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Indore: Swachh rankings prove blessing in disguise to DAVV: VC

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Indore: Not disappointed over Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV)’s failure to make it to the list of cleanest institutions across the country, vice chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad said that the Swachhta Rankings for Higher Education Institutions-2017 proved blessing in disguise to the university.

“There were many offices and stores which have not been cleaned for years. While preparing for swachh survey, we cleaned all those. Also, we brought cleanliness in our behaviour. This is the reason we are stating that swachh survey proved blessing in disguise to the DAVV,” said Dhakad. While preparing for swachh rankings, DAVV had undertaken a major drive to clean both of its campuses and toilets of teaching departments and hostels.

Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) had also lent its helping hand to the DAVV in maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. After the drive, the university had been waiting for Central team to come for survey of its campus.  The team was expected to visit institutions of higher learning which had applied for the swachh rankings in August and rankings were supposed to be announced on September 8.


“No team turned up at DAVV till September 8 so we had that Swachh rankings have been cancelled,” registrar Ajay Verma said. However surprising many including DAV, MHRD on Thursday released Swachh rankings in which names of 25 institutions figured including five universities, six colleges, seven technical institutes and seven government institutes.

“As many as 3500 institutions, including DAVV, had applied for Swacch Survey for Higher Education Institutions. Of those, 174 shortlisted for inspections on basis of which rankings were announced. In guidelines for the survey, no mention about shortlisting of institutes based on their application forms was so we waited for the inspection teams to come to our campus till the end,” Verma said adding that the university is, however, not disappointed over failing to make into the list of 25 cleanest institutions.