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  Late Dr. (Mrs.) Prabha Joshi Lecture Series (2016-17)
 
On March 7, 2017, a lecture on ‘Philosophy of the Indian Constitution’ was organised as part of the annual lecture in the Late Dr. (Mrs.) Prabha Joshi Lecture Series.

The speaker was Mr. Santosh Gangurde, Asst. Prof., Department of Sociology. He spoke about the aspects and features of the Indian Constitution, and focussed on issues related to social justice.

The lecture was followed by an interactive session, and the students and staff present participated actively in the discussion.

 
  Departments of Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) and (Banking & Insurance)
 
The Departments of BAF and BBI conducted a number of events for their students this year.

The following is a brief report:

• On December 9, 2016, a lecture on the benefits of MBA entrance exams was conducted for TY students. The lecture was delivered by Mr. Haider of ‘Pathshala’, who spoke to students about how to select careers after graduation. Focussing mainly on MBA, Mr. Haider explained how to prepare for the MBA entrance exam which included such aspects as General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, and English. He also spoke about the top colleges for MBA, as well as about various other entrance exams such as CAT, MHCET, and GMAT.

• On December 20, 2016, a lecture on ‘Career Opportunities with Various Accounting Programmes’ was organised for BAF and BBI students. The speaker was Mr. Ashwini Sharma of Institution Of Computer Accountants(ICA). Mr. Sharma spoke about various courses such as SAP, MS Excel, and Certified Industrial Accounting, and explained how ICA could facilitate the learning of short term courses in finance and banking, thusenhancing employability.

• On December 22, 2016, a lecture on the benefits of studying abroad was organised for TY students. The speaker was Mr. Pawan Sharma of Jumburee. He spoke on various entrance exams such as GMAT, and also about how to apply to the top colleges abroad.

• On January 24, 2017, a career guidance lecture by Mrs. Sonam Mansukhani of Flames University, Pune, was organised. Students were given information about the various career opportunities available after graduation as well as about MBA courses

• Students benefited greatly from the lectures.

 
  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 BCom (Banking and Insurance)
 

One of the most active Departments of the College, the Department of BBI organises several programmes each year to supplement the curriculum and provide all-round guidance for its students.

The following is a brief report of the activities organised by the Department throughout the year:

• On July 7, 2017, an Orientation lecture for 42 FY students and their parents was organised. The syllabus was introduced and a brief report of the activities of the Department was given. Information about the extra-curricular participation of students in College and inter-collegiate events and activities, IVs, PTA, placement opportunities, and community-development pro-grammes was also given to the audience.

• On July 11, 2016, 23 SY students of the Department were taken on a study tour to Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) to observe the functioning of the stock market and on-line trading. Chief Operating Officer and Chief Economist, Dr. V. Aditya Srinivas, introduced students to the functioning of the stock market, and then accompanied them to the stock trading office to observe on-line trading in securities.

• On July 20, 2016, Department faculty members Mr. B. M Rai (BBI Co-ordinator), Ms. Sujata Mahajan and Ms. Akshata Ranavade were among the group of teachers who participated in the Faculty Development Programme organised by the BSE. Chief Operating Officer and Chief Economist, Dr. V. Aditya Srinivas, spoke to them about ‘Indian & World Economy’. Speaking of the reasons for the volatility in the global economic scenario, he also discussed the working of Derivatives, Futures & Options, Commodities trading and Currency trading. Dr. Srinivas also encouraged teachers to take interest in the stock markets and invest via SIP (Systematic Investment Plans) and Term Plans, under Mutual Funds.

• On July 25 and 26, 2016, two lectures on ‘Online Skill Development Programme’ were organised for SY and TY students of the Department respectively. The speaker was Ms. Bhavika Shah of Ambition Learning Solutions. The institute aims to be a one-stop education facilitator for all the short-term courses in finance and banking, providing employability training. As such, Ms. Shah spoke about the course that would be of maximum benefit to BBI students and explained its curriculum and objectives. Some career guidance for acquiring jobs in the corporate sector was also provided. A similar lecture was conducted on October 13, 2016, for FY students.

