CHRIST (Deemed to be University) was born out of the educational vision of St Kuriakose Elias Chavara, an educationalist and social reformer of the nineteenth century in South India. He founded the first Catholic indigenous congregation, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), in 1831 which administers CHRIST (Deemed to be University).
Established in 1969 as Christ College, it undertook path-breaking initiatives in Indian higher education with the introduction of innovative and modern curricula, insistence on academic discipline, imparting of Holistic Education and adoption of global higher education practices with the support of creative and dedicated staff.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India conferred Autonomy to Christ College in 2004 and identified it as an Institution with Potential for Excellence in 2006. In 2008 under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India, declared the institution Deemed to be University, in the name and style of CHRIST (Deemed to be University). One of the first institutions in India to be accredited in 1998 by the NAAC, and subsequently in 2004 and 2016, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) has the top grade ‘A’ in the 4-point scale.



Centre for Social Action (CSA) is the development wing of CHRIST (Deemed to be University). It was set up in 1999 to coordinate social sensitization programmes for students and undertake community development projects for marginalized communities. It is a students’ movement for a humane and just society with children as the primary focus. CSA addresses issues related to child rights, socio-economic development of women, youths and farmers, community mobilization and environment/climate change issues.
As part of CHRIST (Deemed to be University), CSA primarily focuses on student communities and their sensitization on various issues affecting the poor and marginalized sections of the society. This is undertaken so as to facilitate sustainable changes in the lives of the poor and the oppressed through active participation of the student community and equip the students with ideals and values for effective contributions to the society. CSA was initiated with the intention of enabling the student community to imbibe the values of social responsibility, as envisaged in the core values, vision and the mission of CHRIST (Deemed to be University).

CSA believes in strengthening the student community with a view to enable positive changes in society. This is one of the driving forces for the establishment of CSA and remains as the motivating factor for undertaking various developmental projects and social sensitization programmes. CSA intends to create a community of empathetic students who can work proactively for society.

















Institutional Distinctiveness:


"Together We Can"

Centre for Social Action (CSA), is a 'Students Movement for a Humane and Just Society' where student communities are sensitized on various issues affecting the poor and the marginalized sections of society. Established in 1999, CSA works towards promoting the value of Social Responsibility amongst the student community. With the support of volunteers, faculty, and full-time development professionals, CSA is strongly engaged in addressing issues related to child rights, socio-economic development of women, youths and farmers, livelihood, community mobilization, and environment/climate change issues.


Students Sensitized on Environment issue every year


Families Reached out to in 100 plus villages and 5 urban slums


Women Benefited through Self Help Groups


Children Benefitted through Activity Centers


Children Benefitted through 80 Early Childhood Care Centres


Supported for continuing education and life skills development in rural and urban slums


Students Sponsored every year under "Educate a Child Sponsorship Program" by Christites


Students Engaging in Volunteering Activities every year



CSA contribution for Covid 19

As part of our social responsibility, we have supported following COVID-19 relief activities.; Altogether, we have supported 12,331 people and 1030 families among the vulnerable population in our project areas. This is worth 20 lakhs 34 thousand rupees.

COVID 19 intervention report

Covid-19 has caused major disruptions world over. The ongoing pandemic is already affecting many aspects of our daily life and will undoubtedly force rearrangements on our globalized society. As many are saying, this is a ‘before-and-after’ moment. As the nationwide shutdown is still in effect, charitable and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have stepped up efforts to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 situation and the consequent socio-economic impact on the weaker section.

Covid-19 Relief Activities Report

The worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has left the world in a face of an unprecedented crisis. In tandem with the nation’s fight against the virus spread, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) implemented a series of interventions through the Centre for Social Action (CSA) to help the most vulnerable and at-risk groups in all the project areas sail through the crisis. This has been done at various levels such as direct support to the communities, collaboration with NGOs at the field level.

Visit to Bastar Community Development Project

Bastar Community Development Project is set in a dense forest area with undulating land and inhabited predominantly by the tribal community belonging to the Gond, Oraon, Halbi, some OBC community and migrated Bengali community. The project would propose to work in 34 villages/hamlets under 19 Gram Panchayats (Local Self-Governance) in Pakhanjor Tehsil of Kanker District in Chhattisgarh state. The project is being implemented by Centre for Social Action (CSA), CHRIST (Deemed to be University).

Report of Flood Relief

CHRIST (Deemed to be University) has been quick to respond to disaster affected communities during the rescue, relief and rehabilitation phases of disaster. The university has been rendering psychological, first-aid, financial and technical support to the affected communities in the immediate phase of the disaster.

From Transit School to Regular School: Story of Murali

Murali is a 16-year-old teenager from LR Nagar. Unlike most of us, Murali has witnessed a lifetime of deprivation and skimpily escaped the horror of Child Rights Violation. Murali's father is one of the daily wage earners in the unorganized sector, while his mother is a housekeeping worker. Due to unfortunate economic conditions of his family, Murali dropped out of school in early 2010 while still a 6th grade student. On the referral by a student of the Transit School, CSA, CHRIST (Deemed to be University).



Geeta Kamble

Onake Obavva

Yashoda Jadav

Nethravathi Unnathi Cluster Level Association



Child Sponsorship Programme

Educate a Child Sponsorship Programme was the first initiative of CSA to create a sense of responsibility among the student community.

Students Programmes

Education promotes equality and lifts people out of poverty. It teaches children how to become good citizens.

Community Development

Ever since it came into being, CSA has been involved in facilitating an array of development programmes in various states in India.

International Relations

Centre for Social Action has tie-up with 8 international universities, as part of bilateral cooperation on the community development


Parivarthana (Transformation) from Trash to Treasure aims to create sustainable waste management models.


Tushar BA LLB 2020 Batch

Although five years of my life in law school enhanced my knowledge in the legal arena, my experience with CSA (Centre for social Action) changed my perception of life. I realized that life is not limited to the rat race we are in but much more.

I was excited to visit the renewable energy plant located at

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Pavithra P, Activity Centre, LR Nagar, Koramangala

I am Studying in 7th grade. I have been sponsored for 6 years in CSP. I like to come to the Centre because I enjoy a lot learning from teachers and volunteers.  I understand what they teach easily. I have received benefits like shoes, bags, books, tiffin box, Christmas gifts and school fees. I am more confident to speak

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Padmavathi M, Activity Centre, LR Nagar, Koramangala

I am studying in 9th grade, I have benefited a speechless opportunity in CSP program for the past 8 years. I received school bags, shoes, Christmas gift, study exposure, extracurricular activities, moral values education which made me to be more confident. I am able to speak English vey fluently and I got opportunity to participate in the stage

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Mrs. Antony Mary, President, Angle Mahila Sangha, LR Nagar, Koramangala

I am Antony Mary, I am extremely grateful to CSA for giving the opportunity to be part of the Self-Help group. I leaned rules & regulations in opening the bank accounts and maintenance of the monthly savings & minutes.  It increased my knowledge though leadership training, awareness programs on government schemes, banking and monitoring skills as a leader

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Mrs. Aruna, President, Pragathi Mahila Samsthe, Yeldur, Kolar

I must thank Pragathi project and CSA for guiding me to get awareness about education, health and livelihood. I am confident to face any kind of challenges in my life and I have improved my business and my family. Now I am leading the federation with great confidence

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Yashaswini R

I’m Yashaswini R, a sponsored child of CSA, who is a student of 10th grade in Bethany English Primary & High School. Through the program, I learnt to give respect to others and to communicate well as I improved proficiency in speaking, listening and reading. The support given by the facilitators and volunteers helped me to improve my skills

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Yashoda Jadav & Netravathi Unnathi SHG, Sanal, Bagalkote

Unnathi Project helped me to set up a small petty shop through Income Generation Program (IGP), this is helping me to earn Rs. 300 to 500 everyday and  thanks to the project for their support

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Sharanamma - 3D project

My name is Sharanamma, a 10th-grade student of Niriksha School. I was fortunate enough to have been selected for the Child Sponsorship Program (CSP) of CSA and I have been attending the sessions at the activity center for 9 years. The sessions helped to familiarize my subjects, clear doubts, learn spoken English, grammar, art, and craftwork. I have also been

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Evan Anderson- USAC's -2013

The children at the school (Govt High at Uttarahalli), however, were extremely friendly and outgoing and they wanted to know every aspect of American culture that they could. It was a great experience for me because I have never had so many children interested in me and how I live.

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Lina and Maja- Lund University 2013

We have been interns at CSA for five weeks now and we had a great time. We worked in the ANU-project and there we learned both about organizational work and the problems in Bangalore´slum areas.

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Ane Hegland - Sund Folkehogskole (2011-12)

Thank you so much for 3 very interesting and educating months. I have learnt a lot about the living conditions of the people and India in general. I will always remember my stay in the Host family in the rural area. Thank you so much for all the opportunities.

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Vera Vik Bjarko - Sund Folkehogskole (2011-12)

I have spent my last three weeks in Bangalore working with CSA and learning about their projects. We also have, through CSA, been introduced to all the work of Several other NGOs. It has been a very interesting experience which I have learned so much from and will bring with me for the rest of my life. I feel incredibly

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Guro Foslie - Sund Folkehogskole (2011-12)

I have been here for three months now and I've had the chance to interact with the Staff and the Volunteers of CSA. It's been a true pleasure. The staff has been helpful and welcoming. The volunteers have shown great dedication. Thank you for letting me be a small part of this impressive organization.

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Dr. Victor Paul


Hajira Tarannum

Project Executive

Emmanuel Sudhakar

Office Assistant

Simon P

Project Executive Parivarthana

Panneer Selvi

Project Coordinator Unnathi - SHA CFCD Project, Jamkhandi, Bagalkot

Prahlad M Byali

Field Coordinator Unnathi - SHA CFCD Project, Jamkhandi, Bagalkot


Field Coordinator Pragathi CFCD Project, Kolar


Project Coordinator 3D Project, Janakiram layout, Bangalore Urban

Sr.Anci Augustine

Sr.Anci Augustine Project Coordinator Vriddhi Project

Fr. Bijoy Jose

Project Director BASTAR SHA Community Development Project, Chhattisgarh

Pradeep Kishor Benya

Project Coordinator BASTAR SHA Community Development Project, Chhattisgarh

Neeraj Nanda

Cluster Coordinator BASTAR SHA Community Development Project, Chhattisgarh

Subhankar Gupta

Cluster Coordinator BASTAR SHA Community Development Project, Chhattisgarh

Sr Flowerlit

Cluster Coordinator BASTAR SHA Community Development Project, Chhattisgarh

Suraj Netam Gupta

Cluster Coordinator BASTAR SHA Community Development Project, Chhattisgarh

Sr. Ruby

Documentation Officer BASTAR SHA Community Development Project, Chhattisgarh

Fr. Mathew Kiriyanthan

Project Director CEVA Project, Cochin, Kerala

Sr Prima

Project Director Micro Enterprise and Educational Programmes - Kainakary, Kerala

Sr. Sancta

Programme Coordinator Micro Enterprise and Educational Programmes - Kainakary, Kerala


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