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St. Thomas College, Bhilai established the Entrepreneurship Development Cell in the year 2019. This cell was formed with the objective to develop spirit of Entrepreneurship among the students. Activities of this cell includes Creating Awareness Programmes, Mentoring Students, and Assisting in getting financial support for Startups. The Cell also conduct programs in Entrepreneurship enabling skills and skill industrial development training programs with updated technologies. The cell also creates awareness on entrepreneurship among the students and it inculcates entrepreneurial spirit and culture among the undergraduate and post graduate students of this college.
Our college being a prime institute of higher education in central India, meets the expectations of people.
‘You give men a fish and you feed them for one day. You teach them to fish and provide them occupation that will feed them for life time’ is in nutshell, the philosophy of our college to motivate the students towards becoming not only an entrepreneur and self-dependent, but also create and provide employment to other needy people.
During the session 2019-20, Entrepreneur Development Cell of St Thomas College, Bhilai organized three day Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp. This was jointly organized by CITCON [Chhattisgarh Industrial Technical Consultancy Centre] Raipur. This Programme was sponsored by Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad [Gujarat] for National Science Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board[NSTEDB], Department of Science Technology [DST], Government of India, New Delhi. The eminent speakers of the Awareness Camp highlighted on the topics Importance of Communication in today’s scenario. Effective Communication skills and steps of Entrepreneurship and Importance of Entrepreneurial Motivation. On the third and final day the participants were taken for field visit to gain some practical experience.
In addition to these activities, the Zoology and Botany department conducted a one day Workshop on Mushroom Cultivation, under the Scheme of ‘Learn and Earn’ on January 24,2020. One of our Faculty attended a 2 week Faculty Development Programme on Entrepreneurship organized by CITCON [Chhattisgarh Industrial Technical Consultancy Centre] Raipur. This Programme was sponsored by National Science Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board[NSTEDB], Department of Science Technology [DST], Ministry of Science and Technology , Government of India, New Delhi in Association with the School of Electronics and Photonics and Institute of Renewable Energy Technology and Management [IRETM], Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur [CG].
Our students also participated in Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp organized by near by college of Bhilai.
Dengue awareness drive held at St. Thomas College, Bhilai
Alarmed by the soaring number of dengue cases in the city, the NCC and the NSS unit of St. Thomas College Bhilai organized a dengue awareness drive and door-to-door awareness programme to spread the word on dengue in the Ruabandha sector to inform the residents various measures to control the epidemic. Blood donation camps were also organized by the students. Pest fogging was also done in the area. The rally on dengue awareness was held by all the senior wing, senior division cadets, NSS volunteers and the college students.
St. Thomas College, Bhilai believes that awareness is essential for the control of diseases such as dengue, ensuring that community members understand the mechanisms of infection and the key behaviours or activities that need to be addressed to prevent transmission reduce severe disease and avoid fatalities. While college children and their parents therefore have some familiarity with the behaviour and habitat of the aedes mosquito and the environmental factors that contribute to dengue fever, their knowledge is uneven and knowledge is rarely translated to reduce the risk of infection. Therefore, such community involvement in the prevention and control of dengue is extremely essential.
Digital Literacy Program at St. Thomas College, Bhilai
Keeping in mind the vision of the college regarding capacity building of the students to face the challenges of the modern world with a competitive spirit, St. Thomas College extends it further to include the pupils in the immediate vicinity. The definition of literacy underwent a change from ability to read & write to that of comprehension. It has now evolved to digital literacy which encompasses ability to navigate the online space to access information & opportunities. It has become a valuable tool for lifelong learning.
Taking the spirit forward, the institution works towards empowering students to embrace the digital revolution. It joined in the Digital India campaign of the Government of India with the objective of taking the technology to the common man. It conducted digital literacy programs for school students in its local community.
The college organized a digital literacy program “Learning with fun” for students of Government Middle School, Ruabandha. The program included classes on basics of computer followed by computer practical session. It included lessons on use of basic computer applications- Word, Excel, E-mail, PowerPoint presentation, Notepad & printer; internet browsing skills-bookmarks, safe downloading & browsing history; maintaining files & folders and basic handling of software & hardware- antivirus, internet connection, downloading & installing software. They were also made to understand the need for firewalls, security settings & protection from spam & malware.
In addition to the activity on computer literacy focusing on enhancing the ability to use technology efficiently, students were taught how to use digital tools to create e-content; access, & share information and communicate in the digital space.
The senior students gave useful tips to the youngsters about staying safe online and advised them not to share personal information, thus ensuring e-safety. They were also encouraged to think critically ðically while they are online. They were cautioned not to fall prey to fake news & covert advertising and advised to act responsibly & fight against cyber-bullying. They also suggested ways in which the school students could use technology to expand their learning opportunities. They motivated them to move beyond just Googling an answer and rather try to understand the reason behind it.
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Social Awareness Programs
Social Awareness is the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.Social Awareness skills and societal awareness helps us to understand how one fits into and contributes to the community and the world, as well as how we get what we need from the world.
The college continuously undertakes multifarious social awareness programs and activities through NCC, NSS and other departmental associations.
Distribution of Medicinal plants saplings to student and staff in collaboration with Medicinal Plant Board CG
The Art of Giving is practiced by the students and faculty of PG Department of Botany by donating towards the Mid Day Meal for 6 children at Akshay Patra
Demonstration of Basic experiments and uses of various instruments to Class 9 students of neighbouring schools to develop interests in Life Science.
PG and UG students assisted Govt. Middle and High School, Ruabandha towards completion of a part of their course as there is scarcity of teachers in the school.
International women equality day was celebrated on 26-08-2015 for Woman Liberation and Empowerment in the society.
Gyan Daan program is organised by the Department of Economics for the weak students in Govt. Primary School, Ruabandha in all subjects throughout the year.
Old – age home visits were organised by various departments.
Workshop for children of primary class of Ruabandha Govt. School was organised by Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science. The class was organised to introduce students with the modern Technology.
Various activities like awareness programs organised during the year (tree plantation and their nurturing, AIDS, Health and Hygine) Shramdaan, blood donation camp and Street Plays(Abuse of narcotic substances, Swachh Bharat, Cashless Transaction).