While most Delhiites remained busy on Saturday preparing for Raksha Bandhan, student members of the Northeast Students’ Society Delhi University spent a better part of the day cleaning the university’s South Campus. This was a part of an initiative to promote cleanliness in the city.
With the theme of ‘I love Delhi University’, the drive was in continuation of the movement started in June this year when the students decided to clean the university’s North Campus.
The Northeast students from all over the university participated in the awareness programme. The drive was carried out from Motilal Nehru College to Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College in collaboration with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
What made the whole affair more meaningful was its timing. The programme was organised at a time when there is an outrage over repeated attacks in Delhi on people from the Northeast.
“Our objective is to set an example so that others are motivated towards keeping their city clean and also instil in them basic civic sense and the feeling of belonging to the city,” said Saveio Khole, president of the Northeast Students’ Society Delhi University.
He added that they also wanted to send across the message of ‘One India’ and that they too care as much for the Capital as anyone else.
“When we came to Delhi for the first time, we were shocked to see the city so dirty. We must all work towards a cleaner Delhi,” said Thutan, a student.
Students other than those from the Northeast Society also participated. “We are proud of our friends from the Northeast for taking up this noble cause,” said Nitin Arya, a student of Motilal Nehru College.
The college staff and teachers commended the efforts.