Extension activities in the neighborhood community in terms of impact and sensitizing students to social issues and holistic development during the last five years
The institution strongly believes in serving the people is serving society. Thus, the institution has adopted five villages in the neighborhood community. The institution has 3 NSS units lead by enthusiastic and energetic program officers, who are instrumental in organizing extension activities in the adopted villages. To create awareness of the social issues, the institution has made it mandatory for all undergraduate students to enroll in any one of the clubs/committees. Thus, providing an opportunity for them to learn the social issues and solving them as a team. A seven-day camp is organized by NSS units every academic year, where the NSS volunteers have to stay in the adopted village and serve the community. This real-time learning experience helps the volunteers to understand the social issues and how to solve them scientifically as a team.
The NSS units prepare a yearly planner to undertake extension activities in the neighboring community. The extension activities organized by NSS units like Hazards of Plastics, Women Empowerment, Child Labour, Helmet Awareness Rally, Blood Donation, Free Medical Check-up, Tree Plantation, fundamental rights, conservation of nature, and organ donation serve as an eye-opener to the society as well as to the students. In addition to the above, under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) Program (a flagship program of MHRD, Govt of India), NSS had received a fund of Rs.50000/- to conduct a survey in the adopted villages and to conduct awareness sessions to the people.
The clubs and Cells
The institution has established 17 clubs/committees with a well-framed objective to encourage the students to participate in the extension activities. These Clubs / Cells / Committees are headed by a team of faculty with students as members prepare an action plan at the beginning of every year to carry out the extension activities. The clubs and cells organize programs on such fundamental rights, the importance of health and hygiene, the importance of biodiversity conservation, consumer rights, and awareness on women empowerment, entrepreneurship development, and Road Safety. The clubs/cells play an important role in providing an opportunity to the faculty and students to serve society and learn leadership and organizing skills. The activities of these clubs/cells are closely monitored by IQAC for their progress and in accordance with their action plan.
Community radio in the name of “Rathinavani – 90.8” under the department of Visual Communication is established in the year 2013 on the college campus. The Rathinavani has a communication radius of 13 km, broadcasting programs for the welfare of neighboring societies. The Rathinavani serves as a hub for organizing programs like Health and Hygiene, women Empowerment, awareness on human rights, consumer rights, and importance of child education, social issues, and personal issues. The UNESCO has recognized Rathinavani as one of the “Best Community Radio” for its outstanding community service and also partnered with UNICEF outreach activities like eradication of child marriage, awareness on girl child education, Poshan Abhiyaan, and awareness on COVID -19 & vaccination. The Rathinavani has received financial assistance from various agencies to carry out the extension activities.
Impact on Students
The college, through extension activities, transforms the students as leaders of social change to provide lasting solutions to social problems. Engaging the students in extension activities has created a sense of selfless service-mindedness among the student community. It helps to instill social responsibility, groom overall personality and create awareness on social issues.
Impact on the Society
The interventions through extension activities have resulted in improved literacy, reduced drug abuse, Hygienic surrounding, improved health, and cleanliness. The institution is moving forward with a promising goal to ensure the growth of the society and environment.