Service Learning Programme
Service Learning unites the academic and voluntary community service to make studies immediate and relevant. The objectives of the Service Learning Programme at Isabella Thoburn College are:
- • To engage institution of higher education in issues of their communities
- • To address and meet social needs
- • To help students identify and understand cultural differences
- • To enhance critical thinking
- • To train young leaders.
- • To enliven academic disciplines
- • To develop useful skills
The Units of Service Learning Programme are:
- • AIDS Awareness Centre for Counseling, Education and Training Centre for Women’s Studies and Development
- • Centre for Education Beyond Curriculum
- • Nutritional Initiatives for Community Health and Education
AIDS Awareness Centre for Counseling, Education and Training
Isabella Thoburn College set up AIDS Awareness Centre for Counseling, Education and Training(AACCET) within the College campus to encourage the college students to participate in spreading awareness on the issues of HIV/AIDS which is posing one of the biggest challenges in the history of public health. The programme aims at bringing about an attitudinal and behavioral change among students towards people with HIV/AIDS and remove the stigma associated with it.The AACCET, since inception in 2002, has adopted a multi pronged approach which includes human resource building, participatory learning, development of communication tools, social and community action, networking and care and support.AACCET works in schools, slums and rural areas through peer education programmes, conducts workshops, seminars, exhibitions etc and has a strong outreach programme.AACCET works as a nodal agency providing training to teachers, counselors and village animators working in various governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The Centre has developed resource material for generation of information, education and communication (IEC) and is active in advocacy campaigns and in setting up Self-help groups in rural and urban areas. It networks with national and international organizations.
Centre for Women’s Studies and Development
The Centre for Women’s Studies and Development (CWSD) was established at the College in 1975 with the objective of empowering women by creating and developing an understanding of the dynamics of the diverse issues which confront Indian women. The CWSD has evolved a programme which aims at sensitizing the student body and raising awareness on issues of gender and society.
The students participate in workshops, seminars and informative lectures by eminent scholars, social activists and professionals. The Centre also serves as the locus of multidisciplinary projects focused on women’s issues. Faculty also participate in many activities of the Centre.The activities of the CWSD include lectures, studies and counseling, interaction with rural women, networking with social activists and NGOs, visits to Family Courts, Police stations, Rehabilitation centres and the Model Jail.The CWSD conducts the Legal Awareness Certificate Course which arms the students with functional legal literacy through knowledge of gender specific laws and their implementation.
Nutritional Initiatives for Community Health and Education
NICHE aims to empower the students with nutritional awareness and professional skills and involves in community participation. The objective of the programme is to develop among the students, the skills, habits and attitudes for healthy living. It extends to the community the benefits of nutritional perspectives while mobilizing the existing and potential resources of the community.
Centre for Education Beyond Curriculum
Centre of for Education Beyond Curriculum popularly known as CEDBEC , through its awareness and sensitization programme in the form of special lectures, talks by experts, quiz, essay, poster or slogan writing Competitions, interactive sessions and outreach programmes aims to develop enlightened, emancipated and empathetic students who have deeper understanding for the responsibility they have towards the society and the nation as educated itizens.CEDBEC aims to sensitize students about diverse issues of social, personal, national and global concern. It strives to develop sense of responsibility and willingness among students to go beyond themselves, to respond to the needs of other people’s as well.It creates understanding about the heterogeneous nature of the society and help students imbibe personal and social values essential to function as a productive citizen of the country.