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  Jidynasa 2017
On January 21, 2017, the Science Departments of the College Self-Financed (SF) section organised JIDNYASA, an event for school children, for the second consecutive year. This year, the event was attended by a school principal, 26 teachers, and 142 students of classes VIII, IX and X, from schools in Goregaon, Jogeshwari, Malad, Kandivali and Borivali. Students from Chikitsak Samuha’s Shirolkar High School, Girgaum, were also present.

Jidnyasa aims to provide information to school students about various fields of applied science through lectures and practicals. Students were taken to visit various Departments of the SF section, such as Aviation, Information Technology & Computer Science, Microbiology & Biotechnology, where various concepts were explained to them and some processes were demonstrated. Students were also shown some specialised equipment and were told of the career opportunities available in each field.

After lunch, the students were taken to visit the exhibition organised in the College Auditorium. The exhibition featured 15 projects based on science and technological applications and prepared by the students of Shirolkar High School.

At the end of the event, all participants of JIDNYASA were awarded with certificates, and each school was gifted a set of books for their library. .

1. On August 24, 2015, a one-day local excursion to BPT Garden, Colaba, Mumbai, was organised for TY students. Dr. Madhu Kapoor and Dr. Trisa Joseph accompanied the students. Students were shows different plants and their botanical names were told to them. Students will prepare a special excursion report on the basis of their excursions during the year, for submission during their University practical exams. 2. On September 14, 2015, a one-day excursion to National Horticultural Centre, Talegaon, Pune, was organised for 66 FY students. Mr. Sachin Bhagat and Dr. Anil Bhalerao accompanied the students. The group also visited A1 Biotech Nursery where Dr. Dilip Jadhav, Director, explained different ornamental plants and techniques of gardening and spoke of the nursery business as an excellent career opportunity. 3. Between December 10 and 16, 2015, a study trip to Ooty, was organised for 26 SY and TY students. Dr. Sushmita Negi and Dr. Anil Bhalerao accompanied the students. The group studied the natural flora, well-maintained botanical garden and parks of Ooty. The group also visited Tea Factory and Soil Testing Lab to interact with scientists associated with Soil Health Card Project and get familiar with various methods of testing pH, conductivity, macro and micro elements etc. of soil samples received from across the state of Tamil Nadu. 4. On January 9, 2016, a one-day excursion to Gardening International Flower Show, Mial Colony, Chakala, Andheri (East), was organised for TY students. Dr. Madhu Kapoor accompanied the students. Students got an opportunity to see rare specimens of insectivorous plants - pitcher plant and the Venus fly trap, and also different styles of Bonsai, varieties of palms and roses. 5. On February 3 and 4, 2016, FY students were taken on an excursion to Observation Point, Aarey Colony, Goregaon,, in two batches. Dr. Madhu Kapoor, Dr. Trisa Joseph and Mr. Sachin Bhagat accompanied the students. 6. Between February 8 and 11, 2016, a study trip to Mahabaleshwar, was organised for FY and MSc students. Dr. Madhu Kapoor, Dr. Trisa Joseph and Dr. Sushmita Negi accompanied the students. The group visited the Wheat Research Centre and interacted with scientist Dr. Shirish, who informed them about new strains of pathogens infecting wheat and the research aimed at finding resistant wheat cultivars. The group also visited the government apiary, the Mazaana chocolate factory, Mapro garden, and Mala jam factory. v

  COUNSELLING CELL and CHARVAK MANDAL

On January 20, 2017, the College Counselling Cell and Charvak Mandal jointly organized an audio-visual presentation on ‘Inculcating Reading Culture’. A documentary, Books in the Big City, was screened. It showed various book lovers sharing the story of their love for books and also some prominent book stores, book sellers and libraries.

The documentary was followed by a presentation, titled The Tale of a Book Dragon, by Dr. Gautami Ambiye,Assistant Professor,Department of English, and an avid reader. She regaled the audience with interesting anecdotes of her experiences as a reader and how reading shaped her personality.

The programme was a part of the series of similar such programmes organised previously by the Departments of Marathi and Hindi, aimed at inculcating reading habits among students and providing them with a platform to express their linguistic skills.

