Diravianagar is in Dindigul District, in Tamil Nadu, South India. It is situated about 2.5 kms from Nilakottai, 31 kms from the District Head Quarter Dindigul and about 50 kms from Madurai. The nearest Railway Station is Kodai road and the nearest Airport is Madurai.
Genesis of Damien Leprosy Control Centre
One of the most innovative and challenging endeavors of the Archbishop of Madurai (1969) His Grace Dr. Justine Diraviam was to concentrate on the health care of thesocially rejected segment of the society, particularly the LEPROSY affected persons. To materialize his ardent desire, Mother Ernestine Mary, the then Superior General of C.I.C, Madurai, in confirmity with the Charism of the congregation, initiated theprocess of the Leprosy Control Programme at Batlagundu and sisters’ stay at Silukkuvarpatty near Nilakottai in Dindigul District on 2nd July 1969. The implementation of the programme began with the help of two C.I.C. sisters and a part-time doctor at Batlagundu, a small town in Nilakottai Taluk. Itbecame the temporary head quarters of the centre during 1970 – 1974 till it was established permanently at Diravianagar, a small village on the out shirts of Nilakottai. The very first medical unit called “Damien Leprosy Control Centre” was named after Rev. Fr. Damien de veuster who was canonized for his mission by identifying himself squarely with leprosy patients. Rev.Fr. Damien de veuster is now St.Damien de veuster. Damien Leprosy Control Centre was registered as a charitable organization under Society Registration Act XXI of 1860. (S.No.15/32 of 1973 (41/84). Registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 1976. Donations are Tax- exempted under section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961.
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