1. Title of the practice:
Social outreach activities
2. The context that required the initiation of the practice
‘Not me but us’ is the need of the hour. Close knit interaction with people belonging to all possible social strata nurtures a sense of responsibility in the growing minds of the students and instils the sense of empathy for their fellow members in the wider society. The target group at the receiving end is equally benefitted. The practice also ensures holistic development of the students in line with the vision of the institution.
3. Objectives of the practice
To develop a sense of compassion in the young minds for the deprived sections of the society and to enable them to reach out to their requirements in whatever small way possible. To encourage philanthropy as a way of life.
4. The Practice
There are four units of social outreach activities in the institution namely: National Service Scheme Unit, Leadership Training Service Unit, Community Outreach Service Unit and Social Welfare Committee. These units try to touch the less privileged sections of the society with different kinds of activities conducted all round the year. Each committee comprises teachers as well as student members who meet at the beginning of each session to plan out the year round activity calendar. The responsibilities are delegated and the students organize the events under the supervision of the teacher members. For the NSS unit, the guidelines laid by the UGC and the affiliating university, is followed. The other three committees focus their activities in other possible areas. The activities of these committees include Special Camps in Children’s Homes; distribution of stationery, woolen garments, books, new clothes in old age homes, slums, children’s homes; organization of cultural activities; health and hygiene awareness camps; blood donation camps; contributions in various relief funds during natural disasters; spreading environmental and social awareness and many more.
5. Obstacles faced
The highly urban location of the institution was an initial hurdle in locating the focus groups, along with the fact that being an all girls’ college there were other issues like security of the students that needed to be addressed.
6. Impact of the practice
The practice of being attached to social causes as a part of their academic training is carried forward when the students continue to do the same later in life. The satisfaction and sense of fulfillment that they get through the lovely smiles of those who they associate with cannot be quantified. The students take away a life lesson from their own activities that help to enrich them as human beings. We have many social entrepreneurs and social workers among our alumni. We also share a very long association with renowned organizations working for various social issues, who eagerly collaborate with us in various ways.