The programme was attended by Principal Dr. Matkar, who thoroughly enjoyed it and also took part in interaction that followed. Members of the staff and students had a very lively discussion, with many sharing their experiences with books and others declaring their resolution to read regularly. .

   
   Department of English Study Visit — Prithvi Theatre

On January 17, 2017, the Department of English organised a visit to the legendary Prithvi Theatre for its SY students.

Each year, the Department undertakes this visit to facilitate the students’ understanding and appreciation of Indian-English Drama, which they are studying as a part of the University syllabus. The students were briefed about stagecraft and other theatrical devices that form an important aspect of appreciation of drama. The students showed a keen interest in learning these as well as enthusiastically exploring the theatre hall and the backstage areas. They also expressed their interest in watching a drama performance at the Theatre.

After the visit the students and the staff visited the iconic Prithvi Café for some light refreshments. Its casual ambience served as an ideal venue to appreciate theatre and art.

The students greatly enjoyed the visit.

   PSYCHOLOGY ASSOCIATION
On January 14, 2017,SY students of Psychology, along with a few students from other Departments, visited Desire – an orphanage that serves orphan and abandoned children, some of whom are HIV-positive.

As it was Makar Sankrantiit was decided to spend some time with these children and spread cheer. Students and faculty members carried goody bags containing eatables, groceries and toiletries for the inmates. Games like ‘Fire-on-the-mountain’ and ‘Tug-of-war’ were played amidst laughter and frolic. Senior girl inmates were counselled regarding higher education.

It was truly a heart-warming experience and a small contribution of the Department towards Institutional Social Responsibility.

   LATE SHRI. T. V. BEDEKAR 4-L INTER-COLLEGIATE ELOCUTION COMPETITION (DEGREE COLLEGE) 2016-2017
On December 19, 2016, the College organized the 4-L Inter-collegiate Elocution Competition. The Rotating Trophy awarded to the First Prize winner is in memory of late Shri T.V.Bedekar, a staunch supporter of our College. Lion’s Club of Goregaon sponsors trophies to all the winners.

This year a total of 24 students participated, representing 12 colleges from Mumbai and neighbouring districts, including Ratnagiri. The following were the judges for the Competition:

1)Ms. Vaishali Javlekar, Head, Department of Marathi, D. G. Ruparel College
2) Dr. Sachin Gapat, Assistant Professor,Department of Hindi, University of Mumbai
3) Dr. Mrunal Bhatt, Head, Department of Sanskrit, Somaiya College

The following were the winners:
First Prize: Swanand Gangal from TMC Law College
Second Prize: Tarunba Jadeja from Smt. M.M.P. Shah Women’s College
Third Prize: Shreyas Sangare from S.P. Hegshetye College (Ratnagiri)

Consolation Prizes:
1) Kandarp Trivedi from Jitendra Chauhan Law College
2) Saivinay Pavanan from Bhavan’s College

The Competition was inaugurated by College Principal Dr. Sharmishtha Matkar, who also presented the winners with their trophies and certificates. The programme was a great success.

  SELF-FINANCED COURSES, FESTIVAL WEEK December 13 to 17, 2016

The College Self-Financed Departments celebrated Festival Week between December 13 and 17, 2016, during which the various inter-collegiate fests organised by these Departments were held.

The following is a brief report:

Department of BMS – ALTIS – December 13, 2016
,Nearly 26 colleges participated in this fest, which featured games such as MAD ADS, Money Multiplier, Mock Stock, Treasure Hunt, Live X and 0, and various engagement games.

There was maximum participation in Talent Hunt, where the participants gave spirited performances in such events as dance, singing, percussion, and mimicry.

The trophy for the First Position was won by Tolani College, Andheri, and the Second Position was secured by Thakur College.

   
Departments of IT and CS – IGNITE – December 14, 2016
Talegaon, Pune, was organised for 66 FY students. Mr. Sachin Bhagat and Dr. Anil Bhalerao accompanied the students.

The group also visited A1 Biotech Nursery where Dr. Dilip Jadhav, Director, explained different ornamental plants and techniques of gardening and spoke of the nursery business as an excellent career opportunity.

   
Departments of Biotechnology and Microbiology – BIOZEST – December 15, 2016
This year the theme of the event was a tribute to the Indian Defence services andthe chief guest of the event was Grp. Capt. Vijay Maheshwari.

