The tree plantation is celebrated at Thenmelpakkam village, one of the eight adopted villages by UBA-SRMIST, on 14th October 2020 at 11.00 am. The number of people in the village who attended the function is 515. The celebration is presided by Mr. Elumalai, ExPanchayat President. He addressed the clean air, water, health, and the service rendered by the SRMIST to uplift the living standards of Thenmelpakkam village in the last few years. Further, he added the people's responsibility to protect and care for the trees to get full benefits. He expressed his heartfelt thanks to the services rendered by Nodal Officer, UBA-SRMIST team and SRM management.
Dr. V. Thirumurugan, Nodal Officer/UBA-SRMIST addressed on the tree plantation day, started with the talk on the importance of the village "The future of India lies in its villages," as stated by Mahatma Gandhiji. He addressed the UBA village adoption scheme and various activities carried out earlier, like the modernization of the middle school with computerized classrooms, laboratory facility, drinking water facility, health medical camps for the village people, awareness program on plastics disposal, awareness on recent pandemic diseases, the value of the trees for the health of the present and future generations. Further, he thanked all for the help and support of people to reaching the real benefits. He ensured the villagers of the resumption of the SRMIST students’ involvement in various activities in a few months. He thanked all for their constant supports on implementing the UBA activities and SRM management readily providing the necessary financial and infrastructure supports in addition to the UBA.
The chief-guest for the tree plantation of 500 local saplings is Dr. M. Cheralathan, Head of the Department, Mechanical Engineering, SRMIST. The Chief-guest spoke about the village's health as the backbone of our country, and SRMIST is ready to supply the village's needs through UBA-SRMIST in all the aspects of a healthy life. He added the essentials of healthy life and assured the students and the UBA-SRMIST team’s participation to improve the quality life of the villagers. Dr. R. Senthil, the Thenmelpakkam village coordinator of UBA-SRMIST, addressed the ongoing activities and planned activities under UBA-SRMIST. The speech was completed by thanking everyone by the team. A quick refreshment has been done to all the participants. Then, the group distributed tree saplings to the villagers, and then the tree plantation is carried out by the team and villagers in and around the villages. The tree guards protect all 500 trees. The entire team and villagers are involved tirelessly to plant the trees. The school children of the village are actively participated in the tree plantation day and we witnessed their keen interest and involvements on care on environment. The entire tree plantation activities were completed in five hours with the help and support of the SRMISTUBA team, Ex-Panchayat President and villagers.
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