• Between August 1 and 9, 2016, a seven-day Workshop on ‘Financial Markets’ was organised for TY students of the Department. The workshop was divided into two parts — between August 1 and 5, 2016, Mr. Kaushal Mishra of BSE conducted sessions in the College, and on August 8 and 9, 2016, students were taken to the BSE. They were introduced to concepts such as Working of Stock Market, Monetary Policy and its Implications, Mutual Funds, Derivatives Market, Commodity Markets, Currency Markets, and Fundamental Analysis. The main objective of the Workshop was to enhance the employability of the students. The feedback from the students was excellent.

• On September 15, 2016, Mr. Rajkumar Bhunia was invited to speak to SY students of the Department on the benefits of the Microsoft Certification Pro-gramme. Running to 24 hours of work, the Programme includes modules on Advanced MS Excel, MS Word and MS PowerPoint, which help in enhancing employability. Also included are modules on Hacking.

• On August 13, 2016, a one-day workshop on ‘Self Defence’ was organised and was attended by nearly 60 students and faculty members of the Department. It was conducted by Rakshnaya Alliance and the speakers were Mr. Premanand Ghag, Mr. Ravi Mishra, Mr. Sagar Waradkar, and Mr. Bharat Madke. They spoke on the need and importance of self-defence, and also conducted a short demonstration and training in simple self-defence techniques.

• On September 14 and 20, 2016, Mr. Punit Padnani of Endeavour Careers Pvt. Ltd. provided career guidance to TY and SY students of the Department. Focussing mainly on MBA, Mr. Padnani guided students for such entrance exams as CAT, MHCET, and GMAT, and talked about the top colleges for MBA. He also spoke about the subjects which students needed to brush up on to be able to clear their entrance exams, such as general knowledge, logical reasoning, and English.

• On September 20, 2016, Mr. Sarang Yande was invited to conduct a ‘Soft Skills and Personality Development’ workshop for SY students. Mr. Yande spoke to them on such aspects as group discussions, personal interview techniques, creative problem solving, decision making (using statistical tools), résumé-building, making creative and effective PPTs, team-building. The students found the session very beneficial.

• On October 5, 2016, TY students of the Department were addressed by Ms. Vasanti Shenoy, and Mr. Suraj Wadhwa, both Faculty Members, Viva College of Science and Commerce, Virar. Ms. Shenoy spoke to the students about the examination paper pattern for ‘International Banking and FInance’, and Mr. Wadhwa discussed ‘Auditing and Financial Reporting Analysis’. Both speakers discussed how to approach the exams and the most effective way to write answers. They also provided help to clear up some concepts related to the syllabus. On October 6, 2016, a similar lecture was conducted by Ms. Nilima Bhagwat, also of Viva College. She spoke about ‘Financial Services Management’.

Between November 28 and December 1, 2016, a four-day workshop in MS Office was conducted by Mr. Suresh, a Microsoft Office specialist. This workshop was Microsoft-recognised and was attended by 38 students of the Department.

• Mr. Suresh explained the basics, and then went on to a detailed explanation of the various aspects of MS Office, with special focus on MS Excel and MS Word. Participants were also given information about Cyber Security and Hacking. The response from the participants was positive, and they benefited greatly from the workshop.

 
   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 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.

 
   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.

   
 
  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.

 
   Chemspark Department of Chemistry felicitated the TYBSc Chemistry 2015-2016 toppers
 

On August 13, 2016, Chemspark and the Department of Chemistry felicitated the TYBSc Chemistry 2015-2016 toppers. Seven students were felicitated in this function, at which Dr. Nitin B. Darvatkar, Group Leader, Enem Nostrum Remedies Ltd., Rabale, Navi Mumbai, was the chief guest. Also present on the occasion was Principal Dr. Sharmishtha Matkar.

The felicitation was followed by a lecture on ‘Green Chemistry’ by Dr. Darvatkar. He spoke on the various issues involved and also resolved the audience’s queries during the interactive session that followed.

 
 
   Placement Cell — Programme on ‘Skill Development’
 
On August 10, 2016, the College Placement Cell arranged a special programme on ‘Skill Development’.The programme aimed to provide knowledge about technical and non-technical skills required for securing placements.

The speakers were from ICICI Academy. Ms. Madhura Gawas, Programme Co-ordinator, introduced the topic, while Mr. Rajendra Jadhav, Faculty Member, dealt with the skills looked for by employers.

The response of the audience was overwhelming. They had numerous queries which were patiently resolved by the speakers.

