Professor V. Manickavasagam, Registrar of Alagappa University has appealed to the student community to take the message of HIV theme to the rural masses through National Service Scheme (NSS) camps and Red Ribbon Club (RRC) campaigns. 

Inaugurating the World AIDS Day programme organised by the NSS and the RRC of Alagappa University here on Tuesday, he said that 2.12 lakh children had died due to HIV in 2012 and wanted the NSS and RRC volunteers to launch awareness campaigns in rural areas about the dreaded disease and the need for taking medical treatment.

According to 2013 Stocktaking Report, only 34 per cent of children and 64 per cent of adults affected by HIV received treatment, he said.

Professor S. Kaliyamoorthy, Convener, Vice-Chancellor Officiating Committee, Alagappa University, in his presidential address stressed the need to ensure zero HIV positive incidence, zero discrimination of HIV-affected persons and zero deaths due to HIV/AIDS. 

He underlined the importance of dissemination of information about HIV to the people. 

K.G. Shanmugasundaram, District Programme Manager, District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit, Sivaganga, emphasised the importance of global awareness of AIDS and measures to control it.  Continuous treatment will mitigate the effects of the disease, he said.

R. Nandhakumar, a student of MBA (Bank Management), Alagappa University, the recipient of Indira Gandhi National NSS Volunteers Award 2013 was honoured at the function.