RUSA-sponsored Workshop on “Mind your Mind”
On October 29, 2020, the College Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR) Committee organised a RUSA-sponsored Workshop, “Mind your Mind”, under the aegis of IQAC. Resource persons for the workshop were Mr Jusstine Shon, a motivational speaker and life couch for young adults, and Ms. Reema Engineer, a psychiatrist and yoga therapist.
In the speciallydesigned two-hour workshop for First Year Students of the College, techniques to relax the mind and body were taught to help Students to overcome stress. Word games and stress-buster exercises were also part of the workshop.
An audience of nearly 975 Staff and Students attended the Workshop. The event was also live streamed on YouTube, where there were nearly 1000 viewers. The response and feedback from the Students were excellent.
Webinar on “Revisiting Children’s Literature”
On June 27, 2020, the Department of English organized a RUSA-sponsored International Webinar on “Revisiting Children’s Literature”. President of Chikitsak Samuha, Shri. Kishore Rangnekar, presided over the event.
The keynote address was delivered by Educational FuturistDr. Coomi Vevaina, Internationally-acclaimed Educator and TEDx Speaker, was the Keynote Speaker. She delivered her talk titled – “Change the Story, Change the World”.
The second speaker was Dr. Mark Macleod, an Internationally-renowned, award-winning author and publisher of Children’s Literature and an educator teaching Children’s Literature, Australian Literature and Creative Writing at universities in Australia and around the world, most recently in India. His talk was titled – “What Lockdown has Taught Me About Children’s Literature”
The third speaker of the day was Mrs. Sangeeta Bhansali, an independent publisher of children’s books and founder of Kahani Tree, an exclusive bookstore for children, in Mumbai.
The three speakers not only answered queries from the participants but also discussed the various issues related to Children’s Literature such as, the reality of publication of children’s books in India and abroad, current genres and themes of children’s literature, the freedom of choice to be given to children to choose the books they want to read, and the role of parents and teachers.
The webinar attempted to bring together professionals, scholars, researchers, and students interested in the field of Children’s Literature, across the globe, on to a common platform. The organizers were successful in this attempt with over 700 registrations from across the country and from countries like United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Sudan.
MOODLE — LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Between June 8 and 10, and on June 13 and 14, 2020, a RUSA-sponsoredfive-day Faculty Development Program (FDP) was conducted on“MOODLE — LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM”for the College Teaching Staff. A totalof 130 participants attended the FDP.
In the first day’ssession Mr. Maulik Trivedi introduced the participants to Moodle, explained the creation of basic site on Gnomio.com, and installation of Moodle.
On DaysTwo and Three, Mr. Jatin Ambasana demonstrated the creation and management of courses, enrollmentof users and user roles, managing assignments, and creating quizzes and question banks.
On Day Four day of the program, Mr. Ranjan Kumar explained how to make effective use of Moodle with pedagogical tools and demonstrated the creation of games such as hangman, Sudoku and crossword to make the learning process even more engaging.
On DayFive,Dr. Satya Prakashdemonstrated creation ofcertificates and badges to mark completion of the activities.
Resource persons Dr. Anup Kumar Sirbaiya and Mr. Debayan Bhattacharya handled the Discussion Forum designed for the participants to post queries throughout the program.
Participants were assigned various day-wise activities such as course creation, attempting quizzes and crosswords, assigning roles to users, assessment based on rubrics mentioned, and attempting summative assignments. Participants were awarded e-certificates on completion of all the activities. The sessions were interactive and highly informative.
Webinar on “Statistical Tools and Techniques for Data Analysis and Hypothesis Testing”
On June 20, 2020, the Department of BAF organised a RUSA-sponsored National Webinar on “Statistical Tools and Techniques for Data Analysis and Hypothesis Testing”, which was attended by 130 participants.
The speaker was Dr. Chirag Malik, Associate Professor, BML Munjal University, Gurgaon. The webinar was conducted in 2 sessions. In the first session, Dr. Malik introduced concepts such as data variables and samples, and univariate and multivariate data analysis with one or more categorical variables. In the second session he focussed on Interface with SPSS and uploading data in SPSS and Hypothesis Testing, Bivariate analysis, cross tabulation, t-test, ANOVA and Chi-Square test.
The Webinar ended with an interactive session.
Webinar on Media Manch “Patriarchal Acceptance in Today’s Society — The Media'sPortrayal”.
