Clubs and Fora play a significant role in the all round development of the students at Sacred Heart College. It encourages them to find avenues for self expression and exploring opportunities. Initially, an orientation to the various clubs and fora is given to the students at the time of their admission. The college clubs are categorised into three- career oriented, social service oriented and talent clubs. It is recommended that all students be part of at least one club from each category depending on their talent, interest and goals for the future. The various clubs work in coordination to organise various programmes and events on the campus. They are guided by faculty members appointed for the same.
CAREER – ORIENTED ACTIVITIES & CLUBS
Civil Service Study Circle (CSSC): The CSSC provides guidance to students who are interested in a career in Indian Civil Service. A library is set up next to the Department of Economics exclusively for assisting students who appear for civil service examinations. Besides conducting group discussions and quiz programmes twice a week, the CSSC also organises guest lectures, seminars and social awareness programmes to prepare students for a career in the Indian Civil Service.
Entrepreneurship Development (ED) Club: This club is meant to generate entrepreneurial interest in the students cutting across the various disciplines.
NCC-National Cadet Corps (Army, Navy and Air wings) : The NCC gives opportunities for military training and social service to students without imposing on them any obligation of active military service. The NCC aims : To develop qualities of character, courage, camaraderie, discipline, fitness, leadership, secular outlook, spirit of adventure and sportsmanship and the ideals of selfless service among the youth to make them responsible citizens. To create a human resource of organised, trained and motivated youth to provide leadership in all walks of life including the Armed Forces and to be always available to the service of the nation. To build a reserve of potential officers so that the defence service of the country can expand in a national emergency.
It is obligatory on the part of the cadets to attend weekly parades, annual camp, and a minimum two years of membership in NCC. Cadets who wish to obtain B & C certificates will have additional parades. Cadets obtaining Certificate C and a university degree are eligible to appear before the Service Selection Board for direct commission in the army, navy and air force without appearing for the UPSC examination. They are eligible for weightage of marks at the time of admission for higher studies under the university.
SOCIAL SERVICE CLUBS
This club offers outreach, awareness and education programmes with the aim of working towards the well being of the elderly population. It also organises cultural and sports meets for senior citizens. The club is also responsible for the ‘University Of Third Age’, a programme that is well received by the local community through which computer and social media literacy is imparted to senior citizens.
AICUF (All India Catholic University Federation)
All catholic students of the Sacred Heart College are encouraged to become members of the AICUF unit and all the catholic members of the faculty and the staff are its honorary members. The affairs of the federation is managed by a committee, consisting the Principal, chaplain, advisers, unit president, vice-president, secretary, joint secretary and the treasurer. The President, under the guidance of the chaplain and advisors, arranges work-camps, seminars and lectures on religious and social subjects of special interest to students.
In 1983, the Social Forestry Club was formed in Sacred Heart College, which was later registered under Social Forestry Division of the Kerala Forest Department. The club has developed an informal, pro-active system of imparting environmental education to the students, involving them in various activities ranging from conservation efforts to awareness creation. The nature club of our college was revived in 1990 by the name of Primrose Nature Club, and is closely associated with the Social Forestry Club in its varied activities. The club lays major thrust on energy related aspects of environment protection and its programmes include seminars, guest lectures, film shows, poster exhibitions, nature study camps etc.In 2010, the government of Kerala initiative Bhoomitrasena, with special focus on water and earth related conservation initiatives was also incorporated in the nature club activities of the college.The Heartian Sparrows, the Bird Club at Sacred Heart College was initiated in the year 2018. The club promotes bird watching and documentation of local avian fauna.
In tune with the initiative of the Tourism department of Kerala to educate the students on the cultural heritage of our land and to help them appreciate the natural beauty of Kerala as well as to give them the opportunity to experience the delights of travel, the college has initiated a club known as the Tourism club.
The Club organizes trekking, seminars, quiz, identification of tourist spots etc. sponsored by the Tourism Department. The Department organizes tourism camps and study tours within and outside the state for selected members of the Club. Membership to this club is limited and is given on a first-come-first-served basis.
National Service Scheme (NSS)
The aim of the NSS is to educate students through community service and enrich their personality and deepen their understanding of the social environment in which they live. The more specific objectives of the NSS are to increase the students’ social awareness, to provide them with opportunities to work with the public for community development. Although admission to the scheme is purely voluntary, once a student opts for it, it will be obligatory for him/her to complete the minimum requirements. The NSS volunteers are expected to work for 120 hours a year. So they should be prepared to utilize their holidays and vacations for social service. The NSS volunteers who complete the minimum requirements for two consecutive years will be given a certificate by the University which makes them eligible to get weightage of marks at the time of admission to any course of study.
Women’s Cell (SWASTI)
The Women’s cell of the Sacred Heart College functions under the banner called Sacred Heart Women’s Association for Service, Truth and Integration (SWASTI). The objective of the Women’s cell is the all round development of the female students in the college by providing opportunities in the form of discussions, seminars, symposia, exposure programmes to equip them to overcome obstacles and become responsible leaders of tomorrow. Membership to SWASTI is open to all the female students of the college.
Youth Red Cross
Youth Red Cross is a wing of Indian Red Cross Society. All students above 16 years can be the members of this unit.
The society aims at; The development of healthy habits for self-discipline such as punctuality, regularity, neatness, honesty decency in behaviour and manners, sportsman spirit and respect for law and authorities. To Extend a helping hand to the physically and mentally disadvantaged. Give training in First Aid to help the victims of accidents. To initiate and assist in organising blood-group determination camps and encouraging blood donation. To raise awareness among the youth on the disastrous consequences of consumption of alcohol, drugs, smoking and chewing of tobacco as well as inculcate values of health and hygiene.
These clubs are constituted on the broad parameters of the cultural events of University Youth Festival. The main objective of these clubs is provide students with a platform to train themselves and develop their talents, and to equip them to compete and participate in the inter-collegiate and University competitions and contests. Nomination for college representations will be through these clubs. The clubs constituted for this purpose include the Dance Club, Film Club, Fine Arts Club, Literary Club, Music Club, Quiz Club, Speakers Forum, SADAS (full form?), Theatre Club, Writers’ Forum, Sample Survey & Analysis Wing (SAW) and the Editors’ Club.
Career Guidance Cell
The Career Guidance Centre provides career counselling, besides offering guidance and literature on almost all competitive exams for professional courses and jobs. Apart from organizing talks on career awareness, orientation and model sessions on interviews and GD, and conducting classes on the preparation of C.V., students are also given assistance to find suitable placements and on-the-job training. The Career Guidance cell collaborates with clubs like Entrepreneurship club, Civil Service Study Circle, NCC and other career-oriented clubs and organize career melas; and in collaboration with Placement Cell. It provides skill training in preparation of CV, interview etiquettes group discussions etc.
All career-equipping drills are undertaken by this Cell including training in soft skills, enriching the student’s CV with meaningful activities and skill development. Additionally, a data pool on various career opportunities and advanced studies relating to each programme offered at Sacred Heart