The main objective of Entry Level Services is to motivate and guide the students to write competitive examinations.
Every year nearly 50 students are selected and they are motivated and guided by experts in this field. Moreover, special programmes are also arranged.
Soft Skill Training Programme
The following topics are covered in soft skill training programme
Orientation on Competitive Examinations
The orientation on eligibility criteria, syllabi and the examination pattern for different competitive examinations are provided to the students.
“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world” – Hilary Clinton.
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell of our institution aims to develop an entrepreneurial temperament and impart career skills to the students’ educational setting. This is to ensure that the students are well equipped while they take up entrepreneurial ventures and careers which will result in economic independence and stability.
During the initial years, Entrepreneurship Cell, being merged with Career Guidance Cell functioned as a single unit under the name “’Career Guidance and Entrepreneurship Cell’. The activities of this cell included campus drives; coaching classes; motivational talks etc. To enhance thrust on entrepreneurial activities, the above cell was bifurcated and the Entrepreneurship Development Cell began to function as an individual unit from the academic year 2016-17.
Proposed Entrepreneurial Ventures
Soft skills enhance the possibilities of employability in students and make them resilient, adaptable and effective in work spots. In Holy Cross College, Soft skills are imparted though a number of development programmes, awareness talks, spoken English classes, foundation courses, skill enhancement courses, and certificate courses.
Personality development programmes are organized by Entrepreneurship and Career Guidance Cell to enhance the leadership qualities in students.
Spoken English classes are offered to all the students from 11.45 am to 12.30 pm, three days a week. Students are trained in pronunciation, reading, conversation and common speech.
The II U.G and all the P.G students are trained to have cutting edge skills through curriculum, academic activities and training programme.
All the U.G students are given a foundation course that addresses topics like motivation, goal setting, developing positive attitude, success, time management, coping with fear, anger, stress management etc.
At the entry level the I U.G students are given soft skill check list and their progress is monitored throughout, assessed every year and matched with the exit level attainment.
Through all these efforts the institution offers the students a plethora of opportunities to improve their self esteem, creativity, personality and leadership qualities, transferable skills and above all their people skills.
Remedial programme is offered to the low achievers twice a week. Peer teaching, tutorials, group work and demonstration of practical are some of the means of conducting the remedial programme.
Rules and Regulations
The methods adopted by the faculty are
Language laboratory guarantees a successful language learning experience. It creates a more attractive learning environment for the students through audio-visual aids. Language laboratory provides practice in an entertaining and interactive way to acquire the four language skills, Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing (LSRW). It helps students learn much faster than in a regular classroom setting and promotes language use.
With the guidance of the teacher the students watch videos, develop intelligent skills and effectively take part in global conversation. They practice their pronunciation through a speech recognizer, learn new vocabulary, and listen to youtube knowledge dissemination. This gives an opportunity for the students to develop their speaking skill and critically evaluate the components. The students are motivated to read the stories on screen.They are monitored by the teacher and are evaluated at the end of the semester.
Activities and exercises essential to oral communication and the understanding of the language are provided in the language laboratory, thus encouraging the students to have effective communication with the teacher and their fellow students.
The practical component of AECC (English Communication) offered for the I UG students is done through language laboratory.
Software details of the language laboratory
Operating System :Windows XP
Packages :Clarity S.Net V7.0
Beat the clock
Take off with spoken English
Bridge course is offered by the college to all the freshmen students every year for four days soon after their entry so as to help them overcome their transition blues and fit seamlessly into the new system. It addresses their linguistic challenges, and helps them develop love for the English language. All the faculty of the department of English and two faculty from each department are the resource persons.
This programme called “Take off with spoken English” further helps students to acquire the rudiments of grammar improve their vocabulary and have some basic knowledge of the linguistic conventions like reading, writing, and spoken language .Their academic experience is enriched through stories, video clippings, dumb charades ,oral presentations, Interactive group lectures, Quizzes, games and Google classrooms.
Bridge Course for French
The students of I U.G. who are interested in learning French as Part I language are exposed to the rudiments of French language through a bridge course for 10 days. This gives students the opportunity for individual development, social mobility and overseas academic pursuits. Also it facilitates immigration study abroad options.
The college gives due importance to yoga the science that has originated in the Indian culture embodying unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
Sr. Mesmin, the then Librarian and an excellent Yoga trainer, trained the faculty of Holy Cross College in yoga in the year 1985. In the academic year 2011 and 2012, sixty faculty were trained by Sr.Mesmin in yoga.
When autonomous status was conferred to the college in 2008, the Physical Education Directress Dr. J. Christy Celine Mary gave Yoga practices to all the II UG students who opted Yoga as the Skill Enhancement Course and all the Sports students.
