SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) under its Unnat Bharat Abhiyan signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with State Institute of Rural Development & panchayat Raj, TN (SIRD&PR).

Tamil Nadu State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) join forces to accelerate progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 12 adopted villages. In a significant step towards localized sustainable development, this strategic partnership aims to empower rural communities and improve their quality of life through a collaborative approach to achieving the nine Localized Sustainable Development Goals (LSDGs) outlined by the Panchayat Raj department. Aligned with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, both institutions are committed to the 17 SDGs. The nine LSDGs targeted under the MoU focus on


1.      Poverty free village and Enhanced livelihood

2.      Healthy Village

3.      Child-friendly Village

4.      Water Sufficient Village

5.      Clean and Green Village

6.      Village with Self-sufficient Infrastructure

7.      Socially Secured village

8.      Village with Good Governance

9.      Women Friendly Village

Leveraging its extensive experience in the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan program and direct engagement with village communities, SRMIST brings valuable expertise to the table. The institute has already adopted 12 villages in Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram districts and actively works towards improving their living standards.

The MoU signing ceremony was attended by Dr. P. Selvarajan, Director of SIRD, and Dr. Ponnusamy, Registrar of SRMIST in presence of Dr.V.Thirumurugan, Associate Director (CL) & Nodal officer of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. Dr.M. Mathew Arumai, HOD Department of Social work delivered welcome address and also talked about the services done by UBA-SRMIST in the adopted villages. 20 students from MSW actively participated in the programme. This agreement signifies a mutual commitment to support village panchayats in achieving the LSDGs through collaborative efforts. “This partnership with SIRD marks a significant step in our journey towards sustainable development,” stated Dr.S.Ponnusamy Registrar SRMIST. “By combining our expertise and resources, we can empower rural communities and create a brighter future for all.” This partnership represents a true win-win situation," stated Dr. Selvarajan, Director of SIRD. "Both SRMIST gains valuable experience in grassroots development, while our villages receive invaluable expertise and resources to achieve their sustainable development goals. The MoU outlines a concrete action plan involving village-specific LSDG themes, faculty-student collaboration, and adherence to the RCI-IIT Madras guidelines. Each adopted village will receive dedicated attention for a year, ensuring measurable progress towards achieving the chosen LSDG. This initiative holds immense promise for the future of rural development in Tamil Nadu. By leveraging the combined expertise of SRMIST and SIRD, the program can empower local communities to take ownership of their development journey and build a brighter, more sustainable future for generations to come.

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