Head of Department and research scholars from Food Process Engineering and faculty from Biotechnology department of SRMIST visited Irular colony of Orathur village on 8th February 2019.
Here a community of 25 households of Scheduled Tribes reside below poverty line. There are no toilets and only 3 households use LPG for cooking. So, development activities will be targeted towards upliftment of this colony. Spoke to the residents and encouraged them to form self-help groups.
We discussed about innovative ideas that when implemented will uplift the economic conditions of the villagers through self-help groups, such as organic farming, processing, packing and selling dried food, pickle, jam, jelly, snacks making, etc. SRM Food Process Engineering Department will provide required training and assistance.

A community kitchen is planned where women can prepare their meals. A novel biogas plant prepared by Biotechnology Department was explained to the villagers, which will be in connection with the community kitchen.
Faculties from SRM Electronics & Communications Engineering along with a UNICEF Consultant visited Irular Colony of Orathur village as a follow-up visit on 11th February 2019 to encourage womenfolk to form self-help groups to take up livelihoods activities and encourage building a twin-pit toilet with support from Government and SRM.

Met the Panchayat Secretary and villagers of Orathur village to discuss priority needs of the village. 
Had detailed discussion on areas of natural resource management, physical infrastructure, entrepreneurship and skill development, social infrastructure and development, economic productivity, technology for livelihood and employment, e-governance/rural electronics, civic and other amenities, swachh bharat abhiyan toilets. 

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