“Swachhta has been recognised and accorded top priority by the government of India. Hygiene and hygienic practices in life are critical for health not only to improve a living environment but also to elevate our thinking to a more pure and healthy state. A huge population base and varying education and awareness levels do not promote a secure hygienic environment and hence this is a major challenge. Lack of hygiene in habits negatively impacts the country's progress to global benchmarks in all spheres and also impacts the working population.
This creates unhealthy mind- sets in the people. A clean or Swachh mind is generated from a Swachh environment. Teachers and students of the education system need to play the lead role in making the masses aware of the quintessential need for hygiene. The Department of Higher Education decided to embark on the mission through the standard operating procedure on Swachhta for its Institutions setting forth practices that must be implemented at all higher educational institutions.
All Institutions need to simultaneously follow the parameters of the campus hygiene laid out in the material so that the minds of the students flower in a clean and pure campus atmosphere. Along with education, swachhta is also a precious lesson that can be learnt in education Institutions as it defines students’ personalities” - Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. Based on the thoughts of the Hon’ble Minister , MGNCRE was deputed to work on creation of various tools to help HEIs to inculcate a sense of Swachhta in their students.

The key goals of Swachhta Action Plan are:
1. To institutionalize cleanliness or Swachhta as an integral part of the functioning of educational institutions.
2. To set the tone and pace for Swachhta movement in the country with the huge outreach and knowledge base of HEIs.
3. To galvanise HEIs into introspection and appraisal of their campus cleanliness and to stimulate corrective action to achieve higher benchmarks.
4. To transform HEIs into models of environmental consistency, conforming to various factors of ecological balance in their daily functioning.
5. To contribute positively to attain SDGs related to environment and health
a. Goal 3 : Good Health & Well Being
b. Goal 6 : Clean Water & Sanitation
c. Goal 7 : Affordable & Clean Energy
d. Goal 11 : Sustainable Cities and Communities
6. To devise and share parameters and templates for Swachhta rankings of HEIs in 2019.

The Swachhta Action Plan goals were achieved through conduct of:
1. Three National Consultative Workshops for Development of with University Vice Chancellors, Deans, Heads of Departments.
2. Curriculum Development Workshops: for course writers of the PG Diploma Course in Waste Management & Environmental Hygiene.
3. Resource & Course Material Development.
4. Release of Resource & Course Material at appropriate platforms.
5. Two-day Faculty Development Workshops from Autonomous Universities/HEIs and Institutes of Management across the country on Waste Management and Social Entrepreneurship.

Key Objectives of the Swachhta Action Plan.
1. Provide guidance to institutions on various aspects of Swachhta for a clean and green campus through a use of Standard Operating Manual (SOP).
2. Build swachhta skills in students and ensure they take ownership of maintaining Swachh campuses.
3. Ensure Swachh campuses through use of Swachh Campus Manual.
4. Promote healthy competition between institutions to maintain swachhta ratings.
5. Develop a structured curriculum on Environmental Hygiene, Sanitation and Waste Management that is to be offered as an elective paper for UG Courses to widen the scope of job opportunities for degree students.
6. Develop a structured PG Diploma Course for universities/colleges on Waste Management and Environmental Hygiene that will lead to a skilled workforce being available to organizations involved in Swachhta.
7. Develop a structured MBA Programme on Environmental Hygiene and Social.
entrepreneurship for PG students that providing managerial workforce to the organizations involved in Swachhta.
8. Contribute to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by building awareness in universities/colleges through celebration of various days through the year.

1. Swachh Campus Manual

2. An Elective Course on Environmental Hygiene, Sanitation, and Waste Management

3. PG Diploma in Waste Management and Environmental Hygiene – Curriculum

4. Swachh Campus – Institutional Achievements

5. Swachh Campus – Rankings

6. MBA in Waste Management and Social Entrepreneurship