The Ministry of Education (earlier Human Resource Development), Government of India launched ‘Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya’ (SBSV) initiative in 2014 to ensure that all schools in India have access to separate functional toilets for boys and girls. The initiative also has its emphasis on promoting safe and appropriate hygiene practices in schools and behaviour among children.
The Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar was instituted by the Ministry of Education, Government of India in 2016 to recognize, inspire and celebrate excellence in sanitation and hygiene practice in schools. The explicit purpose of the awards is to honour schools that have undertaken significant steps towards fulfilling the mandate of the Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign.
The awards will be open to (a) Government Schools (b) Government Aided Schools (b) Private Schools, in both rural and urban areas.
Criteria for evaluation
The performance of the schools will be evaluated under the following categories
- Handwashing with Soap
- Operations and Maintenance
- Behaviour Change and Capacity Building
- COVID-19 (Preparedness and Response) - In view of the COVID pandemic, an additional parameter - “COVID-19 preparedness and response” - was included in the Swachh Vidyalaya guidelines in 2021-22
The performance of the schools against the categories will be scored and schools would be given a rating as below
|90% - 100% of the Norms
|Excellent Keep it up!!
|75%- 89% adherence to the Norms
|51% - 74% adherence to the Norms
|Good ; but there is a scope for improvement
|35% - 50% adherence to Norms
|Fair ; needs improvement
|Below 35% adherence to the Norms
|Poor ; needs considerable improvement
* Each school should score a minimum of two Star rating in each of the Sub-categories in order to be eligible for any award.
Categories of awards
The awards are categorised at the District Level, State/UT Level and National Level
District Level Awards: Open to All five star, four star and three star rated Schools
- Online (web/ mobile) applications received before the cut-off date will be screened by a District level Committee headed by the District Collector (or her/his appointee) and comprising of District Education officer, three eminent school teachers, Superintendent Engineer (Water supply / PHD), District Health Officer and two members from civil society organizations/NGOs.
- Rural :
- Three Elementary and Three Secondary schools having the highest overall score with rating not below three Star will be selected for the District level Award (Total 6)
- In addition, six schools( three elementary and three secondary) having the highest score in each of the Sub Categories with rating not below five star in the sub- category will be selected for sub-category wise awards at the district level (Total 30)
- Urban :
- Two schools ( one elementary and one secondary)having the highest overall score with rating not below three Star will be selected for the District level Award (Total 2)
- In addition, two schools(one elementary and one secondary) having the highest score in each of the Sub Categories with rating not below five star in the sub-category will be selected for sub-category award at the district level (Total 10).
- The district level committee may get a physical verification of the nominated schools done by a team consisting of school teachers and students in the district. The verification would be done using a check list and by taking photographs.
- Each of the selected schools with highest overall score (Total 8) and each of the schools having the highest score under each sub-category (Total 40) will be awarded with certificate of recognition at district level, provided that all the schools with an overall rating of five star would be awarded with a certificate of Recognition.
State/UT Level Awards: Open for five star and four Star Rated Schools
- Schools selected for District Level Awards with overall rating not less than four Star will be considered for the State/UT Level Awards. In case the number of Schools in a district having five star Rating is more, all the schools having overall five star Rating will be considered for State/UT Level Awards.
- These schools will be screened by a State/UT Level Committee headed by the State Education Secretary or her/his nominee and comprising of Director (Education), Director (Health), two eminent school heads (selected by the State Education Secretary), Chief Engineer (Water Supply & PHD), Director (Panchayati Raj), Director (Urban Local Bodies), representatives of Civil Society Organizations as members.
- Twenty Elementary and twenty Secondary schools having the maximum score and rating not less than four Star from Urban & Rural Areas (5 from Urban and 15 from Rural) will be selected for State/UT level awards.
- The State/UT Level Committee may get a physical verification of the selected schools done by a team consisting of school teachers and students in the district. The verification would be done using a check list and taking photographs.
- A maximum of 40 schools selected at State/UT level from each State/UT will be awarded with a Certiﬁcate of Recognition
- The State may also decide to confer these schools with additional grants/funds for incentivizing them.
- A maximum of twenty entries each at Elementary and Secondary level would be considered for the National Level Award.
National Level Awards : Open to only five star Categories
- A maximum of 100 schools each at Elementary and Secondary level will be awarded at the National level (with a ceiling of 30 urban and 70 rural areas schools in each level)
- A maximum of 40 schools selected for State/UT Level Awards with rating of ﬁve stars from each State/UT will be considered for National Level Awards.
- 3 best performing States will be recognized and awarded with a Certiﬁcate of Recognition based on the scores secured by their nominated schools qualiﬁed for National level award
- 100% physical veriﬁcation of the nominated schools will be done using a check list and by taking photographs.
- A National level Committee headed by the Secretary (School Education & Literacy) and comprising of Additional Secretary (School Education), Joint Secretary (Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation), Joint Secretary (School Education), 3 experts in Schools/ Bilateral agencies/Civil Society Organizations (to be nominated by Secretary (School Education & Literacy) as members will decide the ﬁnal awardees.
- The best 100 schools each at the Elementary and Secondary levels having the maximum score will be given an award of Rs. 50,000/- as additional School Grant to be utilised as per the School Grant Guidelines for improving Sanitation and hygiene along with a Certiﬁcate of Recognition.
- In addition, Certiﬁcates of Recognition would be awarded to best participating Districts (Total 10) that will be judged on the basis of the percentage of schools participating in the National level awards.
- The Expenditure for the National Level Awards will be borne under SSA/RMSA programmes.
How to apply
Schools can apply online through a website and mobile App for the awards, once the announcement for the registration is announced. The registration of schools would be done with the U-DISE code of the school.
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Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2021-22
The third edition of the Award i.e. SVP 2021-22, saw a phenomenal participation with 9.59 lakh schools registered for the awards. This number is approx. 1.5 times more than the number of schools (6.15 lakh schools) in SVP 2017-18, who participated during that year. The methodology of the awards was evolved in consultation with UNICEF, who were the Implementation and Technical partners for the awards.
Out of 9.59 lakh schools, more than 8.23 lakh schools submitted their applications for SVP 2021-22. The evaluation process of 4,27,718 eligible schools was undertaken at district and state level, out of which 606 schools at State/UT level awards were found eligible for National level awards. The National Selection Committee for selection of schools for SVP 2021-22, in their meeting held on 10th October 2022, selected 39 schools (34 in overall category and 5 in sub-categories) for National level awards for SVP 2021-2022, after 3rd party evaluation by UNICEF partner agency (NEERMAN).
Out of 39 selected schools, 21 schools are from rural areas and 18 from urban areas. Further, 28 schools are government/ government aided while 11 are private schools. The awarded schools also include 2 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas and one (1) Navodaya Vidyalaya and 3 Kendriya Vidyalayas.
Out of 39 schools, 17 are elementary and 22 are secondary/ higher secondary schools. Cash prizes of Rs. 60,000/- to 34 schools (in overall category) and Rs. 20,000/-, (in sub-categories) were given to the awardee schools.
Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017-18
- 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 through a website and mobile App 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.
- Out of 52 Awardee schools, 37 schools are from rural areas and 15 from urban areas. 45 are government/government aided schools and 7 are private schools. Further, 24 are elementary and 28 are secondary/higher secondary schools. The awardee schools also include 5 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas and 2 Navodaya Vidyalayas.
- 4 States (Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh) and 9 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.
Source : Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar website