It is a QSSS initiative to improve the standard of education for the upcoming generations. QSSS has implemented an educational support programme named Pradhibodhayam, which is exclusively reserved for the bright students belonging to the Catholic Diocese of Quilon.
This educational support programme was initiated by our Most Rev. Dr. Stanley Roman, Bishop of Quilon. The programme was launched in 2004 with the aim of molding to a group of young men and women academically brilliant, professionally qualified, having more extracurricular activities and having a competitive mind to cope up with the challenges of present careers. To achieve their goals the agency supports the academically brilliant students, who are financially backward but with proficiency in studies and facilitates their academic advancement up to 12th standard.
Beneficiary selection is made on Forane basis. Every year two brilliant students (Both Male and Female) who have passed grade IV are selected as the beneficiaries of the project. Students who are selected for the programme are admitted to the reputed schools in Kollam District, managed by the Diocese of Quilon. Financial support for educational needs, boarding facilities and free tuition is offered. After completion of the programme, the Diocese and the agency help the students in finding out new channels to reach heights of excellence and employment.
Beneficiary selection of the project is done through written test and interviews. Students who score the highest marks in the written test are passed on to the next step, i.e. interview. The interview panel includes representatives of Diocese, educational experts and eminent personalities working for the development of children.
Reporting year Pradhibodhyam programme received 70 applications. An entrance exam and interview was conducted for the applicants. Based on the interview conducted, the selection committee selected 10 students and given admissions to the reputed schools.
During the year, a leadership development camp was arranged for the students. The camp was mandatory and excuses were accepted only for genuine reasons. The camp was inaugurated by General Monsignor K.J Yesudas, Vicar General of Quilon. In this camp the students were given leadership training as well as skill development training. Arrangements for emotional ventilation and counselling were also arranged for the participants.