 
   
 
 
  Physics Association organised a lecture on ‘Nuclear Medicine’
 

On August 9, 2016, the Physics Association organised a lecture on ‘Nuclear Medicine’, to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The speaker was Dr. G. H. Tilve former Head, Department of Nuclear Medicine (retired), K.E.M. Hospital, and who has an experience of 27 years in this field.

Dr. Tilve began his lecture by emphasizing the importance of the day. On August 6, 1945, the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, followed by a second on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Numerous people died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings and continue to feel the effects of the radiation poisoning of the bombings.

Dr. Tilve next spoke about nuclear reactions, radioactive material, and the effect of nuclear radiation on the human body. Discussing a few case studies, he also spoke about the current trends and treatment techniques related to nuclear radiations.

The audience, consisting of more than 150 students and teachers, was highly benefited by the lecture, and in the interactive session that followed, students raised numerous queries about the subject and also about Nuclear Medicine as a career option. Dr. Tilve answered all of them in a very lucid manner.

 
  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.

   
 
  Department of BCom (Accountancy & Finance)
 
The Department of BCom (Accountancy & Finance) organised the following programmes for its students:

• On July 7, 2016, an Orientation Programme was held, which was attended by FY students of the Department and their parents. Department faculty members Ms. Zeba Khan, Ms. Riddhi Guruji and Ms. Jyoti Langote addressed the gathering. The BAF course was explained in detail and an overview of the Department and its activities was given. There was an interactive session at the end, in which the queries of students and their parents were resolved.

• Over three days, between July 18 and 20, 2016, 90 TY students (30 students in each batch) were taken to BSE, where Chief Operating Officer & Chief Economist, Dr. Aditya Srinivas, spoke to them on ‘Indian Economy’. Dr. Srinivas pointed out reasons for the volatility in the global economic scenario. He also spoke on how the trading of stocks takes place in BSE, and encouraged students to take interest in, the stock markets and invest in SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans) and Term Plans.

• On July 25, 2016, nine TY students of the Department attended a one-day workshop on ‘Auditing’ at Reema Mehta College, Bhayander. They were given tips on preparation for the examination and information about the career options available for BAF students.

• On July 26, 2016, a session on ‘Online Skill Development’ was conducted for SY and TY students of the Department. Ms. Bhavika Shah of Ambition Learning Solution was invited to speak to the students about the course curriculum, learning hours to be covered, tentative exam schedule and the benefits of completing the course.

• On August 2, 2016, a lecture by Mr. Manish Singh on the ‘Benefits of Microsoft Certification Program’ was organised. Mr. Singh spoke of the Program, which includes advanced knowledge of MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and which are important for students to enhance their qualifications. The Program also includes modules on Ethical Hacking.

• On August 26, 2016, students of the Department attended a talk titled ‘Numero 3’ organised by Mithibai College. The speaker was Mr. Raj Kundra, who spoke on startup businesses and how to achieve success in them.

• On September 14, 2016, a seminar was conducted by ‘Endeavour’for the SY and TY students of the Department. The speaker was Mr. Punit Padnani, who spoke to students about career options available after graduation. Focussing on the MBA programme, Mr. Padnani spoke about how to crack such exams as CAT, MHCET, and GMAT, and the preparations necessary for them.

• On September 22, 2016, a lecture on ‘Soft Skills’ was conducted by Mr. Sarang Yande, Founder,‘Wills & Skills Training’. Mr. Yande spoke about such important skills as Presentations, Interviews, and Grooming, and their importance in securing jobs and increasing self-confidence.

• On September 30, 2016, a lecture on ‘Direct Tax III’ was conducted by Mr. Taufiq Shaikh (DTSS College) for TY students of the Department. Mr. Shaikh spoke about important concepts in the subject, and also gave tips on last minute revision. Students enjoyed the lecture and benefited from his practical guidance.

• On October 5, 2016, two guidance lectures on ‘Management Application’ and ‘Auditing III’ were conducted by Ms. Vasanti Shenoy and Mr. Suraj Wadhwa (both from VIVA College) for TY students of the Department. Ms. Shenoy and Mr. Wadhwa spoke about important concepts in the subjects, and also gave tips on time management and last minute revision. Students enjoyed the lectures and benefited from their practical guidance.

