February 25, 2019
An initiative from BPCL (A Maharatna Company)
Under inclusive Corporate Social Responsibility
M.S. Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation (MSCT&RF) is a Madurai based non-profit organization founded in 1992 by Dr. C. Ramasubramanian, consultant psychiatrist, with a mission to promote mental health through holistic mental health care which is affordable and accessible to all. With is comprehensive range of mental health care services, the trust has emerged as one of the largest mental health care service provider in Tamil Nadu.
BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited) is the second largest company in India, with Maharatna Status, which is a model corporate entity committed to sustainability in its diverse forms. Recognising the gap in services and being poised to bridge these, BPCL and MSCT&RF have joined hands to construct a training centre in mental health which an exclusive focus on providing learning opportunities to learn and develop skill sets of mental health professionals and students.
BPCL extended financial support of Rs.58 lakh to set up the training centre and residential facilities at Bodhi-M.S. Chellamuthu Gardens. The facility can accommodate 60 persons at a time. The centre, which is a replicable model, will offer training to primary caregivers of persons with mental illness while also covering practising mental health professionals and government stakeholders in Madurai as well as the state of Tamil Nadu.
On February 25, 2019, Mr. D. Rajkumar, Chairman & Managing Director, BPCL, inaugurated the training centre in the presence of Mr. Arun Kumar Singh, Director Marketing, BPCL; Prof. Dr. M Krishnan, Vice Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University; and Dr. K. Sekar, Professor & Registrar, NIMHANS, Bengaluru. Dr C. Ramasubramanian, Founder, MSCT&RF, welcomed the gathering and Prof. S. Koodalingam, Programme Advisor, MSCT&RF, outlined the features of the project.
Mrs. R. Rajkumari, Executive Director, MSCT&RF, proposed the vote of thanks.
As part of the programme, the foundation stone was laid for construction of a centre for livelihood promotion which aims to provide training to persons with mental illness who have been rehabilitated. A six-month training in dairy farming, goat rearing and poultry farming has been evolved and we plan to train 120 persons every year. The trainees will be provided food and accommodation free of charge.
Earlier, the dignitaries visited the facilities and observed the activities of MSCT&RF.
Nearly 400 participants attended the function. Senior officials from BPCL from across India, faculty from Madurai Kamaraj University, well wishers, NGO representatives, care givers from SUBITCHAM and NAMBIKKAI, Family Federations and SHARE volunteers network, participated.