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Clean Bannu Project

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Universities play multiple roles in modern society. Traditionally universities have been associated with creating and disseminating knowledge. Twenty first century universities have transcended their traditional boundaries and they, in addition, also warrant that the knowledge play role in the transformation of society. Thus, universities are no more passive entities. Rather, they have become active and transformative beings. To perform this role, they come out of campus and engage with local industries and communities to ensure that knowledge and intellect is exploited and plays the role as reformer. The need for active role of universities is further magnified in developing countries having fragile institutions such as Pakistan where policy implementation is a challenge more alarming than policy formulation due to weak structural capabilities. Universities need to work on solutions related to policy formulation as well as policy implementation.

University of Science and Technology Bannu was established in 2005. It came through different stages of construction and growth. However, after ten years, it is now a young institution inheriting enormous passion to positively contribute to society. The local leaders, the society at large, students, and the employees of the university have contributed a lot to this institution and now the university is beginning to flex its muscles to pay back to the society. It is now going to contribute to the local economy by engaging with local businesses and creating entrepreneurial spirit in the educated youth to assume business leadership. At the same time we have decided to transform the social thoughts and social behaviours through examples how to be responsible citizens, and to engage with the local government to cope with the most urgent problems of the surrounding cities. One of them is the growing pollution i.e. dust and dirt of the Bannu city.

Pollution is not merely a physical problem so that one could think of simply injecting more money from the city budget to deal with it. Rather it has deep social and institutional roots embedded in our life style, day to day thinking, preferences, and structural inefficiency of the local government. You cannot simply say that it is because “government is not cleaning the streets or drains”. It has also to do with “why the inhabitants are throwing the dirt everywhere”. People clean their houses well inside their boundary walls, but they never even thought that they could do to clean the narrow streets and drains in front of their own houses. Same is the local government. It seems like government employees have got the public resources as inheritance and the salary they receive is their birth right leaving no obligation on their shoulders to serve the public. Bureaucrats are so busy in processes, procedures and formalities, not to mention rent seeking, that virtually they have lost their purpose and consider the rules and resources as ends in themselves rather than means to the end (i.e. the public service). After all, the salaries, the resources, the rules and regulations are meant to serve public.

The Clean Bannu Project is the effort by the UST Bannu in collaboration with the district government and the local leaders. Students and faculty will actively plan and implement this project in consultation and collaboration with local leaders and district government. This will involve multiple activities and the central goal is to challenge pollution as a social problem. To achieve this goal, the following objectives are set:

1.      To create awareness in the general public about pollution eventually to change the life style of the citizens with regard to cleanliness.

2.      To create awareness in the public employees about dangers of pollution so that they change their approach toward public service, and to realise to them that part of pollution is a consequence of negligence in their duties.

3.      To give policy on pollution to the district government.

4.      To physically involve students and faculty to clean different parts of the city in collaboration with the city government and local leaders.

Convention on Clean Bannu Project

To implement this project, we will conduct convention on pollution. The idea fundamental to this convention is that we need to challenge the status qua, to bring forth the collective problem from the unconscious and subconscious to the conscious of the society, and to come out of inaction and complicity toward action. The convention will involve the following elements.

1.        Short tele-video (documentary) on pollution as a social problem and its solutions.

2.        Video Film Competition (Everybody in Bannu can participate in this competition of the three minute film)

3.        Students dramas

4.        Speeches of leaders and key organizers

5.        Skits/parodies

6.        Presentations

7.        Others

University faculty, students, local leaders, district employees and officers will participate in this convention.

Marketing

The following marketing channels will be used for publicity of the program:

1.        Pena flex banners having motivational messages

2.        T-shirts and banners having motivational messages

3.        Brushers

4.        Newspapers advertisements and news coverage

5.        Electronic media (TV, Radio)

6.        Other Publicity

 

 

Cleaning Event

Students, faculty and district employees will be engaged in the cleaning event. Teams will be constituted and competition will be held among those teams while allocated different places or roads to each team. Winning teams shall be given medals, certificates, awards and/or rewards. We will need tools for cleaning such as bags, masks, gloves, trolleys, shirts, shovel and arbana.