There were various events such as Creative Mashup,Mind Teaser,Express to Impress,Spin-a-Luck and Diffusal Squad.

   
Departments of B.A.F. and B.B.I – PRAGOTSAV – December 16, 2016
The fest featured eventsrelated to categories such as Management, Fine Arts, Cultural and Gaming.Nearly 375 students participated in events such as Food Fest, Foxy Trait, and Kheech Meri Photo.

The First position was secured by K.E.S College.

   
Department of Mass Media – MEDIATAINMENT– December 17, 2016
Students from around 28 colleges from Mumbai participated in the various events of the festival. There were more than 10 competitions in various categories such as drama, singing, board games and outdoor games. Eminent personalities from the media industries such as Umesh Jadhav, Sanjay Jadhav, Vinod Singh, Aarushi Mehta, and Raina Lahiri were judges for the various competitions.
   
   Physics Association
On December 15, 2016, the Physics Association organised a one-day study tour to Nehru Science Centre for its students, which was attended by 56 students and 2 Department faculty members.

The visit was organised to help students understand the concepts of Physics in a fun way. The Nehru Science Centre has more than 500 interactive science exhibits on energy, sound, kinematics, mechanics, transport, etc., installed in the Science Park & different galleries, and there are several permanent science expositions on various themes.

Students were really excited to see the exhibits and benefited greatly from the visit.

   Department of Economics

On October 16, 2016, the Department of Economics organised a guest lecture on ‘Career Opportunities in Education Sector for Students’ for TY students of BA, BCom and BSc. The speaker was Ms. Nishat Imam, faculty member, Suvidya Centre for Special Education. Ms. Imam spoke on the various aspects in choosing careers, and focussed on career opportunities available especially for BA and BSc students. Students also had numerous queries which she resolved during the interactive session. The lecture was attended by 9 faculty members and 250 students. Students greatly benefited from the lecture.

Students from both Degree and Junior College participated enthusiastically in the activities. Students got an opportunity to feature their creative skills through activities like Card-Designing and Poster-Making.

The Department also hosted a Potluck and Christmas Party on December 23, 2016, for its students as a conclusion of the Literary Week. Spreading the good cheer, sweets and snacks were also distributed among the teaching and non-teaching staff of the College by the students.

   DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH Literary Week

The English Literary Association, Society for the Promotion of English Language and Literature (S.P.E.L.L.), organized a ‘Literary Week’ for students from December 14 to 22, 2016. Activities like Essay Competition, Literary Quiz, Spell Bee, Pictionary, JAM-Just a Minute, Photography, Memory Game, Card-Designing and Poster-Making were conducted as part of the Literary Week celebration.

Students from both Degree and Junior College participated enthusiastically in the activities. Students got an opportunity to feature their creative skills through activities like Card-Designing and Poster-Making.

The Department also hosted a Potluck and Christmas Party on December 23, 2016, for its students as a conclusion of the Literary Week. Spreading the good cheer, sweets and snacks were also distributed among the teaching and non-teaching staff of the College by the students.

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   PSYCHOLOGY ASSOCIATION
On December 14, 2016, the Psychology association organized a guest lecture for its FY and SY students, on the topic ‘My Experiences with NGOs’. The speaker wasDepartment alumna Ms. Leena Manjrekar.

Ms. Manjrekar is associated with Mind Spring, an NGO working for children with cancer. This NGO ensures that children do not miss out on education during their long stay in hospitals. Ms. Manjrekar teaches Math, Grammar and Crafts to these children. Ms. Manjrekar shared her experiences of dealing with children at various stages of cancer — some completely cured, while others terminally ill. Her lecture was as heart-warming as it was inspiring. Her stories of hope, courage and resilience of children fighting with cancer left a deep impact on the audience.

She shared various links, addresses and information of similar such NGOs, who provide a good platform for those who wish to pursue their career in the field of social work.

Dr. Sethna, introducing Ms. Manjrekar
   Department of Biotechnology

On September 26, 2016, the Department of Biotechnology organised a one-day lab visit to the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Versova, Andheri, for 19 of its M.Sc. Part II students. They were accompanied by faculty member Ms. Pallavi Ghogale.

