The Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar (SVP) for 2017–18 was launched by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on September 1. The award, instituted last year by the HRD Ministry, recognises government, government-aided and private schools that have undertaken significant steps to fulfil the mandate of the Swachh Vidyalaya campaign.
WinS Target Challenge Committee Chair Sushil Gupta is one of the members of the Puraskar’s selection committee.
Last year 172 schools were selected out of 2.5 lakh schools that had applied for the award across India. The awards are given based on five categories —
water, sanitation, handwash with soap, operation and maintenance, and behaviour change activities and capacity building.
Schools can register with their U-DISE code and submit applications in the prescribed format available online at http://mhrd.gov.in. A mobile app, Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017–18, available on Google Play Store or Apple Store can also be downloaded.
Submission of Application: September 1 – October 31
District level selection for awards: November 1 – 31
State/UT level selection: December 1 – 31
Submission of State/UT level results to MHRD for national level selection: January 7, 2018
Final selection: March 31, 2018