Students benefited greatly from the lectures.

 

 
  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.

 
  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”
 
   Department of Biotech conducted workshops at the Virtual Lab Nodal Centre (VLNC)’
 

The Department of Biotechnology conducted two workshops at the Virtual Lab Nodal Centre (VLNC) at Patkar-Varde College, to spread awareness about Virtual Labs, and to train students and teachers in their use.

• On July 23, 2016, 27 SY students of Biotechnology and 1 faculty member from Bhavan’s College attended the session conducted by Ms. Pallavi Ghogale and Ms. Karishma Savardekar.

• On July 30, 2016, 19 SY students of Biotechnology and 2 faculty members from MVLU College attended the session conducted by Mrs. Neha Colaco and Ms. Ekata Koyande.

‘Virtual Lab’ is a programme developed and designed by the IIT. It focuses on the use of digital media to carry out experiments without actual infrastructure by simulating the laboratory infrastructure and the apparatus required for performing experiments. This enables students not only to acquire a better understanding of concepts but also reduces the time required for carrying out experiments. Under Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering various Virtual Labs such as Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Immunology, Cell biology, and Microbiology are available. Students can visit any of these labs and perform the desired Practicals.

In both sessions, students explored various Virtual Labs related to topics such as Biochemistry, Immunology, Cell Biology, Microbiology. They also conducted various Practicals related to their curriculum, such as handling of Microscope, Blood grouping, analysing effect of physical factors on enzyme activity, PTC basics, Hemocytometry, Gram staining, and Qualitative analysis. They studied the objectives, principles, and methodology of all the Practicals. Simulations and animations were also used to perform Practicals and explain concepts.

The participants found the workshop highly beneficial.

 
  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”
 
  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
 
  “Many Tongues One Voice” – Language Colloquium
 
On Friday, July 22, 2016, 25 students from the Department of English participated in the Language Colloquium – “Many Tongues One Voice”, organised by the Department of French, University of Mumbai, at Pherozeshah Mehta Bhavan, Vidyanagari, Kalina Campus.

The programme was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sanjay Deshmukh. Prof. Charles Willeman, Rector and Teaching Professor, International Buddhist College, Thailand, delivered the Keynote address. Renowned author and journalist, Mr. Jerry Pinto, was the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Function.

The Colloquium was an attempt to bring together the 19 language departments in the University on a single platform, allowing them to showcase the beautiful world the languages open for the students and the diverse job opportunities that are available to students of languages.

Prof. Vidya Vencatesan, Head, Department of French, made a special mention of the Department of English of our College for having delegated their undergraduate students to attend this programme.

The students had a wonderful time interacting with the language experts and getting their queries resolved. They were awarded Certificates of Participation.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sanjay Deshmukh. Prof. Charles Willeman, Rector and Teaching Professor, International Buddhist College, Thailand, during the Inauguration
Students of the Department with Prof. Vidya Vencatesan, Head, Department of French
 
  Kalidasa Day
 
On July 5, 2016, the Department of Sanskrit celebrated 'Mahakavi Kalidasa Day’. This day is traditionally celebrated on the first day of the Marathi calendar month of ‘Ashadh’.

Students of the Department enabled the audience to get acquainted with Kalidasa’s works. An analysis of Meghdootam was presented. Students also discussed the plot and characters of Abhijnanasakuntalam.

The audience, consisting of staff and students, thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.

A student of the Department of Sanskrit explaining the plot of Abhijnanasakuntalam
Dr. Sandhya Parvate, HOD, Sanskrit, with students of the Department
 
  PCR Primer Designing (Departments of Biotechnology)
 

On April 2, 2016, a guest lecture was organised for MSc (Part I) students of the Department. The speaker was Dr. Aruna Goenka Agrawal, Research Scientist, DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, Institute of Chemical Technology, Matunga. She spoke on ‘PCR Primer Designing’.
Polymerase chain reaction is a widely used technique for DNA amplification and is an important invention of the 20th century in the field of Molecular Biology. An important aspect or requirement of this technique are primers, without which the reaction is unproductive. The primers are specially designed according to requirement. Primer-designing is a dedicated field and requires expertise.

            The students were introduced to different factors which need to be taken care before primer-designing. The probable errors which may occur during actual practice were also explained. Information regarding different softwares and websites especially available for primer-designing was given. It was an interactive lecture and students greatly benefited from it.
 
