Centre for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE)
Vision & Mission Statement
CWE aims to create an environment that promotes and stimulates the spirit of entrepreneurship among the students of the College.
CWE seeks to achieve the spirit of entrepreneurship through educational programs, events, activities and research.
Inaugural Session of CWE
The Centre was inaugurated on 8th August 2017, at the hands of Ms. Nabomita Mazumdar, a social evangelist based in Mumbai and recipient of the 100 Women Achievers Award by the Ministry of Women & Child Development. Ms. Mazumdar had the students captivated by her enlightening talk on ‘Entrepreneurship Development.’ “The battle is with the ideas in the making, not gender or times or circumstances,” says Nabomita.
National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEAS) 2017
St. Mira’s College functioned as a facilitation centre to create awareness and disseminate information about the National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEAS) 2017 under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MoSDE).
Talk by an Entrepreneur - 2017
On 11th September 2017, the CWE arranged for interaction with Mr. Amit Vijay Pokarna. Mr. Pokarna is an agri-horticulture entrepreneur - the owner of Camp Water’s Edge and Khushboo farms with rich experience of 20 years in the agricultural industry. He spoke about agriculture entrepreneurship with emphasis on the newest trends in agriculture and rural marketing. He focused on three main reasons for initiating a start-up – money, recognition and satisfaction; at least two out of the need to be achieved to make the business sustainable.
Mira Bazaar 2017
On 16 th December 2017, ‘Mira Bazaar’- a grand annual fest was inaugurated at the hands of Mrs. Soniya Konjetti, founder of PULA – an online platform for bringing together women entrepreneurs and Mrs. Shaila Limaye, Managing Trustee –Majhi Maitrin. The event primarily aimed to inculcate and hone the multiple skills of research, costing, production and marketing amongst girl students across all streams. Further, outside participation challenged the students to better strategy and execution. Around 50 stalls offering a variety of products ranging from foodstuff, handmade jewellery, clothes, accessories, candles, greeting cards, cosmetics, games, health products, mehndi to tattoo art were put up. As a part of Social Entrepreneurship Outreach, the Green Club hosted two stalls in Mira Bazaar which sold handmade jewellery, manure, pre-owned clothes and décor. The proceeds from the sale of these items were used for green initiatives of the College.
Entrepreneurship Awareness Talk - 2018
On 18 th January 2018, during the Nirbhaya Kanya Abhiyan programme, Mrs. Abhradita Chatterjee Nahvi and Mrs. Shanthi Fernandes delivered a talk on the objectives of the Centre for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE), St. Mira’s College. The session also focused on the role of the Incubation Centre in the promotion and support of entrepreneurial skills & talents among the student members.
Orientation for Incubation Centre 2018
An orientation session for setting up an Incubation Centre in collaboration with TISS, Mumbai was organized on 3rd February 2018. The speakers introduced the objectives of the Incubation Centre to the participants. They emphasized on mentoring, coaching, resource pooling, provision of shared spaces as main objectives. In an intensive interactive format, Dr. Majumdar and Mr. Duruwas spoke about the identification of the urge to take up an entrepreneurial venture, goals, research and legal requirements. They also focused on information relating to start-ups, customers, markets, networking, innovation and latest trends. The main highlight of the programme was the speakers’ narration of exemplary stories of successful entrepreneurs which left the audience mesmerized.
St. Mira’s college for Girls, Centre for Women Entrepreneurship have setup an IIC on campus, having received an establishment certificate from Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.
‘MoE’s Innovation Cell (MIC)’ is established to systematically foster the culture of Innovation among Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
The primary mandate of MIC is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students to work with new ideas and transform them into prototypes while they are in formative years.
MIC has envisioned encouraging creation of ‘Institution’s Innovation Council (IICs)’ across selected HEIs. A network of these IICs will be established to promote innovation in the Institution through multitudinous modes leading to an innovation promotion eco-system in the campuses.
Functions of IICs
Conduct various innovation and entrepreneurship-related activities prescribed by Central MIC in time bound fashion.
Identify and reward innovations and share success stories.
Organize periodic workshops/ seminars/ interactions with entrepreneurs, investors, professionals and create a mentor pool for student innovators.
Network with peers and national entrepreneurship development organizations.
Create an Institution’s Innovation portal to highlight innovative projects carried out by institution’s faculty and students.
Organize Hackathons, idea competition, mini-challenges etc. with the involvement of industries.
Dr. Rama Venkatachalam-President & Convener
Ms. Abhradita Chatterjee Nahvi-Vice President
All other committee members of CWE will be Active members of IIC.
St. Mira’s College for Girls, Centre for Women Entrepreneurship has been awarded a certificate in 2018 by SPPU-CIIL for establishing Innovation & Start-up Cell on campus.
Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Linkages C-BRIDGE (Centre for Business, Research, Incubation, Development, Growth and Entrepreneurship) at SPPU is set up to promote innovative start-ups through the University ecosystem. Centre would facilitate and hone ideas and innovations that are useful to the society and address some of the problems faced through development of product, process and services.
St. Mira’s College- Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai: MoU
St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune Centre for Women Entrepreneurship and Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, TISS, Mumbai have signed an MoU in August 2019 valid for three years.
Both TISS & CWE are working towards supporting start-ups social ventures/enterprises in India and hence agree to collaborate in a mutually satisfactory form and manner in order to support the creation of a vibrant ecosystem to foster entrepreneurship in the social enterprise space.
St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune, Centre for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE) set up a Rural Entrepreneurship Development Cell (REDC) in the college. REDC is an initiative of Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India.
The Purpose of REDC is to develop understanding of Entrepreneurship among students in Rural Context, explore and identify Rural Potential for a Business Idea, promote Rural Entrepreneurship culture among the students within the campus and build a strong Rural Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.
CWE Activity “Online Mira Bazaar (2021)”
The Grand Gala Annual Event ‘Online Mira Bazaar’, the endeavour of the Centre for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE), St. Mira’s College was organized on April 20, 2021. The event was organized for the very first time on the virtual platform Zoom.
The event primarily provides a platform for the young ‘entrepreneur’ students to showcase their entrepreneurial skills. The Bazaar had 16 stalls of delicacies like cakes, handmade chocolates, handmade jewellery, clothes, accessories, home decor, confectionaries, etc. put up by the students with great enthusiasm and creativity. The students explained, in detail, their journey of setting up their new venture, the challenges faced, the products/services catalogue with contact details, pricing, offers & schemes, customer reviews and backed by beautiful photographs of their products & services. Also, new stalls like graphology, content writing and Seabuckthorn were the attractions of the event. Besides these, there were interesting games in between the showcase for the enthusiastic audience.
The event was coordinated by Mrs. Rekha Kankariya, T.Y.BBA students and the CWE team. Principal Dr. Gulshan Gidwani applauded the efforts taken by the students and wished them success in their endeavours. The feedback for the event was very encouraging and the event was a grand success, as always.
The Online Mira Bazaar 2021 witnessed an enthusiastic response from over 100 visitors comprising of students and faculty. The outcome/learnings are that even during a pandemic one can explore plenty of opportunities on virtual platforms with a little more effort and planning. The stall owners received positive responses from the visitors through orders and feedback.
CWE: Webinar on Intellectual Property Rights and IP Management in Start Up
The Centre for Women Entrepreneurship organized a webinar on Intellectual Property Rights and IP Management in Start Up on 18th March 2021for the TY BCOM students.The webinar aimed to understand Intellectual Property Management - from creation to valuation to commercial utilization.The resource person wasProf.Adv. GaneshHingmire, an Intellectual Property expert and Founder of GMGC (Great Mission Group Consulting) Pune.
Advocate Hingmire discussed about various IPRs and imparted valuable insights by sharing local examples of IPRs registered in Pune. He further elaborated on the concept of Management of Intellectual Properties from creation to valuation and its commercial exploitation. Lastly, Adv. Hingmire warned the audience about securing ideas by registering before disclosure. The concluding remarks included how new ideas in the form of Intellectual Properties can be further converted into a successful Start Up venture.
The students of TY BCOM learnt about Think Global- Act Local and conditions necessary for any product to be patented- worthiness, newness, inventiveness and novelty and various aspects of IP management.
CWE- Felicitation Ceremony
The CWE Cell felicitated the two stalwarts of St. Mira’s College for Girls, Principal, Dr. Gulshan Gidwani and Mrs. Stella Ambrose, Coordinator Unaided Section, on March 18, 2021 as a mark of respect for their journeys at St. Mira’s. Dignitaries, alumni, faculty and students came together to share joyous memories and heart felt tribute for them. The audience relived rich reminiscences of these two leaders, par excellence.
The dignitaries included Ms. AneetaSanas, Chairperson, FLO, Pune Chapter, Mr. SiteshThadhani, General Manager, Amazon Development Centre India Pvt. Ltd.,Ms. Nabomita Majumdar, Founder, nabomita.com, Mr. Salil Malhotra and Mr. Ankush Malhotra, Founders and PartnersInternal Communications, Outsourced LLP., Ms. Aparna Thadhani, Partner & Faculty AK’s Training Academyand Mr. Karan Shah, CEO, MDAE. The dignitaries expressed their warm feelings and experiences with St. Mira’s College, with a special note of appreciation for Dr. Gulshan Gidwani and Mrs. Stella Ambrose. They also expressed the desire to continue their association with the Institute lifelong.
The House was moved by the emotional rendition by faculty members and could not hold on to their tears as the stalwarts spoke a few words.Dr. Netra Neelam, Professor and Deputy Director SCMHRD, a proud alumna acknowledged the rich contribution of St. Mira’s in nurturing, shaping and equipping students to brave the toughest life. The ceremony was well conducted byAsst. Prof. Shanthi Fernandes.
CWE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT CELL -‘Fuelling up of Start-ups and MSME’s
‘Fuelling up of Start-ups and MSME’s webinar was organized by the St. Mira’s College, CWE – IIC on 06-03-2021 through Zoom Meeting.
The Session was conducted by Ms. Aparna Thadani - the co-founder of the AK’s Training academy and a faculty from ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).
Ms. Aparna Thadani focused on the financial aspects of starting one’s venture. The primary focus of the webinar revolved around differentiating between fixed capital, working capital and how to keep the business running for a longer period by managing both the capitals of the business in an efficient manner.
She also elaborated on the aspects of having a separate account; keeping track of loans (if taken), not spending prematurely and above all, check each aspect of the business before taking the next step.
The students learnt about the importance of managing one’s own money when starting or running a business. Even if there is some form of dependency, one must always be aware of certain important aspects of capital such as cash flow, profits, taxes, etc.
Centre for Women Entrepreneurship Webinar– “Will Digital Currency Empower the RBI”
St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune and Centre for Women Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the prestigious MeghnadDesai Academy of Economics conducted an insightful webinar on “WILL DIGITAL CURRENCY EMPOWER THE RBI” on 5th March 2021.The session was conducted by the esteemed guest speaker Mr Shailesh Dhuri, Chief Executive Director at Decimal Point Analytics, a finance professional, having more than thirteen years of experience in fund management, trading, and research. The discussion revolved around a few important aspects coveringArtificial Intelligence in transforming human life, Blockchain Technology, Private Crypto Universe, CBDC and impact on employment in India.The webinar was very helpful and informative to all the participants. It provided in-depth knowledge of the world of cryptocurrency and its multi-effect on different prospects.
Workshop on “Design Thinking, Critical Thinking and Innovation Design”
The Centre for Women Entrepreneurship(CWE) and Institutions’ Innovation Council (IIC), Ministry of HRD initiative, jointly organised a workshop on “Design Thinking, Critical Thinking and Innovation Design” on 11th December 2020 from 3 to 4.30 pm on Zoom. The resource person wasMr.Tejas Shyam, an award-winningeducator and corporate consultant. The workshopwas attended by TYBBA, TYBCOM,SYBBA students along with CWE members of TYBCA and member-faculty of CWE.
The Workshop focused on four main points namely “What is Design Thinking”, “How is Design Thinking important to us?”, “How to come up with distinct innovative ideas?” and “What are the different tools for refining ideas?”
At the beginning, Mr. Tejas discussed about how designs in the logos of different brands like Amazon, Jio, Tour de France etc reflect the products and the fact that every design has a thought behind it. Then the five steps of Design Thinking namely Empathy, Design, Ideation, Prototype and Test were discussed with different examples. It was explained how feedback plays a vital role in design thinking and feedback loops can be created for better results.
Mr Tejas also explained the concept of creativity which has 4 components namely originality, novelty, practicality and utility. He stressed on the point that many times practicality and utility components of creativity are neglected. He discussed the questions necessary to be asked before we ideate i.e.need, necessity, comfort, convenience, emotions and aspirations through examples. At the end of the session the speaker explained in detail the SCAMPER tool for ideation. SCAMPER stood for steps to Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, put to use, Eliminate and Reverse.One of the SCAMPER tools namely Mind Maps which is a pictorialrepresentation of ideas was explained to students. Theworkshop ended with a question and answer session.
Entrepreneurs On Campus
The Centre for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE) and Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) jointly organized the event “Entrepreneurs on Campus” on 6th February 2021from 3-4 pmon Zoom. TenStartups by students were presented who shared their experiences about their ventures, the ideation, the challenges they faced and their future plans.
Ms. Zainaab Kapadia, co-founder of Graphe, a venture to learn graphology explained the concept of reading subconscious mind through handwriting and how tools in graphology help to build a better present.She talked about how she and two of friends have jointly started and are working on the business.
Ms Afreen Sabooni co-founder of Label Afreen Sabooni, a brand of Indian and western outfits explained the importance of building an excellent team in any entrepreneurial venture.She narrated how she diversified into masks and scrunchies to stay afloat during COVID times.
Ms Ritul Vackal, co-founder Ritul’s handcrafted jewellery explained her journey starting from college exhibition to having her own business.She also said that she has done online courses to upskill and come up with new & creative designs. Another budding entrepreneur Ms. Supriya Kale, who started SupkisBakes explained how she saw opportunity in the lockdown situation and started baking for people in nearby areas and later became successful for baking customised orders all over Pune. She also showcased varieties of her customised cakes while stressing upon learning new techniques in baking.
Ms. Moksha Shah, founder of Capturinguntoldstories revealed her exciting journey of wildlife and miniature photography and the opportunities in the field of photography. Ms. Sara Khambati, our alumus and Co-founder of Habitat Foods revealed how during lockdown she along with her husband and his friend began by helping people to buy essentials and now moved into a business where she buys products directly from mills thereby helping daily-wage workers and providing to consumer at reasonable rates. She also explained how a thorough market research and studythe popular brands like Dmart, Reliance Mart helped her. She has spread her business across countries like Australia and Dubai as well.
Later Ms. Gunjan Advani from Ritu’s creation explained how she initiated the idea of pay less buy more in clothing range for working women which turned out to be a big success. Exploring platforms like PULA has given her business a new focus and direction. Ms. Shweta Kshirsagar started her own German Language Institute and trained 30 people in online sessions during lockdown. She shared the challenges she faced and narrated how she plans to expand her business in future.
Dr. Rama Venkatchalam, President IIC, concluded the session talking about the importance of being Entrepreneurial in whatever we do. Members of CWE also provided tips and inputs to the budding entrepreneurs to encourage them to move to the next level. The event in itself was inspiring for All to think innovatively and develop ideas.
Webinar on “Identifying Intellectual Property Component at early stage of Innovation”
The Centre for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE), IIC and IPR Cell jointly organised a webinar on “Identifying Intellectual Property Component at early stage of Innovation” on 3 rd December 2020 from 4 to 6 pm. The resource person was Adv. Prof. Ganesh Hingmire, a renowned Intellectual Property (IP) enthusiast and founder, Great Mission Group Consultancy (GMCC), Pune. The webinar was attended by TY BBA and TY BCOM students on the virtual platform- Zoom.
