Welcome to the World of Young Think Tank…
In order to carry a positive action one must develop a positive vision, with one such vision Sahyadri College shared its campus to the new program called The Pathways. It’s the program originally sponsored by Ford foundation of US in the year 2002-2003 as a part of global project. In India, it was initiated through Foundation for Academic Excellence and Access (FAEA).
The main goal of Pathways is to provide a global outlook with regional focus, commitment to equality and social justice, and to develop the holistic view to students from the marginalized sections of society. The financial support from Ford stopped in the year 2009. But realizing benefits of programme, Kuvempu University took decisions to continue the activity with its own budgetary provision. In order to provide life skills and empower the students to become self dependent role models of the country.
Selection of students to the Pathways is done on basis of class 12th marks and performance in entrance test conducted at the first year of the degree level. Fourty five students are selected every year from arts, commerce, and science streams and trained continuously for 3 year till they complete their degrees. The training goes along side the regular course. This includes Afternoon daily club activities, Saturdays Expert’s session, Ten days winter and summer workshops, IAS/KAS and Competitive Exams Workshop, Field Visits, Mini-workshops, Celebration of National Days,.. etc.
Prof. Ramesh C K
Professor and Director
The primary aim to understand the interconnections exist between professionalism and knowledge systems. In order to achieve these objectives, various theme-based talks by experts, academics and professional experts and students’ projects and programs are conducted during the workshops. Moreover, the core focus of this workshops are intended to trigger multiple aptitudes among students towards multidisciplinary approaches. Further, student assignments, field visits and community outreach activities, documentary making are conducted during these workshops to instil a sense of social commitment and social responsibility in them.
Each student is provided an opportunity to demonstrate her/his talent in numerous ways at one hand. On the other hand, student participants are expected to inculcate qualities like; focus, leadership, and action to implement the objectives of pathways in general and the workshop in particular. However, the volunteers of pathways are from different streams of bachelor degrees (i.e. B.A, BSc and B.com) of Sahyadri Science, Arts and Commerce colleges. This particular composition of students always possesses challenges in conducting programs on a single theme or topic. Therefore we in pathways conduct activities related to various disciplines to accomplish the aspirations of our students.
Pathways handpicks the resource persons from different walks of life like academics, Science and technology, spiritualism, art and culture etc. They share their vision and experience with the young students.
The unit also arranges campus interviews to help job aspirants. The alumni of Pathways are serving in different fields and occupied some coveted positions. The present academic calendar in the higher educational institutions hardly provides time for non-academic learning, which is also equally important in the shaping of the personality of the children. Pathways is doing its best by transforming young minds of the campus in plugging to the future.
The gain is invaluable in terms of exposure, enlightenment and experience....
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