 
  Basics of Flow Cytometry Technique (Departments of Biotechnology)
 

On February 15, 2016, the Department of Biotechnology organised a lecture on ‘Basics of Flow Cytometry Technique’, by Dr. Hemant Agrawal, Director, Flowsols Pvt. Ltd. The lecture was attended by 22 PG students of the Department.
            Dr. Hemant himself is a Flow Cytometry Specialist, having obtained his PhD in Immunobiology. He briefed the students about basic concept of flow cytometry. It was an informative session as he told of various aspects related to flow cytometry by explaining how cells are analysed using flow cytometry, how the flow cytometry data obtained can be interpreted, also how flow cytometry experiments can be designed with controlling measures, how flow cytometry is used and some applications of flow cytometry.

            There was an interactive session at the end of the lecture, where Dr. Agrawal answered students’ queries. Students found the session highly informative.
 
  Departments of BBI and BAF
 
On February 8, 2016, the Departments of BBI and BAF organised a lecture on ‘Investor Protection Fund’ for their SY and TY students. The speaker was Ms. Krutika Jain of the Bombay Stock Exchange. Ms. Jain began with an introduction of the functioning of capital market, and went on to discuss the purpose, components and key players in the securities market. She also spoke on the concept of derivatives market and mutual funds, and the types of mutual funds, their advantages and disadvantages, and key aspects. Students found the lecture very informative.
 
  SCIMATIX (Departments of Bioinformatics)
 

“SCIMATIX” — A New Era Decoded 2016
Between January 27 and March 10, 2016, workshops on ‘Bioinformatics Basics’ were organised under the banner of “SCIMATIX – A New Era Decoded”, for 104 TY students of the Department and from other colleges.
The workshop began with an ‘Introduction to Bioinformatics’ and involvede four practical sessions. The sessions were organized by Dr. Dumita Rajput, Co-ordinator, and Ms. Vrushali Patil, Lecturer, Department of Bioinformatics.

“SCIMATIX”- Faculty Development Programme ‘16
On February 4 and 5, 2016, a workshop on ‘Bioinformatics Basics’ was organised for 13 faculty members of the Departments of Microbiology and Biotechnology. The workshop began with ‘Introduction to Bioinformatics’ and involved four practical sessions. All the sessions were organized and conducted by Ms. Vrushali Patil, Lecturer, under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Dumita Rajput, Co-ordinator, Department of Bioinformatics.

Both workshops were greatly appreciated by the participants because they were interactive and gave them practical and application-oriented knowledge.
 
 
   BIOFACET: Exploring Realms of Biological Sciences (Departments of Microbiology and Biotechnology)
 

On January 30, 2016, the Departments of Microbiology and Biotechnology organised the inter-collegiate seminar ‘BIOFACET: Exploring Realms of Biological Sciences’.

It is found that students of biological sciences find it difficult to choose their careers because of the diverse career options available. BIOFACET is an inter-collegiate and interdisciplinary seminar, which seeks to help students make the right career choices by exploring the commercial role of biotechnology in such areas as agriculture, food industry, and neuro sciences.

BIOFACET 2016 was attended by 157 faculty members and students from the biological sciences departments of Patkar-Varde and other colleges such as Ruia, Wilson, Bhavans, Nirmala, Sophia, Jhunjhunwala, and Kirti.

The Chief Guest for the Inauguration was Dr. R. G Bankar, which was also attended by Principal Dr. Sharmishtha L. Matkar. Dr. Bankar was also the first speaker at the seminar. He is Scientist at Excel Industries Limited, S. V. Road, Jogeshwari (W). In his lecture, he gave the suggestions on methods to convert Microbiology/Biotechnology for commercial purposes. He also explained such concepts as Plant Tissue culture, Liquid Bio fertilizer, Vermicompost, Compost, and City Organic Farming. As a learning project, he also suggested the production of all types of biofertilisers in college laboratories.

The second speaker was Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, currently working in Mondelez Food India Limited, Thane. He is also the founder of Food Pathshala, which is an online forum for food professionals. A recipient of several awards for academic excellence, Mr. Sharma is an eminent career counsellor and speaker at many career counselling and food technology events across India.