The webinar focused on fundamentals of IPR, present scenario of IPR and empowerment of women through IPR. The speaker introduced the types of Intellectual Property Rights and narrated how they were related to our day to day lives through examples of products that we use, the patent related to text messages and software like Microsoft Word & Excel etc.
Professor Hingmire offered inspiring examples of patents filed by Indians in the past and present. He further explained the circle of IPR namely research, patent, industry and utilizing patents for welfare of society.
Advocate Hingmire motivated the audience towards women empowerment by sharing a very recent example of Mrs Shubhangi Patil, a budding entrepreneur from Pune who filed and received a patent for her “Walnut Ragi Soup” under his guidance. The webinar ended with a question and answer session.
Inauguration of Start-up Club at St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune
The Centre for Women Entrepreneurship at St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune established the Institution Innovation Council (Ministry of Education Initiative) GOI, in October 2020. The Start-up Club (IIC) was formally inaugurated by the Principal, Dr. G. H Gidwani, on 24th November 2020, through a virtual platform.
The session was introduced by Dr. Rama Venkatachalam, President IIC and hosted by Ms. Abhradita Chatterjee Nahvi, Vice President IIC. A catalogue consisting of profiles of 40 budding entrepreneurs from a wide spectrum of business such as fashion designing, baking, online classes, handmade crafts, graphology, handmade jewellery, vegan food, etc., was formally released.
Budding entrepreneurs like Pratiksha Bokadia, partner at Kaieo Health Care Services; Afreen Sabooni the founder of Label Afreen Sabooni; Kashmira Rajput the founder of Cakemira; Samina Kausar, a social entrepreneur and few others shared their experiences and insights on their business. They spoke of how CWE has motivated and guided them in fine-tuning their business ideas and taking them to the next level of registration, promotion, networking, etc.
Principal Dr. Gulshan Gidwani shared a short inspiring story and encouraged the budding entrepreneurs by saying, “Don’t be just job seekers but also be job providers.” Mrs. Stella Ambrose, Course coordinator BBA & BSc, shared words of wisdom and encouragement.
The session concluded with an appreciation for Riddhi Wadhwani of SYBBA for the catalogue designing and collating. Riya Barde of TYBCom, student representative of the Start-up Club of IIC proposed the vote of thanks. It was an interesting and inspiring session for all the participants.
‘Inauguration of the IPR Cell’
The Institution Innovation Council and the Centre for Women Entrepreneurship of St. Mira’s College for Girls have established an Intellectual Property Rights Cell. The Cell was inaugurated on 30th November 2020 by Advocate Shailendra Pathak on a virtual platform. The session had over 100+ participants comprising of institutional faculty and students of final year B.Com and BBA courses.
Advocate Pathak is currently heading a law firm by the name Legalance catering to an array of multidimensional legal needs of individuals and corporates across the country. Adv. Pathak has expertise in various legal domains- Corporate, Cyber, Civil, Criminal, Charity, Intellectual Property, Cooperative, Consumer and Conveyancing, etc. The chief guest inaugurated the IPR cell by a ribbon-cutting on a virtual platform and enlightened the participants with his valuable words, wishing them for the future endeavours.
A peer learning session followed, undertaken by students of TYBBA who shared a presentation in a skit form to give an overview of various Intellectual Property Rights and their types. Concepts of Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Geographical Indication, Trade Secrets, etc., were explained with the help of informative examples like Google, Coca-Cola, Yahoo, Starbucks, McDonald's, etc. The session ended with a vote of thanks.
Rural Entrepreneurship Development Cell (REDC)
St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune, through its Centre for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE), has set up a Rural Entrepreneurship Development Cell (REDC) in the college. REDC is an initiative of the Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India.
The purpose of REDC is to develop an understanding of entrepreneurship among students in the rural context, explore and identify the rural potential for a business idea, promote a rural entrepreneurship culture among the students within the campus and build a robust rural entrepreneurial ecosystem.
