MVM-DindiMaVanam Botanical Garden is unique in many aspects as M.V.Muthiah Government Arts College for Women, Dindigul is the only Government Women’s College in India that has an exclusive Botanical Garden in the campus.This Botanical Garden not only makes this campus as a GREEN Campus, but transforms the ecological ambience of the entire city of Dindigul. Besides 3600 trees with 131 species, this is the only Botanical Garden with two well established Miyawaki model forests and two huge percolation ponds that helps in increasing the groundwater table substantially.

MVM – DindiMaVanam Botanical Garden is established in association with DindiMaVanam, a Voulutary organization that functions in Dindigul, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu, India with an objective to make the district, green. In an era where the diminishing greenery has become a problem and perennial rives are drying fast as the rainfall is scarce. It was because of these reasons that tree are to be planted in a big way before the earth becomes hotter and hotter.

DindiMaVanam has planted more than 1,36,000 trees and maintaining them for three years. Besides this, they have also desilted more than 200 kilometers of canals and 3600 acres of 55 tanks in Dindigul district in association with the Dindigul District Administration and with the help of the CSR funds of corporate companies.

The inauguration of MVM- DindiMaVanam was made on September 18th, 2016 at M.V.Muthiah Government Arts College for Women, Dindigul where an Arboretum with 50 rare trees and 3600 trees with 131 species of trees were planted.  Two Miyawaki method urban forest models have also been planted with 100 saplings each. Thus a Botanical Garden which is the first of its kind in Government Arts and Science Colleges in the entire country has been established.

Salient Features of MVM-DindiMaVanam Botanical Garden

MVM- DindiMaVAnam was inaugurated on 18th September 2016 during a star studded programme. The Minister of Forests Hon’ble Dindigul C.Srinivasan, Former Mayor, Thiru Marudhairaj, Vedasandur MLA Dr.Paramasivam, Member of Parliament, Thiru Udayakumar participated and planted trees along with Thiru. Velusamy Gounder, Managing Director, Sri Shanmugavel Mills Pvt Ltd., Thiru. G.Sundarajan, Managing Director, GS Group of companies, and the Office Bearers of Dindigul Chamber of Commerce, Superintendent of Police, Conservator of Forests and District Forest Officer.

MVM-DindiMaVanam Botanical Garden is unique in many aspects as M.V.Muthiah Government Arts College for Women, Dindigul is the only Government Women’s College in India that has an exclusive Botanical Garden in the campus. This Botanical Garden not only makes this campus as a GREEN Campus, but transforms the ecological ambience of the entire city of Dindigul. Besides 3600 trees with 131 species, this is the only Botanical Garden with two well established Miyawaki model forests and two huge percolation ponds that helps in increasing the groundwater table substantially.

This Botanical Garden has rare trees like Peru Vilvam, Vanni (Khejri), Rudraksha, Punnai (Alexandrian Laurel Ball Tree), Thanneerkaai (African Tulip tree), Aanai Gundumani (Peacock flower fence), Nagalingam, Maavalingam, Naruvuli (Clammy Cherry Tree), Vilvam, Kadambam (Bur flower tree), Thiruvodu (Calabash), Teak, White Teak,  Karungali (Ceylon Ebony, Sengarungali (Catechu), Santalum album, Pterocarpus santalinus,  Dalbergia sissoo tree, Thandrikaai (Beach Almond), Kadukkaai (Terminalia chebula), Thethaankottai tree (Clearing Nut Tree), Sisu, Iluppai (Mahua tree), Kayaa (Khaya senegalensis), Aavi (Holoptelea integrifolia) Pencil, Siver Oak, Malai Vembu (Melia Dubia), Vengai, Mahagony, Vaagai, Custard Apple, etc.

Besides these, fruit trees like Jamun, Jackfruit, Wood Apple, Fig, Cherry, Itchi, Indian Gooseberry, Mul Seetha ( Soursop) Mango,  Peru Nelli (Gooseberry), Arai Nelli ( Indian Gooseberrry), Tamarind, Sappotta (Chikoo), Japanese Cherry, Tamarind, Pomegranate, Athi ( Indian Fig), Kodukkapuli ( Monkeypod), etc are also planted and maintained.

Apart from this, flowering trees like, Thirikondari (Golden Shower), Cordia, Mandharai (Kachnar), Ayal Vaagai (Yellow Flame Tree), Sarakkondrai  tree (Golden Rain Tree), Alangara Kondrai (Mexican Bird of Paradise), Manjal Kondrai, Poovarasu, Pavala Malli (Coral Jasmine), Manoranjitham, Ilaipurasu (Flame of the Forest), Shenbagam, Jagaranda etc are also planted.

In addition to this, Indian native trees like Arasu (Sacted Fig, Aalamaram (Banyan tree), Neem, Pungan (Indian Beech), Marudhu (Arjuna tree), Badam, etc also planted.

VIPs Visits

        1. Minister of Forests Hon’ble Dindigul C.Srinivasan (16.09.2016)
        2. Former Mayor Thiru. V. Marudhairaj
        3. V.P.B.Paramasivam, MLA
        4. Thiru M.Udhayakumar, Former MP
        5. T.G.VInay, District Collector, Dindigul District
        6. Saravanan, IPS, Superintendent of Police, Dindigul
        7. V.Naganathan, Conservator of Forests, Dindigul Division
        8. Thiru D. Venkatesh, District Forest Officer, Dindigul District
        9. T.G.VInay, IAS, District Collector, Dindigul District (23.03.2017)
        10. Rajendra Singh, Waterman of India, Magsaysay Award Winner. (08.05.2018)
        11. Dr.Chock. Karuppiah, Senior Director, Bloom Energy Corporation, Sunnvale, USA

VIPs from Higher Education Department

1. Mangat Ram Sharma, IAS (visited and planted a sapling on 6yh July 2019)
Principal Secretary to Government,
Higher Education Department,
Government of Tamilnadu
2.Vaidehi Vijayakumar (Visited and planted a sapling on 14th October 2019)
Vice-Chancellor,
Mother Teresa Women’s University,
Kodaikanal

Activities in MVM- Dindi-Ma-Vanam Botanical Garden

Voluntary Organization DindiMaVanam waters and maintains the Botanical Garden. The cost for establishing the Botanical Garden is around 36 Lakhs so far. DindiMaVanam completely bears the expenses of the maintenance of the site.

The Students from the Department of Botany visit the Botanical Garden frequently as part of their academic work. The HOD and the faculty members accompany the student sand provide details about the tree species.

Student from the ECO CLUB engage themselves in activities like pruning and mulching the trees regularly.

Dr. Mangat Ram Sharma, Visited the MVM-DindiMavanam Botanical Garden on 6th July 2019 and appreciated the efforts taken by eth College make this institution a GREEN CAMPUS. He also planted a Rudraksha Sapling on that day

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Future Plans

The Department of Botany and DindiMaVanam are also in the process of establishing a herbal garden with more more than 100 herbs which will be maintained by the students of the Botany Department and duly supported by DindiMaVanam. In this regard, rare species of herbs are being identified and procured for this purpose.

Dr. M.Rajaram, Assistant Professor of English and Co-ordinator of ECO Club is incharge of the MVM-DindiMaVanam Botanical Garden.