From 2013 onwards in addition to the sports students, and the II U.G. students all the I UG students were trained in yoga by the Physical Education Directress. In the academic year 2018-19, Physical Education Directress Dr. J. Christy Celine Mary, Mrs. S.Kavitha (Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics) and Mrs .S. Josephine Panimaya Rushia (Non- Teaching Staff) gave Yoga practices to all the I year students.
Mrs.S. Kavitha and Yoga trainer Mr.O.Sivathanupillai introduced Meditation and Exercise (Life Skill training) programme to the II year students of the departments of Zoology, Chemistry, English(Aided), English (SF), Tamil (SF) and History in the odd semester 2018-19. During the even semester, Mrs. S.Kavitha and Yoga trainer Mr.S.K.Ananth Nagarajan conducted Meditation and Exercise (Life skill training) programme to the II year students from the departments of Physics, Mathematics(Aided), Mathematics(SF), Botany, Economics, Commerce(Aided) and Commerce (SF - A and B) .
The benefits of Yoga are:
Small mindfulness exercise given inside the classroom relieves stress and restores mental equipoise. It instills in the students positive attitudes such as humility, tolerance, compassion, cheerfulness, contentment, serenity and fortitude.
The counseling cell helps the students to handle issues like interpersonal conflicts, relationship management, emotional disturbances, peer pressure etc.
In our campus we have 18 trained counsellors, who spent extra time with the students who are in need of our help. They are Dr. Sr. M.R. Basil Rose, Dr. Fr. Francis Xavier Nelson, Dr. Sr. Mary Johnsy, Dr. Sr. Sahayaselvi, Dr. C. Josephine Priyatharshini, Dr. LeslyFathima, Dr. S. Mary MettildaBai, Dr. JalajaKumari, Ms. Panimaya Mercy, Dr. ArulmozhiNangai, Dr. Mary PearlinSumathi, Dr. Krishna Priya, Ms. Jesmalar, Sr. Jothi Antony, Ms. ChristabelShaji, Ms.Ancy Mole, Ms. Lidia, Ms. Shruthi, Ms. Cathelin, Mr. Euprin and Ms. Jemila. Self – renewal programmes were conducted for all the teaching staff once in two months.
The prime objective of the Crossian education is the multi-dimensional, well-integrated growth and formation of every student, entering into the portals, So that when they take wings into the wides, outer world ,they are able to take their rightful place in society , to live with and serve their fellowmen in love ,truth and justice.Every year thousands of students cross the Crossian threshold for higher education ,varied careers and to make homes and families.Alumni are the touchstones of the college with regard to intellect ,character, personality, values and achievements.
College days are the happy spring season in one’s life, never to be forgotten. Caught up in the busy tide of their career and personal life,they always remember their home institution with mixed feelings of nostalgia and gratitude.They,definitely, wish to have a link with their almamater and come back once in a while to relive the past and meet their friends.
The Alumni Association provides the platform for the entire networking of the alumni scattered all over the globe. It fosters , renews and promotes relationships and activities that enrich the lives of the members as well as the present students thus merging the past with the present.
The annual alumni meet is on the second Saturday of every year. It attracts attendance of a large number of alumni who are very happy to come back to the campus and meet their friends and teachers.The teachers are also happy to see their students well placed in life. During this meet the alumni share their memories past as well as their present experiences.It is really heartening to see the alumni from near and far and even across the oceans meeting on that day. Those alumni with remarkable achievements are feted.
The executive members are elected every year and they are responsible for the functioning of the association.The alumni make a considerable impact on the betterment and excellence of the college. They collaborate with the great venture of the college in the formation of empowered women who in turn become socially conscious citizens. Efforts have been to bring all the alumni, from various departments own this half a century under one banner.
The participation and contribution of the alumni in the context of the academic excellence of the institution is noteworthy. They are selected as members in the syllabus forming BOS in all the departments. They are invited as resource persons for guest lectures, endowments, workshops, seminars and meetings. They share their personal experience in life and career with the present students which is the source of inspiration and motivation for the latter. They take the seats of the judges in the various competitions both academic and cultural conducted in the College. Many of our alumni well placed in the Software industries, reputed educational institutions, government service, private sectors and self-entrepreneurship lend their valuable and active contribution in the different academic and administrative bodies of the college. An open online forum was created to communicate with all the alumni in a convenient and consistent manner. Efforts are taken by the alumni of a particular batches both U.G. and P.G. for a get together with their Staff members.
The Campus Animation Team strengthens the spirituality of staff and students. It helps the students to move from character to consciousness and to search for the ultimate meaning in life. The team organizes special prayer meetings, religious celebrations and gives regular retreats, seminars, renewal programmes, inspirational talks and para liturgical services to both the staff and students. Every year the Mother Foundress Day is celebrated in a meaningful way. Holy mass is organized at the beginning and end of the academic year besides Ash Wednesday for the catholic staff and students.
Value Education books for UG and PG students are also prepared by the Campus Animation Team.
