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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.

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.

   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.

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.

   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.


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.

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 Exam Guidance Centre
On August 31, 2016, the Career Counselling and Competitive Exam Guidance Centre organised a lecture on ‘Strategies to Crack Civil Service Examination’. This was the second lecture in this series, and the focus this time was on the subject of Economics. The speaker was Dr. V. B. Tayde, former Principal, Sydenham College, and Director of Civil Service Training Centre, DGSK, Andheri.

The programme was attended by more than 95 and teachers from various faculties of the College. The feedback from the students stressed how much they had benefited from the lecture.

  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.


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.


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
Dr. Purav Badani
Abhishek Debey
Kailash Shinde
Dharmendra Vishwakarma           
Nitesh Chindarkar
Priyanka Patel
Saikiran K.
Farhat Shaikh
Heena Khan

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:

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
  Annual Report 2015-16 (Cultural Association)

The Cultural Association aims at bringing out creativity in the students.
The academic year 2015 started with participation in 48TH Youth Festival of University of Mumbai. The college qualified for the finals in five events.                                                                                                                                                                            
1. Western Instrumental
2. Mime
3. Skit (Marathi) Bobde Bol
4. English (One Act) Madi
5. Skit (Hindi) National Symbol

Two prizes were bagged in the final round: a Silver Medal by Karan Chitra Deshmukh for Western Instrumental and Bhagya Nair won Consolation Prize for Best  Female Actor in English One Act play.
The English One Act play won Consolation Prize.

The elimination rounds of the 6th state-level Marathi One Act play Competition, SPANDAN, were held on December 16, 17 and 18, 2015. The judges were film maker Shri. Dyaneshwar Margajj and TV personality  Shri. Anil Gawas. The five colleges that qualified for the finals were:
1. Chetana College
2. Dahanukar College
3. Ruparel College
4. Vaze Kelkar College
5. M.D. College

Noted TV, film and drama personalities  Shri. Pramod Pawar, Mrs. Madhavi Gogate and Shri. Amol Shetge judged the final of SPANDAN, which was held at Deenanath Natyagriha, Vile Parle (E), on January 6, 2016. The Chief Guest for the function was director, producer and actor, Shri. Vijay Kenkare.  The following were the prize winners:
First PrizeBattashi, M.D College
Second PrizeBetween the Lines, Dahanukar College
Third PrizeBhaji Paav, Chetna College

Every year Maharashtra times CARNIVAL  comes to College with innovative events. This year 12 young and popular TV and film actors visited the College to compete in groups against one another in games like skipping, musical chairs, book balancing, and tug of war. The  competitions were fun-filled, and the actors and audience enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

The College ANNUAL DAY was held on January 31, 2016, at A.B. Goregaonkar School ground. The audience was treated to songs, and dances. A special attraction this year was an orchestra of native folk instruments. Teachers and students with noteworthy achievements were felicitated.

College students also participated in various inter-collegiate competitions and won prizes.

First prizes were bagged competitions held by:
1. St. Rock’s College
2. Dance Championship, Gorai
3. Swarajya Sangh, Borivali
4. Pepsi Competition, Borivali
5. SOUL Universal College
6. Mumbai Dreams
7. Advitiya by Kohinoor College
8. SNDT  College
9. BJP Dance competition

Second prizes were bagged at competitions held at Ruia College and National College.

  Annual Report 2015-16 (Department of Physics)

The Department of Physics conducted the following activities in 2015-16:

  • On June 13, 2015, a demo session on voice culture was organised. Accomplished singer and music teacher, Mr. Ravindra Patole, was invited to conduct a session on ‘Introduction of Omkar’. This session was attended by members of the College Teaching staff.
  • On August 4, 2015, a lecture on Antarctica Expedition was organised. The speaker was Dr. Prakash Joshi, a retired scientific officer from Environmental Division, BARC, who participated in the construction of the permanent station Maitree at ANTARCTIC. He shared his knowledge and thrilling experience with the audience.
  • On August 13 and 14, 2015, a workshop on National Robotics Championship INDIA (Zonal Level) was conducted by IIT Bombay. The College Physics Department was also associated with this activity. The programme included a two days’ training workshop and a competition at the College level in “Accelero Control Robotics”. Fifty students participated in this, of which five TYBSc students were selected for the National level, to be held in IIT.
  • On August 29, 2015, to commemorate the ‘International Year of Light’, a lecture on the ‘Theory of Relativity’, by well-known author Shri. Mohan Apte, was organised.
  • On December 17, 2015, as part of the School-College Complex Activity, the Department of Physics conducted demonstrations of experiments for the school students appearing for the Homi Bhabha Young Scientist Practical Examination.
  • To inculcate scientific vision and empower girls, the DST-sponsored INSPIRE Internship Camp was held in the College from December 7 through 11, 2015. As part of this Camp, advanced experiments in physics were conducted in the Physics laboratory.
  • On January 4, 2015, 32 students of the Department were taken on a study visit to Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG), Panvel. Department faculty members Dr. M. S. Nadkarni, Dr. S. S. Pimpale, Mrs. S. Nirmal and Mr. Vishal Goswami accompanied the students. IIG staff Dr. Mala Bagiya and Dr. Anand delivered lectures on topics related to Geomagnetism. Some of the topics were explained to students and teachers with the help of posters and models. The group also visited the laboratory of the Institute.
  • On February 2, 2016, Dr. M. S. Nadkarni, Mrs. S. Nirmal, Dr. S. S. Pimpale and Mr. Vishal Goswami accompanied TY and FY students of the Department on a study visit to Surface Modification Technology Pvt. Ltd., Vasai.
Teachers’ Day Celebration in the Physics Department
Study Visit to IIG at PANVEL
School-College Complex Activity in the Physics Department
  S.P.E.L.L. (Society for the Promotion of English Language and Literature) (Department of English)