The group was received by Dr. Abhay Phulke, Scientist, Microbiology Department at NIO., and was given an overview of the Institute and its research. They were then taken to visit the Microbiology Lab where they were shown such instruments as Incubator and LAF. Dr. Phulke spoke to students about the ongoing research in the Lab.

The group also visited other labs such as the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, COD Wetlab, a sample digestion lab (where elements such as mercury, heavy metals and lead are digested), the Petroleum Hydrocarbon Laboratory and Total Organic Carbon Laboratory (where hydrocarbons are detected), Benthic Ecology lab, Phytoplankton lab and Zooplankton lab. They were explained the processes of sample collection from oceans and isolation. In addition, the group was taken to visit such departments as CFTIR and SAN++ where food products are designed and nutritionally enhanced.

Students found the visit to be highly beneficial.

   Departments of Information Technology & Computer Science

On September 24, 2016, the Departments of Information Technology (IT) and Computer Science (CS) conducted a seminar on ‘KNOW-IT’. The seminar was attended by 129 PG students of the Departments and members of the organising team.

The speakers were Mr. Sanjeev Kamat (CIO, TJSB Bank), Mr. Shakti Sharma (Research scholar, IITB), and Mr. Devesh Rajadhyax (Founder and CEO, Cere Labs).

Mr. Kamat spoke on‘Virtualization and Cloud Computing’. Introducing the concept of Virtualisation, Mr. Kamat spoke of the current requirements in the enterprise setup, and shared his experiences in data centre setup and its management.

In the second session, Mr. Shakti Sharma spoke on ‘Advance Image Processing: Satellite Imaging Perspective’. Mr. Sharma explained the basic terminology of image processing, and techniques of advance image processing, as well as satellite image processing algorithms.

In the third session, speaking on ‘Advanced Artificial Intelligence’, Mr. Devesh Rajadhyax gave students the benefit of his 30 years’ experience in this field and his association with AIM. He discussed concepts with reference to case studies to explain the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in an industry paradigm. Mr. Rajadhyax also spoke of the applications of AI for producing quality projects and the internships available in this field.

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   Department of Bioinformatics
On September 23, 2016, the Department of Bioinformaticsorganised a seminar on ‘Bioinformatics in Pharma R & D’ by Dr. Chandrika Rao, for its students of M.Sc Bioinformatics-I.

Dr. Chandrika Rao worked as Director in Piramal Life Sciences Limited for 10 years. Her expertise is in drug discovery involving statistics, mathematics, computational methods, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and toxicology.

She spoke on Applied Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, the process of drug discovery and the importance of statistical tests therein,and development process. In addition, Dr. Rao provided information about career options available for students of Bioinformatics in academics and software development.

   TechTalks

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.

   Department of Biotechnology Visit to National Facility for Biopharmaceuticals
On September 3, 2016, the Department of Biotechnology arranged a visit to the ATC lab at the National Facility for Biopharmaceuticals (NFB), G.N.Khalsa College, Matunga. The visit was attended by 19 MSc-II Biotechnology students who were accompanied by faculty member Ms. Karishma Savardekar. The group was met by NFB In-charge Ms. Pratiksha Alag, andInstructors Ms. Shalmali Pendase and Mr. Vikas Jha.

Ms. Pendase spoke to the students about ‘Mammalian Tissue Culture Technique’. She explained the concept of tissue culture and its various applications and scope in research. Following this session the group was divided into two batches and these batches visited the labs and observed ATC practicals in turns.

During the lab visits, students observed Monolayer culture, a fermenter for animal cell, and were shown how to get Monolayer culture, and learnt about Cytotoxicity using MTT assay. ELISA plate reader was also demonstrated.

The groups also visited other departments such as Molecular Biology, Proteomics, Microbiology (Bioprocess) of NFB, where they learnt about the various instruments used there and the type of projects undertaken there.

   PSYCHOLOGY ASSOCIATION
On August 31, 2016, the Psychology Association organized a guest lecture for its FY and SY students, on ‘Investment Habits and Patterns among Adolescents’. The speaker was Ms. Surashri Adhav, faculty member, Department of Accountancy, as part of the inter-disciplinary activity of the Psychology Association.

Keeping in mind the non-accountancy background of the students of Psychology, Ms. Adhav lucidly explained the basic concepts of income, savings and investments. She elaborated on the spending patterns of teenagers and discussed how these could be converted into small savings. She also gave information on various saving schemes appropriate for adolescents.

