I. Campus to Community Programme
Goal of the programme:
The College is founded in the name of Kuriakose Mar Gregorios, our patron saint, who served the community with compassion. The founding fathers of the college established the college with the objective of changing the life of people by quality education. Hence the campus to community programme of the college aims to enhance the standard of living of our own students and also of local community.
Pampady is a rural area where majority of the population depends on agriculture and casual labour for their bread. An educational institution operating in such place without touching the lives of the poor is meaningless. Hence, the campus to community programmes of the college is dedicated to needy students and neighbours of the college.
About the Programme:
The campus to community programme aims the uplift the quality of life of the people in and around the College. Keeping in mind this objective, the following activities are undertaken by different groups of students, teachers, alumni and PTA.
The Madathilasan Centre for Human Empowerment
It is a unique centre of the college, organized many village extension programmes. It has conducted various programmes for the all round progress of the college and the nearby community. The College has conducted many outreach programmes under the flagship of The Madathilasan Centre for Human Empowerment. Sri C.G.Ramanpillai, popularly known as Madathilasan, was the teacher of His Grace Kuriakose Mar Gregorios, the Patron Saint of the College. His Grace is popularly known as Pampady Thirumeni and both of them respected each other. Madathilasan has gifted 12 acres of land to found a monastery at Pothenpuram Hill. Their relationship was a unique example of teacher-disciple bond and a model to the religious harmony of Kerala. Till their death both of them respected each other and Kuriakose Gregorios College (K.G.College) has been indebted to both. When we give respect to the Great Thirumeni as the Patron Saint, it is fruitless if we forget this great teacher.
Madathilasan as a social being showered his commitment to the society where he lived by contributing his land property for many public institutions like Ponkunnam Varkey Smaraka Higher Secondary School, Alampally, Mar Grogorios Dayara, Pothenpuram, the Government Taluk Hospital, Pampady started first in his land but later shifted to the present location, donated wood for the hospital etc are only some among them. The Pampady Dayara, founded in the land of Madathilasan has developed many adjoining centres in its nearby places to give service to the public. Some of them are K.G.College, BMM English Medium Senior Secondary School, MMI ITI, Abhaya Bhavan (orphanage for aged), Bala Bhavan (orphanage for boys), Balika Bhavan (orphanage for girls), Asha Kiran (Free homoeo clinic for poor and palliative care centre), Pampady Thirumeni Annadana paddathi (free noon meal for patients in Taluk Hospital, Pampady) etc . In this way Madathilasan Centre for Human Empowerment in the college is a real tribute of honour to the great teacher who made everything great.
Some of the initiatives of the Madathilasan Centre for Human Empowerment are
A) Nattuchanda: It is the village market conducted under the effective supervision of the Madathilasan Centre as an outreach programme of the College. It is a village extension programme to popularize organic farming. It was initiated in collaboration with SBI branch, Kuttickal and the fair conducted in the bank premise. The programme encouraged the farmers in the locality to concentrate more with organic farming and the products they raised were encouraged to bring to the weekly market held every Sunday afternoon. The venture continued for almost twelve weeks. The participation from the village community made it a success and it communicated the message of fresh and pure fruits and vegetables to all for good health. The Centre has made consultation with the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council (VFPC), Kerala to conduct seminars to give practical information to the farmers on organic farming. The project is a part of Unnath Bharath Abhiyan (UBA) of the Central Government of India. The organizers of the Nattuchanda has created a Whatsapp group and added all the members in the group to make the communication easier and effective. During the spread of Covid 19 the Centre encouraged its group members to download the Arogyasethu App to get vivid idea about the spread of Covid 19 in their surrounding areas and to take personal care against the Corona Virus. As a result of the abrupt beginning of the pandemic, the Centre has ceased its functioning of the Nattuchanda for a time period to ensure social distancing. It will resume its functioning when the situations are out of threat. The Nattuchanda was a real piece of thrilling experience to both the organizers and the participants.
B) Santhvanam (Music Programme)
It is another venture of the Madathilasan Centre for Human Empowerment, K.G.College, Pampady. The Government Taluk Hospital, Pampady is functioning well with good infrastructure and better facilities of treatment. It is a matter of pride that the tireless effort of Madathilasan has made the hospital a reality and he played a leading role in the development of the hospital. The Santhvanam music programme, a joint effort of the Madathilasan Centre for Human Empowerment and the Government Taluk Hospital, Pampady conducted music programme at the hospital for the people who present in the hospital like the out patients, in patients, the medical staff, the palliative care patients and whomsoever present in the hospital and its premises during the programme. The organizers of this programme planned to conduct the programme once in a quarter of the year. The first programme was held in October 12, 2019 in the hospital. The programme became a success and it got applauses from everybody who attended it. Due to Covid 19 the successive sessions of the programme shifted to safe period. So the lovers of music are eagerly waiting for the fixing of next date of the programme.
C) Series of Talks
The Madathilasan Centre for Human Empowerment has conducted a series of talks on different subjects for different organizations of the College. It made a tie up with the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the College and invited eminent personalities to the college and effective talks delivered. Dr.Alexander Jacob IPS, Dr Ethiran Kathiravan, renowned scientists etc are only some among them. The inauguration of online platform through Webinars opened up wide scope for outreach programmes and the Centre has utilized it maximum. The parents were effectively included in such webinars.
