Whether it’s flood or pandemic, or anything for that matter, nothing can deter the social consciousness of the students of Don Bosco College Angadikadavu. The National Service Scheme (NSS) Unit of the college won the Best NSS Unit Award in 2019-2020 from Kannur University, Kerala for their philanthropic works. The Best NSS Programme Officer Award and the Best NSS Volunteer Award are won by Nithinkuttan PK and Akhil Devasia respectively. Similarly, the NSS Unit won awards in the academic year 2017-2018. The Don Bosco NSS Unit has 100 student volunteers and two programme officers. The various programmes aim to instil the idea of social welfare in students and service to society. The college has built three homes, Snehaveedu, for the needy in three consecutive years.
The student volunteers are at the forefront in the education of tribal youth, relief-works during the floods and the pandemic, organic farming, free food distribution for the children in orphanages, anti-tobacco and anti-drugs campaigns, and awareness workshops for various stakeholders. The National Service Scheme was launched in 1969 at the Birth Centenary Year of Gandhiji by the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to instil social consciousness in students by providing opportunities to work with and among the people
The First Semester BSW students, accompanied by the Staff Coordinators Zhavierkutty Francis Sir, Vipin Sir and the Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work Lisbel Manikutty Miss, were in Wayanad on Friday, February 19, visiting two social service agencies of repute catering to the marginalised: SHREYAS, the Social Service Society, under the Malankara Catholic Diocese of Sulthan Bathery & JEEVAN JYOTHI, An NGO Working for the Tribal and the marginalized sections of the society since 2011in Kalpetta. Project Officer Shaji KP at SHREYAS, and Executive Director PM Pathrose at JEEVAN JYOTHI took orientation sessions and students had a guided tour to the various segments of both these agencies. Orientation visits are envisaged in BSW curriculum to familiarise the students with the burning issues faced by the society today, and to develop a critical understanding of the society’s response to these contemporary concerns through the wide range of services of these professional agencies.
The First Year MSW students are now from their classroom to the field … in a rural camp at Uruppumkutty, in touch with ground realities of life …. As part of the rural camp, three check dams are being made across Kundoor river under the scorching sun, to retain water upstream, for the water to percolate into the wells getting dry around the area. The families at Uruppumkutty have been battling with water scarcity for years particularly in the months of April and May. These check dams will increase the ground water level in the vicinity. Ayyankunnu Panchayath President Kuriachan Paimkilikunnel inaugurated the camp. Panchayath Member KJ Jose felicitated. Congratulations to MSW HoD Fr. KO Thomas, Teachers and MSW First Year Students.
Having won Kannur University’s best NSS Unit, best NSS Programme Officer and best NSS Volunteer Awards in 2018 and 2020, and having constructed three houses (Sneha Veedu) for three homeless families consecutively in the last three years, NSS volunteers are now on another challenging venture: a Sneha Veedu for a deserving mother.
The Department of Commerce organized a webinar on 02-02-2021, for students in the department on the topic “Awareness on Banking Ombudsman Scheme”. The session was handled by Mr. Sreenath L., Assistant Manager, Office of the Banking Ombudsman, Thiruvanthapuram. Topics covered : 1) Banking Ombudsman. 2) List of complaints one can lodge with the Banking Ombudsman. 3) Situations in which the complaint can be rejected by the Banking Ombudsman. 4) The procedure for filing a complaint with Banking Ombudsman.