Social Outreach Programmes

1. Herbarium Training: A two-day training programme in Herbarium Methodology is conducted regularly.

2. Navadarsan – Junior Scientist Programme 23rd June, 2018 onwards

3. Albertian Swachata Mission-2019

As part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, St. Albert’s College (Autonomous), Ernakulam organised an Albertian clean campus week from 27th September to 2ndOctober, 2019. Under the leadership of our respected Principal, Dr. M L Joseph many programmes were organised to accomplish this clean campus initiative.

“A clean India would be the best tribute India could pay to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary in 2019” said Shri Narendra Modi as he launched the Swachh Bharat Mission at Rajpath in New Delhi. On 2nd October, 2014, Swachh Bharat Mission was launched throughout the length and breadth of the country as a national movement. This campaign aims to achieve the vision of a clean India by 2nd October, 2019.

As part of this campaign, different programmes were allotted to all the Departments of our College.

Programme on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Albertian Swachata Mission

DAY-1: 27th September, 2019 Friday

On the first day of this campaign i.e. 27th September 2019, students of each class were appointed to take seminars on four topics to implement moral values regarding cleanliness and how to initiate them. The topics for the day were the following;

  1. Fundamental duties of Indian citizen,
  2. Cleanliness,
  • Japanese practice of cleanliness and
  1. Model clean cities and clean village.

These presentations were conducted in each class under the supervision of the respective Class teacher. In every class the tutors gave a briefing on this mission, the involvement of the College in this initiative, the activities charted for the coming five days and the significance of this entire programme (Dr. Siju M Varghese- II MSc, Dr K Madhusudhanan- I MSc, Ms Mary Joseph- III BSc, Dr. Anisha S- II BSc and Dr. Anna Ancy Antony A- I BSc). Seminars on the four topics were arranged from 12 pm to 1 pm in the respective class rooms.

In II MSc Botany, the first topic on Fundamental duties of Indian citizens was presented by Nicey Antony and in connection with this she explained how, as Botany students, we should implement the fundamental duties on keeping our surroundings clean. The next presentation was on the topic cleanliness by Mary Biya. She provided awareness regarding personal hygiene and cleanliness of our surroundings. The 3rd topic of the day was Japanese practice of cleanliness. The topic was presented by Aishwarya Johny and she gave a vast idea about how the people of Japan keep their country clean. The final topic was model clean cities and clean village. It was presented by Ashmy P G. Through the presentation, she gave a detailed class on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, its gains and losses and the expectation of the mission on 2nd October, 2019.

In I MSc Botany, the first speaker Ms. Mary Sruthy spoke on Fundamental rights which protects citizens against arbitrary and absolute exercise of power by the state. In her speech she made following points and mentioned the duties vested on citizens:

1.Abide by the Constitution, respect national flag and national anthem.

2.follow ideals of the freedom strangle.

3.Preserve natural resources, biodiversity, environment and its sustainable utilization.

Ms. Dhanya Mathew on her speech on Mahatmaji and his cleanliness mission- an inspiration to all Indians, emphasized on the need to take up cleanliness drive at individual level and its sanctity by quoting ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ and ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. The third speaker Ms. Lhea Blue made a presentation on Model clean City and Clean Village in India. She told how some parts of India took up the clean drive programme and its success. In this context she has told about two places for their effort in making their city and village clean. According to her,the Cleanest village in India-Mawlynnoa in Meghalaya and Cleanest city in India-Indore (Madhya Pradesh). The fourth speaker Mary Glida made a talk on Japanese  practice of Cleanliness. She told that Cleanliness is perhaps more important to the Japanese than with any other culture and the children of Japan clean their classrooms daily.

Four students of IIIB.Sc. Botany conducted a seminar related to the SwachthaMission. The first topic was taken by Nayanthara. She presented on ‘Mahatma Gandhi and cleanliness’. In this she explained about Mahatma Gandhi and the way he led Indians towards personal hygiene, He was as a role model to others by doing the cleaning himself, including toilet cleaning. Mahatma Gandhi said “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet”. Gandhiji dwelt on cleanliness and good habits and pointed out its close relationship to good health.

The next seminar topic ‘Japanese Practice of Cleanliness’ was presented by Aneeta George. In this she compared the cleanliness habits of Indians with Japanese. In Japan, from a very small age, they are inculcated with values about personal hygiene and public health. They have a lot of resources for cleaning their city. She showed images of Japanese school students cleaning the surroundings of the school and the toilets. According to them, cleanliness is next to godliness, and so they give importance to cleaning.

Krishnapriya K.K. presented on ‘Model Clean City and Clean Villages’. She talked about the current situations in India regarding the issue of waste management. Nowadays it is a habit of people to throw waste on the roadsides and into water sources, and contaminating them. She explained how a clean city should be, the criteria for a clean city and what all should be implemented for having a clean city. Cleanliness should start from the house first, each individual is responsible for making their surroundings clean. People should be, made aware about personal hygiene and cleanliness. The main points discussed were, elimination of open defecation, conversion of insanitary toilets to pour flush toilets, eradication of manual scavenging and proper disposal of waste.