The Department of English tries every year to introduce some innovations in its working.

The following activities were conducted by the Department in 2015-16:

Orientation:  An Orientation of the TY students was organised by the Department on June 08, 2015, to acquaint them with the Syllabus, methods of teaching-learning and various activities planned for the year by the Department, and also the career opportunities available after graduation. Mission, Vision and the Objectives of the Institution were also discussed with them.

Freshers’ Party: In accordance with the Anti-Ragging Regulations issued by the University of Mumbai, on August 1, 2015, a Freshers' Party was organised by the Department of English for its FY students. The FY students enjoyed with the seniors and were also told about the Department activities and culture by the seniors, and also alumni. Based on the feedback collected from FY and SY students earlier, Mr. Millind Seth, an alumnus, suggested that the students of the Department be divided into 4 houses and various inter-house competitions and activities be arranged. Accordingly 4 houses, namely, Austen’s Achievers, Tharoor’s Tigers, Karnad’s Knights and Bronte’s Buddies were formed, and the students were divided among them.

Competitions:  Essay Competition (August 1, 2016), Elocution Competition (August 31, 2016) and Logo Designing Competition (announced on August 2, 2016) were organised by the Department.

Gratitude Day:  The members of the non-teaching staff of the College contribute in their own way to the working of the College. As a token of appreciation of their efforts, the students of the Department gifted them with pens and cards to thank them for their service. This Gratitude Day was celebrated on August 14, 2016.

Guest Lecture &  Felicitation:  On September 8, 2015, the Department organized a lecture by Ms. Michelle Philip, Vice Principal and Head, Department of English, Wilson College, on ‘Graphology’.
Ms. Philip in an extremely interesting style, spoke about how the handwriting of a person plays a major role in shaping the personality and how the change in handwriting brings about a change in fortune. She held the audience captive during her two-hours interactive session. Principal Dr. Sharmishtha Matkar, Vice Principals, along with the staff and students of the College, as well as the teachers and students of Nagindas Khandwala College and Mittal College were present on the occasion.

The TY students of the Department also staged two scenes from Shakespeare’s Othello, which were highly appreciated by the audience. The Department's high-achieving students and winners of the Essay and Elocution Competitions, held earlier in the year, were also felicitated and awarded certificates and books during the event. Judges for the said competitions were also felicitated.


Screening of films:  As part of the syllabus of TYBA English Literature (Paper IV), students study Othello, a play by  Shakespeare. The BBC adaptation of this play was screened for the students, to enable them to see the play in performance. Also the students of SY study Pather Panchali. The film by Satyajit Ray, based on the novel, was screened for them. Richard Brooks’ film Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, based on Tennessee Williams’ play, was also screened for the SY students. A documentary film (produced by Discovery Channel) titled Siachen Revealed was screened for the NCC Cadets on February 9, 2016.


Alumni Networking:  On July 9, 2015, the Department invited its alumni Mr. Millind Seth, Ms. Mayuri Metkar, Ms. Ashwini Pandit and Ms. Pooja Gaikwad to address the students of the FY and SY, and help them solve queries regarding the methodology to approach the subject and the career prospects.

            A lecture on “How to Improve Your Handwriting” by Ms. Toral Chedda (2004-05 batch) was arranged for the students of the Department on September 3, 2015.

