Creating Socially Committed Women

Adhering to its foundational principles, the institution has undertaken the vision of shaping young women to thrive and excel as socially committed responsible citizens. Our vision and mission focus on moulding intellectually nourished, morally upright, socially committed and spiritually inspired citizens, inculcating human values, life skills and commitment to social causes among students. The college plans and executes all its activities aiming at enriching students in diverse facets of life such as- social, economic, emotional and spiritual well-being and enables them to excel in their roles.

Inculcating Human Values For Social Well-Being

To meet the objective of instilling commitment to social causes, the college has formally integrated all related activities under the aegis of BCM-OJASS, a registered society. OJASS is the college’s endeavor to systematically organize all socially relevant activities in the college. Students and staff voluntarily contribute to OJASS. Financial assistance is provided to the staff to meet the medical expenses and to students in the form of tuition fees, examination fees and other payments under the ‘Education Revolving Finance Scheme’ of BCM-OJASS.

Under the banner, ‘BCM Snehaveedu’, five houses were constructed. Of the beneficiaries, four were students of the college. Over twenty lakhs has been raised towards ‘BCM Snehaveedu’.

OJASS carries out an outreach programme in Pongampally, a tribal hamlet in Kanthalloor Panchayat in Idukki for over ten years. As part of mainstreaming the disadvantaged section of the society, college organizes various awareness programs, focusing on educating the children of the community. The students organize ‘Dostana’, summer camp, where training and interactive sessions are held on socially relevant topics. School stationery is distributed among the children in Pongampally. The students have set up a makeshift library and have arranged tuition facilities for students of the village. These activities have considerably improved the academic performance of students.

The students conduct ‘Samanwaya’, a cultural fest as part of bringing forth children who need special care and protection from various children’s homes and juvenile homes through special training. Cultural events such as ‘Viomithram’ and ‘Saphalam Sahyanam’ are organized which inculcate moral values, leading to dissemination of cultural knowledge. Since its inception in 2012, the college functions as the nodal agency in Kottayam for the CHILDLINE India Foundation.

The students bring home-made food packets every Friday and are distributed to the inmates of Navajeevan, a home for the destitute under the banner of Snehannam. Through this unique practice, around 25000 food packets were given to the needy since 2016 till the lockdown due to the outbreak of Corona.

Fostering Entrepreneurial Skills For Self- Reliance

The institution focuses on developing entrepreneurship skills among students to equip them to meet their economic needs. The college has an active and dynamic Entrepreneurship Cell to develop entrepreneurial traits among the students. All the departments organize fests every year which are fully coordinated and executed by the students. The canteen and coffee shop managed by the students is a prototype example for honing managerial skills, retail management, financial management and human resource management. In the context of the severe floods that occurred in Kerala, the department of Physics conducted workshops on assembling LED bulbs and solar chargers and distributed the same among students. Product incubation centre run by the department of Food Science introduce the students to product development and research areas. The department of Botany takes effective measures to enhance pollination at the botanical garden by keeping apiaries with the mottoearn while you learn” and enables the students to get an additional income through apiculture. The department also conducts ‘On the job training programme’ for the students on ‘mushroom cultivation’. Femme De Talent is an endeavour that enables students to meet and exchange concepts and ideas directly with successful entrepreneurs. These initiatives help in equipping students with adequate skills to transform them into potential entrepreneurs.

Environmental Sustainability

The college inculcates commitment to environmental causes among students to ensure clean and healthy living. The organic farming initiative undertaken by the NSS unit in college was recognized and awarded as ‘Best Practice’ by the MG University in 2015. In collaboration with ‘Parasthithikam’, an initiative of the Directorate of Environment and climate change, Government of Kerala, college conducted various activities aiming at reducing the use of plastics under the banner, ‘Malinya vimuktha BCM’. In association with Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department, Department of Zoology conducted various programmes aiming at preventing destruction of mangrove ecosystems. The college promotes a zero-waste campus by the use of non-disposable utensils in the canteen and coffee shop and by encouraging students to use organic and bio degradable products.

The institution thus focuses on creating multifaceted, socially committed, young women with skills and commitment and thereby contributes to nation-building for a peaceful and sustainable society.

Upholding Gender Equity For Social Inclusion

The college has proactively undertaken initiatives to shatter and unlearn gender stereotypes by embarking on programmes that are organized and executed by the students with the guidance of teachers. Gender neutral uniform instituted in the campus gives a right direction to bridge the gender gap. The college has consistently conducted annual blood donation camps under the aegis of NSS. The college has organized the largest ever blood donation camp in Kerala run and participated in, exclusively by female students, a record that stands to this day. The college maintains a percussion (chenda) team comprised entirely of students, another area traditionally dominated by men. Students embark on activities like demarcating pedestrian crossing zones and organizing massive voluntary drives to contribute essentials to areas hit by natural calamities.

Around 200 students were given four-wheeler driving training in the auspices of the college NSS Unit. Self-defense training through martial arts such as ‘Kalarippayattu’ and ‘Karate’ are given to students. Students undertook zebra line marking and passenger bus cleaning during night time. Seminars and workshops in the college are completely organized by the girls. The college has conducted a number of gender sensitization programmes to provide an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to understand the social and cultural constructions of gender in our society.