The word ‘elephant’ draws an image of a chained elephant with shining golden ‘nettipattam’ (caparison) accompanied by ceremonial procession for a child from rural and urban area alike. But for tribal children the image imbibed would be that of a huge tusker trumpeting through the lush green forest. Essentially, there is a need for a focused and innovative approach for tribal learning programmes imbibed on tribal culture and their native language. CSL initiated ‘Kalippam Padippam’ (Play and learn) programme under its CSR initiative in aspirational district of Wayanad for this cause.
‘Kalippam Padippam’ is an integral part of the project aimed at ‘Integrated Interventions for addressing Poverty, Malnutrition & Educational Backwardness of Paniya Tribes’- undertaken by CSL in association with M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF). ‘Kalippam Padippam’ seeks to create a learning platform in native language supported by digital infrastructure for children of Paniya tribes in Wayanad District. The programme implemented by MSSRF to complement the online education programme put forward by Government of Kerala. Classes have commenced at selected Paniya clonies of Meppadi, Meenangadi, Vegappallly, Panamaram and Kottathara panchayats of Wayanad District. Classes under ‘Kalippam Padippam’ is conducted on weekends when there is no online classes of Government is scheduled.
The project beholds the Company’s drive to create an opportunity for inclusive and equitable quality education for the benefit of the tribal community and CSL’s commitment towards sustainable development of aspirational district of Wayanad.
SDVLP School, Maradu has been offering quality education to children in the area for past several years. The legacy and attachment of the local people share with the school which is located in the fast growing township of Marad is beyond words. But over the course of time the school buildings and facilities became dilapidated and required immediate intervention.
CSL undertook the renovation of the school as part of its CSR initiative. Deputy Managers of CSL, Shri P S Sasindradas and Shri A K Yoosaf inaugurated the new building on 9th November 2020. Municipal Councillors, Shri Sunil Kumar, Shri Krishna Kumar, Manager, Shri Ramachandran, Sub District Education Officer Ajith Prasad Thampi, Shri Indhu Kaladharan, P T A President, Shri Satheesan and Headmistress Sindhu Joseph were present in the ceremony held in strict adherence to COVID-19 protocol.
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom” -George Washington Carver
For more than a century, the Thiuvenkidom L P School holds the proud legacy of Guruvayoor creating waves of literacy and knowledge catering the needs of common masses. Cochin Shipyard Ltd extended CSR support to the school for renovating the age old school building. The school began its journey in the year 1907, under the Madras Educational Society at Malabar Ponnani Taluk.
On 15th August 2020, Bishop Mar Andrews Thazhath inaugurated the building in the esteemed presence of Chief Guest, Shri. Madhu S Nair, Chairman & Managing Director, Cochin Shipyard Ltd. Fr. Sebi Chittilapally, School Manager, Shri. I D Sabu, Headmaster and Shri N P Subir, P T A President were also present in the function.
Atal Tinkering Labs under Atal Innovation Mission is an approach of Government of India to create an environment of scientific temperament, innovation and creativity for the young minds of our nation. As an attempt to foster the speedy growth of this innovation value chain, Cochin Shipyard Ltd extended support to Government High School Muppathadam, Aluva, Ernakulam to construct a science lab.
On 29th February, 2020, Shri. Suresh Babu N V, Director (Operations) of CSL inaugurated the science lab in the esteemed presence of Smt. Ratnamma Suresh, Panchayath President, Shri. C G Venu, Vice President, Shri T K Shajahan, Block Panchayath Member, Smt Ajithakumari, HM of the school and Deputy Managers of CSL, Shri Rajeevan MS, Shri Sasindradas PS and Shri A K Yoosaf.
Through this initiative CSL has once again proven its commitment towards improving the quality of our education system and in cultivating the spirit of innovation among our students thus leading to nation development.
CSL has been actively involved in encouraging the availability of vocational training along with equal employment opportunities for differently abled people. Equal opportunity, mainstreaming and community development has always been the motto of CSL. It is in this regard that CSL extended full support to We Care Centre, Kanjirapally, Kottayam for the establishment of Ashwas Vocational Training centre enhancing livelihood and employment opportunities of 95 mentally challenged youth. The Centre is a NGO committed to uplifting the poor, the downtrodden, the differently abled and the abandoned by providing psychological, social and economic support.
