Involvement of Associations and Clubs in Outreach Activity

St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, formerly a part of St. Joseph’s College was established in the year 1882 as an educational initiative by the French foreign mission Fathers. In 1937, the management of the college was handed over to the Jesuits, a worldwide Catholic religious order with a special focus on education. Loyola College, Chennai, St. Xavier’s College Calcutta and St. Xavier’s College Mumbai are the other premier institutions in India run by the Jesuit Order. The Department of Commerce was established in the parent college in 1949. In 1972, this department became an independent college under the name St. Joseph’s College of Commerce. It is recognized under Section 2(f) and 12B of the UGC Act. It became an autonomous institution in October 2004. St. Joseph’s College of Commerce was recognized as a “College with Potential for Excellence” in February 2010 by UGC.

The motto of the College is ‘Fide et Labore’ (‘Faith and Toil’), which serves as an inspiration behind the vision and mission of the college to give shape to a society full of all-inclusive minds to cater to the inherent diversity of our country. From the beginning, the College has been striving to be a state of the art institution for commerce education. The thrust has been on transforming commerce a multi-dimensional academic field. Currently it enjoys an ‘A’ grade with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The college has been proactive to the significant changes and developments in the domain of higher education as well as business and commerce.

Lazy Loaded Image All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) is a student body with students of various backgrounds with an aim to bring together everyone in the name of God. The motto “Do to others as you would want them to do unto you” envisions students to serve the world.

At SJCC, the association has conducted many events in the previous academic year beginning with the Ignatian Week and Revelations with an aim to unite the youth of the country for the greater glory of God. Apart from this AICUF has organized a range of intra-college and inter-college fests. The students have also participated in various other fests hosted by different colleges.

● To conduct various events with a view to build students to develop interpersonal skills

● Bring together all students to serve the community at large in God’s name

Involvement in Outreach :
● All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) is an association which seeks to provide a common platform to students from different walks of life. Students of AICUF are committed to the impartment of social justice and care for the welfare of their societies. They draw their inspiration from the person and life of Jesus Christ – believing in the motto “Do to others as you would want them to do unto you.” Their activities and events affirm in their belief for peace, human and democratic rights. They celebrate plurality of cultures, faith and ideologies contributing to the holistic development of human beings. The AICUF organizes various activities keeping three objectives in mind- Social Outreach, Personality Development and Spiritual Growth. The diverse activities conducted by the Association include camps, retreats, social visits, seminars, rallies and campaigns.

● AICUF has organised various Organ Donation Camps, Food Drives, Visits to Old Age Homes and Health Centres. AICUF also arranges for programmes that benefit the spaces in and around the college. Students have conducted computer classes for underprivileged children and workshops to create awareness on government scholarships for minorities. They have arranged visits to the Kalpali Cemetery and Nightingale Home where students interact with members of marginalised sections, and bridge the gaps caused by social inequalities. Every year, AICUF organises a Christmas gift giving event, where students of the college contribute stationary and daily use products – to be given as gifts to the underprivileged sections of society.

● AICUF also takes an active part in efforts to create awareness on pressing concerns of the environment and political injustice around the world. Awareness programs, Protest marches, Walkathons, Campaigns and tree plantation programmes are held in order to raise awareness on these issues.

Lazy Loaded Image “Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free” – Dalai Lama.

Amnesty International is an association that campaigns for a world where human rights are enjoyed and people get what they deserve and are not taken advantage of.

• The overall mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, freedom from discrimination, and within the context of its work to promote all human rights.

• Amnesty International association believes in the power of ordinary people and stands for what is right with hope and clarity.

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Amnesty International is an association that campaigns for a world where human rights are enjoyed and people get what they deserve and are not taken advantage of. The Association organises talks and events which highlight the injustices and violence within mainstream society and works towards the possible solutions to bring about peace and humanitarian aid within such spaces. The students of the association also conduct the “Big Day Off” programme in order to commend and bring attention to the tremendous work of the support staff of college. Open mic events and other programmes are held to provide an opportunity for students to express themselves and their solutions for world peace and deliverance of justice in the larger society.

Lazy Loaded Image Centre for Social Action (CSA) is a student-driven community of St. Joseph's College of Commerce that works towards a humane and just society. CSA works with young minds to spread awareness about social issues and acts as a platform for individuals to voice their views against social injustice. The association through various initiatives, often in collaboration with other like-minded organizations and NGOs, represents the concerns of silenced minorities. CSA is guided by the vision of 'Care, Connect and Change' and believes that 'Little things make a Big difference'.

● CSA intends to build a society that can stand up for the rights of the underprivileged and ensure freedom of thought and speech for everyone.

● Centre for Social Action believes in lifting up others and making a difference in their life by speaking up against social, cultural and economic oppressions.

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● The Centre for Social Action (CSA) works with young minds to spread awareness about social issues and acts as a platform for individuals to voice their views against social injustice. This student-driven community works towards creating a humane and just society. The association organises various events that bring to light the injustices of political law forums, human rights violation, gender-based violence, and environmental hazards due to human intervention. The association through various initiatives, often in collaboration with other like-minded organizations and NGOs, represents the concerns of silenced minorities.

● The Association conducts a series called “Thursday Talkies” which brings to light serious concerns of current political and social events and opens up a space for progressive dialogue which aims to address these larger issues. Guest lectures, seminars and workshops are hosted on a regular basis to bring to attention the causes against war and violence, mistreatment of unorganised labour sections, stigma around mental illnesses and diseases like AIDS, and socially destructive policies. The association also facilitates creative spaces that engage students in street plays or “moot courts” in order to highlight social issues and sensitise the student community.

Lazy Loaded Image 2018-2019 On August 14, 2018 the association conducted the event ‘Blindfolded Conversations’ to raise awareness among the youth regarding stereotyping and misjudgments. On September 3, 2018, a photography workshop called ‘Shutter Stories’ was hosted to capture pictures of people, which would bring out the stories in them. On the 6 th of December, 2018, on the occasion of Human Rights week, the association hosted an inter-class photography competition on the theme ‘Human Rights – the real picture’. On the 17 th of December 2018, a seminar was held on the topic ’Availability Affordability Accessibility: 3A’s that define the schemes for minorities in India’. The seminar was delivered by Mr. Robin Christopher, a renowned researcher at the National Law School India University, and the purpose of this seminar was to explain the legalities in order to access such schemes made available by the state and central government.

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The Equal Opportunity Cell conducts programmes in order to raise awareness on creating an equal youth community. It works to prevent social injustices and discrimination against individuals from marginalised sections – especially of poor economic backgrounds. The association conducts talks to sensitise the youth on the harmful effects of stereotyping and misjudgements. It also arranges for creative competitions that invite students to turn an empathetic eye towards the societies they inhabit in terms of social privilege. Seminars on preventive measures and awareness of justice forums and governmental schemes for these marginalised sections of students are also conducted.

Lazy Loaded Image National Service Scheme (NSS) is an association that aims to create a sense of social welfare for all sections and ages. It works to provide unbiased service to the society. The students (NSS volunteers) work together to ensure help for everyone in need.

The motto “Not Me, but You”, reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service. NSS is thus an association dedicated to serving the society.

● To understand ourselves in relation to the community
● To address problems existing in our society
● To understand ourselves in relation to society and its inequalities
● To enhance leadership quality and democratic attitude in all members

Involvement in Outreach :
● The NSS, under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, is a social service organization that enables students to reach out to the public, spread civic awareness and encourage social responsibility. The National Service Scheme has played a key role in orienting the youth towards community service. NSS volunteers of SJCC have made a significant in the community around them by undertaking activities that makes a long-lasting impact on society as a whole.

● The NSS unit of the Institution comprises students who tirelessly work towards the betterment of the society, thereby instilling in themselves and those around them, a spirit of brotherhood, patriotism and comradery. Students participated in clean-up drives, health camp, talks on garbage dumping, and several cultural activities. The students also take part in rural exposure camps in order to spread awareness on social responsibility and civic sense. During the camp speakers of different organizations address students and villagers on various social issues of the community. The engagements of the NSS works towards instilling in all those around them a responsibility to think of others.

Lazy Loaded Image The Rotaract Club seeks to provide young men and women with an opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address physical and social needs of their communities and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

● To emphasize respect for the rights of others
● To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve
● To recognize, practice and promote ethical standards as leadership qualities and vocational responsibilities
● To develop knowledge and understanding of the needs, problems and opportunities in the community and worldwide

Involvement in Outreach :
● The Rotaract Club is an association which seeks to further the welfare of society by inculcating a sense of civic consciousness among its members. Members are dedicated to social awareness and betterment of the community. The Club has progressively aided in the development of its students as leaders in their communities and workplaces. It provides opportunities for young people to address the needs of the community and the world at large. Empowerment of its members to create change around them is one of the key goals of the Rotaract Club.

● As part of a community service initiative in association with the Rotary Bangalore Brigades, clean-up drives, seminars, walkathons and talks are held in order to make a difference in society and sensitise the youth. Students also interact with underprivileged children during these social visits. The club periodically organises awareness talks in order to inform students about Civil Rights.

Lazy Loaded Image Motto: We stand for Justice and Gender Equality
The Women’s Forum seeks to achieve a fair and just position for women in society and promote gender equality. The Forum is a step towards providing women with a platform where they can voice their opinions and promote a progressive learning environment.

● Create a space for sharing gendered personal narratives in public forums and private lives.
● Raise awareness on "Women and Girl Child" issues.
● Educate and inform students regarding law and justice forums for women in India.
● Addressing social and systemic discrimination against women.

Involvement in Outreach :
The Women’s Forum works toward highlighting women and girl child issues within the student community. This is to bring about an awareness that will ensure the development of just and safe spaces that do not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s gender identity. The Forum organises seminars and talks on gender parity, the importance of freedom in expression of self, and menstrual hygiene. The girls representing the Women’s Forum, have also engaged in peaceful rallies to protest against rape and other injustices inflicted upon women in our society. Self-defence workshops and special events to celebrate womanhood are also held by the association.

Lazy Loaded Image The motto of YRC is "To Serve".
The Youth Red Cross (YRC) is a well-known voluntary and humanitarian organization. The association aims to provide relief and help in times of disaster/emergencies and build awareness on health, care and hygiene. The mission of Red Cross is to inspire and encourage the youth towards serving the society and fostering friendly relationships.

● Impartiality: It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress
● Voluntary Service: The Youth Red Cross is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
● Unity: The Youth Red Cross is one family and must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

Involvement in Outreach :
The Red Cross is a renowned humanitarian organisation known for its effective work world over. In order to engage the younger generations in such work, the body has been simulated in our college and come to be known as the Youth Red Cross. The association conducts a host of activities during the years – like blood donation camp to encourage students to do their part and cater to the needs of the community and rural exposure camps (organised in collaboration with the NSS) to educate them on numerous aspects relating to the same. The association also organises talks and seminars where prominent social activists and speakers inform students on various issues of humanitarian concerns.