NCC cadets get their hands dirty at Jamshedpur Co-operative College on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Self-help is always the best help, as nearly 100 NCC cadets of Jamshedpur Co-operative College found to their satisfaction by cleaning their campus themselves.
On Kolhan University’s foundation day on Wednesday, cadets and student leaders at Jamshedpur Co-operative College, one of the most prestigious institutions affiliated to the varsity, celebrated with mops and brooms.
“This is the third consecutive day of our Mission Clean and we will do so tomorrow (Thursday) also to make our campus super clean before Independence Day,” said Vijay Piyush, NCC co-ordinator, Jamshedpur Co-operative College, said.
Keeping colleges clean is a difficult task for Kolhan University that is grappling with a severe shortage of Grade IV staff.
But the Jamshedpur college is showing the way. Like on Monday and Tuesday, students on Wednesday swept classrooms and corridors clean, dusted lab equipment, pruned weeds on the grounds and poked in every corner to check for any garbage heap or litter.
Piyush added that there was a visible difference in the campus after three days of cleaning. “It’s looking much neater. We felt sad when the Kolhan University vice-chancellor came for a visit and observed the dust on science laboratories, especially on the equipment. Immediately, we felt why shouldn’t we get together and do something? After all, the college is a temple of learning,” Piyush said.
Students said this enthusiasm for cleaning the campus came after Lok Sabha elections, where their college was used as a strongroom. “The administration didn’t clean up when they left. We rolled up our sleeves and decided to do so,” said a student, not wanting to be named.
The NCC wing has now decided to assemble on campus every Sunday and clean up the college, an initiative supported by Jharkhand Chhatra Morcha, National Students’ Union of India and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
“We know it is not technically the work of students to clean the campus. But, we know the problems and we are ready to extend our support,” said Santosh Kumar, a cadet.
The cadets have also decided to make the campus green, knowing that maintenance of saplings might pose a problem during vacations.
The NCC will also organise its annual training camp from August 21 to August 30 where 450 boys, 150 girls and 50 NCC officers will participate from Jharkhand and Bihar.
“Our motto is social service. Apart from the cleanliness campaign, we have also decided to start the ‘each one, teach two’ project, an informal education programme where students can spread education in their neighbourhood or anywhere else they want to,” Piyush said.