Mercy home visit
In connection with Christmas, teachers and students from the Commerce Department visited the Mercy Home in Kachiripady on 23rd December 2021at 1 pm. Dr.Tia Mathews HOD of Commerce, tutor Neena George and student representatives from PG, UG classes donated Rs 6000 ,that collected from college students to Mercy Home.Afterwards, we talked to the oldies for a while and wished them a Merry Christmas and went back to college .It was a completely different experience. Those happy eyes looked at us with a lot of gratitude. We are so happy to be able to do such a good thing this Christmas season of joy and mercy.
SORRY 2019: GREEN INITIATIVE OF DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND RESEARCH CENTRE
As Global climate change takes its toll on India, there has arisen an indispensable need for a people’s movement to tackle this environment catastrophe. With the aim to impart this knowledge, “SORRY”- Shouldn’t Resource Remain Years-long, a Mega Project launched by the Department of Commerce and Research Centre of St. Albert‟s College (Autonomous) in collaboration with the Co-operative Educational Agency, Verapoly. T J Vinod, MLA, renowned environmentalist C R Neelakandan, Dr. M L Joseph, Principal of St. Albert‟s college Autonomous, Vice Principals Rev Fr. John Christopher, Dr. Rosalind Gonzaga, Dr Tia Matthews HOD department of Commerce, spoke in the event. Shri. T.J Vinod MLA inaugurated the Project Sorry 2019. He appreciated and stated that “SORRY is a promising project for the future generation and its high time that our generation unitedly stand for a better environment” Environment activist, C R Neelakandan lead the Train the Trainers programme. Paper pens which was made by the students of Commerce Department of St. Albert‟s College, (Autonomous) as a part of “THOOLIKA”-An initiative of paper pen making and “CARRY- Conservate. Abate. Recycle. Reuse. Yourself” und er the project “BHOOMIKA” to promote the use of paper bags and teach the students and faculty to make their own paper bags which highlighted the need to plant new trees and preserve the prestige beauty and greenery of the mother nature.
Second year M.Com students have compiled a handbook for the NET aspirants under the guidance of Prof. Neetha Francis. It was officially handed over and released to Prinicpal, Dr. M.L Joseph by Vice Principal, Dr.Rosalind Gonzaga during the inauguration of department social outreach program ‘SORRY’.
“THOOLIKA”-An initiative of paper pen making
Every living being have an environment where they exists. The factors or forces in the environment have an influence on them. It plays an important role in the healthy living of human beings. It matters because it is the only home that humans have. It provides air, food, and other needs. Humanity’s entire life support system depends on the well-being of all the environmental factors. The negative forces in the environment will adversely affect the human life and we are the people who paved the way for this negative impact. So obviously it is our responsibility as a human being to track the solution for this deadly situation. The lion share of this problem is carried by plastic, which is a material made to last forever. These are used for just once and thrown away. . Plastic cannot biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces only. Toxic chemicals leach out of plastic and are found in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments. It is our very time to take necessary steps to cut down the uses of this threatening material,‟plastic‟. As an initial footstep, the department of commerce and research Centre of St. Albert‟s college, Ernakulam had developed a programme named “SORRY”- Shouldn‟t Our Resources Remain Yearlong. The project Bhoomika was launched under this programme. As a part of Bhoomika initiative named “Thoolika” the students of the II M.Com made paper pens in order to reduce the plastic left over which are produced by using other types of pens. In the first phase, they taught II B.Com students and through them they targeted to campaign the need to use these pens among the school students as they are the upcoming generationwho can make changes in the society. In order to induce the students use these pens the initiators also announced the contest. That is, the students were asked to plant those seeds while disposing the pen after use. And they were asked to take a selfie with the plant and send it to the email that has been provided.
In the second phase they expanded the programme by reaching to schools in and around thecity and taught them to make those pens and spread the awareness to use eco-friendly products. The major motive behind these projects was to develop entrepreneurship skills among the students and induce them to bring changes.
“CARRY” – An initiative of paper bag making
Green Protocol is the need of the hour and the same leads to a sustainable and enriched environment which has been one of the most pertinent discussion worldwide in the past few decades. As the cases of global pollution and increased use of plastic are creating a trauma for our mother earth it is the responsibility of each one of us to minimize and mitigate this problem. One of the most effective step to handle this situation is to reduce the use of plastics in our day to day uses. As a substitute for plastic products like plastic bags we wouldlike to use paper bags which is a big ecofriendly step.
The Commerce department of St. Albert‟s College has launched a programme “CARRY- Conservate.Abate. Recycle. Reuse .Yourself” under the project “BHOOMIKA” to promote the use of paper bags and teach the students to make their own paper bags. It was being carried out so as to make the child self-dependent on creating their own bags and to not to depend outside.
The one day paper bag workshop was handled by Prof.Sharan Hiliary of Department of Commerce. Students were asked to bring their own chart papers and Prof. Sharan clearly described the paper bag making process. The method adopted and taught by him was very simple and precise and students found it very simple to adopt towards his methods.The second time students were able to make their own bags and some of the bags were even decorated and made attractive. Each student was aware of his duty towards nature and each one was enthusiastic in promoting this scheme and spreading awareness regarding this project.
