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BEST PRACTICES

Best Practice: I

Title: Karuthal

“Karuthal” at Cochin Arts and Science College encourages students to actively participate in social activities, fostering empathy, service, and social responsibility and enhancing their educational experience.

1. Objectives of the Practice
  • To focus on village upliftment, assistance for sick care, women's empowerment, and
    marginalised communities.
  • To foster real-life interactions with local communities for students.
  • To expose students to real-life situations and social values.
  • To aim to foster social and environmental sensitivity through need-based activities.

2. The Context

In 2019, CASC adopted Chakothumala Colony, focusing on socially and financially disadvantaged residents. They implemented welfare programmes, prioritised assistance, fostered community relations, met urgent needs, empowered communities, and encouraged long-term engagement.

3. The Practice

The college focuses on social welfare, including village upliftment, assistance for sick care, women’s empowerment, and marginalised communities. Through real-life interactions, it prepares students to become compassionate and responsible citizens, fostering social and environmental sensitivity through need-based activities.

4. Evidence of Success

CASC has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Rotary Club of Kochi Suburbs and JCI Kakkanad for its efforts in community development and social responsibility, including fostering humanitarian qualities, recruiting housekeeping staff, and adopting the Chakothmala Colony, which have positively impacted attitudes and values among the college community.

5. Problems Encountered and Resources Required

The college’s social work programmes are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic by transitioning to online platforms, reassessing programmes, strengthening digital coordination, prioritising resource allocation, allowing flexible planning, and seeking collaborative solutions with stakeholders to ensure compliance with pandemic guidelines.

Best Practice: II

Title: Jaivam

CASC’s Jaivam organic farming endeavour educates students on sustainable practices,
promoting awareness through workshops, seminars, and hands-on experiences, encouraging
interest in organic farming.

1. Objectives of the Practice
  • Promotes organic vegetable cultivation for healthy habits and pesticide-free produce.
  • Promotes biodiversity conservation by avoiding synthetic chemicals.
  • Actively promotes ecological balance through organic farming.
  • Encourages natural pest control to reduce reliance on chemical pesticides.
2. The Context

CASC is transitioning to organic farming, promoting sustainable agriculture and healthier living. Organic farming reduces artificial fertilisers, promotes healthier eating, preserves soil health, promotes biodiversity, raises community health awareness, and reduces exposure to synthetic chemicals, promoting long-term health benefits.

3. The Practice

CASC has implemented various agricultural activities on campus, including diverse crop cultivation, student-made organic fertilisers, seed and sapling distribution, and vegetable distribution, to promote sustainability, environmental consciousness, and community engagement, fostering responsibility and healthier eating habits among residents.

4. Evidence of Success

CASC received a Certificate of Merit from MG University for promoting organic farming
and sustainable agriculture and a Certificate of Appreciation from Kunnathunadu Panchayath, the Rotary Club of Kochi Suburbs, and JCI Kakkanad, acknowledging CASC’s commitment to environmental sustainability through enhanced learning and practical knowledge.

5. Problems Encountered and Resources Required

CASC faces significant challenges during the pandemic, including safety measures, climate change, on-premises expansion, limited physical interactions, and limited engagement with government departments, local bodies, and NGOs.