Christ University

Mailing address: 
Christ Central Campus, Dharmaram P.O, Diary Circle, Bangalore
Telephone: 
+91 9900104550
Email: 
victor.paul@christuniversity.in
Website: 
www.christuniversity.in
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Name: 
Dr.Abraham VM
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Title/Position: 
Vice Chancellor
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Email: 
vc@christuniversity.in
Focal point 1 - Name: 
Dr.Victor Paul
Focal point 1 - Title: 
Professor & Head, Social Work Department and Director CSA
Focal point 1 - Email: 
director.csa@christuniversity.in
Focal point 2 - Name: 
Dr.Jiby Jose
Focal point 2 - Title: 
Coordinator
Focal point 2 - Email: 
jiby.jose@christuniversity.in
Focal point 3 - Name: 
Dr.Arul Roncalli
Focal point 3 - Title: 
Programme Manager CSA
Focal point 3 - Email: 
programme.manager@christuniversity.in
Please provide a brief description of your academic structure: 
CHRIST ( Deemed to be University), formerly Christ College (Autonomous), was born out of the educational vision of St Kuriakose Elias Chavara, an educationalist and a social reformer of the nineteenth century. He founded the first indigenous congregation, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). Established in July 1969, Christ College became the most preferred educational institution in the city of Bengaluru within the first three decades. From 1990 it initiated path breaking reforms in higher education with the introduction of innovative and modern curricula, insistence on academic discipline, imparting of Holistic Education and the support of creative and dedicated staff. Today Christ University is rated among the top ten educational institutions of the country. The UGC conferred Autonomy to Christ College (No. F.13-1/2004) on 7 October 2004 and identified it as an Institution with Potential for Excellence in 2006. On 22July, 2008 under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, the Ministry of Human Resources Development of the Union Government of India, vide Notification No. F. 9-34/2007-U.3 (A), declared it a Deemed to be University, in the name and style of CHRIST UNIVERSITY.
Please describe briefly any activities your institution is already carrying out, which are relevant to UNAI and its principles: 
Besides, facilitating curriculum-based courses in various disciplines; Christ University with the support of its mother organization Christ Educational Society has been instrumental in promoting the spirit of volunteerism among the students who contribute a great deal in undertaking developmentally appropriate interventions that immensely benefit the poor and marginalized community. Christ University has established Centre for Social Action (CSA) in the campus in the year 1999 for promoting volunteerism and enabling students to become socially responsible citizens through development initiatives. CSA works towards promoting social responsibilities and values among the student community. Since its inception as an independent departmental entity, apart from student sensitization CSA has been focusing on social development issues of the community especially that affect the life of children, youth and women. CSA headed by one of the faculty representatives; is staffed with highly experienced and committed development practitioners. CSA is engaged in a range of development issues related to child rights, education, health, socio-economic development of women and youth, agriculture, climate change and environment etc. The sponsorships by the Christ University students for “educate a child project” being one of its kind is finest instance for student participation which enable hundreds of children from the backward and impoverished community to avail quality education. Every student is uniquely enriched and educationally edified by the rural exposure facilitated. The service learning projects designed and implemented in collaboration with various academia and corporate sectors in the country and overseas academic institutes provides a greater scope for enhanced learning which adequately equip the students to accept their futures roles. CSA is presently working in 4 urban communities and 122 rural communities spread across three states such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. The child focused community development projects implemented in 24 tribal villages in Chandrapur District of Maharashtra and 22 tribal villages in Karnataka are emerging as the most successful community driven development paradigm worth replicating. The climate change project implemented in 24 tribal villages in Chandrapur District of Maharashtra has created profound impact among the tribal community to protect environment by adopting mitigation measures to climate change. The institution and community based sustainable environment project with primary focus on livelihood promotion and sustainable waste management practices in Bangalore have educated the people across the country and overseas stakeholders on various sustainable solutions to environmental problems. Christ University has been running hostel for economically poor students who hail from rural areas of different states. Apart from free housing and boarding these students also avail free education at the University. Christ University also has been implementing free lunch scheme for the University students of economically backward families. With the many socio-economic and environmental issues that the country is facing today, CSA believes in the strength of the student community in bringing about a positive change. This is one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the centre, and remains the motivation for its active participation in various developmental projects and social sensitization programmes. Thus, CSA intends to create a community of empathetic students who can work proactively for the society at large. The groups that CSA focuses its programs on are children, women, youth and student community in urban slums, rural and tribal villages and educational institutions. Objectives • To encourage holistic development of students by involving them in social action • To help underprivileged sections of society to gain access to tangible improvements in their quality of life • To facilitate innovative practices in strengthening university–community relationships All the activities of CSA derive their strength from its vision and mission. They form the framework and the basis for activity implementation. Vision "Every student is aware, sensitive, empathetic and contributing to sustainable changes in the society" Mission "CSA is a Centre for promoting volunteerism and enabling students to develop as socially responsible citizens through developmental initiatives"
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