On June 20, 2020, the Department of BMM organised a one-day RUSA-sponsored National Webinar (panel discussion) Media Manch on “Patriarchal Acceptance in Today’s Society — The Media'sPortrayal”.
The panelists were Ms. Ami Patel (Psychotherapist and Clinical Consultant), Dr. Kusha Tiwari (Asst. Professor, Shyam Lal College, University of Delhi), Ms. Santoshi Mishra (Senior Journalist) and Advocate Hemal Shah (Legal Associate at Zilingo Global Pvt. Ltd.). The event aimed to sensitise participants towards the prevalence of patriarchy and its depiction by the media. The panel discussion was followed by a QA session.
The event was attended by 240 teachers and students from across the country.
Webinar on BIOFACET: “Plant Health Management”
A RUSA-sponsored National Webinar BIOFACET: “Plant Health Management”, was jointly organized by the Departments of by Microbiology on Biotechnology on June 29, 2020. The speakers were Er. M. Udaya Bhanu, Scientific Officer, NIPHM, and Dr. K. N. Geetha, Associate Professor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. A total of 170 participants including 51 Teachers and 119 Students participated in the session.
Following the declaration of 2020 as the ‘International Year of Plant Health’ (IYPH)by the UN, the theme for BIOFACET this year was Plant Health Management (PHM). The Webinar focused on raising awareness about plant health to help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
Dr. Bhanu spoke about the role of pesticides in PHM, where using two case studies she discussed the different pests and how they affect crop growth, selection and application of pesticides, dosage, precautions, environmental factors to be considered for application, and the various organisations involved in PHM.
In the second session, Dr. Geetha discussed the challenges to agriculture due to increased industrialisation, urbanisation and population. She stressed the need for proper agricultural management for producing sufficient food for such a large population and the ways to do this, both at macro and micro levels.
The discussion was followed by an interactive session.
webinar on “Data Science and Machine Learning”
From June 20 to 22, 2020 the Departments of Information Technology (IT) and Computer Science (CS) jointly organised a RUSA-sponsoredthree-day webinar on “Data Science and Machine Learning”, which was attended by a total of 118 participants.
Mr. Shishir Dubey, Data Scientist at Spocto Solution, was the resource person. Over three days, Mr. Dubey covered various topics of data science and machine learning with Python by discussing Jupiter Notebook along with Panda. He also gave a brief introduction about the various implementation tools available in Python, such as Scikits, Panda, Keras, TenserFlow and Numpy. In addition, he discussed concepts of central tendencies, measures of dispersion, probability distribution, linear regression and K-Nearest Neighbour (KNN) algorithm. He also explained the importance of mathematics in data science by discussing probability and linear regression. Finally, he shared some basic ideas about random forest.
The participants benefited greatly from the Webinar.
Webinar on “Research in IT: Paradigm Shift in Technology”
On June 27, 2020, the Departments of Information Technology (IT) and Computer Science (CS) jointly organised a RUSA-sponsored International Webinar titled “Research in IT: Paradigm Shift in Technology”. The resource persons were Dr. Utku Kose, Associate Professor, Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey, and Dr. Hani Qusa, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Systems in Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai.
The Webinar aimed to create awareness about various IoT solutions that could be implemented in COVID-19 pandemic situation and how big data analytics could be implemented for collaborative defence.
Dr. Utku Kose spoke about “IoT Solutions in Covid-19”.He explained Artificial Intelligence, Subfields of AI, Internet of Things, Ambient Intelligence, dealing with COVID-19 and IoT in COVID-19.
Dr. Hani Qusaspoke about“Big Data Analytics for Collaborative Defence”. He elaborated on the concepts of Big Data Analytics, evolution of information security and ways of securing the massive amounts of data through collaboration with intelligent intrusion detection systems.
Both the sessions concluded with interactive sessions. The Webinar was attended by a total of 169 participants, which included 45 academicians, 11 professionals, 2 Foreign students, 4 participants from other background and 107 Students. They benefited greatly from the sessions.
National Webinar on “The Evolution of North Indian Temple Architecture”
On July 4, 2020, a RUSA-sponsored National Webinar on “The Evolution of North Indian Temple Architecture” was organised by the Department of History, with the support of College IQAC. The resource person was Dr. Rajendra Yadav, Superintending Archaeologist I/C, Archaeological Survey of India.