The last topic Fundamental dutieswas presented by LancyLorance.She explained about the Fundamental rights and Fundamental duties. There are six fundamental rights and ten Fundamental duties. Main points discussed were respect for National Anthem, Flag, Idols and Indian Institutions. Avoid vices like gambling, dowry, and other social events. She concluded by saying that we should do our best in whatever position we are in.

In II BSc Botany class, the topics were allotted to four groups of students, each comprising of five students. They prepared the topic and one from each group did the presentation. The first presentation of Fundamental duties was done by MsNiveditha K S. Great emphasis was put on individual cleanliness and the famous slogan “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” was stressed on. The link between education and cleanliness was also discussed. The second presentation on “M K Gandhi and cleanliness” was done by Ms Aparna A N who mentioned that Gandhiji’s wise words on cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation were more important than freedom itself. The third presentation on “Model clean city and clean village” was done by Mr Vivek A V. He mentioned that poor waste management and improper hygiene was common in rural areas, especially in northern parts of India. The initiatives taken by the Government to minimize waste like plastic bottles, trash etc. in urban areas was explained. The topic on Japanese cleanliness was presented by Farheen A. The habit of cleanliness nurtured by the Japanese was explained. The people in Japan held the responsibility to keep their cities and premises clean and tidy. The role played by children in this cleanliness was also discussed.

A pictorial representation of “personal hygiene and healthy practices” was put up by Gayathri S, Kavitha N, Margaret Neena, Silpa K S, AnjithaTreesa and Rashid Muhammed.

A cleaning committee was constituted in this class with members as

  1. Albert P Varghese
  2. Ashin Paul K D
  • Aleena K L
  1. Fathima Nesnin M A
  2. Joshna Antony Aruja

A cleaning time-table (already existing) was also announced. The students took turns every week in groups of five and cleaned the classroom along with the tutor. The groups were made in the order of Roll No. For the week 30-09-2019 to 6-10-2019, roll nos 1 to 5 shall do the cleaning.

As decided four students of I BSc Botany were assigned to discuss topics related to the programme.

Firstly Mary Asheena spoke on the topic ‘Fundamental duties’ of a citizen. She explained on various aspects with regard to this. Jini Johnson shared few words about the topic ‘Japanese Cleanliness’. She discussed some important cleaning methods which is being practised in Japan and which we have to follow in our daily life.

Shafsana P.S. described the life of Mahatma Gandhi, how he gave importance to cleanliness in his life. He is our real inspiration and essential for the progress of present India. DivyaUnnikrishnanshared us the idea of model clean city and clean village. The whole class participated in poster making. The topic was personal hygiene.

Aaron Charles Furtalshared his views on clean India. Jini Johnson shared the activities of NSS conducted on the previous day with regard to Swachatha Mission.

By the end of the day, the urgency of putting thoughts into action in a relatively educated and literate societywas realized. We concluded the first day programme by thanking all the people who took efforts to make this programme a success.

DAY-2: 28th September, 2019: SwachathaKudumbam –

My clean drive in my home Initiative-The activity name is SwachathaKudumbam and it is all about my clean home challenge. All Students cleaned their home and premises and they took the photos before and after cleaning and documented it. All students of the Department took part in this challenge and understood the importance of cleaning in daily life.

DAY -3: 29th September 2019: ChangathiKootam (My Friends and Clean Drive):

The activity is named as  “Changathikoottam’. Each student with their friends clean an area near to their home preferably a public place and campaign for cleanliness.  Photos of cleaning before and after were taken and submitted to college authorities.  All the students involved in this programme by inviting their friends and relatives for cleaning.

DAY- 4:  30th  September 2019: Swachatha Class Room ( My Clean Class Room):

The Activity on Swachatha class room was held on 30th Sept. 2019 at 12.30 to 2 pm. The Students of 1 MSC botany cleaned their class room, corridors and MSc lab. After cleaning, the class rooms were washed with cleaning lotion.  All the students were activity involved in the cleaning programme and we felt a sense of responsibility to clean our surroundings. We decided to constitute a group for monitoring the daily cleaning drive of our class rooms.For that a monthly time table of class room cleaning was prepared under the leadership of Ms. Mary Glida. The team also discussed actions to be taken up for Oct. 2nd Cleaning drive in Banerji road, Ernakulam.

The students of III B.Sc. Botany guided by tutor Mrs.Mary Joseph,actively participated in cleaning the classroom.The students were divided into 4 different groups and each group was assigned with different tasks. The first group led by AneetaGeorge was assigned the duty of sweeping the classroom, second group led by Arshal Sebastian in dusting the fans and cleaning the wash basin, third group led by Anphi Antony in cleaning the black board along with the teacher’s desk and chair and the last group led by HarshaJaison in arrangement and cleaning of desk and benches. All the students participated in cleaning,finally the classroom cleaning program became successful due to their united efforts.

