52 schools awarded Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar

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HRD minister Prakash Javadekar awarded 52 schools the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017-18 in New delhi today. The awards were presented for their exemplary work in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene.

This year, 6,15,152 schools had registered for the awards, that is, more than double the number of schools (2.68 lakh schools in 2016-17) who had participated last year. The awardee schools were presented the Certificate of Recognition along with an additional school grant of Rs 50,000 through digital payment.

Out of 52 awardee schools, 37 schools are from rural areas and 15 from urban areas. 45 are government/government aided schools and seven are private schools (this is the first time that the awards have been extended to private schools). Further, 24 are elementary and 28 are secondary/higher secondary schools. The awardee schools also include five Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas and two Navodaya Vidyalayas.

Four states (Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh) and nine districts (Pondicherry, Srikakulam, Chandigarh, Hisar, Karaikal, Latur, Nellore, South Goa, Vadodara) were also awarded with certificate of recognition for having maximum number of schools awarded with National Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar.

The methodology for the awards was evolved in consultation with UNICEF and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), which were the implementation and technical partners for the awards. The schools voluntarily applied online for the awards. Schools were rated through a transparent mechanism on five broad parameters of (i) Water (ii) Toilet (iii) Hand washing with Soap (iv) Operations and Maintenance (v) Behaviour Change and Capacity Building.

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