Give a Hand
Carmel, a college for women run by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel, has the explicit vision and mission of empowering rural women with knowledge and inculcating in them the spirit of selfless love and compassion and thus creating an ideal society. Being situated in a remote idyllic locale, where a majority living far below the poverty line, higher education poses a big challenge. Majority of the students are first generation learners who come from the lower stratum of society and face financial difficulties, struggling to complete the course. In this context, the Management decides to give a hand to those students who cannot fulfill their educational dreams and make them self-reliant. Born out of this loving intent is the programme “Give a Hand.”
The college gives both financial aid and emotional support to students coming from economically weak backgrounds to reach out to the horizons of excellence. They are given financial assistance in the form of fee concessions, scholarships and free field trips and study tours besides supplying freely books, uniforms and meals. The institution also gives cash awards to the economically backward students for their meritorious achievements. The institution has developed a strategy for the selection of the deserving student by inviting applications for the same. Principal verifies the details of the application with the help of concerned Heads of Department. They take into consideration merit of the student and the genuineness of the need. The visit of faculty members of each department to the homes of their students and the meaningful interactions with their parents and family members, generally on Fridays provide an opportunity to understand their needs, both professional and personal. This is indeed very helpful in identifying the deserving student and those selected students will be rewarded with incentives which help them to come out in flying colours. The loving embrace through Faculty @ home, programme is beneficial for developing a cordial relationship between teachers and students. The awards instituted by former faculty members and well wishers are given in the Annual College Day Programme to poor students with good academic profile to continue their studies. Substantial financial help is also available to the deserving poor, meritorious and regular students from Students Aid Fund.
In addition, the college takes all effort to inform and sanction the monetary schemes for deserving students from the management and government. The Chavara Euphrasia Scholarship instituted by the management opens door for academic high achievers from low income families. The college pays attention to notify various scholarships for low income students given by state and central governments without fail. Details regarding the scholarships are clearly displayed on the college notice boards. Details of the scholarships are specified in the College Handbook also.
The Flood which wreaked havoc in 2018 opened the dams of compassion among Carmel fraternity. Realizing the pathetic situations imposed by flood on families, teachers and students spent nearly one month to stretch out their helping hands and emotional support through house visits, cleaning houses and monetary helps.
Many of the beneficiaries came up with academic excellence which was proved University ranks and fellowships. It is evident that many of the students who enjoyed this Give a Hand programme have been able to pursue higher studies and get better job opportunities.
Since the needy students are too much and the funds are limited, we are forced to shortlist them. Another hurdle is the delay in the timely disbursement of scholarships of the government.
Natural disasters of great magnitude are common in recent years. Thrissur district in general and Mala in particular is severely affected during the Flood in 2018. As a college situated in this ecologically fragile zone, we strongly believe that one of our primary concerns is to create a society that cares for the environment. Realizing the importance of conservation of Nature and sustainable development, many activities are undertaken to make the campus and the nearby locality ecofriendly and the students ecosensitive.
The Stay Green initiatives in the college give a pollution free environment and improve personal hygiene. The awareness programmes and seminars organized have an impact on staff and students especially in use of water and disposal of waste.
To reduce energy consumption, alternate energy sources like solar installation requires huge expenditure.