Adv. B Radhakrishna Menon, Director and Audit Committee Chairman of CSL was the Guest of Honour where Rev. Fr. Mar Mathew Arackkal inaugurated the Centre on 07/02/2020. Felicitations were delivered by Smt. Mary Renjith Abraham, DGM, Smt. Bindu Krishna, SM(Legal and Shri Yoosaf A K , DM(CSR) of CSL.
CSL became a part of this admirable project by extending assistance for establishing six smart classrooms at Munderi Govt. HSS in Kannur with all most modern facilities. The project known as MUDRAA - Munderi Higher Secondary School Development, Reformation and Academic Advancement plan was initiated by Kannur District Panchayath. CSL assisted the Smart classroom project in Munderi GHSS to revolutionize education by providing easy access to quality education through digital learning. The project aims to equip classrooms with new-age digital education solutions and thereby impart modern and smarter ways of learning.
On 12th February 2020, the agreement for financial assistance was exchanged between CSL and District Panchayath in the presence of Shri K K Ragesh M P, by Shri Sasindradas P S, Deputy Manager (CSR), CSL and Shri K V Suresh, District Panchayath President.
Providing infrastructure development for empowering and mainstreaming backward communities has always been a core concern of CSR activities of CSL. CSL follows the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi in it’s strive for ensuring ‘harijanodharanam’. CSL recognises education as a massive and valuable tool in empowering the weaker sections of the society.
It is in this regard that CSL extended support for the construction of an open air auditorium for SRKGVMHSS in Thrissur. In the meeting presided over by CSL CMD Shri. Madhu S Nair, Swami Golokananda inaugurated the auditorium for the benefit of the students in the presence of Smt. Roopa Sekhar Rai, Chairperson, Shri. Radhakrishna Menon, Independent Director, CSR and SD committee of CSL.
The school run by Ramakrishna Mission caters to nearly 1800 students from the downtrodden classes in the society. The open auditorium provides a stage for these students to exhibit their talents and organise extra-curricular and cultural events.
Energising, involving and enabling differently abled children has been pivotal in advancing Cochin Shipyard’s objective to be a socially responsible corporate citizen. It is in this scenario that Cochin Shipyard extended assistance Assissi Special School for Mentally Challenged, Panavally, Alappuzha by presenting them a school bus.
DThe school cater to nearly eighty differently abled children. Their inability to provide free transportation lowers the accessibility to the school for financially weak students. CSL intervened to aid the school on witnessing the plight of the children.
Cochin Shipyard’s CSR activities focus on the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’ and emphasize an inclusive development of the society. Empowering and emboldening the differently abled to bring them to the mainstream society will always be a top priority to CSL.
The Passing out ceremony of the Skill training programme in Welding for the BPL/marginalized youth was conducted on 24th July 2019. Sri. S Varadarajan, General Manager& SO (M-SR) of CSL distributed certificates to the welder trainees passed out during the third phase of the programme.
Don Bosco is collaborating with Indian Institute of Welding (IIW) for monitoring the course and also for their advisory and technical support, to make the course more effective and enriching. So far 130 students were trained and got placed in various companies including overseas companies. CSL being the founder partner of this project could able to bring healthy life to many young marginalized youth.
Support for Construction of an Additional Floor to the Existing Building of Press Club, Kottayam for Skill Development. The project was inaugurated by Honorable Governor of Kerala on 18/07/2019.
Shri Madhu S Nair, C&MD, CSL, handed over five Optimist Sail boats to the FoC-in-C, Southern Naval Command, for the training purposes of cadets undergoing training at SCC, in a simple function held over there.
SCC Kochi functions from the premises of Seamanship School and all administrative support is provided by the Seamanship School. Infrastructure in the form of class rooms, boat station, parade ground and other seamanship training facilities are provided for SCC. The present facilities are inadequate to provide sail training for 300 cadets. Providing optimistic sail boats would suffice the immediate training infrastructure requirements of the SCC (Kochi).
The Sea Cadet Corps is a non government voluntary youth organization to provide platform for youth to take up water based sports and professional activities and instil in them the spirit of discipline and adventure. Instructor / Trainer role is performed by the Senior SCC cadets.
