Tuesday, 4 December 2012

SOPOC 12: A Report


Nagindas Khandwala College, Malad (W), Mumbai organised International Seminar on the theme, ‘Society Politics and Climate Change’ (which was named as SOPOC 12) on 3rd and 4th December, 2012. ICSSR, Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi and United States-India Educational Foundation had sponsored the event.

It was realised that there was a need to have a formal discussion on climate change as climate change has become a great matter of concern to the mankind. It was decided, by the Organising Committee of SOPOC 12, to address the issues related to Society, Politics and Climate Change with regard to:

§  the role and responsibilities of various stakeholders in the societies in combating climate change;
§  the institutional mechanism in local climate change governance;
§  the policy development and implication in development in reducing socio-economic and climate vulnerabilities in rural setting.

The Inaugural Session of SOPOC 12 held in Jagmohandas Gokaldas Memorial Hall on 3rd December, 2012 at 10 am.  Dr. Moushumi Datta, Organising Secretary of the Seminar Introduced the Seminar and its themes. Principal Dr. Ancy Jose welcomed and introduced the Chief Guest Dr. Rajan Welukar, Vice-Chancellor of University of Mumbai. The Chief Guest Dr. Rajan Welukar formally inaugurated the Seminar by lighting the lamp.
The book titled, ‘Educational Techniques: Teaching, Learning and Quality Enhancement’ was officially released by Mr. Shantilal Chooniala, Chairman, MKES. The book is the first ISBN publication under the banner of Khandwala Publishing House, the official publishing unit of Nagindas Khandwala College.
Later on, Dr. Rajan Welukar addressed the gathering. He emphasized on the fact that the in view of natural resources we need to be self-reliant and the initiative of environment protection should start at our home and surrounding area. He expressed his views about the theme of the seminar and complimented the organisers on organizing the seminar on a pertinent topic.
Prof. T Jayaraman, Faculty, School of Habitat Studies, TISS, Mumbai delivered the Keynote Speech on ‘Between the Global and Domestic Equity in Climate Policy’. In his speech he expressed that the policy making with regard to climate change has got great social and economic value.
The inaugural session came to an end by proposing vote of thanks by Dr. G. K. Kalkoti. The session was compered by Dr. Moushumi Datta.
Post inaugural Session the First Technical Session began with a talk. Dr. Julie M. Muller of Northern Arizona University, USA delivered a talk on ‘Estimating Flagstaff Residents’ Willingness to Pay for Forest Restoration’. The second talk by Dr. Mathew Bradbury, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Auckland, New Zealand on ‘Resilient Waterforms: Urban planning in an Age of climate Change’ helped understand the international issues related to climate change.
Post lunch break the Second Technical Session with a talk by Dr. Chirashree Ghosh, Dept. of Environmental Studies, University of Mumbai on the theme ‘Understanding Climate Change: Beyond Copenhagen’. Later on the parallel sessions for Paper presentations were made by the delegates in the Room number 402, 403 and 404 of the new building of the College.
On second day of the seminar, i.e. 4th December, 2012, Third Technical Session started with a talk by Dr. Amita Aathavale, Faculty of KEM Hospital, Mumbai. She spoke on  on ‘Climate Change and Lung Health’.  Later on, Prof. Olawolu Oladunni Elizabeth of Department of Educational Foundation, Federal College of Education (Tech), Omaku, River State, Nigeria, Africa delivered a talk on Imperative of Climate Change on Classroom Management In Adverse Climate Change Challenges: The Role of The Teachers’. The participants interacted with the resource persons and gained invaluable knowledge from the resource persons.

The Fourth Technical Session was also comprised of two talks on the important sub-themes of the Seminar. Dr. Sudha Srivastava, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Mumbai delivered a talk on ‘Changing Climate and Coastal Issues’. Mrs. Pamela Yvone Scheffler of Hawaii Community College, University of Hawaii spoke on ‘Climate Change In Hawaii: Past, Present And Future Scenarios’.

