P. Sudhakar

Vice-Chancellor’s initiative to plant more than one lakh saplings

TIRUNELVELI: The sprawling 550-acre campus of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University will sport a lush green look in the next few months to form a most conducive ambiance for the teaching-learning process, if the initiative taken by Vice-Chancellor Cynthia Pandian to plant 1.02 lakh tree saplings on October 29 becomes a success story.

As per the proposed eco-friendly programme, 1 lakh casuarina saplings and 2,000 neem, banyan and gulmohar tree saplings will start taking roots on 200 acres on the university premises, now having less than 200 trees on the black cotton soil. The tree saplings will be supplied by the Department of Forest and the Sri Paramakalyani Centre for Environmental Studies, the varsity’s satellite centre at Alwarkurichi.

Besides using heavy equipment to excavate pits for the saplings, manpower is also being used to dig the pits in the areas inaccessible for earthmovers.

All to take part

Planting of tree saplings will be completed within a day since all 1,000 students with 27 university departments, 500-odd non-teaching and 75 faculty members are to take an active part in this noble exercise and the responsibility of maintaining the saplings will be entrusted with 14 varsity gardeners. While the nature will water the saplings initially for two months thanks to the onset of northeast monsoon, the gardeners will later take care of the seedlings with the backing of a tank, capable of supplying 20 lakh litre water to the university.

“None can hereafter blame that our premise is a concrete jungle. While strengthening infrastructure facilities on the Abhishakapatti premises by constructing more and more buildings, these edifices are going to be surrounded by tall and shady trees, which will infuse freshness in the environment and minds of those entering the campus,” said a faculty member.