On September 17, 2016, the Department of Information Technology (IT) organised a one-day event titled ‘TechTalks’ for its students.
TechTalks consisted of various events such as guest lecture, students’ presentations (on the topic ‘Rooting’), technical debate, and competitions that involved testing the participants’ knowledge of IT and logical capabilities through events such as ‘Don’t Miss the Clue’, ‘E-ideatic Memory’, ‘Crack it’ and ‘Bolt’.
Mr. Snehal Dhruve, CEO and founder, Superfan.ai, was invited to speak to students about ‘Artificial Intelligence’. Mr. Dhruve spoke about Chat Bots, and how they can be used as a Fan Management tool. He explained how Artificial Intelligence can help in creating an efficient relation between fans and celebrities using these Bots. Mr. Dhruve also discussed how they implemented Chat Bots for movies like ‘FLYING JAAT’ and ‘FREAKY ALI’, and the concept of Natural Language Processing.
The students of the Department participated enthusiastically in the events and also learnt a lot.
On July 23, 2015, the Department of Microbiology took up an initiative to spread awareness about the spread of the disease ‘Leptospirosis’. SY students of the Department prepared posters giving information about the disease, its causes, symptoms, spread and prevention. The posters were prominently displayed at various locations in the College premises.
On March 16, 2015, a one-day visit to Central Institute for Fisheries Education (CIFE), Andheri, Mumbai, was organized by the Department of Biotechnology for M.Sc. Biotechnology (Part I) students for the demonstration of PCR. A total of 14 students were accompanied by a teacher, Ms. Priti Parikh.
CIFE is the premier institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. It is a Deemed University and has contributed immensely to the development of the fisheries sector through its frontline research, teaching and extension activities.
The group was first taken to the Fisheries Resources, Harvest and Post Harvest Division, headed by Dr. Nayak. Arrangements were made in a classroom and one of the scientists from the Division, Dr. Sanath Kumar, delivered a one-hour lecture on PCR and its practical aspects.
The students were then taken to the lab and given a demonstration of PCR. Other major instruments were also shown. Students also visited the Aquatic Environment Management Division and were shown instruments like AAS and DGGE.
Students also got the opportunity to visit the new campus. They were taken to the library and the newly-established aquarium and wet lab facility.
Overall, it was a great experience for the students. It helped them to gain a better understanding of various instruments and the general working of a research lab.
As part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the College, a two-day UGC-sponsored National Conference on ‘Foreign Direct Investment in India: Opportunities and Challenges’, was organised on January 31 and February 1, 2014, jointly by the Departments of Economics, Commerce and Accountancy.
The Inauguration ceremony was graced by the presence of Chief Guest and Keynote speaker Dr. Sudhakar Reddy (Professor of Economics, Osmania University, Hyderabad), Mr. Kishore Rangnekar (President, Chikitsak Samuha), Dr. M. B. Kekare (Principal), Dr. M. S. Nadkarni (Vice-Principal), and Mr. B. B. Suryawanshi (Convenor). The Proceedings of the Conference were also published during the Inauguration ceremony.
In his Keynote Address, Dr. Sudhakar Reddy discussed the various aspects of foreign direct investment (FDI) as also the threats and challenges of allowing FDI indiscriminately into all sectors of the economy. He also spoke about how FDI was affecting Indian industries and employment opportunities.
In the two-day conference, eight technical sessions were held. Each session began with a presentation by the resource person, who also chaired the session, and this was followed by paper-presentations on the sub-theme and interactive sessions.
Research papers had been invited from academicians, researchers, people from corporate sector, and post-graduate students. More than 70 papers were received, which were reviewed by a Review Committee comprising eminent academicians, which selected papers for presentation during the Conference, and also for publication in the Conference Proceedings. The Proceedings, which were published as a document bearing an ISBN number, carried 45 articles.
The Conference was well-appreciated by the participants and I take this opportunity to thank all members of organizing committee and sub-committee, as also all teaching and non-teaching staff members of the College, without whose hard work and co-operation the Conference would have not been successful.
Indradhanushya is an Inter-University Youth festival of Maharashtra. As 2006-07 was the sesqui-centennial year of the University of Mumbai, the honour of hosting Indradhanushya'06 was bestowed upon it. And as 2006-07 was the Centennial year of Chikitsak Samuha, Patkar-Varde College was given the responsibility of hosting Indradhanushya '06.
Indradhanushya'06 was organized from 4th to 7th November, 2006, in the presence of Honourable Governor of Maharashtra, His-Excellency Shri. S. M. Krishna. Nineteen Universities, 662 participants, 200 officials and about 5000 students were a part of Indradhanushya '06.
Various competitions held over four days and under 5 categories - Music, Dance, Theatre, Literary and Fine Arts - saw the participants competing for glory. Three thousand students from various Colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai participated in a rally in Goregaon, organised by the NSS unit of the University of Mumbai. This rally was organised on 5th November 2007. A Cultural Procession and a Mini-marathon were also organised on the same day.
The main sponsor was Intelenet who contributed a sum of Rs. 20,00,000/-. Hence, this cultural event was called "Intelenet Indradhanushya'06". MDACS, the Mumbai District Aids Control Society also contributed 800 sleeping bags and 1000 shirts for the participants.
Dr. Vijay Khole Hon. Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai inaugurated the function. Also present were noted film actor Shri. Shivaji Satam, Chairperson - Organising Committee Indradhanushya Shri. Vinayak Dalvie, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai Dr. A. D. Sawant, President Chikitsak Samuha Shri. Kishore Rangnekar, Shri. Sandeep Agarwal of Intelenet, Cultural Director A.I.U. Shri. Sampson David, Director, MDACS Dr. Nirupa Borges, and Principal - Patkar-Varde College Dr. Uday Mashelkar. Directors of Students' Welfare (DSW's) of nineteen Universities were felicitated.
At the Valedictory function, the Chief Guests were His Excellency Governor of Maharashtra Shri. S. M. Krishna, Hon. Chief Minister Shri. Vilasrao Deshmukh, Member of Planning Commission Dr. Bhalchandra Mungekar, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Protocol Shri. Anees Ahmed, Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai Dr. Vijay Khole and Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai Dr. A. D. Sawant.
Shri. Sudesh Bhosle, Ms. Vaishali Samant, Shri. Sairam Iyer and Shri Navin Prabhakar performed at the Valedictory function. There were also performances by Uday Deshpande and his group (Samarth Vyayam Mandal) and students of Blind School and also Folk dances by Lok-Kala Academy. The programme was compered by Shri. Adesh Bandekar and his group. The event was followed by excellent fire works by Moranis.
In addition to three prizes in each event, the following awards were given on the basis of overall performance:
1) Golden Girl Award
2) Golden Boy Award
The Runner-up Trophy was won by SNDT Women's University. The Overall Championship Trophy was won by the University of Mumbai.
This mega-event was extensively covered by local newspapers such as Loksatta, Lokmat, and Maharashtra Times. The T.V. channel Sahara Samay covered the event live and parts of it were also telecast on Doordarshan. Wide publicity was also given on All India Radio and Radio Mirchi.
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