On December 17, 2015, the Department was happy to welcome back its distinguished alumna, Major Prachi Gole-Taneja. Maj. Gole-Taneja graduated from the College from the batch of 2003-04. She has served in the Indian army and been posted at various locations such as Siachin and Kargil during her army tenure. In May 2012, she was a member of a group of Indian army personnel, and the first Indian Army Women’s Expedition, that scaled Mt. Everest. She is also a recipient of the President’s Vishesh Seva Medal (VSM), one of the four women officers in the history of the Indian Army to receive the honour.
Visit to Bookstores & Food Trail: On Sunday, January 28, 2016, the Department of English organised an excursion to student-friendly bookshops in the City, and also a Food Trail, for its TY students, who were accompanied by two teachers, Mrs. Deepti Mujumdar and Dr. Gautami Ambiye. Students were taken to Strand Book Stall and Kitab Khana, at Fort.
As an allied activity, students were also taken on a Food Trail. The group had breakfast at the iconic Irani restaurant Kyani & Co., established in 1904. Lunch was at Bade Miyan Restaurant at Fort, which was followed by dessert at the New Kulfi Centre at Chowpatty. The Food Trail was an effort to put the students in touch with the traditional culture and food of Mumbai (Persian, Mughlai, and Catholic).

Alumni Get-together: On Saturday, February 6, 2016, the Department of English organised its second Annual get-together for its alumni. Nearly 30 former students of the Department attended the event.

Department alumna Ms. Mayuri Metkar kindly allowed her premises to be used for the meet. Alumni were received by the current TY students and office bearers of the Department Association. There was a lot of laughter and friendly teasing as alumni reminisced about their College life. Mr. Sunil Huske (2002-03) batch, is in the process of producing his first feature film “SHIVI” under his banner The Alchemist Motion Pictures. He showed the teaser of the film  to the gathering and garnered feedback on it. This also led to a lot of academic deliberation on the topic of socio-cultural and political usage of language. The students were then taken for dinner to J.B. Dynasty, Malad. The students promised to continue the association with the Department, and to help in any way possible.
Women’s Day: On the occasion of Women’s Day, TY students of the Department, in association with Women Development Cell, greeted all lady staff members (teaching and non-teaching) with cards made specially for the occasion. This gesture was appreciated by all.

26th G.C. Bannerjee Memorial Lecture: A rare and valuable opportunity was afforded to myth-lovers in Mumbai when the Department of English, University of Mumbai, invited prominent author, illustrator and mythologist, Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik, to speak at the 26th G.C. Bannerjee Memorial Lecture, on the topic ‘Dealing with Myth which is Somebody’s Truth’, on March 18, 2016. Dr. Gautami Ambiye accompanied TY students Manasi Toraskar and Bhargavi Unial, and Department alumni Mr. Mushtaq Shaikh and Ms. Gargi Gothe to the lecture.

Faculty members of the Department contributed actively in the various administrative duties of the College, attended seminars, conferences and also faculty improvement programmes.

  Annual Report 2015-16 (Department of Botany)

Fresher’s Party
The Department of Botany, together with the Department of Zoology, organised a Fresher’s Party for the students of FYBSc Biology, on August 7, 2015, in which 93 students participated. It was an excellent platform for the students to showcase their extra-curricular skills and talent  in singing, poetry recital, acting, and speeches. This event successfully brought students close to each other and to their teachers.

The Department of Botany arranged and demonstrated  interesting and innovative  practicals during the DST INSPIRE Science Camp, organised by the College from December 7 through  11,  2015. After completing the practical session, students were shown captivating videos of insectivorous and parasitic plants.

School-College Complex Activity
As part of the School-College Complex Activity, on December 17, 2015, the Department of Botany helped in arranging the  practicals for the students of standard IX from neighbouring schools. A team of two staff members, Mr. Sachin Bhagat and Dr. Anil Bhalerao, along with some of the  FY Botany students, explained the botanical specimens to the school students preparing to appear for the prestigious Homi Bhabha Science Examination.

INSPIRE CAMP: Dr. Trisa Joseph giving a demonstration to the participants

Practical session in progress


INSPIRE CAMP: Participants interacting with
Dr. Trisa Joseph
during the practical session

Undergraduate students, Ms. Mugdha and Ms. Riddhi, conducting a Botany practical session for the school students during the School-College Complex Activity
  Annual Report 2015-16 (Department of Accountancy)

The Department of Accountancy organized the following activities for its students in 2015-16:

  • On August 28, 2015, an awareness lecture on the Company Secretary course (ICSI) was organised for FYBCom students. Mr. Chetan Gandhi, Counsellor, spoke to students about the importance, scope, and career prospects available in this field.
  • On October 1, 2015, a presentation by Angel Broking Ltd. was organised to give Commerce students information about the internship programme offered by the Company.
  • On January 15, 2016, Dr. Zarin Sethna, Head, Department of Psychology, was invited to speak on the ‘Science of Studying’. Dr. Sethna highlighted the common obstacles to studying and systematically explained how to overcome each one of them.
  • On February 12, 2016, an industrial visit to SEBI was organised for TY students of BA and BCom. Ms. Ashu, an employee and qualified Company Secretary, briefed students regarding the evolution of SEBI and its importance. She also spoke on investment planning and mentioned different products in financial market based on time frame and risk profile, different intermediaries, factors to be considered while investing and also grievance mechanism.

