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Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Management on Campus – The American College – I

Course Code: SLP 1202                                                               120 Hrs. – 2 Credits

Solid Waste Management on Campus – The American College – II

Course Code: SLP 2202                                           120 Hrs. – 2 Credits Course Objective

The course aims at introducing the students about the solid waste and its management in The American College campus.

Basic orientation about Service Learning Programme and Project

  1. Understanding     the physical structure of  The American College campus –     Observational visits to the various zones of American College.
  2. Sensitization of the students regarding environmental protection with special emphasis on solid waste management.
  3. Inculcation of positive attitude among The American College community concerning Solid waste Management.
  4. Identification, quantification, and documentation of the various solid wastes obtainable in the American College campus.
  5. Observation and photo documentation of the accumulated solid waste during working days and special occasions and evolve methods to manage it.
  6. Engineering various scientific methods to manage the solid waste in The American College campus – Exploring possibilities to set up a recycling unit.



  • Observation on Composting
  • Training program on “Decomposition of Waste “
  • Awareness Rally on the theme “No plastic”.
  • Plastic Cleaning Campaigns
  • Seed Balls preparation and
  • Preparation of Vermi
  • Maintenance of Vermi compost

Vaigai Ecology

Vaigai Ecology – I

Course Code: SLP 1204                                                               120 Hrs. – 2 Credits

Vaigai Ecology – II

Course Code: SLP 2204                                                               120 Hrs. – 2 Credits

Course Objective:

The objective of the course is to create awareness among the students on the ecological issues pertinent to The Vaigai River and the riverside people. Their socio-economic, health and nutrition and other problems will be identified and a practical solution will be brought. Students are expected to explore the bare realities of The Vaigai River and are insisted to do specific activities, to reflect upon their experiences and to share their learning with the community.

Basic orientation about Service Learning Programme and Projects:


Understanding the Vaigai River

i.Exploring The Vaigai River

                             Students are expected to walk around and observe The Vaigai River and people living in its basin.

ii. The historical importance of the Vaigai River

  • Students shall gather information on the historical background of The Vaigai
  • Students will visit the Vaigai

iii. Cataloguing vegetation on the Vaigai River bed

                                   Plants have to be collected from the Vaigai river bed and identify their unique properties if any are to be discussed. Vegetation in different areas of the Vaigai river bed can be compared.

iv. Man-made intervention in the Vaigai River over the years

                                   Students have to collect information on the status of the river in the earlier days through literature and interview with the long term residents of Madurai.

v. Role of Government and NGO’s in conserving the Vaigai River

                                   Students along with the faculty member will be visiting the Government offices and collecting the status of ongoing as well as completed projects related to the Vaigai River.


Sociological features:

i. To know the Vaigai River community

                                   Collection of information regarding socioeconomic status through interview schedule about the people living around the river basin.

ii. The livelihood of the river community

                                   Document the major occupation of the community during earlier days, at present, and their prospects.

iii. The perception of the younger generation about the Vaigai River

                                   Students will interview the younger generation (below 30 years of age), understand their opinion, and know-how they emotionally relate themselves to the Vaigai River.

iv. Education of children in the Vaigai community

                                   Students will visit the schools along the Vaigai river bed and find out the quality of education, school dropouts, and their job prospects.

v. Health and nutrition status of the community

                                   Students will be asked to interview those people and collect information including their age, height, weight, and prevalence of common diseases, fertility and infant mortality rate, immunization of children, food habits of people living in the river basin.

Ecological aspects:

i. To know the major types of pollution occur in the Vaigai River

                                   Students will visit different zones (urban and rural region) of the Vaigai River and document the types of pollution.

ii. Analyze the source of drinking water for the community

                                   Students will interact with the community and find out their source of drinking water during earlier days and at present.

iii. Farmer’s dependence on Vaigai for irrigation purpose

                                   Students will be visiting the villages in the Vaigai flow region, interview the farmers, and find out their dependence on the Vaigai River for agriculture purposes and how it has changed in due course.

iv. Solid waste disposal in Vaigai

                                   Vaigai has become a dumping ground for solid waste materials (domestic/hospital) in recent days. Students will make a field study and find out the sources of solid wastes, their effect on the community, and suggest preventive measures.

v. Environmental concerns during festival seasons

                                   Students will observe and photo document the vulnerable areas in the river before and immediately after festivals. The impact on river and measures to prevent/reduce the damage will be discussed.



