IOABSS - IDHAYA'S OUTREACH ACTIVITIES - BORN TO SHARE AND SERVE
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.
Either the formal educational system or the society does not provide much opportunity for the students to excel in all fields. In order to fill this empty space, the Institution engaged the students in various outreachactivities that lead to their holistic development. “Idhaya Born to Share and Serve” is a way in which they can become competent and capable in their future endeavors as responsible citizens towards the nation and lead a happy and healthy life.
The Institution offers various programmes for nurturing the students’ Social Responsibility and holisticdevelopment. Following are some of the best practices adopted to attain these objectives:
During the Gaja Cyclone Relief visit, the students could not stay with the victims and rendered the service.
Effective functioning of Mentoring and Counseling System through early identification and guiding the students to get rid of psychological and social problems.
The students of Idhaya hail mostly from a rural background. They are either first generation learners orhave just completed their schooling in the vernacular medium and they develop a complex when they are amidst the English medium students. The financial stress levels are insurmountable for many of them, which make them imbalanced. Many students come from socially dysfunctional families with multiple problems. Hence the task of the Mentor is very challenging and crucial.Moreover, it is aimed to align withthe institutional mission and vision statement on progressive lines in order to imbibe a rational positive outlook towards life thereby making them responsible citizens.
A target group of 20 students is assigned to each faculty member as a Mentor who monitors their progress throughout their course of study. A booklet “Idhaya Mentoring” has been designed by the College to keep track of the student’s growth and development on campus. The session once in a week is madecompulsory for every student to attend without fail. The mentors are provided with details of mentees’performances in terms of academic (weekly test, class test, mid-term and Model Exam) and attendance records. The Mentor also keeps track of the mentees’ personal development such as co-curricular activities, discipline and career related issues. Certain academic problems of the students are discussed in the department along with the Head of the Department. The Mentor meets the parents of her ward once in a semester to update them on her overall performance. The mentoring system enables the faculty and students to establish a personal bond with each other. The parents are also called for, whenever any problem like long absenteeism, irregularity in attendance, lack of academic performance, irregularity in submission of assigned tasks, indiscipline and other teenage issues arise. If necessary, a meeting is arranged with the Principal, Vice-Principal and the Head of the Department, to take major decisions. The slow learners are also identified by the Mentors, who arrange for remedial classes and peer group study. The Mentors take special care to help the teenagers through the difficult phases in their lives. The students’ world is plagued by the media and the misuse of modern technology and gadgets to which many of the students have access. When students face emotional crisis, the Mentors counsel them and direct them to the College Counselor (Sr. Patricia Mary) to get professional help, remedial action and if necessary medical aid.
Many students have benefitted from the Mentoring and Counseling sessions. They are able to cope upwith stressful situations at home and academic problems that they encounter. The number of detainment bystudents has plummeted consistently. A remarkable number of students are able to successfully complete the course through the academic assistance in the form of remedial classes and peer-group study.
Students are slow to absorb the benefits of the mentoring and counseling system. Unwillingness to sharetheir real problems, lack of frankness is the challenge encountered by the mentors and counselor. However, Mentors and Counselor allot sufficient time to meet the students off the class hours to sort out their problems and assist in finding a solution.