2. Other Extension Activities
a) Asha Kiran
A palliative care unit, situated very close to the college, where old orphans are accommodated. The college is regularly supplying water for the use of inmates. The students and teachers make regular visits to Asha Kiran and provide financial assistance and also spend much time with the inmates. The students extend financial assistance to Abhaya Bhavan (nearby charitable institution) through charity boxes.
b) Blood Donor’s Forum
The blood donor’s forum of NSS unit called as “Life Donors” cater many of the blood needs in and around Kottayam. During the year, more than 59 volunteers donated blood for the needed in various hospitals of the district.
As a source for easy availability of blood in much needed times, a blood directory was published by the NSS Unit of K.G College. The directory consists of the entire student’s blood group and their contact numbers. In case of emergencies for any blood group, the directory will be very useful.
3. Extension Activities of the Departments of the College
a) Donation of Books to Public Library: The Department of Economics has conducted an outreach project in the academic year 2019-20.They donated books to Madhavan Memorial Public Library, Champakkara to encourage reading habit. The books collected from various people belonging to different sections of the society. The Department handed over 460 books to the library.
b) Interaction with Tribal Communities: The Department of Economics has conducted an interactive programme with the tribals of Vennimala region near Pampady.The final year degree students visited their settlements and made a socio-economic-health-educational survey among the forty families of tribal communities. The interaction was beneficial for both the students and the tribal community.
c) Awareness on RTI Act, 2005: The Department of Economics has made an extensive venture to learn the awareness among the general public on the RTI Act of 2005. The students of Economics department has visited 960 families in Kottayam District and asked them whether they are aware of the RTI Act of 2005. They provided awareness to those who have no clarity on the Act. It was a very good effort from the part of the department.
d) Covid 19 & Participation of NCC: The NCC cadets of K.G.College along with their ANO Lt.Renish Joseph have actively participated in data collection among the migrant labourers in Kottayam district. They conducted data collection in April 2020 and handed over the data to the District authorities and it helped to deal Covid among the migrant laborers in the district.
Evidences of Success
Success of any programme is measured on the basis of the outcome of the programme. The college community, while introducing community initiatives, aimed to support the poor in the immediate vicinity of the college and there by learn some good lessons out of it. Through the outreach programmes the College intended to fulfill its motto of community service along with education.The healthy living conditions should be nurtured and developed. The response of the local people really motivated our community and gave immense courage to think differently and to bring positive outcomes to the sections of society where help is imminent. The leaders at the local self governments always approach us to undertake some new initiatives. Whenever a new community oriented programme is organised by the Panchayat, the officials and local leaders take support of the college to make the programmes successful. This indicates the popularity of the organising capacity of our extension division. More smiling faces of the beneficiaries of our programmes motivate us to do more. This gives us to develop ourselves as good citizens by cultivating the qualities of fellowship, compassion and dedication to the common causes. It also gives opportunity to develop organizing skill and the capacity to work in groups. As recognition to the efforts of the students, NSS Unit of the College is selected as the Best NSS Unit of the MG University for the last three years.
Problems encountered and Resources required: There are mainly two problems in connection with these programmes. One is the difficulty to find time for undertaking all the programmes without affecting the normal working of the College. Even though we have managed the problem by organising many programmes on holidays, it is practically difficult to add more programmes of this kind due to the paucity of time. Another block is the money needed to organise the programme. The College is not able to contribute money for these programmes. But we have managed financial problems by arranging funds from like-minded people and NGOs/Trusts and we will definitely come with more such programmes in future.
II. Student Support through Stakeholder Support
Goal of the Programme: A good number of students pursuing education in KG College are from poor background. A College which has been supporting the poor outside cannot remain intact when some of the colleagues are facing troubles. Hence, the objective is to extend our hands to support the poor students for the completion of their education.
The Context: More than 40 percent of the students in the KG College are from poor back ground. There are students who have no parents, ailing parents and drunkards or from broken families with poor financial support. It is the moral responsibility of the citizens to support such students to complete their education. Moreover, supporting the poor in the campus creates a culture of mutual support, bonding relationships and creates a sense of attachment to the College.
The Programmes: Stake holders are supporting the financially backward students of the College in many ways. The teachers and management of the College are acting as the facilitators of this programme.
Student Adoption Scheme: In this scheme, the teachers will identify financially weak students who could not continue their education due to shortage of money, and inform the alumni who are ready to adopt a student for educational support. The alumni will deposit the entire money required for the completion of the programme with a bank account maintained with the Canara Bank. The teacher in charge of the programme will release the amount at the beginning of the year to the concerned student..
2. Scholarships by Alumni and Retired Staff: Former students who are now in good position and are willing to support the young generations in their alma mater are requested to contribute a lump sum for giving scholarships to brilliant and economically backward students. Retired staff also have instituted many scholarships on merit cum means basis which are really helpful to brilliant but financially backward students to continue their education.
3. Fast A Day Feast A Friend: The College MGOCSM unit, a secular students’ wing actively participates in Community extension programs and their flagship program ‘Fast a Day, Feast a Friend’ is one to be mentioned with special regard. Every year a particular day is earmarked for collecting voluntary financial contributions from the college community and the fund raised through this, is handed over to the Principal to distribute to the needy hands among the students.
Evidence of Success: Successful continuation of these inspiring programmes is in itself a strong indicator of excellent student-teacher and institutional relationship. This is a never ending story of culture inculcated by the College through strong bonding between the minds of students and teachers.
Problems Encountered and Resources Required: The main reason for the success of this giving back by the alumni is the presence of the senior faculty members. They are the connecting link between the institution and the alumni. Once they are retired, the thread is badly severed. Those who replace their positions couldn’t effectively strike a cordial connection to the alumni of the previous generations.