SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur under its Unnat Bharat Abhiyan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with State Institute of Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, TN (SIRD & PR).
As per this undertaking, both the institutions will conduct collaborative training, seminars, workshops etc.; internship - both short and long term for students of SRMIST at SIRD&PR; faculty development programmes; conduct research studies on mutual agreement; carrying out Programme Evaluation and Consultancy on mutual areas of interest, documentation of Case Studies on best practices and its dissemination; Village Adoption Programme and Out-reach Programme for model village, conducting exhibitions/meets and Melas and networking with institutions working for Rural Development & Panchayat Raj.
The event was presided over by Director of SIRD Mr. S. Samuel Inbadurai, Centre Head, Centre for Networking, Communication and New Initiative Mr. K. P. S. Thillai Nayagam, Junior Faculty (Research) Dr. P. Sathyaraj, Junior Faculty ( Networking) Mr. S. PremKumar from SIRD. From SRMIST, present were Vice Chancellor (Interim) Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan, Registrar (Interim) Dr. C Ponnusamy, Deputy Registrar and Director ( Hotel Management) Dr. D. Antony Ashok Kumar, Associate Director (Campus life) & Nodal Officer Unnat Bharat Abhiyan/SBSI-SRMIST Dr. V.Thirumurugan and other coordinators.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan said, "This collaboration will strengthen and support each other. We can use this as an opportunity to use technology to solve problems in rural areas. We make use of students to come up with the best solution.”
In his opening remarks, Dr. D. Antony Ashok Kumar said, “SRMIST has been having a long standing relationship with SIRD. We will work mutually in the days to come.”
Mr. S. Samuel Inbadurai said, “We have seen SRM grow into a top most Institute in the country. We are happy to have this collaboration. This will help students to collaborate with us and do good projects.” He said that the entire process of SIRD has moved from social model to economic model. “We will be happy to get technological support from SRMIST which will help in the livelihood of people from rural areas.”
The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. V.Thirumurugan.