Staff Reporter

To get first hand information about the efficacy of the course

Students will study conditions of villagers

To clean the area, desilt tanks and plant saplings

RAMANATHAPURAM: P. Ramasamy, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University, inspected the functioning of Village Placement Programme (VPP) started by the varsity a few years ago at Nemam village, near Karaikudi.

Accompanied by N. Sundaram MLA, Karaikudi, R. Dhandapani, Registrar, the Vice Chancellor interacted with the students, who are staying in the village, to get first hand information about the efficacy of the programme.

Mr. Ramasamy said that the programme was introduced aimed at providing exposure to students about the issues confronting the villages.

Under this programme, students would stay in the selected villages, wherein they would study the socio-economic conditions of the people belonging to various communities, besides conducting various awareness and extension programmes. This initiative was expected to identify the demands and requirements of the village community.

Students would carry out works such as cleaning the locality, desilting of tanks, planting saplings and conducting awareness programmes focusing on area development.

Students would also meet and discuss with various stakeholders of the villages to understand the overall requirements of their area.

Awareness campaign on female literacy, school dropouts, health and nutrition, environment, drinking water would also be organised. Besides, the selected students of the villages would be given an exposure to the kind of activities by the university departments, Mr. Ramasamy added.

The rural youth would be taken to various departments of university in order to make them understand the importance of higher education.

A compulsory course

Like any other course, the university was treating this as a compulsory course under Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and marks were being awarded (maximum 100) using certain criteria.

The first batch of the students scheduled for Humanities and Management departments stayed in the four selected villages namely Nemam, O. Siruvayal, Azhapuri, and Natchiapuram from August 29 to September 1, this year.

The second batch would camp at another set of 4 villages from September 26 to 29.

B. Dharmalingam, Director, Centre for Rural Development, and K.R. Murugan, Research Officer, Centre for Women’s Studies also visited the camps at Nemam and O.Siruvayal.