Mr. Sharma discussed the abundant career opportunities available in the food industry and also such aspects as quality control and assurance, logistics, and marketing and sales. He also stressed on the Regulatory Affairs Department, without which the manufacture of a new product would be impossible. He also provided information about well-known institutes associated with food technology.

Dr. Yasmin Khan, Associate Professor in Department of Life Science, Sophia College, gave a brief introduction to neurology and related topics and made students aware of the various career opportunities available in neurosciences. Using videos, Dr. Khan made the concepts of neuroscience easy to understand. She also discussed the various ongoing research activities in her College department, as also worldwide.

The last speaker for the day, Ms. Bhakti M. Manohar, is associated with Rossari Biotech Limited. She spoke about Enzymology and its industrial applications, and discussed the vast opportunities available in industries such as pharmaceuticals, textiles, animal feed, nutrition, bakery and food, and leather tanning. She also emphasized careers in enzymology. In addition, Ms. Manohar gave information about actual working in industries, with respect to GMP, ISO and audits. 

All the lectures were followed by interactive sessions between students and speakers. The feedback from the participants praised the good organization and management of the seminar, and the well-chosen speakers who provided insights into newer areas of Microbiology & Biotechnology.

   
   
 
 
   Genes and Chromosomes (Psychology Association)
 

On January 30, 2016, the Psychology Association organised a lecture on ‘Genes and Chromosomes’ by Dr. Madhu Kapoor, Head, Department of Botany, for the SY students of the Department of Psychology.

Using models, charts, diagrams and videos, Dr. Kapoor explained the construction and functions of DNA molecules and their role in genetics. Students were also 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. Dr. Kapoor explained the intricacies and complexities of DNA very lucidly, with apt examples and interesting trivia. It aroused the curiosity of the students and there was good interaction at the end of the session.

The program was in keeping with the tradition of Psychology Association of conducting inter-disciplinary activities and also introducing students to the practical aspects of their classroom theoretical teaching.
   
 
 
   Development of Soft Skills (Political Science Students’ Association)
 

On January 28, 2016, the Political Science Students’ Association organised a lecture on ‘Development of Soft Skills’, by corporate trainer Mr. Nitin Dalvi.

Mr. Dalvi began by a brief talk about choosing careers and allied activities. He then went on to explain ‘Soft Skills’ and how to develop them. He explained that people who complained were often the ones who feared new challenges, and this inevitably led to failure.

Mr. Dalvi emphasised that merely getting a degree was not enough in the current competitive scenario. He spoke of the other skills that students now needed to develop. Using practical examples, he explained how to develop these skills.

His lively and enthusiastic style was very much appreciated by the students who had numerous queries at the end of the session, all of which were patiently resolved by Mr. Dalvi.
   
 
 
   Careers in IT-sector for Arts Students (Political Science Students’ Association)
 

On January 14, 2016, the Political Science Students’ Association organised a lecture on ‘Careers in IT-sector for Arts Students’. The speaker was Mr. Prashant Jadhav, Asst. Professor, B. Sc. IT, N. M. College of Commerce & Economics, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai.

Mr. Jadhav began with a brief introduction about the IT sector and then went on to list the subjects related to Arts. Using subjects such as History, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology as examples, Mr. Jadhav discussed the application of IT therein and the career opportunities available.

At the end of the lecture, Mr. Jadhav answered students’ queries. The feedback of the students for the lecture was excellent as they acquired information about career opportunities they had been unaware of as yet.
 
 
   Transmission Electron Microscopy Technique (Departments of Biotechnology)
 

On October 19, 2015, the Department of Biotechnology organised a guest lecture on ‘Transmission Electron Microscopy Technique’, for its M.Sc.-I students. The speaker was Dr. Dipty Singh, Scientist B, NIRRH, Parel, Mumbai. Ten students attended the lecture.
Dr. Singh is a TEM specialist, and so was an apt person to speak to the students about the various procedures which are carried out during TEM such as Sample preparation, and methods of staining. She also explained the use of TEM technique in research which is done in NIRRH, and also spoke about the various kind of researches which are done in their lab. Later advances in the field of TEM such as correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) and cryo-electron tomography were discussed.

Using images, Dr. Singh demonstrated concepts in a very lucid manner. In the interactive session that followed, students had several queries, which Dr. Singh resolved patiently. Students greatly benefited from the session.
   
