Swacchta Pakhwada 2017 concluded
Report from Azara Campus
The closing function was held at the Atrium where Fr.(Dr) Francis Fernandez, the Co-ordinator of the Swacchta Pakhwada 2017 programme gave a comprehensive audio-visual report of the entire fortnight campaign. Leaders of the local community were also present at this function.
Since the campaign was spearheaded by the extra-curricular clubs of the campus, club faculty advisors and students took turns in briefly explaining to the audience how they went about their own particular activity as part of the cleanliness campaign.
The Sports and Outdoor Games Club was engaged in cleaning the roads surrounding the campus, during which they interacted with the people and students who were passing by and who had stopped to wonder at what was taking place. The Art & Craft Club contributed by painting on the outside walls of the campus, areas which are commonly noticed by the people, messages about health and hygiene – in Assamese and with attractive designs. They had also distributed to about 150 students posters in Assamese for their own homes and for their neighbor, all dealing with hygiene, health and environment. The Music Club paid a visit to Shanti Dhan, Lankeshwar, a house for the old and the sick run by the MC Sisters, and spent 2 hours with the inmates, entertaining them and bringing them joy and relaxation. The club had also taken up a small collection for providing snacks for the inmates. They certainly had gone to give of their time and talents, but returned enriched by the experience and by their interaction with the inmates of Shanti Dhan as also how clean and tidy the institution was maintained, and how the inmates were looked after with love and concern. All these narrations were accompanied by the projection of the photos taken during the event.
Prizes were distributed to the winners of the speech competition on “Health and hygiene in the real wealth”, and the essay competition on “Innovative ways of spreading the message of health and hygiene”, as also for the hostel students whose rooms were adjusted as the cleanest in the hostel. The winners and volunteers were given certificates of merit or of appreciation.
Fr. Joseph Nellanatt, the Pro VC gave an inspiring message of the occasion, reminding everyone that the cleanliness fortnight should be the beginning of an awareness and practice of the habit of cleanliness on the part of everyone.
The neighbourhood children who were regularly coming to the campus for coaching (classes 8, 9 and 10) also took part in the competitions and were awarded prizes and certificates. It is hoped that the message of the Swacchta Pakhwada would continue to have its effect on everyone.