Punjab

56th Colloquium and 4th Shenmar Memorial Lecture.

Punjab News Express | May 21, 2019 05:32 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Panjab University Colloquium Committee successfully organized the 56th PU Colloquium and 4th K C Shenmar Memorial Oration,instituted in the memory of Sh.K.C. Shenmar, former IGP, Punjab and fellow Panjab University, Chandigarh, at 9.30 a.m. on May 21, 2019 at Golden Jubilee Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Honourable DUI, Panjab University Chandigarh, Prof. (Dr.) Shankar jiJha, for today was the Chief Guest on the occasion. In his address, he enlightened the audience about PU Colloquia  and  Shenmar Memorial Oration; he apprised the activities and laurels of Panjab University, Chandigarh and also congratulated and appreciated the efforts of PU Colloquium committee for having organized 55 Colloquia till date. In his address, he thanked the audience who has gathered here today to make this occasion successful with their valued presence. He said it was an honour and a very alluring opportunity for Panjab University and the exuberant audience gathered here today, to have Sh.ParamewaranIyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India,us as the Invited Speaker.

Prof. PromilaPathak, Coordinator, PU Colloquium Series, introduced the speaker ShParamewaranIyer whois leading the flagship of Swachh Bharat Mission and the National Rural Drinking Water Programme.  He is an IAS-turned sanitation specialist as a union secretary incharge of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the agency that anchors the Centre's ambitious programme of Swachh Bharat Mission, or Clean India Mission. He earlier worked as Senior Rural Water Sanitation Specialist at the United Nations between April 1998 and February 2006. A 1981 batch IAS officer joined the World Bank in 2009. Prior to his current appointment, Sh. Iyer was serving as Manager for Water in the World Bank based in Washington DC and he has been working on water supply and sanitation issues since June 2012.During his stint at the World Bank, he has also worked in Vietnam, China, Egypt and Lebanon. He has over 20 years of experience in the water supply and sanitation sector. He is known for initiating and implementing the Swajal Programme amongst other initiatives, in the sector.She thanked Hon’ble Vice Chancellor for the guidance, encouragement, and support;  DrShashi Paul &Dr. Vinod K Paul, Chairman, Board of Governers, Medical Council of India for their solicit presence and expressed gratitude for their pillar like support and generosity towards the Shenmar Memorial Orations that are held annually She also thanked the Presiding Chair for the session, Prof (Dr) T R Sharma, Executive Director, NABI, Mohalifor giving his valuable presidential remarks.

Sh. ParameaswarnIyer in his lecture, Implementing, large scale social transformation programmes: Lessons from the Swachh Bharat Mission spoke aboutThe Swachh Bharat Mission that was launched on 2nd October, 2014, with the aim of achieving an open defecation free (ODF) India by 2nd October 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He mentioned that the Mission has revolutionized sanitation in India. In just five years, India has brought over 50 crore people out of open defecation and halved the global open defecation burden. The progress in rural sanitation has witnessed a massive spurt, since the launch of the SBM-G. Rural sanitation coverage which was 38.7% as on 2.10.2014 has increased to nearly 99% in May, 2019. Over 5.6 lakh villages, 617 districts and 30 States/UTs have been declared ODF. More than 9.22 crore toilets have been constructed in the rural areas in this period. The recently concluded National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS) conducted by an Independent Verification Agency surveying over 90,000 households across India has pegged the usage these toilets at over 96.5%.The primary focus of the programme has been to bring about behaviour change at scale, through interpersonal communication and mass communication; strengthening implementation and delivery mechanisms down to the Gram Panchayat (GP) level; and giving States flexibility to design delivery mechanisms that take into account local cultures, practices, sensibilities and demands.The speaker delved upon the administrative lessons from his experiences of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Mr.Iyer, highlighted how The Swachh Bharat Mission, the biggest behavioral change programme acknowledged in India as well as globally had revolutionized sanitationin India.He stressed the most defining moment of SBM is that it has  brought over 50 crore people out of open defecation and halved the global open defecation burden, in just five years.

 

The story of India going from sanitation coverage of 39% to 99% in five years is unparalleled. India has harnessed the power of its people to bring about a fundamental shift in their collective conscience and change a centuries-old habit, in half a decade. The talk deliverd by MrIyer highlighted key points of how Swachh Bharat Mission transcended from a government programme to mass movement, a Jan Andolan.  There are several lessons that the mission throws up which may be applicable for any large scale transformation, anywhere in the world. The larger framework which these lessons may be categorised is the 4Ps - Political Leadership, Public Financing, Partnerships and People's Participation. Achieving these can put a country on the path is rapid transformation. The lecture will be an encouragement and challenge for the audience and will emphasize on creating a belief throughout the system that this seemingly impossible goal is achievable and this belief is achieved through a clear articulation of the path to success, continuous engagement and communicating with internal and external stakeholders and influencers, achieving small wins on a regular basis, creating of islands of excellence and keeping the buzz alive. These lessons can be applied to any large scale transformation. The Swachh Bharat journey has laid down a blueprint for future government supported and people led transformation. Furthermore, he stressed SBM was initiated to align it with Sustainable Development Goal 6.2 i.e “Sanitation for All”. The key challenge he opined was the sustainability of the SBM i.e continuous efforts to sustain behavior change among masses by engaging the ground level force of sarpanches, preraks, village level motivators and brand ambassadors. He vociferously highlighted the main tagline of the mission is “Swachhta is Everyone’s Business” .

 

Prof (Dr) T R Sharma, in his presidential address appreciated the efforts of ShParameswaranIyer and the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation for bringing about a revolutionary change and for upgrading the hygiene and cleanliness stature of the Nation by stimulating the thought process of both the rural and urban areas.

 The lecture was well attended by a large number of distinguished scientists and guests, senior and young faculty members, members of CRIKC, research scholars and UG/PG students from Panjab University .The event ended successfully by a vote of thanks proposed by Dr. ShrutiBedi, a member Colloquium Committee.The family members of Sh.K.CShenmar including Mr.Vinod Paul andMrs.Shashi Paul were also present and felicitated the speaker with a token of gratitude.

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