Special Days & Awareness Programmes

Awareness Program on Swachh Bharat

"Awareness Program on Swachh Bharat" at Bhahamau Gram Panchayat, Kursi road, Block /Tehsil- Lucknow, District-Lucknow held on 10thAugust, 2019 organized by the Department of Civil Engineering, Integral University Lucknow.

Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean India Mission is a country-wide campaign initiated by the Government of India in 2014 to eliminate open defecation and improve solid waste management. It is a restructured version of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan launched in 2009 that failed to achieve its intended targets.

There were so many students registered and participated in the event, students from several department played active role in the activity. About three hundred students participated in the program. Phase 1 of the Swachh Bharat Mission lasted till October 2019. Phase 2 is being implemented between 2020-21 and 2024-25 to help cement the work of Phase 1.

Initiated by the Government of India, the mission aimed to achieve an "open-defecation free" (ODF) India by 2 October 2019, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi through construction of toilets. An estimated 89.9 million toilets were built in the period. The objectives of the first phase of the mission also included eradication of manual scavenging, generating awareness and bringing about a behavior change regarding sanitation practices, and augmentation of capacity at the local level. The second phase of the mission aims to sustain the open defecation free status and improve the management of solid and liquid waste, while also working to improve the lives of sanitation workers. The mission is aimed at progressing towards target 6.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals Number 6 established by the United Nations in 2015. The campaign's official name is in Hindi. In English, it translates to "Clean India Mission". The campaign was officially launched on 2 October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is India's largest cleanliness drive to date with three million government employees and students from all parts of India participating in 4,043 cities, towns, and rural communities. At a rally in Champaran, the Prime minister called the campaign Satyagrah se Swatchhagrah in reference to Gandhi's Champaran Satyagraha launched on 10 April 1916. The mission was split into two: rural and urban. In rural areas "SBM Gramin was financed and monitored through the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (since converted to the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation under the Ministry of Jal Shakti; whereas "SBM-urban" was overseen by the Ministry of Housing

and Urban Affairs. As part of the campaign, volunteers, known as Swatchhagrah is, or "Ambassadors of cleanliness", promoted the construction of toilets using a popular method called Community- Led Total Sanitation at the village level. Other activities included national real-time monitoring and updates from non-governmental organizations such as The Ugly Indian, Waste Warriors, and SWACH Pune (Solid Waste Collection and Handling). The government provided subsidy for construction of nearly 90 million toilets between 2014 and 2019, although some Indians especially in rural areas choose to not use them. The campaign was criticized for using coercive approaches to force people to use toilets. Some people were stopped from defecating in open and threatened with withdrawal from government benefits.

In this regards an awareness program at Bhakhamau Gram Panchayat, Kursi road, Block /Tehsil- Lucknow, District-Lucknow held on 10th August, 2019. The faculty coordinator for the program were Dr. Neha Mumtaz. Students of B.Tech. Civil Engineering actively participated in the event.