The second step of this scheme was to spread awareness to the public and teach them to make paperbags.The students of St.Albert‟s H.S.S , Ernakulam were taught to make paper bags by the students of St.Alberts College .They were also asked to promote this programme and was taught the ill effects of using plastic bags. The main idea of this project is to raise this scheme to an entrepreneurship level. This would have a net positive effect on the natural environment and at the same time is financially sustainable. Paper bags are gaining importance as these bags are 100% reusable, recyclable and biodegradable and at the same time environment friendly and pose less threat to wildlife.
A paper bag‟s structural firmness and surface feature made it ideal to print high-quality images, logo, designs better as compared to a plastic bag, and that made paper bags a hit for fashion, luxury and premium gift packaging industry. Project “CARRY‟‟ would promote sustainable entrepreneurship which can turn into the driving force for the emergence of a new holistic sustainable system in the three dimensions – economy, environment, and society.
GROUP DISCUSSION ON „SORRY SHOULDN‟T OUR RESOURCES REMAIN YEARS LONG‟
On December 12, 2019 the team of SORRY met for the second time for discussing and planning the event „SORRY‟ that we had done successfully with St. Albert‟s School earlier. The discussion focused on developing our project to reach a wide coverage especially on Ernakulam City. The GD was initiated by Dr. Tia Mathews and she had welcomed Fr. Jolly John, Asst. Manager of St. Albert‟s College to this GD. Vice Principle Dr. Rosalind Gonzaga had assisted. Overall 19 students from 2nd M Com, 2 representatives each from 1st M Com, 2nd B Com and one from 1st B Com were present and this discussion was successful. “Ideas that come from after saturation are the most creative ones” Fr. Jolly John had said. Everyone had shared their opinions and ideas. Father had stated that it is not Recycling we do but Up cycling. Father asked to give a sum up of what we had done earlier and Abeeya and Joshma had given a short summary of the project. Abeeya had suggested the idea of doing vegetable gardens as competition events in schools. Difna and Ganga had talk about the target group we would select is 5th, 6th and 7th standard students. Some others had suggested that we should extent this to high school and college level. At last Father had suggested that it would be better to select 4 to 7th standard students so that it is easy to get them as other groups will be busy about their academic studies and also former groups will catch ideas better. Difna also suggested that planting a tree should be given as assignments. Oliviya and Gretta had talk about collecting waste dress materials and making useful items like mats, bags etc. Sachu and Akash added idea of entrepreneurship of making cloth bags. Tiya madam had suggested Thushara for doing the same as a coordinator. Thushara had suggested that students should be given some incentives for collecting plastic and she explained the same model in Pune. Ann Martin suggested that it would be better to conduct follow up activities rather than one time visit. Prof. Tia Mathews added that we should form clubs and a faculty should be connected. After everyone had shared their experience, opinions, ideas and suggestions about the project„SORRY‟ Fr. Jolly john volunteered and summarized the main points that we would remember and adopted.
PROVIDENCE HOME VISIT
The students of B.Com Computer Application of St Albert‟s College (Autonomous), visited the House of Providence Home for the Elderly on 26th June 2019 Wednesday. Mother Helen who was in charge of the residence gave a brief introduction about the old age home. Students broke up into groups and continued to interact with them. After the first round of interactions all of the students including all the elderly of the residence assembled at the main hall where the students had arranged some fun activities. Vishnupriya and Ashitha managed all the activities and were the program presenters . Andrews broke the ice with the welcome speech. The students arranged various fun games like sundariku pottu thodal , anthakshari, passing the bottle etc. For entertaining the members of the Providence Home. Alll of the them were very encouraging to the various programs arranged by our students. After that all the winners of the competitions were given prizes (fruits and vegetables)and then Abhirami said the vote of thanks and asked all their blessings. Lastly they said their goodbyes with promises to meet again and left at 11:30 AM with a lot of memories.
VISIT TO OLD AGE HOME
Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when we share it. On 16th Feb 2019, the students of 1st year B.Com had experienced this. The Department had arranged for their visit to an old age home at Chullickal named Athipuzhi Old age home. They were accompanied by their tutors Prof Rosalind Gonzaga and Prof. Jismi Teresa. The day commenced at 11:45 a.m. There were nearly twenty old people . The students and teachers were whole heartedly welcomed by their smiles. They were so happy and quite active and danced and sang with the students. They enjoyed the Nadanpattu and many more songs and dances which were arranged for them . Food and snacks were arranged. They were euphoric to have food from outside. They played games and also had the privilege to dance with them. The day ended at 3:00 p.m. .It was an unforgettable experience for the students.
MERCY HOME VISIT
As a part of outreach programmes the students of first m com visited Marian Snehabhavan, Mamagalam with Christmas gifts on 21 December 2017 at 3 p m. There are 13 inmates who are physically and mentally disabled, among them two of them are students of special school. Also they celebrate Christmas by cutting cake and singing carols with them. It was a memorable day and life touching experience for them.
Mercy home visit
On 27th September’16, 16 students and two faculties from the department visited Mercy Home, Kacheripady. After the interaction session, we dined together. The funds for all these were raised by the “Craft skill and Organic products’ cum sale exhibition.