Walk

Walk will be arranged in which the university students, faculty, administration, local leaders, and city government officers and employees will participate.

Stalls

We will arrange stall perhaps on the day of convention as well as the cleaning day in which items (having message of the program on them) such as green bags, tea cups, key chains, t-shirts, and city map will be sold on subsidised rates.

Access to Shopkeepers and Local Residents for awareness

Apart from the walk, we will attempt to have access to shopkeepers and houses in the city for awareness.

Fundraising

We will target different sources for fundraising such as, HEC, district government, local shop-keepers and businessmen, NGOs, and local leaders.

Policy Recommendations

Dust-bins:We will request the city government to place dust-bins everywhere in the city.

City Waste Management System: We will conduct research to give policy on how a private firm will collect, dispose off and recycle the waste.

Sanitation: We will give policy to the city government how to maintain drainage and sanitation system.

Strong Monitoring Teams: The PTI government initiative in education department to introduce strong monitoring system has paid off and same monitoring system can be introduced to control the different aspects of cleanliness of the city.

Full Video Coverage of the project

A comprehensive documentary will be made to capture the whole program for others to learn and implement programs like these.

Research and Survey

We will conduct research and survey before giving policy recommendations. Postgraduate research students mostly M. Phil students will conduct the research. The research will inform policy recommendations to the local government to design sustainable system to control pollution.

Follow UP

The program will not be a static snapshot of an event but it will involve follow up activates to implement the policies and ensure change.

Budget

 

Item

Qty

Rate

Total Amount (Pak Rs.)

1

Convention

 

1a. Short tele-video (documentary) on pollution as a social problem and its solutions.

 

 

30000

 

1b. Prizes and certificates for first, second, and third positions of the Video Film Competition

 

 

40000

 

3c. Tools for students dramas/skits during the convention

 

 

10000

 

4d. Refreshment to the participants

We expect 500 participants

Rs. 500 per person

250,000

 

5e. Rent of Auditorium

 

 

10000

 

6f. Rent of Sound System

 

 

12000

 

7g. Rent of Generator along with fuel

 

 

2000

2

Marketing

 

Pena flex banners having motivational messages

500

Rs. 500

250000

 

T-shirts

1000

Rs. 600

600000

 

Brushers

2000

Rs. 70

140000

 

Newspapers advertisements

 

 

300000

 

Tea Cups for stall on day of convention

500

200 (the rest of 200 will come from its price)

100000

 

Green bags

1000

Rs.30

30000

 

key chains

1000

Rs. 20 (Rs. 20 will come from its subsidized price).

20000

 

City map

1000

Rs. 50 (Rs. 50 will come from its sale)

50000

3

Cleaning Event

 

Shovels for students (the shovels will be used several times and it will be the asset of the university for future events for on campus and off campus).

300

Rs. 500

150000

 

Gloves and masks for students and government employees

500

Rs.100

50000

 

Plastic Bags for garbage

2000

Rs. 10

20000

 

Trolleys on Rent to take the garbage out of city

 

 

20000

 

Arbana on Rent

 

 

5000

 

Refreshment to Participants in the cleaning event

500 participants

Rs.300

150000

4

Visits to meet local inhabitants and conducting displays and activities in Muhallahs

 

 

50000

5

Installation of Dustbins

200

Rs. 1000

200000

6

Research and surveys

 

 

 

 

Remuneration for principal investigator

1

 

60000

 

Remuneration for Students

3

Rs. 30000 each

90000

7

Public Toilets in the City

five places in the city having five toilets each

Rs. 400,000 each toilet facility

2000000

 

Total Cost of the Program

 

 

4639000

           

 

 

Dr. Muhammad Zubair Khan

Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship,

Coordinator MPhil Program,

President Bannu University Teaching Staff Association,

University of Science and Technology Bannu

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