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UGC sponsoredWomen’s Studies Centre(Estd 2004) : UGC sponsoredWomen’s Studies Centre(Estd 2004) Smt Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani College Ulhasnagar – 421 003 Mission Statement : Mission Statement To undertake studies on such issues that are contemporary and time relevant and need to be explored for improving the status of Women under study with the aim of developing intervention needed, as per the outcome of the studies. Objective : Objective To identify and study ways of identifying the issues for women’s development on a continuous basis. Internal Annual Advisory Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (IAMEC : Internal Annual Advisory Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (IAMEC (Members have been listed in the order in which they appear in the manual – X Plan UGC Scheme on Development of Women’s Studies In Indian Universities and Colleges) Principal Dinesh Panjwani - Chairman and Principal of College Dr H K Chauhan - Joint Secretary, UGC, Bureau Head NFE Prof Aarti Pasarkar - Head, Dept of Psychology and former Director of WSC of SCHM College Prof Suhasini Asokan - Head, Dept of Chemistry and Chairperson Women’s Development Cell of the College Mr Ravi Katakdhond - SDO, Ulhasnagar Mrs Sanjeevani Kutti - Member Secretary, MSCW Dr Veena Poonacha - Director, RCWS, SNDT University Mrs Jyoti Gatphane - President, Govt Women’s Welfare Board, Ulhasnagar Mrs Jyoti Kalani - Mayor, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation Mrs Prema Purav - Chairperson, Annapurna Dr Sharmila Rege - Head, Dept of Sociology, University of Pune Dr Charanjeet Kaur - Director, WSC of SCHM College, and Reader and Head, Dept of English WSC Faculty : WSC Faculty President – Principal Dinesh Panjwani 2006-2007 Director – Dr Charanjeet Kaur Reader and Head, Dept of English Core Faculty – Ms Sucheta Gandhi Office Assistant – Mrs Smita Kapse/ Ms Smita Nair 2005-2006 Director – Prof Aarti Pasarkar Head, Dept of Psychology Core Faculty - Mrs Bhakti Gore 2004-2005 Director - Prof Aarti Pasarkar Mrs Vasanti Beltangadi Genesis of WSC : Genesis of WSC Women’s Studies Centres are designed to act as catalysts for promoting and strengthening women’s studies through teaching, research, curriculum, field and extension work, training and continuing education etc. The centres…must with available resources continue to play a vital role in such endeavours of gender equity, promotion and facilitation in capacity building, augmenting infrastructure and facilities; collaborate, co-ordinate and network with other agencies engaged with women’s development and empowerment for mutually reinforcing as well as synergising one another.   UGC Guidelines on the establishment of Women’s Studies Centres in Universities and Colleges. Genesis … : Genesis … ‘The measure of a country’s greatness should be based on how well it cares for its most vulnerable populations’ - Mahatma Gandhi The establishment of Women’s Studies Centres by the UGC since 1986 has played a pivotal role in the empowerment of women. These Centres have been functioning in the university system for nearly two decades now and have successfully played an interventionist role by initiating gender perspectives in many domains in the generation of knowledge, in policy designs and practices. SCHM College is the first College in the State of Maharashtra to be sanctioned the UGC sponsored Women’s Studies Centre. Proposal submitted by the College with the active initiative of Principal Dinesh Panjwani to the UGC Dr Rajshekharan Pillai, the current Vice Chancellor of IGNOU and then Vice Chairman of UGC was a vital inspiration in the conceptualising and the implementation of the agenda of the WSC. Activities : Activities Awareness Campaigns: Film Festival on ‘Violence Against Women’ Logo Competition on Empowerment of Women in India for SCHM College students Survey on Educational levels of parents of students Survey of In Service upgradation of qualifications of teachers Survey on Adjustment Problems Faced by Girls in the first year of College Newsletter - SWAR Studies: SHE – Shelter of Health and Education for Women: From Childhood to Motherhood Adult Education: School Dropout Women Academic National Conference on ‘Progression: Emerging Issues in Women’s Development’ Workshop on ‘Women Empowerment through Gandhian Thought and Practice’ Activities ….Partners : Activities ….Partners Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation Kaivalyadhama – a premier Yoga Institute of India YCMOU, Nashik Municipal Schools of UMC Akshara – NGO NSS Unit of the College Women’s Development Cell of College Colleges in neighbouring areas –RKT, Birla and KV Pendharkar Gandhian Studies Centre of College Awareness Campaigns : Awareness Campaigns Film Festival on ‘Violence Against Women’ In association with Akshara – a Mumbai based NGO and NSS Unit of College Resource Persons: Akshara Team lead by Filmmaker Stalin Films: A Woman’s Place by Poromita Vohra Sapney Other Features of Campaign Open Discussions Formation of Media Club Poster Exhibition Awareness campaign… : Awareness campaign… Logo Competition for Students of SCHM College – 2005-2006 Theme: Empowerment of women in the Indian Context Attracted 30 meritorious entries. Three prizes awarded. Objective: To enhance the presence of the WSC and generate enthusiasm for its activities among students and to create awareness among the youth about the status and position of women in contemporary India. Awareness campaign… : Awareness campaign… Survey: Educational level of parents of students Initial phase of this survey of students of FYBCom and FYBA has yielded the following results: FYBA FYBCOM This survey has helped to identify potential adult learners from among our own students Awareness campaign… : Awareness campaign… Survey of Problems faced by girls at the first year of College – conducted by Dr Radha Seth, Dept of Psychology Objectives: To get an insight into the adjustment problems faced by girls in the first year of their College To study the relationship between family variables and the problem areas Survey conducted in: SCHM College, RKT College, Ulhasnagar and Birla College, Kalyan Awareness campaign… : Awareness campaign… Findings of Survey: Girls in the first year of College face anxiety due to# Career concerns Parents’ anxiety over safety of girls Mixing with boys Sharing personal problems with boys Teacher interaction Follow up: Counselling sessions were held for students in all three colleges Reach the Reachable Rightly – The Philosophy behind the Intervention Programmes : Reach the Reachable Rightly – The Philosophy behind the Intervention Programmes A Campaign is always as new as in the beginning… Reach out to segments of society that need intervention. Those, which are in reachable surroundings and environment, open to sustained and progressive intervention Reach the Reachable Rightly : Reach the Reachable Rightly Health - SHE Education Health Surveys Yoga Training AEP Vocational Training Studies:Shelter of Health and Education SHEFrom Childhood to Motherhood : Studies:Shelter of Health and Education SHEFrom Childhood to Motherhood Comprises of Health Surveys and Yoga Training Health Surveys conducted : 02 2004-2005 – In Municipal Schools of Ulhasnagar 2005-2006 – SCHM College Health Survey – 2004-2005 : Health Survey – 2004-2005 Objective: To study the Health profile of girls studying in Municipal schools. Findings: Hygiene:100% of the respondents had proper and regular garbage disposal facilities at home 90.4% had access to proper sanitation facilities. 90.4% were aware of the pulse polio campaign and had been administered the polio dose 85.7% took a daily bath and 76.1% had tap water at home. Food Habits: 95.2% said that their daughters had three full meals per day, while 100% reported that they took milk and fruits regularly. Health Survey – 2004-2005… : Health Survey – 2004-2005… Health: 66.6% respondents had the mosquito problem in their area. 28.5% reported cold and cough problems 14.2% had fever frequently. 38% reported headaches. 52.3% had frequent stomach upsets. 4.7% reported breathing problems. 19% had suffered from either Jaundice, malaria, chicken pox or malaria. 80% said that they took their daughters for regular medical check-ups. Health Survey – 2005-2006 : Health Survey – 2005-2006 Nutritional Status of Girls and Boys of the FYBCom level at SCHM College conducted by Dr S S Namboothiry and Dr Aruna Rai, with field work done by 120 students of BMS as part of their Project. Special assistance by Ms Bharati Premani and colleagues of the department of English ‘Today’s teenagers are tomorrow’s women and mothers. One’s ill health may lead to future problems and may even be transferred to the children, Creating awareness on food habits is therefore of utmost importance.’ Health Survey 2005-2006 : Health Survey 2005-2006 No of students surveyed: 1314 Girls: 810 Boys: 504 Classes: FYBA, FYBCom and FYBSc A Statistical Analysis of the data collected is underway and the method that is being used for analysis is the SPSS analysis. General Findings of Health Survey : General Findings of Health Survey Students skip breakfast often Students from science faculty are more health conscious than those of commerce and Arts faculties No student misses lunch More girls than boys fast at least once a week Too much consumption of soft drinks Visit canteen at least 2 to 3 times per week Many have stopped drinking milk altogether Do not drink enough water Health Survey… : Health Survey… Follow – up planned SPSS analysis of data collected Guidance lecture series in January Distribution of booklet prepared by Dr S S Namboothiry and Dr Aruna Rai as a result of the survey during the guidance lectures Preparation of Study Report SHEYoga Programmes : SHEYoga Programmes The Yoga Programme.. : The Yoga Programme.. Methodology Phase I –primary teachers from municipal schools to be given basic training at SCHM College for 10 days Phase II – The training sessions to continue to Kaivalyadhama for 10 days q  Phase III – A 10 day follow-up training session at SCHM College Booklet prepared by Dr Prema Gurbaxani and distributed to all participants. Also, yoga training is an important component of all the activities of SCHM College and this booklet has been given to all trainees. On the request of the Yoga group of primary school teachers, the booklet will be translated into Hindi and Marathi. The Yoga Programme… : The Yoga Programme… Batch I Phase I (11 Aug to 2 Sept 2005) at SCHM College No of Schools: 13 No of teachers:26 Phase II (10 Jan to 19 Jan 2006) No of Schools: 05 No of teachers:12 Batch II Phase I (21 April to 30 May 2006) at SCHM College No of Schools: 14 No of teachers:22 The Yoga Programme.. : The Yoga Programme.. The training consisted of the following aspects: The meaning and importance of Yoga in day-to-day life, - maintaining health amidst a busy and mechanical schedule. Time management for women who have to handle home and work place pressures. q Control of sense organs q Basic Yogic postures. q Using yogasanas in treating certain ailments qConcepts prevalent in yoga like – Yama, Niyama, Pranayama, Yogasanas, Prathyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi etc. qBenefits of Smile Therapy, Twist Therapy and laughter Therapy. qMusic Therapy and Yoga q Controlling obesity Diet charts and guidance and good eating habits. Adult Education Programme : Adult Education Programme Targets the women of the lower socio-economic orders, in a bid to bring women drop-outs into mainstream education once again. The direct aim of this project is to enable women who could not complete their education for various reasons, to complete their graduation.   The active partners to give shape to this scheme are as follows:   SCHM College Municipal Schools of Ulhasnagar Yashwantrao Chawan Open University Nashik. AEP : AEP 2005-2006 – Sponsored by WSC 12 schools of Ulhasnagar camp No 04 by the WSC, with the active involvement of the NSS wing of the College and 102 prospective candidates were identified for the programme. No of Candidates selected: 110 No Appeared: 82 No Passed: 72 No who joined for Graduate degree: 35 No which has cleared FY: 32 The 28 candidates who did not appear for the Preparatory and 37 who did not join up for the degree course cited family problems and lack of study time as reasons. Also the floods of July 26 2006 came in the way of this AEP. AEP… 2006-2007 : AEP… 2006-2007 No of candidates identified for Preparatory Exam: 120 No of candidates sponsored by WSC: 105 Adult learners come from the following areas: Kamba Village near Kalyan Pimploli Village at Badlapur School at Thane Vocational Group of Pharmacy Polytecnique Schools of Ulhasnagar Mothers/Sister etc of students of SCHM College Housewives from Pune. Special thanks toYCMOU and the VC Dr Rajan Velukar for granting special permission to start a special batch of AEP this year.The NSS Unit of the College and the Sarpanch of Ansoli Village, Mrs Shaila for motivating the enrollment of the Badlapur group.Dr Deepa Mishra for the Thane groupSucheta Gandhi for the Pune Group.Sheikh Minaj a student of TYBA for the Kamba group.Dr C V Acchra for the vocational training group.Principal Dinesh Panjwani for his active role in motivating the group to attend lectures regularly at College. : Special thanks toYCMOU and the VC Dr Rajan Velukar for granting special permission to start a special batch of AEP this year.The NSS Unit of the College and the Sarpanch of Ansoli Village, Mrs Shaila for motivating the enrollment of the Badlapur group.Dr Deepa Mishra for the Thane groupSucheta Gandhi for the Pune Group.Sheikh Minaj a student of TYBA for the Kamba group.Dr C V Acchra for the vocational training group.Principal Dinesh Panjwani for his active role in motivating the group to attend lectures regularly at College. AEP…2006-2007 : AEP…2006-2007 Lectures have been held regularly for the group on Saturdays and Sundays Whenever required some lectures have been organised at Pimploli Village and at Pune The tentative date for the Preparatory examination is 24th December 2006 Vocational Training : Vocational Training Candle Making Co-ordinated by Dr Prema Gurbaxani 3 Day Course for students On the Open Day of the College, a stall was set up of the candles made by the students Orientation Lecture by Mr Suresh Kopra to AEP Group regarding career opportunities in the garment Industries Inaugural National Conference: ‘Progression: Emerging Issues in Women’s Development’ : Inaugural National Conference: ‘Progression: Emerging Issues in Women’s Development’ March 8, 2005 to March 8, 2005 – on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Objectives of the Conference: To identify the emerging issues for women’s studies for the academic year 2005-2006. Participants’ profile: 40 participants from all over India. Directors, faculty members and active student volunteers of Women’s Studies Centres, Chairpersons and members of the Women’s Development Cells of Colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai, the office bearers and students of the NSS and social workers from various NGOs. Academics Academics -Inaugural Conference : Academics -Inaugural Conference Key Speakers: Dr Rajshekharan Pillai – then Vice chairman UGC; currently, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU gave the Keynote Address in which he outlined the role of WSCs in development and highlighted the need for practical, time-bound and relevant projects. He identified Healthcare and Nutrition, Improvement of status of women within family structures, better educational facilities, a more pro-active role in the decision making process, enhanced scope for professional growth and greater space in public life as areas which needed intervention programmes. Dr Naresh Chandra – Principal, Birla College and former Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, spoke about the need or an integrated approach to women’s issues Mr Ramnath Sonavane – Commissioner, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporationwas appreciative of the tie-ups that the WSC of SCHMC had sought with already existing Public Welfare Systems like the Corporation itself, Municipal Schools, the YCMOU and Kaivalyadhama. Sessions… : Sessions… Session I: Overview and prospects of WSCs and their role in academics and society Dr Nilofer Ahmed, Co-ordinator of the NSS at the University of Mumbai Ms Vijayashree Iyengar, Badlapur Session II Case Studies on Learning from initiatives Ms Prema Purav from Annapurna and Ms Anju Uppal of Media Matters Session III: Documentation. Dr A C Tikekar, Professor and retired Librarian of the University of Mumbai. Session IV: Reflections through Literature Prof Pushpa Bhave, former Head of the Marathi Department and Dr Charanjeet Kaur, Head Department of English at SCHM College Action Plan: Dr Kamal Gupta, Faculty from the Indian Institute of Population Studies and Ms Vaishali Patil, Social Worker Workshop on Women’s Empowerment through Gandhian Thought and Practice : Workshop on Women’s Empowerment through Gandhian Thought and Practice For elected Women representatives of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation Ambarnath Municipal Council Badlapur Municipal Council Karjat Municipal Council Workshop… : Workshop… Discussions: Dr Hubnath Pandey Kasturba and M K Gandhi – A Case Study of the Effectiveness of Gandhian thought and practice Mrs Jyotika Ozarkar Kasturba and M K Gandhi – A Case Study of the Relevance of Gandhian thought and practice Mrs Sharda Satheye Women’s Rights to Human Rights Workshop… : Workshop… Principal Dinesh Panjwani Developing Support Systems through Community co-operation and Team Building Dr Prema Gurbaxani Yoga as a Way of Life Mr T R K Somaiya Role of Gandhian Theory and Practice on the participation of Women in the Freedom Struggle Workshop… : Workshop… Guests at the Inaugural Function on 29th November: Mrs Jyoti Kalani – Mayor, UMC Mr Gulabrao Karanjule - President, AMC Mr Ram Patkar – President, BMC Mrs - President, KMC A Total no of 24 Participants attended the Workshop Prognosis : Prognosis Awareness Campaign: Inter-collegiate Essay Competition on Role of Education in the enhancement of the status of women Talk on ‘Women in Unusual Professions’ by Dr Mini Khullar, Dept of Economics, DAV College, Bhandup Follow up of Survey on In service upgradation of skills by teachers Reaching out to the student community and youth through the books and audio visual material available with the WSC Organise a series of talks on Healthcare and Nutrition for students Prognosis… : Prognosis… Studies: Prepare Research Study Reports of on going projects: SHE – Shelter of Health and Education for Women: From Childhood to Motherhood Adult Education: School Dropout Women And publish them with a view to disseminating the findings to other WSCs, NGOs, GOs working in the areas of Women’s empowerment Prognosis… : Prognosis… Academics: Workshop on ‘Constitutional Provisions for Women’ in association with the Women’s Development Cell of the College Workshop on ‘Role of NSS in Women’s Empowerment of Self, Community and Nation’ International Workshop on ‘Women’s Empowerment through Adult Education’ Thank You… : Thank You… The meaning of Adult Education is that we will give them all round education of a pure and socially useful life. And if they do not become easily self supporting, in my view there is some serious defect in that education. We should also not forget that complete cooperation should be the basis from the very beginning. Those who know the full meaning of cooperation will have no doubts about self reliance M K Gandhi

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