Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is a flagship programme under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, with the aim of transforming rural India. Following the UBA which primarily focuses Rural Health, SRM Institute of Science & Technology conducted “Medical Camp and Swachhata Rally” on 12th March 2019 at one of the UBA adopted villages, Nattarasanpattu, Kundrathur block, Kancheepuram. This is also in line with the series of events planned across SRMIST to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
An enthusiastic group of students and faculties from NSS and other departments participated in the Swachhata rally, to create awareness about cleanliness among local people and highlighting the importance of the recent notification from TN Government mandating “Ban on one-time use and throw-away plastics” effective 1st January 2019. The rally was flagged off by Dr.M. Logaraj, Head, Community Medicine and Dr.T. Rajasekaran, Deputy Head, Mechanical Engineering and NSS Coordinator of SRMIST. Armed with captivating posters and thought-provoking banners, they voiced their cause, gathering support along the way. The rally ended at the Govt High School, which was the venue for the inauguration of Medical camp.
In the inaugural event of the medical camp, Dr.V.Thirumurugan, Associate Director (CL) delivered the welcome address and expressed his gratitude towards both the Schools Management for providing the venue for conducting the inaugural event and medical camp. He thanked the dignitaries for gracing the function amidst their busy schedule. Dr. N. Sethuraman, Registrar, SRMIST in his inaugural address, felt nostalgic and shared the struggles and best moments of his schools studying in a Government school. He appreciated the schools for maintaining a clean environment. Nattarasanpattu being an UBA adopted village, he requested all the people to avail the free medical services provided by SRM hospital. He promised SRM’s support to the NSS and Community Medicine Department to provide medical service to people.
Mr.K.SambaSivam, President of Parent Teachers Association, Nattarasanpattu expressed his thanks to SRM for supporting their school. He humbly requested SRM Management to build compound wall around the school ground and levelling work. Mr. K. Chakkarapani, Headmaster of Government High School, and Mrs.K. Suganthi, Headmaster of Government Primary School, Nattarasanpattu thanked Registrar-SRM for promising to support the people of Nattarasanpattu with free medical service. They specially mentioned about the UBA cell’s activities towards their school development. In a special address by Mrs.Satya, State Level trainee, Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen, Nattarasanpattu highlighted the importance of toilet and the ill-effects of open defecation. She requested all students to take a pledge to construct toilets in their houses, by firmly requesting their parents. Prizes were distributed to students who took part in speech, dance, yoga, best volunteer, full attendance and those who secured first mark in tests.. Ms.IreneSambath, UBA Project Associate, SRMIST proposed the vote of thanks. The function concluded with National Anthem. Refreshment was served to all present and medical camp was formally commenced.
The student volunteers facilitated the medical camp and helped the villagers at each of the check up stands: dental, eye, general checkup, blood sugar testing and medicine dispensing. It was a coordinated effort by all general physicians, dentists, nurses and lab technicians.