Science and Humanities for People's Development (SHEPHERD) 


The Concept

The College endeavours to shape its students into agents of social change.  The Extension Department through its outreach programme SHEPHERD prepares them for concerted action to pave the way for social transformation in order to respond to the crying needs of society's neglected rural masses.  Simply put, it is the programmed outreach activity by the students who impart their knowledge and skills for the betterment of the rural community, a nation building process through "paying back to the community".

The outreach is mandatory for all the students of the College, and is part of the curriculum, with a minimum of 80 hours and 3 credits for the Undergraduates and 70 hours and 2 credits for the Postgraduates.  The programme relies heavily on the students (5000 plus) for manpower and resource.  The 70 plus classes of the students belonging to 17 departments are adopting 69 villages (with an overall population of 48,000) from five development blocks (Manikandam, Andanallur, Thogamalai, Kulithalai and Viralimalai) located in Tiruchirapalli, Karur and Pudukottai districts.  Each department adopts a cluster of villages and each class one village.  After one class of students completes its obligatory outreach targets, their juniors continue the process.


Rev.Fr.Berchmans S.J
Assistant Professor & Director (SHEPHERD)
Mr. M. Joseph Stephen
Sr. Coordinator
Mr. C. Jeyachandran
Jr. Co-Ordinator
Mr. P. Vijaya Kumar
Jr. Co-Ordinator
Mr. S. Raja
Jr. Co-Ordinator
Mr. S. Lenin
Jr. Coordinator
Mr. A. Saravanakumar
Jr. Co-Ordinator


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