The lecture was followed by an interactive session with students. Although the lecture was for students of the Department, a few other students too attended the lecture.

The entire programme was organised by the students of the Department.

  Workshop on ‘Nation Robotics Championship INDIA (zonal-level)’
On August 30 and 31, 2016, the Department of Physics organised a two-day workshop for ‘Nation Robotics Championship INDIA (zonal-level)’,conducted by IIT Bombay (Helios Committee). The programme included two-days’ training on “Android Botix” Workshop and competition at College-level. Nearly 40 students and 8 teachers participated in the Workshop.

The speaker was Mr. Yadnesh from ARK Technology, who explained basic electronics and programming to students, as well as how to make applications on Web.

Five students were selected for the National-level Competition to be held at IIT Bombay. Of these, 2 are TY students and 3 from MSc.

   
   Nature Club
On August 31, 2016, a theme-based lecture-cum-slide show was organised by Nature Club on ‘Solid Waste Management’. The speaker was Microbiologist Mr. Jayant Joshi.

Mr. Joshi discussed the various types of solid waste produced in Mumbai on a daily basis. He then went on to demonstrate an excellent method of organic waste disposal using specific low cost bacteria in plastic baskets, and which is easy to implement. He explained that the method is not only cost effective but also simple, and without any foul smell that is commonly generated in other methods of disposal. These baskets are highly cost-effective, very low-maintenance, and easy to use. They are available in different capacities and can be installed n our kitchens, restaurants, canteens and food points.

The lecture was attended by FY and SY students of Botany, Zoology Chemistry and Physics, their feedback was excellent.

  Career Counselling and Competitive Exams Guidance Centre

On August 8, 2016, the Career Counselling and Competitive Exam Guidance Centre arranged a seminar on ‘How to crack the COMPETITIVE EXAMS’, in collaboration with Unique Academy.

The Chief Guest and speaker was Mr. Zeeshan Pathan of Unique Academy. The programme aimed at spreading awareness among students about competitive exams and the UGC coaching schemes.

The programme was attended by more than 110 students and teachers. After the lecture, more than 100 students registered for the coaching.

   
  Cell for Prevention of Sexual Harassment

On August 30, 2016, the College Cell for Prevention of Sexual Harassment organised a street play competition to raise awareness about the ‘Increasing Problems of Women’.

Forty-one students participated in this Competition. The students were divided into five groups: Rose, Sunflower, Marigold, Lotus, and Jasmine. Through the street plays, students portrayed the various problems, such as eve teasing and sexual harassment, that women face regularly.

The following were the winners:
Ist team — Jasmine
IInd team — Lotus
IIIrd team — Rose

The Competition was judged by Mrs. Uma Nabar (Head, Department of Sociology), Mr. R. Deogadkar (Head, Department of Marathi), and Dr. Gautam Sonkamble (Head, Department of Hindi).

   
  Inaugural Function of College Women Development Cell

The Inaugural Function of College Women Development Cell was held on Monday, August 29, 2016.

Mr. Aadesh Chavan, from Yuvaa Aadhar, a city-based NGO, was the Chief Guest for this function. It was also attended by Vice Principal Mr. N. D. Kumbhar.

The function began with Dr. Sandhya Parvate, a senior member of CWDC, introducing the Cell and stating its objectives. She also presented the report of CWDC for the academic year 2015-16.

After the felicitation of the guests, Mrs. Deepti Mujumdar, convener of CWDC, spoke about the CSR programme of ICICI group. The ICICI Academy for Skill Development is offering free 3-months courses under two categories: 1) Technical 2) Office Management. CWDC has taken up the registration of the students of our College for these courses, which commence from September 24, 2016.

Mr. Deorao Kapase, Sports Specialist from our College, is also a member of CWDC. He has been selected to represent India in the 5th Beach Asian Games to be held in Vietnam in September 2016. He was also felicitated on this occasion.

This was followed by a presentation and interactive session on ‘Teenage Relationships’. This presentation was based on scientific research conducted by various Universities across the world. The presentation discussed the meaning of teenage relationships, reasons for entering such relationships, success rate, reasons for failure and its impact on the teens, especially girls. It also discussed the support system for such teens at individual- and at college-level.

