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Dedicates plants in memory of Kumbakonam fire tragedy victims

MADURAI: "It is an unique kind of gesture that could instil humanism among students, besides giving fruits and shade and protecting the environment," said A.K. Dogra, Joint Secretary, University Grants Commission (UGC), while dedicating a plant each to the children who perished in the Kumbakonam fire tragedy at `Kumbakonam Children's Park' established on Yadava College premises, here on Monday.

The UGC team comprising Mr. Dogra, P. Ramaiah, Pro-Chancellor, B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad, P. Thrimuthy, Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science, Nagarjuna University, Guntur, and N.D. Veronica, Principal, St. Joseph's College for Women, Visakapatnam, visited the college to evaluate the availability of infrastructure, academic performance, extension service, research and publication of staff and performance in co-curricular activities such as physical education, NCC, etc.

The college has named the trees after the deceased children. It will invite the parents of the children to witness their growth in the form of trees.

This is a permanent community project of the college, said the Principal, G. Thiruvasagam, and added that the college wanted to send a message through the park to the people and institutions the tragic result of poor infrastructure. To decentralise youth power, the college has handed over the responsibility of the garden to NSS volunteers, who have `adopted' the plants.

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