Students found all the sessions interactive and informative.

  Annual Report 2015-16 (Department of History)

The Department of History organised the following events and activities during 2015-16:

  • On August 13, 2015, SY students of the Department were taken to Wilson College for an interesting and informative seminar on Karl Marx, where students learnt how the theories of Marx are still applicable to today’s society.
  • On September 15, 2015, the Inaugural Function of the History Association for the year 2015-16 was organized. Dr. (Mrs.) Rita Bhambi (Head, Department of History, Khalsa College) was invited to speak on the topic, ‘The American Revolution’. Also, Department toppers for the academic year 2014-15 were felicitated.
  • On December 15, 2015, two SY students of the Department participated in the Inter-collegiate programme titled ‘Culture Curry’, organised by Ruia College, Mumbai.
  • In December 2015, a Library orientation was held for all the TYBA students where they were taken to the College Library and introduced to important books.
  • Another activity conducted in December 2015 was a visit of SY students to the Archaeological and Geological Museum at the University of Mumbai Campus, which was hosted by the Department of Mural Studies, University of Mumbai.
  • In association with the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, in December 2015, Dr. Vijailakshmi (Head and Association In-charge) co-ordinated a visit to Doongerwadi, which enabled students to acquire practical knowledge of the Parsi culture and their religious rituals.
  • On January 21, 2016, TY students Sajjan Purohit and Sadequa Patel were delegated to attend a seminar on ‘Little Known Mumbai’, organised by the Mumbai Research Centre of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. Also, TY students Manasi Toraskar, Anjali Sharma, Pooja Tendulkar, Bhargavi Unial and Anisha Shetty, were volunteers for the seminar.
  • In February 2016, an educational heritage walk to Mazgaon was organized, wherein all the students of the Department participated.
  Annual Report 2015-16 (Department of Chemistry and Chemspark)

The Department of Chemistry conducted a number of activities, involving staff and students, in 2015-16.

The year began on an emotional note, with Mrs. Ajita Waravdekar, a senior faculty member, retiring from the Department in August 2015. A function was arranged in the Department on August 28, 2015, for her superannuation.

Department toppers for the year 2014-15, were felicitated in the function held on August 29, 2015. Dr. Sanjay Kale, Deputy General Manager, Reliance Life Sciences, was the Chief Guest for this function.

In keeping with the Department tradition, Diwali get-together of all the staff, teaching and non-teaching, was arranged on October 21, 2015. Members of non-teaching staff were gifted two blankets each by the teaching staff. High achievers of the Department were also felicitated on this occasion. Dr. Rahul Wagh was felicitated for being promoted to the rank of Major.

Industrial Visit for TY and MSc students of the Department was organised to Silvasa and Khanvel. The students visited various chemical and packaging industries, viz. Nipra Packaging, Parle and Rayon Textiles. A total of 71 students, 10 teaching staff and 4 non-teaching staff members participated in this visit held on January 8 and 9, 2016.

Dr. N. G. Nadkarni, Dr. S. S. Sankhe, Mr. Prashant Kamble, Mr. Sopan Adhao and Dr. Bhushan Mulgaonkar guided school children in the School-College Complex on December 17, 2015. This activity is conducted every year to help the children to prepare for the practical component in Homi Bhabha Examination.

An Inter-disciplinary Consumer Awareness programme, in association with the Department of Commerce, was organised on December 21, 2015. Mr. Prashant Kamble demonstrated how milk, ghee, honey and other household items of daily needs are adulterated and how consumers should be aware of these techniques.

Mrs. Beena Mashelkar, Vice Principal of the College and Head, Department of Chemistry, retired on February 29, 2016. She had an illustrious career of 37 long years. She has served on all major administrative committees and was also the co-ordinator of the 2nd cycle of NAAC re-accreditation. A farewell function was arranged for her in the Department on February 24, 2016.