The II BSc students alongwith their tutor Dr. Anisha cleaned their classroom and also the store room adjoining their classroom. The students were divided into two groups, one for cleaning the storeroom and the other for the classroom. The cobwebs were cleaned; table, benches, windows etc. dusted; and fans cleaned. Those having dust allergy helped in the wet cleaning and wiped the floor. With so many helping hands the cleaning became an easy task and got over very fast.

The I BSc students framed a cleaning time table for their class.

CLEANING TIMETABLE – 1st B.SC BOTANY

I               34           35           36           37           Joseph Savio      OCT

II             29           30           31           32           33           NOV

III            23           25           26           27           28           DEC

IV            16           19           20           21           22           JAN

V             11           12           13           14           15           FEB

VI            6              7              8              9              10           MAR

VII          1              2              3              4              5              APR

On 30th September, as part of St. Albert’s College ‘Swatch Bharath Mission’, 4th day program, ‘Swatcha class room’ was conducted in the guidance of Ms. Shahina. She explained about the activities to be conducted on the day. The activities conducted are as follows.

  1. Formed a monthly cleaning time table for seven months, starting from October 2019 – April 2020 (Attached the time table).
  2. Formed a clean room committee of five students, including Mary Manjusha, Murshida, Aaron, Athira V R, Aiswarya T B and Sree Lakshmi S.
  3. The students cleaned their class room and corridor.
  4. As part of this mission, student committee members, decided to go and ask support from shops and households in designated area for the proper functioning of ‘Cleaning mission’ on October 2nd

DAY-5 :1st October 2019 :SwachathaKalalayam ( Clean Campus):

On October 1st,2019 The Head of the Department of Botany called for a meeting during 12:30 pm – 1:00 pmin  the III B.Sc. Botany classroom.All the students as well as teachers of the entire Department were present for the meeting. Dr.Madhusudhanan, Department Secretary, delivered the welcome speech. The main points discussed in the meeting were regarding October 2nd programmei.e. cleaning of theBanerji Road from High Court Junction till North overbridge,equipments to be brought for cleaning, the time of arrival at the college and also about the events to be organised at St. Albert’s College Ground, Kaloor.

After the meeting, the students of Botany Department were assigned the task of cleaning of the middle staircase of St. Albert’s College.

As a part of Albertian SwachathaMission , we continued our cleaning program in the college campus on 1st October. All the students and teachers of botany department actively participated in the cleaning program and cleaned the stair cases and corridors allotted to us. The students sweeped the steps, cleaned the cobwebs, dusted the handrails and finally mopped the steps.The active participation, hard work and sincerity of the students made the programme a grand success. The programme concluded by 3 PM.

DAY- 6: 2nd  October 2019 : SwachhathaNaadu ( My Clean Village/ City):

On  October 2nd, Gandhi Jayanthi day, Mahatma Gandhiji’s 150th Birth Anniversary  Day Celebrations, we dedicated ourselves to the clean mission by taking up clean drive in Banerji Road, Ernakulam.  We fully  remembered  the quotes of Mahatma Gandhi  (Be the change you want to see in the world) and involved in cleaning activities. The programme was inaugurated by the Kochi mayor Mrs. Soumini Jain. The programme was made purposeful by different awareness programes and cleaning campaigns.

The college authorities allocated the area between Madhava Pharmacy junction and St. Albert’s School Gate for cleaning for the Department of Botany. We gathered at 7.30 am and started our work at 8 o’ clock. The stretch from the school gate to the private bus stop was covered by the students of I BSc, the next area of similar length was taken care of by the II BSc students, for I MSc botany a place near to TD cross road in Banerji road was allotted and the remaining part was managed by the III BSc students. All the waste from the mentioned area was collected and filled up in garbage bags. At the end of the programme about 20 bags of wastes were collected.

The inauguration of SwachathaNaadu cleaning drive of Botany department was held under the chair of our HOD, Dr. J. Jameson. Dr. K. Madhusudhanan welcomed all and it was inaugurated by Sri. Johnson, a tea vendor in Banerji Road. In his inaugural speech, Sri. Johnson congratulated the efforts of St. Albert’s College and Botany students for coming forward to spread the message of cleaning and dedicating valuable time for a noble cause. At about 10 A.M we almost winded up and made a rally towards the Gandhi Square at Kacheripady. It was a ‘Swatcha Bharath Sandesh Yatra’ and students offered floral tributes to Mahatmaji’s statue and further proceeded to St. Albert’s Sports Campus, Kaloor for the concluding ceremony of Albertian Swachhatha Mission programme.

The entire college took up Albertian Swachatha  Mission and cleaned the entire stretch of Banerji road on both sides from High Court Junction to North railway Over bridge. The public applauded our efforts and we could successfully take up the need to initiate clean drive in all walks of life.