Educate to Empower
The T. K. M. College of Arts and Science established in 1955, is run by the T. K. M. Educational Trust. The founder of the trust, Janab Thangal Kunju Musaliar began several educational institutions in Kollam with the vision of empowering the society through education. Following in the footsteps of the founder’s dream, the T. K. M. College of Arts and Science strives to achieve supreme excellence in academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular areas without compromising the institution’s responsibilities to the society.
The College has remained committed to the ideal of Educate to Empower since the time of its inception. As part of the community outreach programmes to lend a helping hand to the socially and economically disadvantaged local population, TKMCAS began the ‘Paarpidam’ initiative. Over the past few years, TKMCAS community has mobilised funds to build houses for two needy families in the Karicode region. The Management, faculty, administrative staff, students and especially the alumni engaged closely with this philanthropic mission.
As part of the Educate to Empower mission, at the time of admission, the college gives priority to students from the disadvantaged sections, especially to the female students. The Women’s Study Unit and the Women’s Cell play a significant role in empowering the female students of the college. These units provide training on various skills required for self-employment.
The students of the college, especially the NSS and NCC volunteers actively engage in awareness initiatives and cleanliness campaigns in the neighbourhood of the college which has resulted in local upliftment. In addition to the blood typing services and blood donation drives, the college community provides financial and logistical support for palliative care and various other medical camps. As part of the cleanliness campaign, the college has begun to implement an initiative for plastic eradication not only from the college premises but also the neighbourhood.
The message of Empowerment that the college seeks to imbibe in its academic and extension activities is a part of the collective consciousness of the college community. During the August 2018 flood in Kerala, the college mobilised a relief team including students and teachers, who collected basic amenities required in the relief camps and spearheaded the efforts to make these supplies available wherever needed. The College relief team also engaged in post-flood cleaning campaigns in various parts of South Kerala, especially Pandalam. The students and teachers also collected a sizeable amount of money for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. As part of the college’s longstanding association with the local Mahila Mandiram, this year also TKMCAS supplied sewing machines to the women.
The college has a longstanding tradition of inclusive academic culture where students from various social, cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds interact and coexist harmoniously.
Because the college plays a positive and inclusive part in the overall personality development of the students, the former students associate very closely with the functioning of the college. The various alumni chapters actively organize charity drives through the college, which has also benefited ongoing batches of students as well. The institution implements curricular and extension initiatives to shape our students into agents of social change, preparing them for a future where they not only empower others around them but also turn into citizens with civic consciousness and social commitment.