Financial literacy training was given for the members of the self-help groups in Aikkaranadu Gram Panchayat during 2013.
A lecture on ‘Managing your Personal finance’ was delivered by Dr. V.K. Vijayakumar (Investment strategist, GeogitBNP Paribas Financial Service Ltd.) for the public and the students on 16th Feb. 2013.
From 2013 onwards, the PalliaClub has been conducting its palliative care activities in association with Anwar Memorial Hospital, Aluva and the Primary Health Centre, Kadayiruppu.
Every Saturday two volunteers each accompany the home care teams of the Pain and Palliative Care Unit of these hospitals and engage in palliative care services.
The Pallia Club donated the collected through the charity box kept in the Department to the Pain and Palliative Care Society, Anwar Memorial hospital, Aluva.
The members of the Pallia Club distributed food packets to twenty in-patients and their bystanders in the Government Hospital, Kadayiruppu, on 28-06-2014.
The Pallia Club members visited Kripalayam, a home for the destitute, especially for people with psychiatric problems, at Kizhakkambalam. The members presented cultural programmes, took up the cleaning of the premises and beddings of the patients, trimmed their nails and combed their hair. The Club members planted medicinal and ornamental plants in the premises. Those inmates who were able to travel were taken for an outing to the ‘Kadambrayar Eco Tourist Centre’, Pallikkara and nearby places to cheer up their body and spirit.
Every month, the Club provides medicine, rice and groceries to four families adopted by the club who have bedridden patients. They also provide mouthwash to Cancer patients which are purchased by collecting funds from the campus.
The Club provided a wheelchair to Smt. Rema, a chronic paralytic patient, residing in a nearby hamlet, Kinginimattam, in order to ease the misery of her life to a large extent.
Under the Maitreya scheme, the Department has commenced a novel programme in 2014, for imparting training on tailoring classes for three housewives chosen from poor households identified by the Palliative Care Unit of the Department.
An innovative venture started in the Department in the academic year, 2013-14, is the Young Indians Net of the Confederation of Indian Industries (Yi YUVA), which aims for overall personality and skill development of the students. The College has signed an MOU with Yi (YUVA) - Kochi Chapter.
Mrithasanjyivani is a project initiated by the Yi members of St. Peter’s College, Kolenchery, Ernakulam for providing medicines free of cost to the weaker sections of the society. The project aims at collecting the leftover medicines from the students on a regular basis and by associating with the Pain and Palliative Care Units of the Primary Health Centers/ Govt. hospitals, these medicines can be channelized to the needy poor. This initiative of the Yi (Yuva) in association with Pallia Club, the Pain and Palliative care club of the Department of Commerce has been successfully implemented during the year 2014-15. The Unit collected usable but unused medicines from students of the college to be distributed among the patients adopted by the Pallia Club, patients assisted by the Palliative Care Unit of the Primary Health Centre, Kadayiruppu and Anwar Memorial Hospital, Aluva. The quality of the medicines is assured by the Medical Officers of the respective hospitals. The Yi Yuva members visited each and every class in the college and requested the students to collect unused but usable medicines from their homes. The scheme was successful in collecting medicines of a total value of Rs 24600 and the members themselves categorized the medicines and handed them over to the Pallia Club. This has been selected by Yi- Kochi Chapter as the Best Project for implementation in all the member institutions in Ernakulam District during 2015-16.
Medicines collected under Mrithasanjivany Medicines classified
The members of the Yi unit collected waste paper and newspaper from different Departments and nearby institutions and realised Rs 6000/ which was handed over to the Pallia Club.
Four of our Yi members (Nikhil N.K, Vyshak R, Thomas K. Anil andJithin C Robin) participated in Students at Business, a programme conducted by the Yi-Kochi Chapter at the Oberon Mall, Cochin, and bagged the second prize for the Best Innovative Award 2013.