Post lunch, the paper presentations continued in the new building.
The Seminar was attended by 120 delegates from various recognized Colleges and Universities and research institutes of India and abroad. There were 80 paper presentations held in three technical sessions. The technical sessions were chaired by Dr. V S Phadke, Dr. Savismita Chavan, Dr. G. K. Kalkoti, Prof. Tapati Mukhopadhyay, Dr. Madhu Nair, Dr. H. M. Pednekar, Dr. Sudha Srivastava and Mr. Suresh Shetkar.
During the Seminar, Book Exhibition on Climate Change and allied subjects was organsied by Library and Information Centre.

Pre-Valedictory Session, Dr. M. Abul Kashem, Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension Education, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh delivered Valedictory Talk on the theme: ‘Use of Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) by the Rural Women in Bangladesh for the Production, Protection And Preservation Of Crops And Domestic Animals’.

The Seminar concluded with the Valedictory Session. Dr. Ancy Jose welcomed and introduced the Chief Guest Dr. Naresh Chandra, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai and Dr. Shailendra Kumar Garg, Hon. Secretary, MKES. The participants gave their feedback. Dr. Moushumi Datta proposed Vote of Thanks. The Session was compered by Mr. Santosh C. Hulagabali. The Certificate for participants were issued at the Reception Lobby of the Conference Room.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Gandhian Studies Centre's Activities

The UGC Sponsored Gandhian Studies Centre of our college organised following events during August – September, 2012.
1)     On August 30, noted Gandhian- Dr. Jayshree Joshi delivered  a  lecture  on “Gandhi’s Economic Thought”  for  the  Certificate  Course  Students.Sheexplained  the  relevance  of  Gandhi’s  Economic  model  to  India.

2)     On September 1,  an  animation  film  “MY DEAR BAPUJI" was screened which  gave students an insight intosome unknown facts of Bapuji. DrJayshree Joshi moderated the group  discussion  that followed thereafterand clarified the doubts in the minds of students. This  film  was  screened  for  the  school  children  as  well  on  October  6  under  the  Children’s  Movie  Club.

3)     In  commemoration  of  Gandhi  Jayanti  on  October  2,the  Centre  organiseda  campaign  SAY NO TO PLASTIC. An Exhibition cum Sale of Cloth bags was  heldon September  27 and 28 as  part  of  this  venture. These  clothbags  were  stitched by  needy women staying near the college from old Bedsheets  and  Pillow Covers donated by Students and Faculty members of our college, N L High School – Gujarati Primary section and M K E S English Medium – Primary section. More than 150 Bags were sold and  remuneration  was  paid to  the  women  according  to the size of the bags stitched.In spite  of  nominal  rates  being  charged  the  Centre  made  a  profit  due  to  the  recycling  of  old  material. With  this  overwhelming  response, the Centre proposes to conduct the  next Exhibition cum sale in January in  commemoration  of  Martyrs’  Day  on January 30.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Call for Application for the Post of Project Fellow

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate (one post) to work in the Major Research Project (2012-14) sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (Ministry of Human Resource Development) , entitled “Sustainable Development and Its Socio-Economic Implication: The Case of Duars of West Bengal”in the Department of Geography, Nagindas Khandwala College, Mumbai. Appointment will be for one year (January, 2013 – December, 2013).

1.     M.Sc. in Geography or Remote Sensing/GIS with minimum 55% marks.
2.     Adequate Knowledge in Erdas Imagine and Arc GIS

Salary: Rs. 16,000/- per month (fixed)
Application on plain paper along with all supporting documents should reach to the Principal, Nagindas Khandwala College, latest by 5th December, 2012.
Dr Moushumi Datta
Project Director
Nagindas Khandwala College
Road No 1, Bhadran Nagar, Off S.V.Road,
Malad West, Mumbai 400064

NSS Completes 10 Days Camp Successfully

The NSS wing of our College completed 10 days Camp successfylly. The camp was conducted at Arnala, Virar (W), Thane district under the able guidance of Mr. Vinay prabhu and Dr. Bharat Pithadia.

