Institutional Distinctiveness

Jyoti Nivas College Autonomous is the only institution for women in Karnataka with the title College of Excellence awarded in 2014. Innovations, advancement and best practices in the key areas of knowledge incubation, social immersion, governance and infrastructure have ensured our continuous growth towards excellence. The past 53 years have seen thousands of young girls from far off regions enroll for higher education. The institution provides a secure haven for girl students by providing a positive atmosphere to develop their innate strengths.
JNC is also dedicated to nurturing socially responsible future leaders. Run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes whose charism is building communion. Institutional Social Responsibility towards the underprivileged is one distinctive feature of JNC. This is in keeping with the vision of the college which is “Communion, Excellence, Service, Relevance” and its mission to turn out intellectually enlightened, morally upright, spiritually oriented, socially committed and emotionally balanced young women.

Institutional Social Responsibility is achieved through two fundamental processes: at the management level and at the student level.
• JNC has always endeavored to bring the marginalized namely the socially and economically challenged as well as the physically and visually challenged students to the mainstream.
• Guiding the student community on what should be their role as socially conscious individuals, the college has adopted a slum about 100 meters from the college. The slum dwellers have been given employment in college and special classes are given to their children by a group of our staff in computers and communication skills.
The services provided under this project titled “Sunanda” are:
• Formation of Women Self Help Group
• Job Oriented Courses such as Computer Fundamentals, tailoring and embroidery
• Capacity building trainings

Institution helped about 450 ladies of 35 sanghas in Ramamurthy Nagar with a financial aid of about Rs.12 lakh over a period of seven years. This cash helped in leadership training, awareness of health and hygiene and conducting training programmes for women as well as a legal mobile clinic in the slum in order to give legal consultation to slum dwellers. The institution funds a 30-bed hospital in Bijapur for children affected with HIV with an aid of Rs. 9 lakh over 2 years. The funds are used for medicines and nourishment of the children as well as counselling of the affected and infected patients.
The student strength of the college is around 3379 with about 10% of students coming from low socioeconomic background and are first generation learners. Financial assistance is provided in the form midday meal schemes, clothing and books.
At the student level, initiatives are undertaken on the social and the environmental front.

• To sensitise the students about the relationship between an individual and the society, each student should engage in a minimum of 30hrs of social service initiatives.
• Annual food fest Mistletoe Masala is conducted with the objective eat as much as you can so that you can feed the needy. All students on campus are requested to prepare traditional food items pertaining to their state to sell and generate funds. The Institution conducts “Daan Utsav”- the joy of giving week. The sale proceeds are donated to a needy family.
• The student community is encouraged to help the victims of natural disasters by donating cash, clothes and other essentials. The alumni are encouraged to share their knowledge the needy. Social Immersion Committee organized “Vastra Dhan Mahadgan” to collect clothes to donate to the poor.
• The Red Cross volunteers distributed 35 stationery kits and provisions to children in the slums of Ramamurthy Nagar.
• The volunteers of the Women’s Cell took an initiative to sensitise the students on population growth on World Population Day.
• The volunteers of AICUF rendered their services to the differently abled children, the mentally challenged, the visually impaired and physically challenged. The HIV-affected, visually impaired, physically challenged, the lonely elderly, the abandoned street boys and girls, leprosy affected patient’s children are invited to the campus and given a platform to perform to showcase their talents during Christmas time. They are given financial aid and a fellowship meal. This endeavor sensitises our students to the special needs of the under-privileged and the differentlyabled.

• Environmental sustainable initiatives and lectures enable students to realise the importance of reusing and recycling .The students partake of these programmes to understand that each individual has an obligation to act for the community at large. This duty has to be performed so as to maintain the delicate balance between economy and ecosystems.
• The Social Immersion Committee of the Institution aims to implement a plastic-free campus. Towards this students have been asked to get their cups in lieu of the paper cup supplied by the outsourced coffee/tea vendor. Volunteers participated in a colloquium on waste management conducted by Bangalore University to learn more about Reduce, Recycle and Reuse. These students then visited Madiwala market and Kidwai Institute of Oncology to make an in-depth study of waste disposal of normal as well as biomedical waste.
• The tree plantation drive also enabled the students to make a contribution to the environment by increasing the green cover. To inculcate the idea of Reuse and Recycle the E-cell volunteers undertook the manufacture and sale of eco-friendly cloth bags, notebooks made from unused answer booklets.

The main focus of the institution is to render quality affordable education committed to the upliftment of the marginalized and also to make higher education inclusive. Our constant endeavor is to set a benchmark for excellence and make education a mission to support the multiple needs of the primary stakeholders. The wealth of a nation and sustainable development lies in the quality of education and sense of social responsibility imparted to the youth. The institution contributes to a strong resurgent India by empowering the young women who enter the portals of Jyoti Nivas College Autonomous.