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Madurai Kamaraj University adopts village

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Families sans ration cards will be identified to enable them get the cards: VC



HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT:R. Karpaga Kumaravel, Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University, inaugurating the adoption of Kannanur in Chellampatti Panchayat on Friday.

MADURAI: Development of villages is not the sole responsibility of the State but it is a collective responsibility and it needs institutions like universities to involve themselves in adoption schemes, according to R. Karpaga Kumaravel, Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University.

Delivering the special address at the ‘Village Adoption Scheme' at Kannanoor in Chellampatti panchayat coming under Usilampatti block, he said that this adoption is an event to exemplify the social responsibility of the institution, as it involves bridging the gap between the rural and the urban.

Dr. Kumaravel said a coordination committee would be formed with the Vice-Chancellor and the Collector as members and review meetings held monthly.

Listing out the plans for the village, he said that families without ration cards would be identified and helped to get them.

Likewise, voter ID cards for the villagers will also be made available, as voting is an important democratic exercise.

Every child who attains the age of getting primary education will be enrolled in schools.

Non-formal education will be prioritised; training in self-employment generation given with special reference to women.

Internet kiosks would be established, various health programmes organised, social infrastructure developed, water bodies and resources maintained and green environment established.

The university's National Service Scheme would be an integral part of the adoption scheme. Dispute resolution mechanisms would be followed to ensure peaceful co-existence.

He mentioned that Department of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University, has got a grant of Rs.12 crore from the Central Government's Department of Biotechnology.

Collector C. Kamaraj said that an integrated approach was essential to provide a holistic development and that would be the hallmark of this scheme. The participation of universities has made the work of the district administration easier.

Speaking on the employment generation programme, he said that self-help groups in the district were encouraged to start brick kilning units as 6 crore bricks were needed for the State to complete the construction works under Kalaignar Housing Scheme. Government will be procuring all the bricks which are made by the SHGs and the will also help them in availing loans to start their units.

Mr. Kamaraj promised a community hall for the village and said that the district administration would provide three-fourth of the funds under the Namakku Naame Scheme.

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