Karunya Center For Rural Development (KCRD)

One of the visions of the Karunya University (Established under sec. 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 vide Notification No. 9-3-2000-U3 dt. 23.6.2004of the Govt. of India) is to serve the less privileged in the rural communities surrounding it by equipping them with knowledge and familiarity with modern techniques in relevant fields, so as to enable them to earn a living or alternatively to raise their standard of living. Karunya strives to improve the quality of life of neighboring rural communities through direct employment, education and training ,medical help as well as environment-related activities. Towards this end, the Karunya Center for Rural development (KCRD) is set up. Under its auspices, SEESHA (Samithi for Education Environment, Social& Health Action), the social service arm of Karunya implements most of the service programs through the support and active collaboration of the Karunya student body through the dept. of Personality Development(DPD). KCRD is engaged in the following activities.

Education

A. School Education

In order to educate the poor children around Karunya, Evangeline Matriculation Hr. Sec. School was started in 1991. Nearly 650 students are getting benefits by this project every year. Only minimum fees are collected from those poor children. 100% result is achieved by the students in the state board X and XII Std examinations every year.

B. Free Tuition center and computer training center

1. Under the aegis of SEESHA , a social service wing of Karunya Deemed University, free evening tuition classes are conducted regularly from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. in the following villages around Karunya Nagar for the benefits of Children from poor families, who have nobody to guide them in their studies after school hours.  

  1. Thombilipalayam

  2. Semmedu

  3. Kottaikaadu

  4. Boluvampatti

  5. Alandurai

  6. Nalloorpathy

Nearly 300 students attend these centers.

2. Seesha Children Clubs are being conducted regularly in all centers to develop their creative skills. Competitions for Drawing, Essay Writing, Poetry and Oratorical Skills are conducted every Saturday in the above said six centers and prizes are given on special occasions. About 250 students participate in this club.

3. Free Computer Application Course (M.S.office) and Free Spoken English courses are being conducted regularly in our center opposite to Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Alandurai. 25 girls and 25 boys are getting benefited from each batch.

Health Service

  1. Community hospital: extension service In order to provide the medical facilities to the poor people around Karunya, Karunya Rural community Hospital was started in 1990 with the mission of giving quality medical attention with minimum charges . Along with the medical facilities provided in the hospital, a medical team visits the patients in villages around Karunya on alternate days. Nearly 12 villages are visited per month and nearly 350 patients are getting benefited by this project every month.

  2. Medical camps

    1. Mobile Medical Camps for old people are conducted in collaboration with Help Age India team members in the following places.

      1. Thursdays in Thombilipalayam,.

      2. Every Fridays in Boluvampatti..

      Every Month nearly 100 poor old people are benefited by regular weekly treatment.

    2. screening tests (Vision test) are conducted in Govt. Schools around Karunya in collaboration with the Mobile team members of the Eye Foundation, Coimbatore. Nearly 5000 students in Govt. schools are benefited every year.

    3. Eye camps are conducted often in the villages around Karunya in collaboration with the mobile team members of the Eye Foundation and old people are permanently relieved from their blindness through free cataract operations. Nearly 1000 poor people are benefited by Mega Eye Camp and nearly 100 old people get improved vision through cataract operation every year.

Environmental Activities

Free latrines under Govt. scheme are going to be provided to the houses in the villages around Karunya through SEESHA. One hundred houses will be benefited by this scheme.

Karunya Bio-Diesel Project - Jatropha Plantation

Complete back –up for up for Karunya’s power needs involve generation of 1.45MW of electricity through four distributed diesel generator power plants. Annual requirements of diesel fuel is of the order of 150 Kilo litres. Due to escalating price of petroleum diesel fuel it is found worthwhile to meet part of the requirements through bio-diesel from Jatropha oil. We have taken up cultivation of Jatropha in 200 acres(~ 80 Hectares) in collaboration with TNAU and the first block of plants have started yielding. The esterification of Jatropha oil into bio-diesel using the methanol route has been perfected through a research project in our Chemistry dept. A 100 litre/day expulsion and processing plant is to be established, as soon as enough seeds become available. Through extension service in neighboring villages the alternate fuel project of the Govt. of India is sought to be given a big push.

 

Vocational Training

As an extension of its developmental activities Karunya proposes to launch vocational training programs to neighborhood youth in skills such as wireman –electrician, plumber, structural welder, automobile –tractor servicing , skilled construction jobs such as mason plumber, carpenter etc:. Another avenue will be training in food processing and preservation, for which govt. funding is already available. SHGs will be formed in areas such as cloth laundering, fast food, bakery and vegetable products in the tiny scale sector. In the agricultural sector ,cultivation of Jatropha on land otherwise unsuitable for cultivation such as boundaries, ridges , canal banks ,coconut groves etc: will be encouraged in the neighborhood with provision to buy back the produce by Karunya, the biggest local user for further processing in to bio-diesel.

Karunya Students - The Main Implementors And Agents Of Change

All the above programs uses the Karunya student community as implementers and Agents of Change under the NSS and similar programs of the Dept. of Personality Development. This is part of their education in Karunya to inculcate the right values and concern for fellow men.