National Service Scheme (NSS) Cell SRM University organized a One Week Special Camp at Kavanur Village , Kanchipuram district, Tamilnadu. Kavanur village has been adopted by the SRM University with the intention of developing villages. Volunteers of NSS Cell SRM University regularly organize different activities in and around the campus.
The objective of this camp was to begin an interface with community, rapport building with community members and developing understanding of the village keeping in mind the rationale of village adoption — develop long term institutional relation with the community and contribution to the upliftment of people .
Dr. T. Rajasekaran, Programme Coordinator visited the village a week before the inauguration of the camp and important stakeholders including President and Headmistress Kavanur village, ward members and other influential members of the community. He discussed the plan of organizing special camp at the village. The plan and its utility was appreciated by villagers and they agreed for the camp to be organized by the NSS Cell with the plan for the Special Camp between 3rd April 2017 and 9th April, 2017.
Almost 100 volunteers turned up willing to participate in the camp. Out of which 65 volunteers were selected for camp. Programme Officer, NSS Cell formed group in such a way that one group consisted of volunteers from different department, different courses and different languages. Each group consisted of both male and female volunteers.
The Camp began with the inaugural function at Gram Panchayat School at Kavanur village. The programme was presided by Dr. N. Sethuraman, Registrar, SRM University. The village president along with his team of ward members was present.The presence of Dr. N. Sethuraman, made the programme very effective, delightful and grand as his appealing speech made a deep, thoughtful and objective impression on all the stakeholders including volunteers and villagers. He started with the point that India is a country of villages and we all should honestly look for finding ways to develop our villages and in return the county would automatically prosper.
Features of the camp included educating school kids and the public on literacy, environmental effects, conservation of energy, etc., In addition to donating computers, provision of drinking water facility from a common water line, tree plantation of 100 saplings, general, dental and eye health check up for kids and public, conducting different games on different themes, just to mention a few.