 are secondary/higher secondary schools.

• The awardee schools also include 5 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas and 2 Navodaya Vidyalayas.

• 4 States (Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh) and 9 districts (Pondicherry, Srikakulam, Chandigarh, Hisar, Karaikal, Latur, Nellore, South Goa, Vadodara) will also be awarded with Certificate of Recognition for having maximum number of schools awarded with National Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar.

• Awardee schools will be given an additional school grant of Rs 50,000 along with Certificate of Recognition.

When was the award launched and why?

  • The Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar was launched in 2016-17 by the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry for Human Resource Development.
  • The award was framed to honour the schools that have done exemplary work in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • The award is conferred to ensure long term sustainability and behaviour change towards cleanliness.
  • It also provides a benchmark and roadmap for schools to make further improvements.

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