Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry on Thursday announced the Swachhta Ranking 2017 for Higher Education Institutes where 3,500 institutions participated and 25 were selected in 4 categories for Swachhta Award. The awards were given by Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar at a function organised at the Banquet hall in Hotel Ashoka. 174 institutes were shortlisted before the final rankings which were done on the basis of various categories which included cleanliness standards, cleaning systems, waste disposal methods, greenery in the institute campus and campus accessibility. Under the Swachhta Ranking 2017, 14 institutes from across the country got featured. Out of the 14 institutes, seven were from Tamil Nadu and one each from Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
The Ministry also released the list of top 5 districts with outstanding co-ordination with the higher education institutes in the district under the Clean India Movement. Including Medak in Telangana, Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh, Ajmer in Rajasthan, Warangal (Urban) in Telangana and Indore in Madhya Pradesh.
Earlier this month, the HRD ministry had also announced ‘Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar’ where as many as 2,68,402 schools from across the country had participated. 643 schools were shortlisted for the award out of which 172 were selected for the National Awards of Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2016-17.
Under the Swachh Bharat mission, the Union government in May also conducted Swachh Survekshan 2017 (Swachh Bharat survey 2017) in at least 434 cities and towns of the country. Cities such as Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchirapally, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Vadodara and Chandigarh were ranked as top cleanest cities of the country.