Extension Department

About the Department

Marian, acknowledging the significance of social commitment of an education institution, constituted an independent body named ‘Department of Extension Services’ to visualize and coordinate the various extension and social outreach activities of the College. The Department has implemented the concept of ‘developing social responsibility for inclusive development’ as a strategy for inculcating social and humanistic values in our students.

Marian is situated in a locality which demands greater number of activities for the neighbourhood communities which includes migrant labours and tribal communities of Idukki district. Through the Extension Department, The College promotes regular engagement of entire faculty, students and staff with neighbourhood community for their holistic and sustainable development through various innovative interventions and initiatives.

Organogram of Extension Department

Implementation Strategies

The Department has implemented the concept of ‘developing social responsibility for inclusive development’ as a strategy for inculcating social and humanistic values in our students. Through the Campus Community Partnership programme, the College developed partnership with 6 panchayats in Idukki District. The faculty members serve as members of different development committees in the partnering villages and their service is sought by the partnering panchayats, and different welfare agencies for developing projects and its implementation. The ‘Marian Smart Community’ programme is the best examples of this. The innovative programmes are developed from the findings from the need assessment surveys organised with the support of students and faculty members of the College. Marian, as part of its mission, instils a sense of empathy and social commitment among its students through awareness programmes, integrated courses in the curriculum, residential camps, skill development programmes and sensitization campaigns in the surrounding villages and tribal hamlets in the district. Other than the extension initiatives of the NSS & NCC units of the College, extension activities through the Extension Department, Childline, Women Cell, Phoenix club (for the development of SC/ST students) and various other clubs sensitize students and the neighbouring community on social issues like substance abuse, illicit trafficking, child labour etc. and conducts awareness classes on health and hygiene, use of plastic etc.

SDGs Perspective in Extension Services

The activities of the Extension Department is designed in such a way that is associated with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The following graphical representation shows the same

Examples of Major Extension Programmes

• The college shares its resources and services for the partnering communities. For example, ‘Marian Buds’- An after school free tuition programme for the school students by the advanced learners of the college & ‘Marian Smart Community’- An avenue for women entrepreneurs to produce and market their products.
• Distribution of food kits to 45 tribal families of Murikkattukudy.
• Awareness camp on HIV/ AIDS for migrant labourers in the estate lanes of Peermade.
• Material distribution in flood relief camps of Peermade taluk and other districts.
• Ithal (Petals) & Ottamarathanalil(In the shade of a tree) - Awareness camp and anti- plastic campaign (Vimukti) in Amalagiri Village.
• Painting and beautification of the Anganwadi centres.
• Philanthropic activities in old age homes and free medical camps for rural women.
• Leadership training camps & personality development sessions for SC/ ST students.
• COVID-19 prevention & awareness programmes - distribution of mask and sanitizers.

Impact of extension services to the students, community and College

• Students develop a sense of civic responsibility and understand the living conditions of the marginalized communities in their own neighborhood.

• Students attain POs such as communicative competence, reflective response to ethical and social issues, critical thinking and problem solving, and leadership through their involvement in extension services.

• Inculcate a sense of empathy and attachment among the students with an insight into problems, needs and remedies of the community.
• Extension activities helped to improve the social, economic, health & educational conditions of the neighborhood communities.

• 45 homes for the homeless.

• Promotion of organic vegetable farming and established in 4000 plus families in 2 panchayats.

• 200 plus school students received free tuition from Marian Buds programme.

• Beautification works held in 25 anganawadis.
• The extension services of the college are recognised.

• NSS unit was awarded as the best unit in the state of Kerala (2015) and in the University (2014 and 2015).

• The extension department has received 43 awards and recognitions.

Glimpse Through the Extension Activities of the College