Apart from the three, three more universities and higher education institutes from Maharashtra that made the cut include Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Medical College in Navi Mumbai and Institute of Management in Kolhapur. The awards are given by the Ministry of Human Resource Development as a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission to promote environmental hygiene in the higher education system.
In an official release, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ was quoted as stating that the ranking system was based on various parameters of hygiene like student-toilet ratio, hostel hygiene, hostel kitchen hygiene, availability of water, water conservation measures, campus greenery, administrative responsibility for hygiene among others.
Symbiosis International University was ranked 3rd overall in residential universities under University Grants Commission (UGC) while Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth gained the 9th spot. Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University gained 4th spot in non residential universities under UGC category. In the non-residential colleges under AICTE category, Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Medical College in Navi Mumbai, Institute of Management in Kolhapur and Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering were ranked first, second and third respectively.