Dr. Rajendra Yadav delivered a very informative, detailed and insightful lecture on the evolution of North Indian Temple Architecture and explained the regional variations and featureswith an MS-PPT presentation. The talk was followed by an interactive session.
As there are very few experts who are currently specialised in the field of Temple architecture, participants greatly appreciated this Webinar. About 300 participants attended this event, which was was also streamed live on YouTube. Of special mention is the fact that in addition to participants from all over India, two college professors from USA and one from Indonesia also attended the session.
“Inclusivity in Education: Challenges and Possibilities”
On Friday, August 14, 2020, a one-day RUSA-Sponsored National Webinar on “Inclusivity in Education: Challenges and Possibilities” was organized by IQAC as a part of the Webinar Series on INCLUSIVE GROWTH. The Webinar attempted to bring together professionals, scholars, researchers, parents and students on to a common platform to deliberate upon the issue of Digital Divide that has impacted all the stakeholders in education.
Dr. G. Haragopal, an Educationist and activist in the Civil Rights Movement in India, was the Keynote Speaker. He reviewed the Education Policies of India since Independence and analyzed the New Education Policycritically. His nuanced analysis and critique paved the way for a fruitful deliberation during the Webinar.
Dr. Haragopal’s address was followed by the plenary session in which Dr. Geeta Shetty spoke on “Deficit Theory in Virtual Education”. Addressing the various issues implicit in virtual education, Dr. Shetty concluded by saying that only the collaborative efforts of the State, Teachers, Parents and Students would help to overcome the deficit in this new form of the teaching-learning process.
Mr. Kishore Darak, Manager, Education, Tata Trust, spoke on “Online Illusion, Social Divides and Possibilities of Education”, in which he highlighted both the Digital Divide that was deepening existing social disparities and the solutions to this.
An interactive session followed the plenary session, wherein the numerous questions and observations of the participants were responded to by the speakers.
The Webinar was conducted on Google Meet and also streamed live on YouTube. There were over 300 participants from 19 states across the country registering for this event, and the feedback from the participants was highly positive.
The Webinar committee introduced the practice of appointing an impartial observer to get a detailed report on the various parameters of the webinar organisation. Ms. Prajakta Raut, Assistant Professor, Abhinav College, Bhayendar, acted as the observer and submitted a detailed report. This report was shared with all committee members and will be taken up for discussion during the planning of subsequent webinars in the series.
“Gender Sensitisation — Addressing Gender-based Violence: Facts and Psychological Implications”
On July 27, 2020, a RUSA-sponsored National Webinar on “Gender Sensitisation — Addressing Gender-based Violence: Facts and Psychological Implications”, was organised jointly by IQAC and Women Development Cell (WDC). The resource persons were Mr. Harish Sadani Co-founder and Chief Functionary of Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA)and Dr. Aparna Joshi, Assistant Professor (Applied Psychology), School of Human Ecology, TISS, Mumbai. Involved in designing and implementing innovative mental health interventions in hospitals, courts, institutions, and corporate organisations,Dr. Joshi provides consultation and counselling in the areas of mental health, gender and sexuality to several national and international organisations.
Mr. Sadani spoke on “Addressing Gender-based Violence on Women: Socio-Psychological Perspective”. Speaking of the basics of feminism and the socio-psychological perspective of gender-based violence, Mr. Sadani explained how MAVA sensitises and mentors men and boys in this regard by using techniques such as street plays, film festivals, mass awareness campaigns, and workshops on perspective building and leadership.
Dr. Aparna Joshi spoke on “Violence against Women and Psychological Impact”, where she explored various facets of violence against women. She spoke extensively on the psychological impact of violence against women and concluded by addressing possible measures to overcome this serious issue. She also shared the helpline number of iCall (a counselling service to people in emotional and psychological distress).
There was an interactive session following the lectures and participants were also invited to provide feedback on the Webinar. The webinar was attended by 190 participants and was also streamed live on YouTube.
workshop on 'Ethics and Values at Workplace'
On January 30, 2020, the College Human Resource Development (HRD) Committee organised a workshop on ‘Ethics and Values at Workplace’, an event sponsored by Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). The speaker was Dr. Sunil Dhapte, Director, YASHADA, a training institute of the Government of Maharashtra.
Dr. Dhapte spoke to the audience, comprising 90 Teaching and 82 Administrative Staff Members of the College, about the significance of a meaningful life. He laid stress on several values and ethics that can enable one to make one’s job a joyful and pleasant experience.
The feedback from the audience was excellent.
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