Students’ Activities:

  • On January 30, 2016, 18 students appeared for the 32nd Aptitude Test (2015), organised by Ruia College. Mr. Muralidharan L. Yadav from TY scored 99 marks in this test and was felicitated in Ruia College.
  • On February 9 and 10, 2016, 20 TY students attended a workshop on Spectroscopy at Ruia College.
  • 3 students from FYBSC participated in CHEM-O-JOY, an inter-collegiate Quiz and PowerPoint presentation competition on “Fuel Cell”, organised by Kirti College.
  Annual Report 2015-16 (Botanicum Association)

Botanicum, the Association of the Department of Botany, conducted the following activities in 2015-16:

  • The Inaugural function was organised on September 16, 2015. Dr. Bhavna Narula, Associate Professor, Department of Botany, Ruia College, was invited to speak on ‘Intellectual Property Rights and Biodiversity’. Using examples from daily life, Dr. Narula explained the meaning and significance of the concept ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ and related it to biodiversity. Department toppers (in the April 2015 University examinations) were also felicitated during this function.
  • A unique project based on one of the practicals was assigned to students of FY.  Students had to study, identify and photograph various types of inflorescences studied by them in Botany practicals. The challenge was to visit their residential surroundings, gardens, parks and other areas, maintain a photographic record, and present it in the form of PowerPoint presentations. They worked in groups of eight to ten students. The project was successfully completed by all and PowerPoint presentations were made by them on January 21, 2016.
  • On February 20, 2016, Dr. Anil Bhalerao delivered a lecture on ‘Research and Career Opportunities’ to FY students of the Department. He spoke to students about the wide range of options open to them after completing their graduation and masters in Botany. Dr. Bhalerao also highlighted the advances made and further scope in different areas of research in Botany. Students said they now felt confident to make an informed career choice.
Power point presentations by FY students -
a session in progress
Career guidance lecture for the FY students: Dr. Anil Bhalerao delivering the lecture
  Excursions and Visits (Department of Botany)
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.
  Annual Report 2015-16 (Sociology Association)

The Sociology Association organized the following activities for its students:--
1) In August 2015, an essay competition was organized for FYBA and SYBA students. The topics for the competition were: i) Increasing violence against women ii) Women in politics iii) Portrayal of women in mass media. Forty students participated. Mr. Santosh Gangurde, Faculty member of the Department, judged the entries and the following prizes were awarded:
i) Pratiksha Jadhav FYBA B 1st prize
ii) Tasneem Khan FYBA B 2nd prize
iii) Afreen Choudhary SYBA B 3rd prize

2) On August 17, 2015, a Debate competition was organised for FYBCOM ‘A’ division Foundation Course students on the topic ‘Love Marriage vs Arranged Marriage’. The competition was judged by Mr. Giridhar Shetty and Mr. Santosh Gangurde. Three prizes were awarded: the winning group, best performance and best audience member.

3) On September 2, 2015, a workshop was organized on ‘Skin Care and Grooming’, in collaboration with Young Concept India Incorporated and Glaxo Smithkline. The workshop conducted activities as follows:-

  1. Session on skin care by Dr. Ram Tainwala dermatologist / cosmetologist
  2. Basic skin check-up
  3. Skin report
  4. Skin care tips
  5. Distribution of skin care products

    Nearly 180 students and Teaching and Non-teaching staff of the College, participated in the workshop.

4)  On September 5, 2015, students of SYBA celebrated Teachers’ Day. They performed dances, songs, and skit and felicitated students.

5) On September 11, 2015, in association with the College Library, a screening of the documentary ‘India Untouched’ was organised. Directed by K. Stalin, the film shed light upon the practice of untouchability in modern India. The screening was followed by the talk of Mr. Milind Ranade, Gen. Secretary of Kachara Vahatuk Shramik Sangh. He shared his experience about the issues of waste pickers in Mumbai and elaborated on the plight of these workers.

6)  On January 19, 2016, on the occasion of Traffic Safety Week, in collaboration with Traffic police, Regional Traffic Organization (RTO), and Sakal Papers Pvt Ltd., a lecture was organised for students and members of the community. Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic Mumbai Police) Mr. Talegaonkar, Deputy  RTO Mr. Ravindra Gaikwad, Malad RTO Officer Mr. Bodhke spoke to the audience about issues such as ‘Traffic Discipline’, ‘Laws Related to Traffic’, ‘Rules Related to Two-wheelers’, and ‘Rules about Driving License Test’. Members of Sakal Papers Pvt  Ltd., such as Mr. Krishna Joshi, Deputy chief Reporter, Mrs. Madhavi Rane  and  Ms. Vaishali Rode, also spoke to the audience.

7) In February 2016, Presentations were held for FY and SY students of the Department, on topics related to their syllabus.

8) On February 20, 2016, a documentary on Child trafficking, ‘The Dark Side of Chocolate’, was screened for FY and SY students of the Department.

