University Students from Minnesota cleans the streets of Bangalore

14 students from the University of Minnesota took over the streets of Bangalore on Tuesday, with the aim of cleaning the city. The members of ‘The Ugly Indians’ or TUI, also supported them in this venture and they swept away huge chunks of garbage from the roads on SBI Bank Road junction on the Lavelle Road.

These students are in Bangalore for a learning programme through Acara-an institution on environment. This programme is held in collaboration with College of Science and Engineering and Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Here, they aim to hold interactions with the government officials, entrepreneurs, agencies that work for urban development, and also make a detailed study to understand all challenges from the Indian point of view, and try to get solutions to solve them. The varsity always holds an annual summer programme with the Indian Institute of Human Settlements, or IIHS.

Streets of Bangalore cleaned by studends from USA

Streets of Bangalore cleaned by studends from USA

Foreign Students cleans the streets of Bangalore, South India

Foreign Students cleans the streets of Bangalore, South India

Foreign Students cleans the streets of Bangalore

Foreign Students cleans the streets of Bangalore

Students Cleaned Bangaluru. Photo Courtesy: The Ugly Indian

Students Cleaned Bangaluru. Photo Courtesy: The Ugly Indian

The Ugly Indian is a movement which aims at organizing projects all across the world to make cities cleaner. They take action to clean up a place, and then slowly move to the next. It is an anonymous movement. Brian Bell, who is an assistant programme director from the US varsity, said, ”What is most amazing is that The Ugly Indians don’t seek recognition. Their idea is to put society into action, and this resonates with our idea of learning and putting knowledge to use for people.”

He added by saying, “We have a mission of education plus impact. And to achieve this, we provide university students learning opportunities to design, pilot, and launch social ventures in the US, India, and East Africa. We have collaborated with TUI to engage in and solve civic problems of the city.”

The students will be in the city till the 9th of June. Till then, they plan to give focus to development of slums, environment and urban design and infrastructure, and agriculture. According to Bell, the students from the Minnesota University come from a variety of streams like engineering, public administration, arts and urban design, and cleaning streets turned out to be a totally new and thrilling experience for them.
YS Subramaniam

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