The studnet volunteers undertook lot of socio-environmental activities in the said area. The heads of panchayat of Arnala and people of Arnala admired the service of the studnet volunteers. The Principal, teachers and alumni also contributed books, food,and their valuable time in the camp.

College Celebrates Dashera

The College celebrated Dashera with Maha Saraswati Pooja in the Library premises. The students, teaching and non-teaching faculty celebrated the event with prayer, Dashera wishes and sweets.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

ISO Audit Team Appreciates College Activities

The Annual ISO Audit team of Germany's TUV-NORD highly appreciated the College's activities and contribution to its stakeholders. The Lead Auditor, Mr. Bhupesh Rane, (in the Exit Meet (on 1st October, 2012) and Mr. Minoo Cawasji had represented the Audit Team.

College Bags Excellence Award

Our College has bagged the prestigious Excellence Award from Indus Foundation recently. Many congratulations to all the students and our colleagues.

College Gets 10 ISBNs

Dear all, 


Happy to share a good news. We have got TEN ISBNs from Raja Rammohun Roy National Agency for ISBN (Government of India) to publish books under the banner of Khandwala Publishing House. So our new publishing unit will publish 10 books by the end of 2013. We strongly feel, it is our College's one of the best achievements. 

Monday, 2 July 2012

IQAC Meeting: Minutes

The Chairperson, Dr. Ancy Jose, welcomed the Members of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) to its first meeting of the academic year 2012-13. The Meeting was held on 30th June, 2012 at 11:30 am in the Management’s Board Room of the College.

Dr. Moushumi Datta, the Coordinator, of the Cell presented a detailed review of all the important academic activities conducted during the academic year 2011-12. She explained about the College’s desire and preparation to go for Autonomy status. She also requested the members to share their innovative ideas, views and critical comments on the academic activities to make the Cell more reputable.

Mr. Yogesh Sagar, the Member of Legislative Assembly (Maharashtra) and one of the Nominees from Local Society for the IQAC, suggested few ideas to streamline the approach to students. Those are: A) The IQAC team must meet every quarterly and there should be sub-committees under the same which should meet every month. B) Students should be encouraged to involve in social activities by innovative initiatives. C) The mobile-jammers should be used to prevent students using the mobile phones in the college premises. D) Asking senior students to help or interact with the junior students to share ideas, experience and the resources.

The Chairperson shared the experience of taking some disciplinary measures through Social Cell. She told that the students are taken care by the Mentor, who is a teacher. A Mentor takes care of a group comprising of around thirty students. She further told that a professional Counselor is also appointed to counsel the students. She also assured Mr. Sagar that the IQAC will meet every quarterly and the sub-committees shall meet every month.

The Chairperson and the Members congratulated Dr. Varsha Ainapure on bagging the Full-bright Scholarship and Dr. Moushumi Datta on obtaining her second PhD.

The Meeting came to an end with the vote of thanks by Dr. G K Kalkoti.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Splendid Resonse for Exhibition cum Sale of Books

Our Library and Information Centre organised Exhibition cum Sale of Books on 25th and 26th of June, 2012. The studnets and teachers participated in the exhibition and bought good number of books. The response was indeed superb.

We thank all our studnets, teachers and the Library staff for making the event most successful.

EduTechs 2012 | National Conference on Educational Techniques

We are organising NAAC sponsored National Conference on 'Educational Techniques' on 14th August, 2012. The organising committee calls for the papers to be presented in the Conference on the said theme.

For further details about the Conference registration and sub-themes, please log on to:

A Special Talk on College Autonomy

Dr. Vijay Joshi (Principal, K J Somaiya College, Mumbai) delivered a talk on 'College Autonomy: Challenges and Opportunities". The event was organised in view of going for autonomy status for our College.

The speaker shared his invaluable experience coupled with detailed process on applying for autonomy status for a college. The teaching faculty of our College discussed with the speaker on various issues related to the autonomy. Both the speaker and our Principal Dr. Ancy Jose answered the queries of the faculty.

Dr. Gopal K. Kalkoti compered the event and Mrs. Mona Bhatia proposed vote of thanks.

For photographs of the event, please click here: