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Recent Activities  (2012-2013):

One-day Seminar on Reformulating Mahatma Gandhi's Philosophy

Recent Activities  (Sept 2010 onwards):

Sarva Dharma Prarthana:

"The Pledge of Peace and Nonviolence" 
Sarva Dharma Prarthana (Inter faith Peace Songs)
Posture displays (Oct 1-3) with  interesting anecdotes on  Gandhiji’s life  at several prime locations within the college campus.

Short Film making and Screening competition on ‘Gandhi and social work’.  In all 15  short films of duration ranging from 2 to 12 minutes ,made by 67 students of mass media  of our college were screened. Makers of Three best films were awarded prizes in the form of books on Gandhiji.

Certificates were awarded to all the participants . Most of the students were from first year mass media and were enthused by  their first creative attempt.

This made a ‘real connect’ of the Father of the nation with the young teenagers on his birthday.


Sam Drishti workshop:

A  2-day workshop on Gender Equality organized by WSC , GSC and FC jointly on Oct 1-2 ,2010 

Direct  Intervention Programs:

‘Be the change you wish to see’ - (Direct  Intervention ProgramsPhase 1)

  • Visit to Shanti Van Ashram, Panvel  on Nov 2,2010  with a group of 20 students  specially identified for this purpose, along with the college  outreach activity of Diwali Celebrations
  • Objective to conduct a Study of the Weaving Unit at Shanti Van which is being run by leprosy cured inmates and then suggest  processes which can enhance their productivity.
  • Second study the mobile toilet units over there  and link up with Ulhasnagar Muncipal Co-operation to install few in this town , where the college is located, thereby improving public  sanitation

Follow up visits to Panvel  and UMC linkages are in the pipeline in Phase 1

  • For the time being , GSC has  designed  a Promotional Tag made  with hand made paper with a Gandhi  sketch ,for the bags weaved at Shanti Van . The bags weaved at the ashram is being presented as momentos  to the resource persons/guests  of  different programs , along with the promotional tag designed.
National Level Seminar:

Paper Presentation in the National level seminar on Youth Power, National Integration and Gandhian Thoughts  at  GSC, DCPE and Shree HVP Mandal. Amravati on  26-27 Nov,2010.

 2  FYBSc students - Peter Matas  and Sushant  Shetty  presented a paper on ‘Rural Reconstruction and Role of Youth ‘ in the seminar

Article Release: Dr Sucheta Gokhale , through GSC , has written  an article ,in Marathi ,on ‘Importance of Gandhi’s values in free India’ to be released by W.K.B Seva  Mandal’s  Arts and Commerce  college for Women, Deopur, Dhule on Shahid Diwas Jan ,30 ,2011 .
Human Rights Workshop:

Participation in the 1 day Human Rights workshop in Birla College, Kalyan

Four students –Prashant  Patil  FYBSc, Sudhakar Sonawane FYBSc(CS), Suchitra Randive  SYBCom, Pooja(SYBCom). These students presented a skit .

Falung Gong:

Screening of 3 documentaries on ‘Falung Gong’ on 13th Dec'2010, Falung Gong’ is  a Chinese movement based on Truth, Compassion and Forbearance.

Falung  Gong movement is based on principles which Gandhiji believed in and has several academicians, scientists, thinkers as its followers. Chinese govt has come down heavily on this movement , fearing that this non-violent, peaceful movement may pose a danger to the authoritarian Chinese regime.

Prof Raina, University of Mumbai  was the invited resource person for this program.

Gandhian Perspective on Development:

Panel Discussion on   “Gandhian Perspective on Development” Dec 14th' 2010, The Panelists were-

  • Dr. Usha Thakker, Mani Bhavan
  • Dr. L M Bhole, Dept. Of Economics, IIT Bombay
  • Dr S K G Sundaram, SNDT University
  • Dr. Christopher Ward, Clayton State University
  • Ganesh Nochur, with Green Peace, NBA (Narmada Bachao Andolan) ,Environmental Activist
Elocution  Competition:

45th Seth  Walchand Hirachand Memorial Elocution  Competition
Elims :Dec 15th , 2010, Finals on  Dec 16th' 2010,

Topics  and no of participants (34 in all)-

  •   The Telecom revolution in India -  7
  •   Emergence of India as a hub for global automobile industry- 4
  •   Industrial disasters– Lessons from the Bhopal tragedy- 5
  •   Imperatives of reform of Public Distribution System in India-1
  •   Education reforms–Significance of Right to Education- 17
Group Discussion
on Dec 16th :
  • Gandhiji’s Views  on Education –
    It’s Relevance Today.(planned GD)
  • Teenagers  in this highly  Consumerist society  and Gandhi.(extempore GD)
Shahid Diwas:

Program arranged on 29th Jan,2011. 43 students  along with 2 teachers participated in the program which had:

  • Visit to Bombay Sarvodaya  Mandal at Grant Road
  • A special Talk arranged for our students ,by Shri T R K
  • Somaiya at Sarvodaya Mandal
  • Visit to Mani Bhavan , Gamdevi
  • Peace Rally from Azad Maidan to Hutatma Chowk
  • Visiting the book exhibition on “Gandhiji” at Hutatma Chowk.
Study Camp:

Study Camp at Sevagram Ashram, Wardha (Feb 2- Feb 9,2011)

Dr Surendra Prasad , Head , Dept of Hindi along with Three students –Vivek (SYBSc), Peter Matos(FYBSc), Aspaak Ansari(MA) participated in the Sevagram Study Camp.

This camp had the early morning sessions devoted to ashram kind of routine , doing ‘agricultural and related field work’, involved in cleanliness of surroundings etc thus  realizing dignity of labour and developing a sense of harmony with environment and nature.

The day would , then have technical sessions with resource persons talks on different aspects of Gandhiji’s Vision of Independent India and followed thereafter  by discussions. The group also visited nearby places of Gandhi relevance.

Sampreet :

UGC sponsored Women studies centre “Sampreet”

Saturday,20th August, 2011 UGC sponsored Women Study Centre and Women Development Cell of Smt CHM college jointly organized a one day workshop, “Sampreet” for NSS volunteers on Sat, 20th Aug, 2011.

The workshop focused on sensitising youth on issues of gender and sexuality, analising ground realities of violence against women and reducing social inequlities based on Gender, caste, ethnicity and region. Various forms of activities were effectively used to convey the message of Gender bias in society. The active members of “Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) organization conducted the workshop. M. SW.students from TISS, Nirmala Niketan, were also present.

  • Group discussions on Forms of Gender discrimination.
  • Talks on- Patriarchy - cause of Gender bias , Forms of Violence against women.
  • Skit performance by students from Siddharth College, Kirti College, Dr. T. K. Tope College and Gurunanak College on “Save Girl Child – Astitva”.
  • 3 films showing how a third person can intervene in the instance of domestic violence.
  • Clipings of a feature film “Astitva” followed by discussion on Women Sexuality.

The workshop attracted 72 NSS Volunteers of CHM college.

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