the curricular component needs to be integrated with the
developmental activities in the community; such
integration would bring realism to the courses of study,
since the subject matter studied can then be applied to
life situations. In CSS, the students understand the
communities around them and identify themselves with
their aspirations, needs, problems, resources and plans,
and educate the masses for their development.
The major and unique
educational innovation, the University brought forth has
been incorporating Community and Social Service (CSS) in
the curriculum at the post graduate level with academic
weightage and credibility. The pattern has been
systematized in such a way that the entire gamut of PG
students and over 25 per cent of the staff body at a
time reach out to the community, giving a frontal attack
to the problems of women and children in the
Home Science Extension Department as a branch of
specialization of the Faculty of Home Science has made
its mark to establish the credibility of the University
as a centre of excellence in community outreach
involving students with focus on ‘Women Empowerment’.
The major tasks of
CSS are cooperatively determined to promote action
achievable by the level of maturity of the group,
permitted by the available resources and defined in
terms of behavioural changes among students and the
members of the community.
The broad objectives are
The CSS should help
become aware of
the family structure, caste and value system, needs
and aspirations of the people in the community
understand how to
mobilize the resources available in the community –
both human and material.
develop skills in
human relations and in working with the community.
attitudes towards women development.
aspire for strong,
constructive relationships between themselves and the
community, making way for desirable changes and
development of leadership.
The students and
staff are oriented thoroughly on the objectives of CSS
in order to plan, execute and evaluate meaningful
activities for the communities. The postgraduates with
specific goals, steering for career opportunities with
matured mindset are well prepared for taking up
organized tasks for sustainalble development of the
society. The syllabus for the same is chalked out,
keeping in view the challenges they will be facing in
the society, the satisfaction they should derive by
discharging their duties and responsibilities.
Planning the CSS Programme
The University has
allotted two hours per week for the post graduates for
order to develop the competencies required to guide
students effectively and monitor the CSS, the staff in
charge of CSS are adequately trained about the community
life and programmes of development, techniques of
working with people, utilizing the infrastructure and
evaluating the students and the outcomes of CSS work.
For the evaluation of CSS work in terms of student
participation, the following are the criteria and marks
for continuous internal assessment (CIA).
Panning and preparation for
Work execution and outcomes
While every semester
had a weightage of 25 marks attributed for CIA (Total
100/4 semesters), the comprehensive examination carried
a weightage of 100 at the end of IV semester. The total
weightage is 200 in all the semesters.
in the curriculum is one of its unique strengths of our
University. In our continued march towards CSS, we have
witnessed an impressive growth among women in terms of
knowledge, attitude and practice and in terms of
information, communication and education. The continued
impetus towards. CSS kept the sentiment buoyant and
increased the operating efficiency / mechanism.