BEST PRACTICE I
In this campus, books are made available almost everywhere possible that our students are surrounded by books. We do not simply restrict books to the General Library or Department Libraries. When always encountered by books, there emerges a chance to read and thus fall into the pleasure of reading. This vision is practiced through the following ways.
A P J Abdul Kalam Garden Library
This is situated in the midst of a garden and is enshrouded by flowering creepers and scented flowers. Here the students can sit in leisure and read for pleasure. Books are provided with no rules and registers.
The Ladder Library, inaugurated on 12 March 2019 is a novel and ambitious project to promote reading habits among our students. Books are displayed inside the boxes fixed in a ladder pattern along the sides of the staircases. Students can never miss to get a glance of at least the titles of the books thus displayed. Those who are interested in reading any of these books can do it then and there.
Books and magazines are displayed on racks in the parlor of the main block and that of the Nazareth Block. Staff and students can sit, relax and read them in leisure.
The stairs to the college auditorium on the third floor are also provided with ladder boxes. These boxes will be filled with quotes and information corresponding to the programme that takes place every day in the auditorium.
News Paper Corner
Newspapers are provided at the very entrance to the library that anyone can read the comfortably seated without even entering the library.
Thought for the Day
This enables our students to internalise at least one memorable thought everyday. A meaningful quote will be written on the main notice board at the entrance and will be pronounced through the public address system after morning prayer. Students take initiative to write relevant thoughts on the class black boards too.
In addition to these provisions, other efforts to boost reading culture are also undertaken. Reading Week celebrations are duly undertaken every year. This year the celebrations were led by the Department of Commerce. The department of English celebrates Literary Week every year where a number of activities and competitions related to books and reading are conducted. The PG Department of Chemistry in association with the college library, organised a book fair where books were issued freely to the students. Poster competition and memory tests were conducted as part of this. Akshajam Reading Club also plays an active role in spreading the message of reading rightly.
BEST PRACTICE II
'There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women'-Kofi Annan (Former U.N Secretary General).
Morning Star Community Lab is a humble women empowerment initiative of the College. Formerly it was known as Morning Star Informal Women Study Centre. From this year onwards, it was renamed asCommunity Lab Programme. 'Empowering Women for a Better Tomorrow' is the watchword of the programme. The Community Lab envisages a better living status for the women folk in and around the college through education, raising awareness, literacy and training. Morning Star Home Science College, being the first of its kind in Kerala thereby strictly adheres to social commitment through the Community Lab Programme. Kudumbasree members of the Nedumbassery Grama Panchayat are the beneficiaries of this programme. Each department conducts at least one programme in a year related to curriculum.