Teaching / Non Teaching
Keeping in stride with its legacy, the Holy Cross College has always striven to equip the individuals within its folds to excel in life and society not withstanding the differences. From its early years it has warmly invited students who are differently abled into its midst with no discrimination. However, in 2018 – 19 the Divyangjan Cell has been inaugurated for the purpose of streamlining what the college has always done. The motto of the cell is ‘Winged and Wheeled to WIN’ which sums up the perspective of the institution towards its special needs’ community.
The objective of the cell is two fold – to thoughtfully provide support to the individuals on campus; and to equip them for life in all its dimensions.
Organizing programmes in collaboration with Women’s Cell, Rotaract Club, Entrepreneur Development Committee, Heath Care team and Career Guidance Cell.
Dr. Subha Ganapathy
The Fine Arts Committee of our College, comprises of staff representatives from all the departments. The committee is active throughout the year offering cultural events on various occasions like Inauguration ceremony, Holy Cross Feast, Christmas celebration, Pongal celebration and College day. The Fine Arts inter-departmental off-stage and on-stage competitions are conducted every year. Prizes and certificates are distributed for the winners and rolling trophies are given to the departments who won the first and second places. With sportive spirit, the students participate in all events.
Health care is the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, illness injury and other physical and mental impairments in human beings.
Accommodation in the hostel is given on request from the students. Hostel admission is carried out on the day of admission in the college. Hostel admission is valid for only one academic year and its renewal is subjected to the willingness of the students to stay. At present accommodation is given to 250 students approximately including sports students. In accepting residential students preference is given to those from the outskirts of Kanyakumari district.
Psycho - spiritual orientation
Care is taken to provide wholistic formation to the hostellers. Motivational and personality development talks are arranged once a month providing them with life skills and the ability to handle oneself. Hostellers conduct entertainment programs regularly. They bring out their talents and creativity through a variety of cultural events. Thus they cultivate and nurture leadership qualities and self confidence to plunge into the modern society. Catholic students are given special care in their spiritual formation, through Holy mass, confession and recitation of Rosary.
To support and maximize efficiency in academics and research through ICT.
Inter collegiate competitions aims to elicit the latent talents of our students, to facilitate participation in inter collegiate competitions and to make students realize the value of healthy co-operation even in competitions. Our students have brought laurels to our institution by winning in various competition conducted by various organizations.
Imbued with a healthy competitive spirit and encouraged to exercise their innate talents, our students have emerged as proud winners in various competitions like
Media Committee takes up the responsibility to contact the media personnel and make arrangements for the coverage of the academic and extra-curricular activities. It connects the institution with the society through media. Every year Annual Photo Album and an album with newspaper cuttings related to the institution are prepared by the members.
Parents and Teachers work together for the betterment of students.
The Parents Teachers Association consists of the principal as the patron, two parents as elected members - (one as President and the other as Vice President), a treasurer and the executive members comprising staff and parents. PTA meets frequently to carry out the activities chalked out by the association. The PTA has been focusing on the growth and development of the college since its inception. The general body meets occasionally for a free interaction of parents and teachers on matters related to the performance of their wards.
The Quiz Club of our college was established in the year 1985 to encourage and motivate young brains to have a quest for knowledge. The seed for organizing CROSSINGS the first ever inter-collegiate quiz competition of our college was sown in 1985 which being the International Year of Youth. Initially the club was conducting CROSSINGS with our own college teachers and later, from 1993 onwards, it was conducted for college students in collaboration with SIOL QUIZ CLUB, Pondicherry. From the year 2015-16 onwards the club started conducting inter-school Quiz too. An ever-rolling trophy is awarded to the winners along with the cash prizes to motivate the students. In order to nurture the general knowledge skills among our own students, the best competitor award is given every year for the students who wins in the maximum number of quiz competitions conducted in other colleges.
The inter-collegiate event CROSSINGS has become an important co-curricular activity of the Quiz Club. Overwhelming response from our students and also from the students of other colleges shows the success of the program. Further, we used to send our students to participate in the regional, state and national level quiz programs conducted by other academic bodies in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu.
Purpose of SC/ST Cell
The Cell is launched with a vision of empowering the SC/ST students to face the challenges and lead a dignified life. The primary objective of the cell is to enable the learners to be employable and be confident by enhancing their skills and capabilities.
The star represents the cell with the guidance of which the students are steered to become empowered women and to use the opportunities to the optimum. The three women symbolize the students who will become empowered and empower their fellow beings after receiving the guidance from the faculty members and the Government officials.
Though our college is situated in semi-urban area, most of the students are from rural background. More than seventy percentage of them are first generation graduates, whose parents are unable to meet their educational expenses. After seeing the plight of the students, the management and the faculty started “Student Welfare Fund” during the year 1984-85. Every month the faculty contributes certain amount and the same is used to pay the tuition fees and examination fees for six under graduate students and one post graduate student. The economically poor students good at studies receive this fund. Every year seventy students including sports students benefit from this programme.