The Honourable Prime Minister of India launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the year 2014. Since then, several initiatives have been undertaken to promote the cause. One such event is a 15 day Swachhta Pakhwada which Gujarat Forensic Sciences University organized from 1st of September, 2017 to 15th of September, 2017. The noble campaign aimed to achieve the vision of a “Clean India” by 2nd October, 2019 thereby allowing the Indian natives to live a clean and hygienic life.

Living up to the spirits of the campaign, Institute of Behavioural Science (IBS), Guajrat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU), Gandhinagar under the able guidance of Honourable, Director General Sir and Director, IBS organised a series of events to engage students and faculty in actions that raised awareness and hopefully sensitize everyone towards the cause so as to initiate long term change. A series of competitive events were organised in the green campus of this varsity which included oratory/speech competition among students who spoke on “Mental Cleanliness & Role of Education in the Current Society”. Students also enthusiastically participated in a debate competition with a theme-“Cleanliness Should be Learned or Enforced?”. The judges appreciated the speakers’ oratory skills, and commended the views they expressed and the relevant issues they addressed. Poetry, Best of out of Waste, Poster/Collage were other events which exemplified the creative intelligence of GFSU students currently being trained in the University. All such events encircled variety of ideas such as reducing carbon footprint, following the vision of Mahatma Gandhi of a clean and pure mind, of planting more trees, of observing cleanliness inside and outside of our homes along within our minds for mental cleanliness.

Another notable event which marked this fifteen days celebration was Student-Faculty- Cleaning Staff informal interaction primarily aimed to the needs and requirements of cleaning members in this varsity. The representatives of the cleaning staff met with the students and faculty members for an hour and shared their experiences and communicated the obstacles they faced in daily work culture.

Thus, the Swachhta Pakhwada was concluded on a creative note where students, faculty and staff seem to have been sensitized and motivated in the task of cleanliness – intellectual and environmental. These individuals shall, hopefully be beacons of change in the society and account for quality youth leaders of this unique nation. In true sense, the goal of this mission is rightfully fulfilled by a thought shared from Mahatma Gandhi, stating that “Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit”.