Walk With a Scholar (WWS) Programme is a specified mentoring programme started and funded under the “New Initiatives in Higher Education” of the department of Collegiate Education, Government of Kerala. The programme aims at mentoring the topper level students for a bright future. This scheme introduces the idea of mentoring to under graduate students and builds on the concept of mentor as a ‘Guide’ and ‘Friend’. Mentoring is a process where a mentor with greater experience and wisdom guides the mentee to develop both personally and professionally.
As the part of the program, WWS commenced in our college from 2014- 15 academic year under the coordination of Dr. Hemamalini (Department of Malayalam). Dr. Bincy Joseph (Department of Chemistry) was the college level coordinator for the academic years 2015-16 and 2016-17.The programme was not executed by the Government in the year 2017-18. The programme was restarted in the academic year 2018-19. Dr. Sr. Smitha Rose C G. (Department of Mathematics), is the college level coordinator from then onwards. At present, there are 90 mentees under this scheme and 15 teachers of the college are deputed as internal mentors of these mentees. Each internal mentor is assigned the charge of six mentees. There are also external mentoring sessions according to the suggestions given by the state level coordinator. Free Motivational camps and visits are the main attractions of this programme. Our Alma Mater is giving due concern for the excellent and complete execution of the programme.
Scholar Support Programme An initiative of higher education, government of Kerala , designed to improve the learning capacity of students and equip them in acquiring additional knowledge, the objective of this program is to provide additional mentoring classes for selected students of 5 different department of our college like Botany , chemistry ,mathematics , history and economics only from government aided coursers. The selection process of the children are based on their percentage of mark and other academic performances, it was started in our college in 2014, now we have 150 students. the programme is found to be very and effective and useful for the students of various departments, addition to the regular mentoring classes, the scholars have additional advantages like, study materials, refreshments etc are provided. Scholar support programme is also arranging external mentoring classes for personality development and career building.
The Directorate of Collegiate Education is implementing the Programme. Rs 85500/- for the implementation of the Programme for 40 selected first year students of Under Graduate Programme. The Programme should have a college level coordinator. The College Council function as a Monitoring Committee for the Programme and meet once in two months at least to evaluate the Progress of the Programme. Classes are engaged by internal and external mentors.
The Kerala State has embarked upon an ambitious project named State Skill Development Project to equip its young population with skills in cutting edge sectors in order to effectively alleviate the unemployment problem in the state. As part of this, the General and Higher Education Departments together implement the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) to amplify working hands in different sectors of the economy, by providing additional skill sets to students along with their regular courses.
Level 1 ASAP Programme is of 300 – 330 hours duration, out of which 180 hours are devoted to Foundation Course that contains modules on Communication Skills in English and Information Technology. The other 120-150 hours are devoted to the skill sector chosen by the student for specialization. The focus of the foundation course is to develop soft skills that are essential to work efficiently in corporate environment. The sanctioned strength of this programme is 35.
Students are selected through an interview conducted by a panel of 3 members.ASAP Programme Manager of Thrissur District, ASAP Coordinator and Skill Development Executive of College form the Selection Panel.Students from regular courses are eligible to join the programme.
Ms. Jency James is the ASAP Coordinator and Ms. Sruthy K S is the SDE of the College. Many interdepartmental competitions are organized to foster communicative skills of students. Extension activities and awareness programmes are also conducted as a part of ASAP.
Faculty/ class tutors takes initiatives to identify the slow learners or students who are in need of special attention, through mentoring or on basis of their class performances. For the upliftment of slow learners and to promote them academically and for enhancing their personality development the College has initiated Scholar Assistance Programme. All the deserving students who does not come under the purview of Scholar Support Programme, new initiatives of Govt. of Kerala are part of SAP.
“Be with Scholar” is a mentoring program functioning under the initiation of St. Mary’s College, Thrissur. This scheme introduces the idea of mentoring to under graduate self-financing students and builds on the concept of mentor as a ‘Guide’ and ‘Friend’. Mentoring is a process where a mentor with greater experience and wisdom guides the mentee to develop both personally and professionally.