Painting is not part of tech curriculum, say professors

Management perplexed by AICTE’s ‘clean drive’ initiative
Hyderabad: Engineering and management students and even administrators are perplexed with the circular. Former AICTE director Prof. S.S. Mantha said, “I don’t know how engineering students are connected with wall paintings. Apart from helping prevent use of walls for election and political propaganda, I don’t how this helps cleanliness. As a concept, swachhta is very good but it should come from within rather than painting walls.”
Even if students are forced, they think they would only spoil walls. “I don’t know how AICTE missed the fact that painting is not a part of our curriculum and how we can actually paint murals, that too in crowded public places,” said T. Varun Kumar, a Fourth Year engineering student. In a better initiative, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked schools to get students to put up art work, messages and pointers on toilet walls on personal hygiene and sanitation.
Prime Minister Modi had launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on Gandhi Jayanti last year. With the campaign completing one year, the Centre has begun sector wise celebrations.
“In addition to the activities that they [engineering colleges] had taken up last year, institutes may also take up wall paintings and murals by students, on the theme of Swachhta, on compound walls and other public places in their respective cities,” AICTE chairman Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe stated in the circular sent to all approved institutions.

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