9) On February 20, 2016, a visit of TY students of the Department was organized to the Industrial Estate, I. B. Patel Rd, Goregaon (East). Over three hours the students learned about the Informal Sector. The following units were visited:

  1. Plastic Industry — produces various plastic products
  2. Printing Press — Preparing cards, lamination, dyeing etc.
  3. Pen factory — Produces 1000 metal pens each day
  4. Powder-coating Industry
Switch Industry — Produces plastic switch boards
  Annual Report 2015-16 (Psychology Association)
  1.  July 11, 2015:Six students of SYBA (Psychology) attended a Workshop on Nurturing Relationships as a part of a lecture series on Mental Health Awareness, organized by Nagindas Khandwala College, Malad (West). Students were sensitized to the importance and maintenance of healthy relationships.  They were trained in effective listening and expressing skills. Students gained valuable insights regarding relationships. They were awarded with Certificates of Participation.

  2. July 29, 2015: Dr. Shailesh Tawde, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Patkar-Varde College, was invited to address FY and SY students of the Department on Animal Behaviour as a Guide to Understanding Human Behaviour. Dr. Tawde highlighted the similarities between animal and human behaviour, thus justifying research on animal behaviour in Psychology. With the help of appropriate slides, he demonstrated the excellent nurturing, management and social skills exhibited by various animals, birds and fish. Examples were liberally used to explain each behaviour. Principal Dr. S. L. Matkar and some members of the staff were also present on the occasion. Principal Dr. Matkar honoured Dr. Tawde with a special Letter of Appreciation.

  3. July 2015: Research Methodology is an important topic in Psychology and is a part of syllabi in all three papers taught at under-graduate levels. To help students to fully gauge the essence of research, SY students of the Department were divided into groups of three and each group was made to carry out research within the College Campus. Each group was encouraged to select different methodology; namely, survey/questionnaire, systematic observation and field experiment. Research proposals and final research reports were submitted. Students not only enjoyed the task, but also learnt the strengths and weaknesses of each research method.

  4. January 30, 2016: An Audio-Visual demonstration was organized for SY students of Psychology. The program was divided in two sessions. In the first session, Dr. Madhu Kapoor addressed the students on Genes and Chromosomes. Using models, charts, diagrams and videos, Dr. Kapoor explained the construction and functions of DNA molecules and their role in genetics. In the second session, students were taken to the Botany laboratory where they viewed live cells under a microscope. The slides depicted cells in various stages of cell multiplication.

    The program immensely benefitted the students as they gained valuable insights in genetics. The intricacies and complexities of DNA was very lucidly explained by Dr. Kapoor, with apt examples and interesting trivia. It aroused the curiosity of the students and there was good interaction at the end of each session. The program was in keeping with the tradition of Psychology Association of conducting inter-disciplinary activities and also to introduce students to the practical aspects of their classroom theoretical teaching.

  Committee Report 2015-16 (Staff Common Room Committee)

The Staff Common Room Committee organised the following programmes during 2015-16:

  • On July 25, 2015, a one-day workshop on “Team Building and Development and Media and Publicity” was organized. The speakers were Ms. Varsha Malwade and Mr. Vijay Tapas, from Ruia College. Ms. Malwade spoke on ‘Team Building, Planning and Development’, and Mr. Tapas spoke on ‘Media and Publicity’. Their talk was followed by informal interaction with the teaching staff. Many questions were raised about how to achieve the quality enhancement of the Institution. The session was concluded with the felicitations of the following staff members for their achievements:
    • Ms. Vidya Prabhu, Mr. Amit Gawde and Mr. Santosh Keskar, for successfully conducting the first add-on course in ‘Mathematical Economics’.
    • Mr. Sachin Bhagat, for acquiring L.L.B. degree.
    • Mr. Santosh Gangurde, for presenting a paper on labour movement, at IWPLMS Conference, held at Athens, Greece.
  • On September 5, 2015, on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, a Singing Competition and Antakshari were organised as a stress-buster for the Teaching staff. Many teachers from Degree and Junior College participated enthusiastically in both the events. The Singing Competition was judged by Ms. Anjali Honavar, and the winners were:
    • Ms. Bhagyashree Thorawade (Physics)
    • Mr. Prashant  Kamble (Chemistry)
    • Ms. Preeti Kharote (Marathi)

    The events were hosted by Ms. Deepti Mujumdar and Ms. Vandana Vaidya.
  Annual Report 2015-16 (Economics Association)

The Economics Association conducted the following activities during 2015-16:

  • On July 1, 2015, the Inaugural function of the Association was conducted. The Chief Guest was Dr. Pradeep Apte, from Fergusson College, Pune. He spoke on ‘Thinking of Teaching’, where he discussed the various aspects of teaching and elaborated on the role of thinking conceptually in education. His talk was followed by an interactive session.
  • Visits: Students were taken on a number of visits this year:
    • On July 24, 2015, 40 students were taken to attend the proceedings at Vidhan Bhavan, during its Monsoon Session. The students were accompanied by Principal Dr. Sharmishtha Matkar and two other teachers from the Department.
    • On December 1, 2015, students of the Department were taken to the Bombay Stock Exchange. Dr. V. Aditya Srinivas, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Economist at the Brokers’ Forum office , spoke to the students about ‘Indian Economy and Its Impact on Share Market’. After the lecture, students were taken to visit Broker’s office to see how share trading is done.
    • On February 5, 2016, 71 students of SY and TY of the Department were taken to RBI. Five faculty members of the Department accompanied them. There was a lecture in the RBI head office on ‘Currency Management & Functions of RBI’, by RBI officer Ms. Gunjeet Kaur. Students were also shown a presentation on ‘Indian Currency System and Monetary Policy’ by Ms. Aditi Joshi. The sessions were followed by interactions with the students.
    • On February 12, 2016, an Industrial Visit (IV) to SEBI was arranged jointly with the Department of Accountancy, in which 62 TY students of BA and BCom participated. Ms. Ashu of SEBI delivered a lecture on ‘Objectives, Role and Functions of SEBI’, in which she also discussed such aspects as importance of regulators in financial market, how to plan personal investment, and how to spread risk in investment.
    • IV to Silvassa: A two-day IV to Silvassa was organised on February 25 and 26, 2016, in which 52 students of SYBCom, TYBCom and TYBA participated. They were accompanied five faculty members of the Department.

      Students were taken to visit ‘Alok Industries Ltd.’ and ‘Bombay Rayon Fashions Ltd.’, two well-known textile industries in Silvassa. Students were provided with information ranging from the initial process of manufacturing to the dispatch of goods, and also about the safety norms and other social security measures provided to the workers. Students were also taken to ‘R. R. Kabels’, a wire-manufacturing industry, where they were given information about how the wire- and cable-making processes are carried out with the help of highly-sophisticated machinery.
      In addition to these industries, students were also taken sight-seeing to Dudhni Park, Deer Park and Butterfly Park.
  • Lectures: Guest lectures were arranged in the College to give students the benefit of expert knowledge. Where such lectures were held at other institutions, students were taken to attend them.
    • On September 16, 2015, the Department of Economics, SNDT, University, Churchgate, organised a talk on ‘Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s Economic Thought’, by Dr. K. S. Ingole. Students were taken to attend this talk, which was followed by an interactive session.
    • On September 26, 2015, a lecture on ‘Financial Crisis’ was organised. The speaker was Dr. Nikhil Thorat, who spoke on the economic crisis of 1991.  His lecture was informative and interactive.
    • On December 12, 2015, a lecture on ‘Foreign Exchange Market’ was organised for TY students of the Department. The speaker was Mr. Shailesh Ashra. He shared his practical knowledge of foreign exchange market and also spoke on Hedging, Arbitrage and speculations.
    • On January 12, 2016, a lecture on ‘Search Yourself to Grow Yourself’ was organised jointly with the HRD Committee. The speaker was Dr. K. Bahule, who spoke on the five ways for discovering one’s maximum potential, and on how to develop one’s personality.
    • On February 4, 2016, the 13th Nani A. Palkhiwala Memorial Lecture was organised at the Tata Hall, Mumbai. The speaker was Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan, Governor, RBI, who spoke on ‘Strengthening of Free Enterprises in India’. TY students of BA and BCom were accompanied for this talk by faculty member Mr. Santosh Keskar.
    • On March 1, 2016, a lecture on ‘The Union Budget 2015-16’, was organised at Patkar Hall, New Marine Lines, by the A. Palkhiwala Memorial Trust. The speaker was Mr. Yashwant Sinha (Former Union Finance Minister).
  • Competitions: Students were delegated to participate in various inter-collegiate competitions.
    • On August 14, 2015, eight students of the Department participated in ‘Arth Utsav’, organised by N. L. College, Malad (W). The following were the prize-winners:
      • Vaidehi Vihari (TYBCom) — 1st Prize, Elocution
      • Prajkta Khanvilkar (TYBCom) — 2nd prize, Essay-writing and Poster-making Competitions
      • Ranjani Shukla & Krupali Vaity (TYBA) — 3rd Prize, PPT Presentation
      • Vaishali Patel (TYBCom) — 3rd Prize, Essay-writing
      • Subhekshana Matkar (Fine Arts) — 3rd Prize, Poster-making
      • In addition, our College also bagged the trophy for ‘Best College’.
    • Scientific Research Association — Know Your Economy: Awareness Kindling Test 2015-16, was held on February 23, 2016, in which 67 students appeared. A TYBCom student, Ms Vaidehi Vihari, stood 1st and won a cash prize of Rs.1000/-.

Two major initiatives were taken by the Department this year.