  • Observation on Water
  • Vaigai Dam Visit
  • Vaigai River Visit
  • Study on Vaigai
  • Major Vegetation on river
  • Survey on Socio economic status of the
  • Irrigation
  • Water conservation
  • Seed Ball
  • Distribution of Seed Balls
  • Activities of Hydroelectric power
  • Environmental awareness programmes


Village Ecology: Health On Hygiene

Village Ecology – Action on Health – I

Course Code: SLP 1206                                                               120 Hrs. – 2 Credits


Village Ecology – Action on Health – II

Course Code: SLP 2206                                                               120 Hrs. – 2 Credits Course Objective:

To develop awareness among students about village ecology and health-related issues in villages

Basic orientation about Service Learning Programme

i. Understanding the village life – past and present scenario.

ii. Understanding the ecology of the selected village.

iii. Documentation about soil, water resources, flora, fauna, and metrological data of the village.

iv. Critical understanding of agriculture and irrigation practices in the selected village.

v. Health profiling old age people, women, and children.

vi. Documentation of traditional health care practices in the village.

vii. Understanding the prevalence of major ailments and the health care systems Prevailing in the village like Anganvadis, Primary Health centre, Government Hospitals.



  • Organizing Medical Camp in the adopted villages
  • Organizing Eye Camp in the adopted villages
  • Resource Mapping in the adopted villages
  • Awareness Programs on TB, HIV, Diabetic, Cancer, Anemic, and Risk of Using


School Extension Programme

School Extension Work – I

Course Code: SLP 1208                                                               120 Hrs. – 2 Credits

School Extension Work – II

Course Code: SLP 2208                                                               120 Hrs. – 2 Credits Course objective:

This course aims at making the students to understand the issues in the educational environment experienced by the socio–economically backward children in the school and to share the academic resources of the college with the school.

Basic orientation about Service Learning Programme:

i.Understanding the selected schools and their current education system:

  • Students will go for observational visits to schools and document their understanding of the school education

ii. Sharing knowledge and skill of the American College with selected schools:

  • Facilitate the School teachers and students to make use of the academic resources of The American

iii. Promotion of School environment:

  • To help in school maintenance systems and management

iv. Understanding problems and issues of slow learners.

v. Understanding the reason for school dropout.

vi. To understand the patterns of relationships prevailing in the school.

vii. Understanding the different issues involved in the book – learning method and Activity-based learning through observation, interviews, and any other appropriate methods.

viii. Understanding the issues in the usage of teaching aids.

ix. Understanding issues involved in the learning ability of the children and their socio- economic status and Sensitization of the children about nature and the environment.


The Following schools were adopted and SLPstudents will be sent for conducting remedial classes for slow learners and tuition support to needy students

  • American college Sec. School,
  • Chatarapatti Primary School,
  • Pasumalai Boys and Girls Sec. School,
  • Pasumalai Primary School
  • Kadavoor Primary

Child Support Work in Orphanages

Child Support Work in orphanages – I

Course Code: SLP 1210                                                               120 Hrs. – 2 Credits

Child Support Work in orphanages – II

Course Code: SLP 2210                                                               120 Hrs. – 2 Credits Course objective:

The course aims at broadening the awareness of the issues faced by children in orphanages through building positivity among them and thereby creating ethic and civic responsibility among the students of The American College.

Basic orientation about Service Learning Program and projects

i. Profiling orphanages in Madurai District.

ii. Identifying the socio-economic profile of the children in selected orphanages.

iii. Sharing of the knowledge and skills obtained in The American College with the selected orphan-centres.

iv. Inculcation of health and hygiene awareness and healthy practices of the children in the orphanages.

v. Setting of a library in the selected orphan centres and inculcating reading practices.

vi. Imparting creative skills among the children in the orphanage home.

vii. Sensitization of the children about nature and the environment.

viii. Inculcation of health and hygiene awareness and healthy practices of the children in the orphanages.

ix. Setting of a library in the selected orphan centres and inculcating reading practices.

x. Imparting creative skills among the children in the orphanage home.

xi. Sensitization of the children about nature and the environment.



A) Orphanages and old age homes were adopted to extend the care and support to the old people residing in:

  • Guruvammal Old Age Home,
  • Inbam Illam Old Age Home,
  • Sai Trust, Mahatma Old Age Home,
  • Rajaji Home for the Aged,
  • Rojavanam, and Magilchi Illam .

B) Care and support extended to orphanages

C) Cleaning campaigns at old age home.

D) Awareness programs on Health issues

E) Book Collection Campaign for needy children


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