Annamalai University has proposed to plant as many as one lakh saplings in villages adopted by about 40 of its units across Cuddalore district, according to M. Ramanathan, Vice-Chancellor of the university.

In a statement released here, he said that the university had adopted several villages in the district and these places suffered extensive damage in the recent cyclone.

Therefore, the university would organise “special camps” in these places to create awareness of disaster management techniques among people, how to grow trees, rainwater harvesting, giving up the use of polythene bags, promoting blood donation and youth welfare.

On Thursday, he flagged off a cycle rally taken out by the National Service Scheme volunteers on the university campus at Chidambaram. The rally was aimed at creating awareness of societal welfare, fostering peace and harmony, the importance of wearing helmets and the lurking dangers of speaking over cellphones while driving.