 
 
   Demystifying Biotechnology (Departments of Biotechnology)
 

On October 13, 2015, the Department of Biotechnology held a one-day workshop on ‘Demystifying Biotechnology’ for seven students of standard XII C.B.S.E., from Seven Square Academy, Mira Road. The students were accompanied by their teachers Mr. Sagar Parmar and Mrs. Rinkukumari. The objective of the workshop was to give knowledge about the field of Biotechnology and to generate interest about the subject by conducting experiments.
Students were introduced to the subject and various career aspects were discussed. During the lab visit, students were explained the general lab organization and a brief explanation about the working and application of various Bioanalytical instruments such as Autoclave, ph meter, centrifuge, incubator, hot air oven, analytical balance and the electrophoretic techniques was given. Also the students were explained the basic staining and isolation techniques. In addition, Genomic DNA Extraction from onion sample and Mitosis using onion root tip were demonstrated.

The students reported that they had greatly benefited from the workshop and enjoyed it greatly.
   
   
   
 
   Virtual Lab Techniques for Biological Sciences(Departments of Biotechnology)
 

On October 9, 2015, the Department of Biotechnology organised an inter-collegiate workshop for its SY students, on ‘Virtual Lab Techniques for Biological Sciences’, at the IIT Virtual lab nodal centre, Thakur College of Science and Commerce, Kandivali. The resource person was Dr. Aparna Deshmukh, Coordinator, Department of Biotechnology, Thakur College. The students were accompanied by faculty members Ms. Shweta Jadhav and Ms. Pallavi Ghogale.
‘Virtual Lab’ is a programme developed and designed by the IIT and supported by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Implemented under the National Mission of Education, this initiative focuses on the use of digital media to carry out experiments without actual infrastructure. By simulating actual laboratory infrastructure and the apparatus prerequisite for performing experiments, it enables under-graduate and post-graduate students not only with a better understanding of concepts but also reduces the time and resources required for carrying out experiments.
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 website ‘IIT virtual lab ‘and select the option of ‘welcome to virtual lab’ to perform any experiment.
The objectives of the virtual lab are:

  • To help students gain sound knowledge about a concept.
  • To serve as effective tool for revision during examinations.
  • To generate interest in students for conducting experiments by arousing their curiosity.

The workshop allowed the students to perform experiments from their syllabus using computers. The Virtual lab for Biotechnology spanned a wide spectrum of subjects from immunology, microbiology, biochemistry to molecular biology. Each experiment was demonstrated with the help of animations.

The workshop lasted for two hours. Students’ feedback about the workshop was extremely positive.
   
 
 
   In Vitro Fertilization Techniques (IVF) (Department of Biotechnology)
 

On August 27, 2015, the Department of Biotechnology organised a guest lecture for its M. Sc. Part II students. About 33 students from various branches such as Biotechnology, Microbiology and Bioinformatics, attended the lecture.
The speaker invited was Dr. Anand Naik, Doctor of Medicine, F.C.P.S. (Mid. &Gynecologist), IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) Specialist. Speaking on ‘In Vitro Fertilization Techniques’, Dr. Naik explained the concept of IVF to students by discussing the history behind the development of the technique. He also spoke of the various procedures carried out during IVF such as ICSI, Embryo Culturing and Grading, Cryopreservation of Oocytes, Sperms and Embryos, and mentioned the precautions to be taken before the application of the IVF technique. Apart from IVF, Dr. Naik also discussed techniques like IVM. All the concepts were demonstrated with the help of videos, which helped students to understand the concepts clearly and also made them quite interesting.
The two-hour lecture was followed by an interactive session in which Dr. Naik resolved students’ queries. He ended the session by discussing the career prospects in the field of embryology.

   
 
 
   Career Counseling and Placement Cell
 

On August 13, 2015, the Career Counseling and Placement Cell organized a training program on “Employability Skills – What Skills Do Recruiters’ Look For?”, for all TY students (aided and self-financed). The program was attended by more 130 students as well as by staff members. 

The Chief Speaker was Mr. Anup Munshi, Director, The Y Factor Academy, a highly-reputed company engaged in corporate training for more than a decade. Mr. Vishal Oza and Mr. Durvesh Kadam, both executives at the Academy, were also present.

