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Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Program Inaugurated at Amrita

October 27, 2021 - 4:00
Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Program Inaugurated at Amrita

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore campus was  approved as a participating institution by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India for Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) 2.0 on June 4, 2021. The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan inaugural and orientation program took place at the  Pichanur Panchayat Office on October 27, 2021. The program started at 9.30 AM with a prayer by Ms. Swetha K. C., II MSW. The Masters of ceremony were Ms. Sandrima K. K. and Prakathi Ramakrishnan. The welcome address was delivered by Mr. Bala Subramanian.S., II MSW. He welcomed the Chief Guest, Dr. R. Balaji, Associate Coordinator of UBA and Assistant Professor (HRM) Directorate of Agribusiness Development, TNAU, Coimbatore, on behalf of the department, faculty members and students. He also welcomed all the dignitaries who attended the programme – Mr. Maruthachalam, President, Pichanur Panchayat; Mr. Senthil Kumar, Vice President, Pichanur Panchayat; Dr. P. Rangasami, Chairperson, Dept. of Social Work; Dr. S. Mahadevan, Deputy Dean, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; Dr. S. Kanagaraj, Assistant Professor and UBA coordinator; Mr. T. Sathish Kumar, Faculty, Dept of Social Work.

Dr. P. Rangasami, the Chairperson of the Department of Social work, presented the various works in multiple villages that are carried out by the department. He also provided information about collaborations with different departments of Amrita. Dr. Rangasami mentioned the support from the Dean and spoke highly about the UBA programme. Mr. M. Senthil Kumar, the Vice-President of Pichanur Panchayat, gave an introduction about the Pichanur Panchayat. According to the 2011 Census, the village has a total population of 6261 people and about 1,687 houses. Through his speech, he gave a detailed picture of the Panchayat where many households face significant challenges, especially during the COVID-19 lockdowns and high rain-fall periods. By the end of his speech he gave assurance for rendering any help in providing the needed interventions to his constituents.

Dr. S. Kanagaraj gave the introduction of the UBA villages adopted by the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Amrita selected the following 5 villages for the UBA project:

  1. Kaliyapuram, Thirumalayampalayam (TP),
  2. Veerappanur, Pichanur Panchayat,
  3. Arunthathiyar Street (Ettimadai), Ettimadai (TP),
  4. AD colony (Pichanur), Pichanur,
  5. MGR colony (Nandhikovil), Pichanur Panchayat.

During his speech, he stressed the efforts taken by the department to make such dream collaborations a reality and advised students to utilize such workshops and apply the theories learned  in the classroom to the field.

The Deputy Dean of Amrita, Dr. S. Mahadevan, delivered the felicitation speech about the involvement of the Amrita in various social issues and  initiatives providing enrichment to the academic experience, like the collaboration with UBA. Dr. Mahadevan suggested  ways to make the project more effective through collaboration with other departments in Amrita like Engineering, Physics and Chemistry. He elaborated on Amrita’s vision of  providing students the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to real life situations and encourage innovative ideas to solve the problems faced in those situations.

Chief Guest Dr. R. Balaji explained the vision of UBA and its theme. He mentioned various projects undertaken by UBA in collaboration with other colleges. UBAprojects  focus on the upliftment of rural areas in the country providing them with a minimum standard of life. The projects encourage students to come up with sustainable and innovative methods which can be implemented with the help of Government funding.  UBA provides various rewards to colleges for the best projects.

Dr. Balaji acknowledged that while the government has introduced several schemes and policies for the rural people in the country, the targeted people were not aware about such schemes and policies. To inform the people of these opportunities, UBA provided a book that included the schemes and policies available. Dr. Balaji concluded by enumerating some intervention methods implemented while doing projects in rural areas.

Mr. T. Satishkumar extended his thanks to all for participating in this inauguration and thanked Dr. R. Balaji for his presence and giving his valuable time for the program. The program concluded with a tree planting initiative in  honor of the UBA & Amrita collaboration. Three saplings were planted in Pichanur Panchayat Office in the presence of faculty members and students.

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