Extension Activities and Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR)
Education for societal progress is the very essence of Institutional vision. Elaborate efforts are made to serve the local community, society and the nation. There are several extension programmes initiated by the students, faculty, Departments, Institution, Cells and Units like the NSS, NCC, Jesus Youth, Alumnae, and so on. Individuals and Units engaged in such extension activities have been conferred awards and recognition.
Student Community Extension Programmes:
The partnership period with Rajagiri Outreach came to an end by 2011. VCASS (Vimala Community Aid & Sponsorship Service) is an extension programme initiated in May 2012 to continue the noble venture that prevailed under the title of CASP.
The motto of the programme is “Child as the focus, family as the unit, and community as the milieu of development”. The duration of the project is from 2012 to 2019. VCASS is a partnership programme of the College and the Thomas Chittilapally Trust. The main aim of this programme is to cater to 100 disadvantaged children from the neighborhood. Five Divisions of the Thrissur Corporation, viz., four, six, seven, eight and nine which are located around Vimala College constitute the project area. There are around 23 socio -economically backward localities in these divisions. More than 1500 families reside in this area. The families and children from such areas are the target group of the project.
The University prescribes the following programmes which are meticulously executed in the College and systematically documented: talks related to dignity of girl child, women empowerment, women and law, violence and atrocities against women, entrepreneurial skill development for women, personality leadership and capacity building and training programmes; seminars on cyber crime, law and ethics; women response to social change and progress, mental and reproductive health, building self esteem, etc; workshops on women empowerment programmes, self help, debates and interactive sessions on contemporary gender issues, and celebration of International Women’s Day.
Apart from the programmes prescribed by the Centre for Women’s Studies of the University of Calicut, the Cell in the College also organizes various gender related programmes. The Departments also organize programmes to sensitize students to gender issues. A Seminar on ‘Engendering Women Power through Sports,’ organized by the Department Physical Education is one among them.
¬ Signatures were collected from the students as a protest against the textbook of standard VII which hurts the religious sentiments of Indians.
¬ The AICUF condemned the atrocities committed against the Catholics and Catholic Institutions; with a desire to ensure peace, and students sent e-mails spreading the message of peace.
¬ The AICUF conducts camps and exposure programmes with a view of enhancing the leadership qualities in students.
¬ The National Women Council Leadership programme 2008-09 was organized in the College from 23- 25 January, 2010.
¬ The AICUF took students on a visit to Medical College Hospital, Athani, Thrissur
The Faculty Development Programme of the Xavier Board Kerala North Region held a seminar on the topic,“ Role of Catholic Teachers in Value Education” in the College on 16th March 2013. Eighty eight Participants from 21 member Colleges participated in the programme.
¬ Observance of all national and social days of importance
¬ Celebration of festivals
¬ Club activities
¬ Seminar /orientations
Institutional community extension programme
Vimala Community Extension Centre (VCEC): VCEC is Social Work Unit of the College. It is a charitable society registered under the Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955. The major programmes of the Centre which are supported by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India, are the Family Counselling Centre (FCC) and CHILDLINE. Other activities include Child Guidance Centre, a Technical Education Centre and Hostel facility.
Family Counselling Centre (FCC): FCC is sponsored by the Central Social Welfare Board, Govt. of India. It provides counselling services at the centre, and extends its services to the Women’s Cell, Family Court and schools in the locality. The activities include the following
¬ Provides counselling service at the center
¬ Extends counselling services at the Women’s Cell, St. Paul’s public school, Kuriachira, Thrissur Old Age Home, Ramavarmapuram, Thrissur, Government Juvenile Home, Ramavarmapuram, Thrissur
¬ Conducts awareness classes
¬ Conducts Certificate Course in Peer Counselling
¬ Conducts Day celebrations like Family Day, Girl Child Day, Women’s Day, Anti-Tobacco Day, Teenager’s Day, Mental Health Day, etc.
¬ Organizes Premarital counselling seminars
¬ Service providing centre: The Family Counselling Centre is also designated as the Service Providing Centre under the Protection of women Against Domestic Violence Act 2005. The service of a legal counsellor is available at the centre three days a week. This programme is also supported by CSWB, Govt. of India.
Vimala Child Guidance Centre: Professional assistance is sought in managing certain issues regarding challenges faced by parents and children. In this backdrop, Vimala started a Child Guidance Centre in February 2009. The Centre is supported by CMC, Nirmala Province, Thrissur. Infrastructure facilities are provided by the College. The objective of the Centre is to establish and maintain therapeutic and follow up facilities for emotional, behavioural, psycho social, academic, and adjustment problems faced by children and their families. The multi-disciplinary team at the Centre includes a social worker, special educator, speech therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist and a pediatrician.
Children who require specialized care are referred to the Psychologist, Dr. Tony Abraham, Psychiatrist, Dr. Subramanian and Paediatrician, Dr. Janaky.
¬ The NICP Workshop on ‘Child Friendly Policy’ was organized for SJPU at Police Club., Thrissur.
¬ CHILDLINE awareness programmes were conducted in St. Joseph’s College, Irinjalakuda, St.Thomas College Thrissur, Government Medical College, Thrissur.
¬ In connection with the World Child Labour Prohibition Day, a seminar was organized with the support of the District Labour Department and the Legal Service Society.
¬ Students of the Department of Social Work conducted an awareness campaign in 31 public Health Centers of Thrissur District.
¬ A street play on CHILDLINE and its services was conducted by the students of Social Work at Sakthan Bus Stand and in the Municipal Corporation office premises.
¬ Suraksha Bandhan Programme was conducted to strengthen the commitment of the CAB members towards the protection and the promotion of child welfare.
¬ Set up Kiosk at the Thrissur Railway Station and conducted outreach programme in the passenger trains.
¬ Children’s Day Message along with the awareness message on CHILDLINE was broadcast in the local FM channels.
¬ Participation in the Children’s Rally organized by Shishu Kshema Samiti.
¬ Celebration of Children’s Day at St. Christina Home with 600 adoptive parents and their children.
¬ CHILDLINE in collaboration with the Department of Social Work organized a one day seminar on “Children and Road Safety” for the employees of school buses at Jawahar Balabhavan, Thrissur.
¬ CHILDLINE in collaboration with the Department of Social Work organized a one day seminar on” Child Friendly Health Care” for Nurses.
¬ Contribution to the marriage of children of daily wage workers in the College
¬ Protest rally and awareness programme for private bus drivers in Thrissur town conducted by staff and students, in connection with the death of a student (Seenia of first semester B Com) due to the rash driving of a private bus
¬ An awareness and interactive programme for students, in connection with the Delhi rape case with Sri Sreejith IPS
¬ Rally by students in the wake of the tragic incident of the train rape case (2011) and the Delhi gang rape case (2012)
VCASS: The College also undertakes an educational sponsorship programme for school children in the neighbouring communities (VCASS).
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