Community service

A university making community service mandatory for students

CMR University creates ACSA – an animal shelter on campus. He takes the initiative to make community service mandatory for all his students

Bengaluru-based CMR University said it has implemented a Community Service Program (CSP) for all its undergraduate and postgraduate students under the Common Core Curriculum (CCC) from the 2022-23 academic year, with a vision to create a culture of community engagement and public service. among them, according to a statement.

At the launch of its student community service program, the university announced an exclusive on-campus animal shelter created by CMR University students out of compassion for animals called ACSA.

After initiating various student volunteering activities in different spheres as pilot projects, the university officially launched the program on September 21, 2022 at the OMBR campus of CMR University, Bengaluru. It is expected that students will do 4 lakh hours of community service over a period of 4 years.

(RL): Shreya Reddy, Director, CMR Group of Institutions – Dr. Trishta Ramamurthy, Provost & Vice-Chancellor – Dr. Sabitha Ramamurthy, Chancellor – Dr. Tejaswini Ananthkumar, Politician, social activist, Chairman & Co-founder of Adamya Chetana Foundation – Shri. KC Ramamurthy Chairman, CMR Group of Institutions

Chief guest Dr Tejaswini Ananthkumar, a prominent national politician and social activist, said, “It is very encouraging to see that a new age university like CMRU has undertaken community service with such commitment and fervor. . This is the first time that community service is an integral part of the curriculum, where all undergraduate and postgraduate students in all disciplines are required to complete a minimum number of volunteer hours as part of their graduation requirement. This will make a big difference in the outlook of students. I am happy that students from various common core disciplines are involved in this community initiative. I salute this pioneering initiative taken by CMRU to bring about social transformation.

With a vision of “Nurturing creative thinkers who will lead to positive global change”, CMR University strives to ensure that students are equipped with the 21k leadership skills necessary to thrive in “the University of Life “. To achieve this vision of CMRU, the Common Core Curriculum (CCC) has been designed with the following objectives: – Prepare students for a future they do not know, for professions that do not exist today and for all the challenges of life.

Intertwined with the common core of the program, the Common Core Courses (CCC) are offered to all students, regardless of the academic program they are pursuing. The Common Core Courses (CCC) are designed on the foundations of the three main aspects, namely – Preparing for Success, Contributing to Society and Knowing Yourself and Your Community.

Under the pillar of Contribution to Society, the Community Service Program (CSP) aims to instill empathy in students, develop a love of service to others, and help bring about positive societal change.

Launching the event, Dr. Tristha Ramamurthy (Vice-Chancellor, CMR University) said, “CMR University is dedicated to helping students become the best versions of themselves while striving to make the world better. We strongly believe that service learning is an effective educational tool, which will create empathetic leaders of tomorrow who will not only be leaders but become community builders with a problem-solving approach. This academic year, CMRU aims to complete more than 100,000 hours of community service.

Students will engage in community service activities through various Social Service Wings (SSW) within the CMRU ecosystem and also with many partner NGOs.

During the pilot project, over 100 students participated in various community activities over a 90-day period totaling over 3,500 hours. The Community Service Program (CSP) is aligned with the National Education Policy (NEP) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Community Service Program (CSP) primarily focuses its engagement in the areas of education, women’s empowerment, livelihoods, environment, health and hygiene. These community service activities will take place both on campus and off campus through offline and online modes.