The presentation was followed by questions from the audience, where the male students got an opportunity to discuss even their perspective on the issue.

Over all, students greatly benefited by the presentation and gave a positive feedback about the programme.

   
  Department of Hindi — One-day Workshop for Revised Syllabi in Hindi

On August 24, 2016, the Department of Hindi organised a One-day Workshop for the FYBA Revised Syllabui in Hindi for the subjects of Hindi (Compulsory) and Hindi (Optional). The Workshop was organised in association with the University of Mumbai.

The Workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Vishnu Saravde, Chairperson, Board of Studies in Hindi, and Head, Department of Hindi, University of Mumbai. The Chief Guest for the Inauguration was Dr. Vitthal Bhalerao, Head, Department of Hindi, Savitribai Phule University. The function was presided over by Principal Dr. Sharmishtha Matkar.

The Chief Guest for the Valedictory Session was Dr. Karunashankar Upadhyay, former Head, Department of Hindi, University of Mumbai.

The workshop was attended by lecturers in Hindi from over 40 colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai. Over two sessions, the speakers and delegates deliberated over the revised syllabi, and the question papers pattern expected. The discussions were fruitful.

   
  MARATHI VANGMAY MANDAL A TALK WITH Mr. BHARAT GANESHPURE

On August 20, 2016, the Marathi Vangmay Mandal of the College invited Mr. Bharat Ganeshpure, who features in the Zee Marathi show Chala Hawa Yeu Dya.

Ms. Sheetal Gamre and Mr. Akshay Bibvekar, students of the Department of Marathi, conducted an informal interview with Mr. Ganeshpure. They asked him numerous questions about his career, his journey from Amravati to the Mumbai acting industry and experiences therein, the show which brought him fame and made him a household name, and on his style of acting. Mr. Deogadkar, Head, Department of Marathi, also asked him several questions on his use of Varhadi Marathi, a dialect of Marathi spoken in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.

Mr. Ganeshpure answered all these questions and more in his special Varhadi style. Through his responses, one sensed his down-to-earth personality. Success has not made him lose touch with his roots and this is what compels respect in his audience. The audience, which comprised students and staff, were held enthralled.

Students expressed their admiration for Mr. Ganeshpure by presenting him with a handmade greeting card (made by FYBA Marathi students Ms. Devika Shinde and Ms. Krutika Joshi) and reading out a poem composed for him by Department student Ms. Disha Sawant.

  Sanskrit Day

On August 20, 2016, the Department of Sanskrit celebrated Sanskrit Day.

On the occasion, students were invited to speak on the topic "माझ्या मनातील "देवा"ची संकल्पना” (“My Thoughts on the Concept of ‘God’”).

A number of students took the opportunity to air their views, both for and against, about the concept and existence of ‘God’. They proved false the common assumption that students do not think about such abstractions. On the contrary, they spoke fluently on the topic and their content was engaging and thought-provoking.

At the end of the session, there was a positive feedback from the audience and participants.

  Department of BMM
On August 19, 2016, seven students of the Department of BMM attended a Wildlife Photography Workshop, conducted by Mr. Mohak Pednekar, at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali (East). The workshop aimed at enhancing photography skills among those interested in wildlife photography.

Mr. Pednekar explained how to effectively capture insects and animals in their natural environment. Students were also taken on a safari where they could capture on camera various fauna, and learnt to use techniques such as time lapse, as well as how to control light using diffusers such as butter papers and handkerchiefs. Landscape photography was also discussed during the trip to Gandhi Tekdi.

Students enjoyed the experience greatly and found the workshop extremely beneficial.

  Economics Association
On August 13, 2016, the Economics Association organized a lecture on ‘Gender Economics’. The speaker was Dr. Vibhuti Patel, Director & Head, Department of Economics, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai.

In her presentation, Dr. Patel discussed various aspects of Gender Economics and the steps necessary to be taken for gender equality. The presentation was followed by an interactive session. There was an overwhelming response of students to the programme.

  Lecture for Guidance on Competitive Examinations
On July 30, 2016, the Department of Economics, in association with the Departments of Hindi and Sociology, organised a lecture on Competitive Exams. The speaker was alumnus by Mr. Ashish Singh, who cleared the UPPSC Exam in 2015 and has been selected as BDO.