Cochin Shipyard handed presented a School Van to the Helen Keller School for Blind, at Karimpuzha, Palakkad run by the Kerala Federation of Blind.
The Honourable Education Minister, Government of Kerala, Prof C Raveendranath received the key for the School, from Shri A K Subash, Dy.General Manager (Welfare), Cochin Shipyard Ltd at a function held at the school premises.
Shri P Unni, MLA, Ottapalam, presided over the function.
CSL has spent Rs.9.13 lakhs to assist the School to procure this vehicle.
52 Blind students are presently studying in the school. This facility is going to be a boon for them.
The establishment of HMT Company witnessed large scale eviction of local people and their rehabilitaion was undertaken in the outskirts of Kalamassery. In order to provide education to the HMT Colony people who were very poor, a Government LP School was started. The School has got around 50 children who mainly belong to the minority groups who are very poor and marginalized. As the school has been maintaining comparatively good standard, the number of children have increased over the years.
The school had all the basic infrastructure facilities and were well maintained; however, it lacked sufficient computers for teaching/study. Hence the school requested CSL CSR support for the purchase of computers and computer tables for the school.
The 6th CSL CSR Executive Committee discussed the proposal received from the Govt. L P School HMT Colony, Kalamassery and the Committee suggested the CSR Cell to make a visit to the School and assess the real requirements. Accordingly the CSR team visited the school on 1st June 2015 and interacted with the teachers of the school. As their request was found genuine the Committee recommended the proposal and the C&MD sanctioned an amount of Rs.1.47 Lakhs. The support from CSL will help the school to facilitate the teaching of the students most effectively.
The Computer Lab was inaugurated by the DGM (W) of CSL.
Cochin Shipayrd, under its Corporate Social Responsibility, assisted the Pandit Karuppan Memorial Library towards setting up a Smart Class Room and Computer Lab for undertaking training for the poor and deprived community members in the locality.
The library is operating in Thevara Colony which is not very far away from the Shipyard.
The renovated Library was inaugurated by the Honourable Tourism Minister of Kerala, Shri Kadakampilli Surendran. Shri M D Varghese attended the function on behalf of CSL.
On Sunday, the 24 July 2015, Shri Madhu S Nair, C&MD, CSL inaugurated the smart-class, forming part of the 'Partibhatheeram project', an endeavour to improve the educational standards of the children in coastal areas of Aleppey District, Kerala. The renovated “Blue Star” Library of Chettikad was inaugurated by Dr Thomas Isaac, Finance Minister, Government of Kerala.
Blue Star is one of the five Libraries getting upgraded into learning centres for use of Children, and adults as well, by providing additional reference material, internet, IT lab, Video Conferencing facility and studio furniture.
The project is jointly funded by Kerala’s Finance Minister, Dr Thomas Isaac’s MLA regional development Fund and CSL’s CSR programme.
The Inauguration of the second library, jointly sponsored by CSL, was held on 11.9.2016 by the Dr Thomas Isaac, Honourable Finance Minister, Government of Kerala. Ms Kavya Madhavan, famous Cine Artiste, special guest on the occasion, is also seen.
Shri Pon Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways inaugurated girls hostel at Saraswathi Vidya Nikethan, Kadayathur on 13 June 2017.
This is an ideal school for imparting value based education to the people of interior locations. There is a strong presence of Scheduled Tribe community in this area. This population, due to various reasons, is deprived of educational facilities particularly for girl child.
If these girl children are given the right opportunity, they can do wonders. We thought Safe and quality boarding and lodging would be a good initiative for social commitment and it was decided that the company would help the school to build a girls hostel and hence this project.
The total project cost is Rs.50 lakhs for this project.
Handing over ceremony of a School bus to the school for blind, run by the Kerala Blind Federation was also held at the same venue.
Under the CSR programme of CSL, in association with the SC /ST Federation of Cochin Shipyard, educational aids for the benefit of the school children in the Tribal District of Wayanad (in Kerala) were distributed.
400 school children from various schools in the area, viz. Govt LP School, Channali, Govt LP School Ambalavayal, UP Schoo, Vazhavatta, and Govt L P School Muthanga benefitted out of the programme. The educational aids were distributed by the team from CSR Cell and the SC/ST federation, CSL Unit.