Regional Workshop for the Orientation of Participating Institutes to Initiate Work in the Adopted Village Clusters has been organized by SRM Institute of Science and Technology under the ageis of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in association with IIT  Madras, Regional Co-ordinating Institute, UBA, held at Dr. TP Ganesan Auditorium, SRMIST, Kattankulathur, on 25.01.2020.
Dr. V. Thirumurugan, Associate Director, Campus Life and UBA Nodal Officer, SRMIST, formally welcomed the gathering. Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor, SRMIST, presided over the inauguration. The workshop has kick-started by Thiru. A. John Louis, IAS, District Collector of Chengalpattu. Prof. Devendra Jalihal, SEG, UBA, IIT Madras, has felicitated the event. The UBA activities of SRMIST have been briefed by Dr. T. Deepa, Organizing Team Member.
Vice Chancellor said that the Unnat Bharat happens only at the root level and village level. “If the backbone is in healthy condition, the body will prosper, likewise the villages are in healthy condition, the country will prosper” he added in his presidential address. And also he mentioned that the village is not a place to visit and conduct one day cleaning and blood donation camp. This is the place where the technical community should act progressively and continuously. UBA and SRMIST are acting in the development of the villages in progressive manner. “We are able to do what we intend to do” said the Vice Chancellor.

District Collector elaborated the challenges faced by the district administration in sanitation especially in safe disposal of solid waste from rural areas in his inaugural address. And also he said that there is a large division between rural students and urban students in concerned with the competitive examinations, this has to be minimized. “Urban migration can be stopped by creating opportunities for livelihood of village people, which will help them to live quiet healthy with clean and less pollution” he added.           
More than 134 participants have been attended the workshop from various participating institutes of UBA from southern region. Followed by the inaugural session, technical sessions have been taken place by the various expertise in the field of rural development. Prof. Gopal Naik, IIM Bangalore, has briefed the ‘Application of IT in rural education’. Prof. Devendra Jalihal, IIT Madras, has given the talk on ‘A case for technological intervention in sustainable rural development’.

The presentation on ‘Strategy for implementation of rural development activities and social acceptability’ has been given by Dr, Gyanmudra, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad. Mr. Thirumalai Elango, Senior Technical Director, AT&T, USA, has lightened up the participants on ‘Rural development areas’. Mr. Suresh Mariaselvam, Independent Community Development Consultant, Chennai, has updated the participants in his talk on ‘Community based techno-social initiatives for development’. Women empowerment in villages has been discussed by Mr. P. Selvarajan, Additional CEO, Tamil Nadu State Livelihood Mission, Chennai.
The panel discussion has been taken place as the closing session of the workshop on ‘Role of higher education institutions for sustainable development of villages’. In the valedictory session, the certificates were being presented to all the participants by the Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan, Director (E&T), SRMIST. Dr. P. Vijayakumar, Organising Team Member, SRMIST, has proposed the vote of thanks.

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