Aligarh : “It is imperative to learn about cleanliness, hygiene, sanitation and various diseases that are caused due to poor hygiene. Cleanliness is an important virtue in all religions, and scriptures describe it as one of the divine qualities which we all must practice to realise the vision of a clean Bharat”, said renowned paediatrician, Dr Hamida Tariq.
She was speaking as the Chief Guest of the online talk-show on ‘Swacchta Pakhwada’ during the ‘International Literacy Day’ observations of the Centre of Continuing and Adult Education and Extension (CCAEE), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Dr Hameeda added: Literacy is the most valuable aspect of human lives as it is vital to grow and create a sustainable environment but today in the 21st century, many people lack basic literacy skills.
AMU and its administration is committed to help the Centre in all possible ways to work towards realising the goal of higher literacy rate, she said, stressing the need for better female education.
Prof Mohammad Gulrez (Director, CCAEE) emphasised the need for the government and non-governmental organizations to join hands for improving the literacy rate.
He also spoke on the various outreach programmes available to eradicate illiteracy.
Prof Naseem Ahmad Khan (Chairperson, Department of Social Work) spoke about cleanliness drive as a social responsibility which can be carried out in multiple ways by involving technology and people of all age groups.
Dr Ali Jafar Abidi (University Health Officer) gave a power-point presentation focusing on cleanliness and hygiene and how the government initiative of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ will solve the problems of sanitation and waste management in India.
After the welcome address, Prof Aysha Munira Rasheed (Deputy Director, CCAEE) discussed ideas on the International Literacy Day and Swacchata Pakhwada observations.
Dr Shamim Akhtar extended the vote of thanks.