  • Departmental Collaboration with Angel Broking: On September 28, 2015, the Department signed an MoU with Angel Broking Ltd. Our students will benefit from this collaboration in the form of internships with attractive stipends.
  • Add-on Course: This year, the Department initiated an Add-on Course in ‘Mathematical Economics’ for its students. The Course was inaugurated on July 1, 2015, by Mr. Vishal Gaikwad, Lecturer in Economics, Fergusson College, Pune. Dr. Pradeep Apte, Lecturer in Economics, Fergusson College, Pune, was present as Chief Guest.

    The Valedictory function was held on August 7, 2015. Dr. Medha Tapiyawala, Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, was the Chief Guest. She appreciated the efforts of the Department in designing and conducting the Course, and also the interest of the students. Certificates of completion were distributed by her.
  Annual Report 2015-16 (Mathematics Association)

The Mathematics Association organized the following activities for its students this year:

  • Four TYBSc students of the Department were delegated to attend UGC-sponsored National Conference on ‘Recent Trends in Mathematics and Statistics’, organized by M. D. College, on September 5, 2015. The following students attended the Conference:
    • Abhishek Yadav
    • Brijesh Gaud
    • Ankit Sharma
    • Ranjeetkumar Vishwakarma
  • Four SYBSc students of the Department were guided and delegated to participate in a Quiz Competition held at Khalsa College, on December 15, 2015. The following students participated:
    • Arti Gupta
    • Dimple Yadav
    • Vishwakumar Praptikumar
    • Manish Patel
  • On February 6, 2016, a lecture on ‘Vedic Mathematics’ was conducted by Head of the Department, Mrs. Anagha Renapurkar, for students of FYBSc.
  Annual Report 2015-16 (Department Of Political Science & Political Science Students’ Association)
24 TO 26 NOV.,2015
F. Y./S. Y.B.A


Activity- List of Guest Lecturers



Celebration of Constitutional Day- 26th November 2015

Preamble Citation by Public

CAT-Celebration of Constitutional Day – 26TH November 2015

Book Exhibition on Constitution- Celebration of Constitutional Day- 26th November 2015

Preamble reading in Marathi     

Preamble reading in English

Preamble reading in Hindi
  Degree Certificate Distribution Ceremony

On March 12, 2016, the College conducted the Degree Certificate Distribution Ceremony for the academic year 2014-15, on behalf of the University of Mumbai.

The College invited registrations of students wishing to collect the Degree Certificates in the Ceremony. A total of 396 students registered.
The Chief Guest for the Ceremony was Prof. Vasudha Kamat, Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women’s University. Well-known for her contributions to the field of educational technology through the use of Information and Communication Technology, Ms. Kamat is the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Best Teacher Award by Maharashtra State Government (2005-06), Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship (2005-06), and the Rotary International Fellowship (2004-05)

Also present on the occasion were Shri Kishore V. Rangnekar, President, Chikitsak Samuha, Dr. G. V. Pandit, Secretary,Chikitsak Samuha, Principal Dr. Sharmishtha L. Matkar, Vice Principals, and members of Teaching and Non-teaching staff of the College.
  Virtual Lab Nodal Centre

On March 8, 2016, the Virtual Lab Nodal Centre (VLNC) was inaugurated in the College. This is in collaboration with IIT – Bombay.

VLNC facility is available in many Engineering Colleges. Now IIT has extended that opportunity to Science Colleges, and Patkar-Varde College is one the colleges to have received this opportunity.

The inauguration ceremony was graced by Dr. G. V. Pandit; Secretary, Chikitsak Samuha, Principal Dr. Sharmishtha Matkar; Dr. Mala Kharkar, Vice Principal, SF Courses, and resource persons from IIT – Bombay Mr. Pushpadeep Mishra ,Virtual Lab Project Manager, and Mr. Jai Mathur, Project Development Engineer. Members of the teaching staff of SF courses were also present.

Mr. Pushpadeep Mishra gave the audience an orientation on the Virtual labs programme. It was developed and designed by the IIT and supported by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), and focuses on the use of digital media to carry out experiments without real infrastructure. By simulating the actual laboratory infrastructure and the apparatus requisite for performing experiments, it enables one not only to acquire better understanding of concepts but also reduces the time required for carrying out an experiment.

The concept of virtual lab encompasses a broad array of subjects such as electronics and communications, computer sciences, chemistry and physical sciences, biotechnology and biomedical engineering. A student belonging to any of these disciplines can access the ‘IIT virtual lab’ website and perform any experiment.

After the orientation, a Teachers’ Training Session was conducted, where the teachers performed various experiments available in Virtual labs. After the session, information regarding Virtual lab development as well as how to conduct workshops for students was given.