Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab has been adjudged first amongst the cleanest Higher Educational Institutions of the country in the category of Government Residential Universities in "Swacch Campus Ranking 2019" conducted by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD), Government of India.
Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister of HRD conferred the award to RGNUL during the Award Ceremony organised at New Delhi on 3rd December 2019. Institutes of Higher Education from all over India participated in the Swacchta Ranking 2019. The participating institutes were assessed on the basis of cleanliness and ecology of the campus. This all India survey by MHRD was based on parameters essential for a dynamic and clean environment.
Prof. (Dr.) Paramjit S. Jaswal, Vice-Chancellor RGNUL, said that the University has been contributing in protection and preservation of environment. "The University has installed Solar Panels on roof-tops of its campus that contribute towards 40 percent of its energy needs," he further added. He also told that the campus utilizes green energy.
In addition, National Law University Delhi has been ranked the third. The two NLU's were awarded in the category of government residential universities, which includes five universities across the country.
NLU Delhi was graded and judged on various parameters involved based on aspects of hygiene, like student-toilet ratio, hostel and its kitchen hygiene, mess/canteen hygiene, availability of water, water conservation methods, campus greenery, administrative responsibility for overall cleanliness and hygiene, etc. The hygiene and cleanliness measures taken by NLU Delhi through its activities taken up by the legal aid committee and various student bodies in nearby villages/surrounding areas were also taken into account while awarding.
The Vice-Chancellor of NLU Delhi has given this credit to the housekeeping staff and the gardening personnel of the University, who work towards making the campus and its environment clean, green, and hygienic.
This initiative is to foster environmental cleanliness in educational spaces and all around; incorporating clean surroundings as a form of lifestyle. Based on the inspection and reports of UGC and AICTE, 48 Universities and Institutions were chosen across 9 different categories including residential and non-residential government and public institutions.