SRM Institute of Science & technology ,Kattankulathur has adopted the  5 villages in Kanchipuram District for rural development under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, a flagship programme  programmed initiated by ministry of Human Resource department  under the auspices of NSS  to understand and work in rural areas to customise new technology and implement existing government programmes.

The 5 villages adopted are as following


As a inaugural activity of UBA ,SRM Institute Of Science and Technology  donated  Furniture's worth Rs 2.00 lakhs to a Govt. Middle School, Thenmelpakkam village,Kattankulathur Panchayat union on 29.11.2018 at 10.00am   responding to the felt need of the community which  had complained lack of furniture in the classrooms  and children had to sit on floor.

The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) inaugural function was graced by
Chief Guest -Dr.C.Muthamilselvan, Director (E&T) of SRMIST.
Mr.S.Christopher,Block Educational Officer ,Kattankulathur
Dr.V.Thirumurugan, Associate Director (CL)-SRMIST/UBA Cell -Coordinator 
Dr.T.Rajasekaran,Prof/Mech, NSS coordinator 
Dr. Rajan R Patil, Associate Professor, SPH-SRMIST
Mr.T.Elumalai, Ex-President of Thenmelpakkam and 
Mr.K.T.Anup kumar,Head Master ,Govt.Middle School
Tmt.Nirosha, President, Management committee of Thenmel Pakkam School

The function began with welcome address by School head master Mr. Anup kumar who highlighted achievements of the school. He also listed out constraints faced by the school by lack of basic amenities. He thanked SRMIST for donating furniture’s to the school and placed few additional requests for the following items to enhance quality of education in the school.

1.      Establishing smart class room
2.      Projector
3.      Public Announcement system  
4.      Support for salary for one kinder garden teacher
5.      Teaching learning instruments

Dr.C.Muthamilselvan, Director (E&T) of SRMIST who was chief guest of the day stressed importance of rural orientation of student, university students to innovate socially useful technology. He invited School children to visit SRM University and get exposed university campus to enhance their understanding and knowledge. He mentioned that SRMIST was developing app to undertake survey in selected villages. He emphasised to make science and technology relevant to rural areas.

Dr.Thirumurgan, project coordinator of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan gave the back ground and objectives of the UBA programme. He shared that there was overwhelming response from students and Teachers of SRM University. He expressed his happiness to announce that totally about 600 students and faculties have registered for volunteering for UBA project.  He also announced that training would be conducted to students to undertake house hold level survey and conduct Gramsabha meetings to understand the needs of the community.

Mr.Elumalaia, ex panchayat leader in his speech highlighted his own contribution as panchayat leader in village development. He welcomed SRM University gesture of engaging with rural community and kind donation of furniture to the school. He stressed sanitation and hygiene were the major issues faced in the villages. He requested SRM University to facilitate construction of 100 toilets so that open defecation problem could be addressed in the villages. He offered all the help in implement UBA activities in SRM IST

 Tmt.Nirosha, President, Management committee of Thenmel Pakkam School thanked the SRMIST for the furniture donation.

Dr.T.Rajshekhar & Dr.Rajan R Patil committed to plan and coordinate NSS and other volunteers in implementation of UBA Programme activities in five adopted villages. Nearly, 15 NSS students volunteer represented student volunteers That SRMIST will be working on following themes in the 5 adopted villages:
·         Organic farming
·         Renewable energy
·         Water management
·         Artisans
·         Basic amenities and
·         Convergence
The programme ended with the Govt school authorities honouring the SRM representatives with the shawl.
NSS volunteer thanked everyone and the function concluded with National Anthem. The SRMIST Hostel arranged for the refreshment.



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