By Priyankee Saikia

A clean, green campus is an agenda that every union of every college has on its list every year. The academic year of 2007-08 for the Gargi Union was no different.
Deciding to differ from the previously followed practice of levying fines on the students for littering, – an altogether different and innovative system was chalked out. In a General Body Meeting held in September, the ‘Clean Green Gargi’ rolling trophy was announced. Every department of the college was allotted a certain area, and the students of that department had to look after its hygiene and cleanliness. At the end of every year, the department with the cleanest allotted area would be awarded the trophy.
However as we all know every good system has its flipside. Rashee Mehra, President of the Gargi Union, said that the overall response had been lukewarm. Though some departments, like English, Applied Psychology and that of the Sciences had kept up a good performance in the Cleanliness Drive, other departments like Philosophy and Political Science had not contributed much to this effort. The general awareness in Gargi College has increased and people have started to make a conscious effort to keep the washrooms and the canteen clean.
Any long term plan to succeed needs to be well supported at the grass-root level. The Gargi Cleanliness Drive can achieve more success for the college – if only each and every student lends a hand, literally!

Priyankee Saikia is doing her BA Hons. in English Literature and is currently in her third year in Gargi College

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