Mr. Singh highlighted the nature of competitive examinations held by Government departments, and explained how to prepare for the examinations. He also spoke of the important precautions to be taken before and during the exams, and also shared his own experience while he was preparing for them.

The lecture was attended by students of FY, SY and TY Arts. They were highly interested and had numerous queries, all of which were resolved by Mr. Singh.

  Cyber Security with Mobile Technology - (Department of Computer Science)

On July 26 and 28, 2016, the Department of Computer Science (CS) organised two lectures on ‘Cyber Security with Mobile Technology’ for TY and SY students of the Department, respectively. The speaker was Mr. Manish Singh.

Mr. Singh spoke about the Current Education Statistics and need of certifications in the industry. He discussed the ever-increasing need and importance of cyber security and demonstrated modes of ethical hacking. He also gave insights on the awareness of actual environment in companies and market.

Emphasising the need to upgrade qualifications and technology, Mr. Singh also explained the fee structure of certification. He finished the sessions by providing tips on career enhancement and giving information about jobs in the field of information technology.

  PSYCHOLOGY ASSOCIATION

On Thursday, July 28, 2016, the Department of Psychology welcomed First Year students of the Department. Students of FY and SY introduced each other, thus forging friendships amongst them. This was followed by a few indoor games.
Along with fun, the program also oriented the FY students of Psychology to the syllabus and the preparations required to clear the examinations.

Students interacting with each other
An SY student speaking of Department activities
  Department of English

The following lectures were arranged for TY students of the Department:

• On July 27, 2016, Ms. Lubna Moosa was invited to speak on “The Art of Writing a Newspaper Report”. Ms. Moosa is an alumna of the Department, and is currently Assistant Professor, Department of Communication & Journalism, University of Mumbai.

TYBA literature students study newspaper report writing as a part of their Paper VI syllabus. The lecture helped the students gain an insight into the nuances of report writing. Ms. Moosa gave the students practical examples and asked them to frame a rough report based on the guidelines given.

• On September 1, 2016, Dr. Zarin Sethna, Head, Department of Psychology, was invited to speak on “Understanding the Basics of Psychoanalysis”. Dr. Sethna spoke to students about the Freudian psychoanalytical theory, which helped students as this aspect forms part of their syllabus for Criticism (Paper IX). This lecture helped to form a foundation to the actual topic they study.

Ms. Moosa shares a light moments with the students
Dr. Sethna speaking to students
   Department of Information Technology

On July 26, 2016, the Department of Information Technology (IT) organised two lectures on ‘Cyber Security with Mobile Technology’ for SY and TY, and on July 28, 2016, for M.Sc. students of the Department. The speaker was Mr. Manish Singh.

Mr. Singh spoke about the Current Education Statistics and need of certifications in the industry. He discussed the ever-increasing need and importance of cyber security and demonstrated modes of ethical hacking. He also gave insights on the awareness of actual environment in companies and market.

Emphasising the need to upgrade qualifications and technology, Mr. Singh also explained the fee structure of certification. He finished the sessions by providing tips on career enhancement and giving information about jobs in the field of information technology.

Seminars on “Cyber Security with Mobile Technology”
   Departments of IT and CS

On July 23, 2016, the Departments of IT and CS organized lectures on ‘Importance of Grooming and Soft-skills in Career’ for their TY students. The speaker was Mr. Devendra Nene.

Mr. Nene started the session by explaining the attributes of a good I.T professional and the need to develop good communication skills and soft-skills. Using examples from his own experience, he explained the difference between the concepts of ‘think man’ and ‘fact man’. Speaking of placements, Mr. Nene emphasized the following requirements:
• Academic Qualification – The percentage acquired by the candidate in his or her academic years
• Professional Qualification – The additional certification acquired by the candidate to become more efficient for his or her career
• Personal Grooming and Soft-skills – The effectiveness of a candidate’s self-presentation.

There was an interactive session at the end of the lecture

Speaker Mr. Devendra Nene speaking on “Skill Matters”
  Felicitation of students clearing NET/SLET : (Under NET/SLET Coaching Programme – Merged Scheme of UGC XIIth Plan)

Since 2011, the College has been successfully running the NET/SLET Coaching Programme under the Merged Scheme of UGC XIth and XIIth Plans.

