CHANDIGARH,27.01.20-Spearheading Swachh Bharat (Gramin) Mission in its adopted villages- Badheri and Butrela, Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women drew a Swachhata Action Plan for achieving Open defecation Free (ODF) status for these villages. An ODF action team comprising of Mr. Priyavart Sharma, Senior Faculty, Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, faculty members of the college and student volunteers conducted three major visits to both the villages. Initially, a survey was undertaken to assess the type of lavatories being used, quality of hygiene and cleanliness in private and community toilet, defecation status, etc. During the second visit, the water quality management and storage system in the two villages were reviewed and the team discussed various issues with the villagers related to availability and quality of water supply, functionality and maintenance of the sewerage system and storage facility available. Finally, an impact study was conducted to follow up the actual implementation of the sanitation programme in these two adopted villages wherein the level of awareness and level of implementation of the hygiene practices were evaluated.

In another event, the college in collaboration with Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh organized an awareness session on Swachh Bharat Mission. The officials of Chandigarh MC sensitized the students about the aims and objectives of the mission and urged them to contribute towards this mission with utmost sincerity. The students also filled the Swachh Survekshan 2020 during the session.

Principal Dr. Nisha Bhargava said that at MCM, a gradual culture of cleanliness has been built up with consistent efforts to sensitize the students and staff about the importance of cleanliness. She added that the college takes pride in being awarded nation-wide 1st rank as the Cleanest College (Residential) in the year 2018 and strives to maintain that standard.