Best Practices – 1: Value orientation

Objectives of the Practice

The objectives to this practice are long term and short-term objectives.
The long-term objectives of this practice aim to bring in a change in the society at large by contributing to the making of a more human society and a more harmonious society.
The short-term objectives include the following:
Orienting young boys and girls about the human values and help them understand these values
Creating responsible citizens
Prevent youth from entering the anti-social elements
The context

Educational Institutions play vital role in moulding young people’s lives. Institutions, most importantly, that offer courses beyond plus two level will have youth who are entering the last phase of teenage, as students. While they are graduating from these institutions, they get their right to vote and most of them enter some profession or the other soon after completing the course. It is therefore, the responsibility of the institutions to orient their students with certain values that are highly essential to lead their lives responsibility and empathy towards fellow citizens and society at large. Academic institutions thus have an important role not only in shaping the lives of individuals, but also to influence the course of the future of any society.
It is in this context that our college has been making best efforts to transform our students into
value oriented and responsible citizens. Value orientation assumes greater importance in the contemporary situations. Nowadays, most of the college students at UG level are pursuing courses with their career in minds, without any regard for values as a nation we have inherited. If it is unchecked, the society will pay the price for it in future, as institutions being indifferent towards them.

The Practice:

The College has been conducting assembly on every Wednesday, wherein the College Principal or a Senior Lecturer talks about the importance of practicing values in individual’s life. It may be about setting a goal for oneself, being responsible towards fellow citizens, the power of truth and non-violence, the constitutional values, respect for elders, dignity of labour, social equity and gender equity, patience to achieving things etc. Students are advised to follow these values and never compromise in observing them.
The College has been celebrating the birth anniversaries of the heroes of freedom struggle, great scientists like Newton, Einstein, APJ Kalam; social reformers like Viresalingam, Scholars like Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan etc., where their contribution to the society, and their life sketch are explained to the students. On Aug 15 and Jan 26 every year the college celebrates Independence Day and Republic Day. Students are encouraged to participate in the celebrations to know about the importance of these two days in the history.
Social Work Department’s faculty and students with NSS Unit of the College has adopted some habitations like a tribal settlement on the outskirts of the village, where people are largely illiterate, living in sub-human conditions, both men and women drink liquor every day, their children are left to their fate and malnutrition and anemic cases are rampant. Students of Social Work and NSS unit have been making efforts to change the profile of such habitations by regularly meeting them, helping them access the government schemes and trying to help them give up liquor consumption, enrolling their children in Anganwadi Centre or Schools.
Students of the college are also encouraged to join the events organized by several organizations/institutions within and outside the town. It could be organizing a rally to inculcate awareness among the general public about HIV/AIDS, or it could be a campaign to encourage people enrolling themselves into some scheme introduced by the government, or it could be a survey meant for understanding the socio-economic/health or some related problem or the impact of a government intervention.

Evidence of Success:

Participating students are encouraged to disseminate their findings, efforts to change the life styles of the people in these habitations through organizing seminars and chiseling their strategies during the interactions with the faculty members and fellow students, so as to achieve their goals easily.
This kind of participation has been enabling our student community in brightening their understanding
about the root causes of several social problems in a scientific way, and also in understanding the
bottlenecks faced in implementing a government programme. Continuous interaction with the communities helped students to closely watch the life style of poor, adjustments/compromises they are making to meet their essential needs

Best Practices – 2: Environment Protection

Objectives of the practice

Protecting the environment is the main objective of this practice. There is an immediate need to protect the environment. Indiscriminate use and abuse of natural resources are likely to make the existence of life on the planet a miserable one and if this is not regulated or controlled it may ultimately lead to the vanishing of every species including mankind. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, Mother earth provides enough to satisfy
every man’s need but not every man’s greed is the guiding principle to us.
The Context
At present development is taking place by deforestation. For example,construction of giant irrigation projects and laying roads need large tracts of land resulting in the removal of forests, hills etc. Seen from this angle, every economic intervention aimed at the development of the society, causes deforming or destruction of the environment in a minor scale or a major scale. The modern, larger and huge constructions are causing heavy devastation and at times it is also feared that this may lead to the endangering life on the planet Earth.
Man-made activities are providing relief to several problems temporarily, i.e., for a few decades only. These short-term benefits are in the form of increased agriculture productivity, comforting the lives of people, revolutionizing communications etc. But, in the long run they are affecting the climate, environment around us. The situation has developed to such an extent that the governments now forced to examine every small project or giant project from the environmental angle. A good example is that, green revolution initiated by the government in 1970s has started showing its real impact after 40 years. Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘Mother earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed”. This is our guiding philosophy in adopting this practice.
Our College has attached paramount importance to adopting certain innovative practices, that include
imbibing consciousness in the minds of student community, who in turn will follow these practices outside
the college, which will have a cascade effect on the community. Our activities in this regard may be classified into certain categories:
Formation of a Eco-club consisting students as members and a faculty member to coordinate. Students and teachers who are not members of this forum are encouraged to participate in the activities that are organized by this forum.The Eco club in the college functions in-
Planting new trees on the campus on National-important days.
Undertaking audit of plants in regular intervals.
Cleaning the campus free of plastic and Parthenium plants that are creating severe environment and health hazards and imbibing environmental consciousness, in students,staff through guest lectures.
Observing world Earth day on April 22, World Environment Day on June 5 etc every year.
Most of the appliances in the college use the solar power. Third Saturday of every month, all staff members, teaching community and student community observe clean and green day. The College has been adopting one of the principles of 3-Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).
Saving power is generating power. This quote has been followed by everyone in the college.
Switching off electrical implements when not in use, a strict ban on smoking in the college premises, encouraging students to use cycle for coming to college are some of the important activities undertaken in this respect. Either during the functions or in informal meetings held on the college campus use of plastic cups is totally prohibited. LED bulbs are fixed replacing the tungsten bulbs and tube lights to conserve energy.

Evidence of Success

25% of the college areas is covered under greenery as a result of planting trees.
Newspaper clippings about planting trees by the visiting dignitaries
Solar panels installed on the campus

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