Mr. Vishal Oza gave an introductory address, which was followed by Mr. Anup Munshi’s talk on the factors that influence the interview process. With the help of apt examples and some role playing, he demonstrated the important vocal, visual, verbal and presentation skills necessary for success in interviews.

The feedback forms filled up by the students at the end of the program were evidence of the fact that they found the program very useful and knowledgeable. It made them aware of what skills they lacked and how to acquire them.

 
   Security-N-Crime in Finance (Department of BBI & BAF)
 

On August 8, 2015, the Departments of BBI and BAF organized a One-day District-level Inter-collegiate Seminar on ‘Security-N-Crime in Finance’. This was the 3rd Inter-collegiate Seminar organized by the Departments since the inception of the courses in the College. 

The objective of the Seminar was to provide the latest information to teaching faculty and students about the recent trends in banking and finance. There were 180 participants, consisting of students and faculty members from the College and various other Colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai. The Chief Guest for the Inauguration was Mr. Ramchandra Walvi, AGM, UCO  Bank. He spoke about the different sectors which affect the Indian economy, focusing on agriculture.

Over the three sessions that followed, resource persons spoke of various aspects related to Commerce and Finance. Mr. Jigar Dalal (VP, ARCIL) conducted the first session, where he explained the role and importance of Asset Reconstruction Companies in India and how they acquire and manage non-performing assets. In the second session, Mr Bankimchandra Shah (Former AGM, Saraswat Bank) spoke on the SARFAESI Act, 2002, for managing non-performing assets. The final session was conducted by Mr Umesh Nihalani (PVTA Institute of Management Sudies) who provided insights on the concepts and importance of forensic accounting and how it is different from regular accounting.

The feedback from the participants to the Seminar was excellent.

 
 
   Women Development Cell
 

The College Women Development Cell (WDC) arranged a lecture on a very sensitive issue, “Nate Maitriche”, on August 7, 2015, in the College Auditorium. Mr Vivek Jyotsna Balwant Kashikar, a renowned social activist, was invited as the guest speaker.

Mr. Kashikar began by commenting on the increasing cases of rape, molestation, acid attacks, and honour killing, in our society. He proceeded to link this thought to the main topic of his talk.
 
Mrr. Kashikar went on to comment on various aspects of friendship. He spoke about how college-going girls and boys become friends, fall in love and then how they turn to casual sex. He spoke about the difference in approach of girls and boys towards sex. Mr. Kashikar advised students to develop a sense of responsibility and learn to distinguish between friendship, infatuation and true love. He asked them not to get carried away by the stereotypes and false images of love and friendship, projected through cinema and social networking sites.

The lecture was followed by a question-answer session. A booklet on “Understanding Sexuality”, written by Mr. Kashikar was given to the students at a nominal price of ₹ 5/-. The programme was well-received by the audience.

Slogan and poster-making competitions were arranged on the theme “Meri Beti, Pyaari Beti” for the students of the College. Winning entries were shortlisted. These will be now displayed in prominent places on the campus.

On the occasion of Women’s Day, March 8, 2016, the WDC, in association with the students of Department of English, greeted all the women staff members (teaching and non-teaching) with a greeting card specially made for the occasion.

A lecture on Gender Audit was arranged for the staff on March 23, 2016. The guest speaker was Dr. Medha Tapiawala, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Mumbai. Dr. Tapiawala spoke in detail about the purpose of introducing Gender Audit in Institutions of Higher Education. She also explained the procedure of the Audit. Queries raised by the staff were also resolved. This lecture was organized in association with the College Cell for Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women.
 
 
   Bridge Course in Accountancy (Department of BMS)
 

The Department of BMS conducted a 15-hour bridge course in Accountancy for its students, especially those from a non-Commerce background.

The course was held between July 6 and August 3, 2015, and was attended by 15 students.

The topics covered were:

Sr.No.
Topic
Duration
1
Basic Terminology of Accounting Terms
1 hr
2
Rules of Dr and Cr.
1 hr
3
Journal Entries (Basic)
1 hr
4
Practice of Journal Entries
2 hrs
5
Ledger
2 hrs
6
Trial Balance
2 hrs
7
Final A/c’s:- Trading , Profit & Loss A/c , Balance Sheet
3 hrs
8
Practice of Sums
3 hrs

Students benefited from the course greatly.