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, a function was held to felicitate the 11 candidates who have cleared their NET/SLET (Chemistry). Principal Dr. Sharmishtha Matkar, Vice Principals Dr. Mangesh NAdkarni and Dr. Arti Sawant, along with the teaching staff of Department of Chemistry, were present on the occasion.

The candidates shared their experiences and guided the students present for the function. Of the 11 candidates, 4 were from our College.

Following is the list of successful candidates:

Minakshi Bhata
NET
Dr. Purav Badani
SLET
Abhishek Debey
NET-JRF
Kailash Shinde
NET
Dharmendra Vishwakarma           
NET-JRF
Nitesh Chindarkar
SLET
Priyanka Patel
SLET
Saikiran K.
NET
Farhat Shaikh
SLET
Heena Khan
SLET

The event was co-ordinated by Dr. Sharad Sankhe (Convener) and Mr. Prashant Kamble.

  Greening of Maharashtra

On July 2, 2016, the Patkar College NCC Unit and Municipal High School, Goregaon (W), jointly conducted a plantation drive titled 'Greening of Maharashtra', in the Municipal High School Campus. The A.N.O. of Patkar College NCC Unit, Maj. (Dr.) R. R. Wagh, and the Head Mistress of the School, Mrs. Bharati Yamgar, were present on the occasion. Twenty saplings of Neem, Babhul, Gulmohar, Sitafal, Ranbabu, Nilgiri, and Subabhul were planted by the NCC cadets.

Maj. (Dr.) Wagh and Cadets planting the saplings
   
Cadets with Head Mistress Mrs. Yamgar and Maj. (Dr.) Wagh
   Department of Computer Science (CS)

On June 18, 2016, the Department of CS arranged a session on ‘Project Guidelines’ for TY students of the Department, to provide students with guidelines for the development of academic projects.

The session was conducted by Ms. Leena Sardesai, Ms. Vinda Rawool, and Ms. Harshita, all students from the previous year’s TY batch. They discussed the following aspects during the session:

• Areas for project development (Android, Java, Dot.Net development)
• Actual Project Demonstration
• Different stages in module development and how to tackle obstacles
• Different modern databases available and their structures

Students benefited greatly from the session.

Leena Sardesai, Vinda Rawool, Harshita guiding students
  Institutional Social Responsibility (Department of English)

Alumni of Department of English collected and donated stationery and toys worth ₹5000/- and a cheque of ₹10,000/- to an orphanage at Amboli, Andheri (W) – SNEHASADAN – on Sunday, June 12, 2016. This social initiative was routed through Glamour Academy, Malad. 

The cheque of ₹10,000/- was handed over to the Director of SNEHASADAN, Fr. Noel Pinto, by Mrs. Deepti Mujumdar (Head, Department of English) during the annual event of Glamour Academy, where Fr. Pinto was the Chief Guest.

Twenty children from SNEHASADAN also performed at this event. A hamper consisting of a bag, 6 note books, 1 dz. pencils, 1 sharpener, an eraser, a drawing book, crayons and a writing pad, was gifted to these children by Mrs. Mujumdar, on behalf of the Department alumni.

This initiative by the students was highly appreciated by Fr. Noel Pinto and Mr. Navin Thakur, Director at Glamour Academy.

  Department of Information Technology (IT)

On June 10, 2016, the Department of IT arranged a Project Demo for TY students of the Department. The session aimed to provide students with guidelines for the development of academic projects.

The following students from the previous year’s TY batch conducted the session and demonstrated their own projects:

Name
Project Topic
Keval Mule
Chatra Prabodhan
Era Patil
Sps-Smart Parking System
Vaibhav Pednekar
Graphical Database System
Sarthak Tandon           
Speech Synthesize & Recognize
Rachamalla Francis
Microprocessor 8085 Simulator

They also shared their experience of developing the applications/websites. They spoke about the various languages, technologies and tools which can be used for developing projects and shared tips on how to prepare for, and face, the final project viva.

At the end of the session, guidelines about project documentation were given by faculty member Ms. Aditi Chikhalikar.

Rachamalla Francis during the session
Students engrossed in the session
  UGC-Sponsored Two-Day National Conference on �Foreign Direct Investment in India: Opportunities and Challenges�
 

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.