The MES Asmabi College has several innovative and extension practices among which the following two has internally evolved and used the two best practices: I. GRAMIKA(Capacity building, competence for group living,extension, community linkage)and 2. TRIBAL WELFARE PROGRAMME (Empowering the marginalised sections of society) during the last few years leading to positive impact on the regular functioning of the institution. These are extension activities meant for the welfare of the community. These were the innovative initiatives of our institution made functional over the past few years. This practice is relevant mainly within the institution at a given point in time. The best practices of our institution enable our institution to leave its imprint among the community.
GRAMIKA is a programme for the students and faculty of all the departments to use their expertise and capacity to address issues faced by local community in various fields with the involvement of local bodies, SH groups, NGOs and experts in the local community. One of the major objectives of the practice is to inculcate service mindedness in our students so as to prepare them to engage in meaningful service. This would enable them from the undergraduate level to foster the right kind of positive attitude towards the society. Another objective of the project is to provide the local people in the remote coastal areas with medical aid, communication skill, technical skills etc. This project also aims at providing leadership training and development opportunities for the students. The fourth objective is to disseminate information about service learning outside the immediate campus and community.
2. Empowering the Marginalised (Welfare of Tribals, Fisherfolk and Plantation Labourers)
The initiative began with a research support from CEPF-ATREE (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) Western Ghats in Collaboration with Hornbill Foundation to support the conservation initiatives in the district involving and ensuring rights of the Tribal people especially Kadar, Malayar and Muthuvan Community. This was an opportunity for our students and faculty to have such experience not only with tribal people and conservation but also with marginalized plantation lanbourers in the tea plantations in Malakkaparai. The proximity to coastal area provided an atmosphere to link with Fisherman folk to have extension as well as community based activities. The college, its faculty and students get a platform to collaborate with government departments including Forest department, Tribal Department, Panchayats and Tribal Community organisations to involve in the process of studies through research projects, consultancy and internships, planning, training, mapping, environmental awareness programs, community based conservation and disaster management.
Uplifting the marginalised
Our country is witnessing land mark movements with respect to the rights and privileges of the marginalised. The college is in line with these governmental policies to support and bring the marginalised to the main stream. Empowerment of downtrodden and backward classes is one of the core visions of our college. In order to translate this vision into action our college strives to offer liberal education to women and the financially poor and downtrodden sections of society. Through the various curricular and co curricular initiatives of the college, students from all walks of life get an opportunity to come to the forefront and participate in capacity building process.
a) Support to the Tribes
M. Getthanandan, Tribal activist inaugurating the conference on Forest Right Act 2006
b) Support to the Plantation Labourers
Health and Anti Plastic Survey at Malakkappara – Plantation Laboureres
Paper Bag making Training for Plantation Labourers
c) Support to the Fisher Folk
Honouring Pokkali Fisher Folk & Paper bag making Training for Women
d) Honouring the elderly neighbourhood in every ‘Onam’ celebration
Honouring the elderly people of our neighbourhood is a prestigious programme of the college. We regularly visit the houses of elderly people in the vicinity with initiatives from teachers and students, invite them to participate in our state festival ‘Onam’. There will be a special programme for honouring the elderly and providing them with new cloths remembering our traditional custom. They will participate and witness cultural program and also the ‘OnaSadhya’ traditional feast. Many important personalities also participate in this warm programme. Students and the elderly get an opportunity to spent time together in the campus.