Fed up by the dirt and filth all around in the campus area, many students across the city have turned themselves into cleanliness crusaders. The students of various colleges, facing with dirty canteens, unhygienic kitchen practices and unsafe food, have now taken the responsibility on themselves to make sure that the canteens of their respective colleges are clean.
The student councils of various colleges have already initiated steps in this direction. The students of Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga have started a campaign called, ‘Chakachak Ruia’ with an aim to maintain cleanliness in classrooms, corridors and kitchen. However, their main aim is to meet quality and hygiene standards in the canteen.
According to Shalmali Redkar, General Secretary, Ramnarain Ruia college, “Canteen hygiene is an important part of the campaign. The students’ health depends on the quality of food served in the canteen. So we decided to focus our efforts to ensure that we are served only the best food in the canteen.”
“Several times, the canteen owners use substandard ingredients in a bid to serve food at a subsidised rate. To ensure that the canteen is actually using good quality ingredients, our students themselves verify it,’’ continues Redkar.
Also, with a view to discourage students of littering the canteen area, the students have put up the banners in the canteen and also organize regular clean up drives.
Moreover, “The workers have been told to adopt small measures like wearing gloves. We have informed them about how to keep the canteen clean. We are planning to implement a rigorous cleanliness drive in the canteen and the surroundings,” said SD Shetty, who runs a canteen at Somaiya College.