This initiative, supported by our Principal Dr. Gulshan H Gidwani, is co-ordinated by Dr. Rama Venkatachalam and Ms. Abhradita Chatterjee Nahvi. The REDC initiative, directed at management institutes of BBA & MBA, sees the involvement of all faculty members of BBA & BBA(CA): they will explore opportunities of internships, research projects, rural engagement, and training programs which will benefit the faculty as well the students.
A Certificate of Recognition has been awarded for the same on 30.11.2020.
‘Workshop on Problem Solving and Ideation’
A Workshop on “Problem Solving and Ideation” was conducted by Ms. Manjiri Latey- proprietor of Earthwise and director, Athletic Initiatives Sports Management, L.L.P, Pune, along with St. Mira's College Centre for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) on 11th November 2020. The workshop was conducted on the virtual platform Zoom. It focused on the inherent property of ideation possessed by women, ways of harnessing brainpower, problem-solving techniques and connectivity of the brain through creativity. The speaker also focussed on the fact that our objectives should be clear to have clarity of solutions. She emphasised the importance of internal resources and self-teachings. The students were inspired by the problem-solving techniques discussed by the speaker to become successful in their careers and life.
Webinar on “Entrepreneurial Process and Social Entrepreneurship”
A webinar titled, “Entrepreneurial Process and Social Entrepreneurship” was conducted with the aim of introducing students to concepts and practical aspects of Social Entrepreneurship. It was conducted by Mr. Sujay Dixit, VP, Incubation and excellence, TISS. on 31 st October via Zoom Meet Platform.
Mr. Dixit focused on the Entrepreneurial process, exemplified by Thomas Elva Edison through a matrix of creativity and implementation. The participants were introduced to the concepts of Social Entrepreneurship. He emphasized on having an idea or invention, developing a sustainable business model, managing business through creativity and innovation and becoming a successful entrepreneur. The fallacies of entrepreneurship and essentials of successful Social Entrepreneurship were also discussed. The session concluded with the mention of Holy Grail of Social Entrepreneurship which is a merge of Social Process and Social Purpose.
Centre for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE) - National Level FICCI FLO WORKSHOP ‘HOW TO START A BUSINESS’
A four-day National-level online workshop on ‘HOW TO START A BUSINESS’ was coordinated by CWE, St. Mira’s College, in association with FICCI FLO (Pune chapter) sponsored by Sleepwell Foundation and conducted by Maclead Certifications from 25-9-2020 to 28-9-20. The objective of the workshop was to empower girl students and give them insights into the practical aspects of enterprise development.144 students and 2 faculty members attended the workshop.
Objectives: To equip students with knowledge of different types of businesses; Social responsibilities; Handling criticism; Awareness about government aids to boost entrepreneurship.
Learning: Importance of doing business, various functions of business viz. Marketing, Operations, Finance and Management to supply the customer and serve society, how to handle criticism and different types of support provided by the government for budding entrepreneurs:
Objectives: To familiarise students with technology facilitating business promotion; SWOT Analysis; Market Research.
Learning: Insights about the 6 Pillars of Marketing, Significance of Social media, Digital Marketing, Cloud Computing, SWOT Analysis, process and different methods of Market Research, how to set a SMART objective and to choose the right business idea.
Objectives: To Familiarise students with the knowledge of the technical aspects to start a business.
Learning: Different types of business models, how to prepare an effective Business Plan, Registration process, legal requirements while registration, Relevant Employment Laws and methods of testing a business idea.
Objectives: To create an understanding of the need to protect a business’s financial assets, the importance of Intellectual Property Rights, awareness about the sources from which funds for business can be acquired, various schemes for budding entrepreneurs, women and people under the minority class.
Learning: IPR, Patenting of Logo and trademark, importance of Insurance for Physical as well as Intellectual Business assets, types of Insurance, PM Employment Generation Program, Classification of Enterprises under MSME- Micro, Small and Medium, NABARD, Types of Business Loan, different options to Start a Business without Collateral security, about Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Schemes for Women Entrepreneurs and Minorities.
All participants were awarded a certificate of completion on the successful completion of the workshop.
- Dr. Gulshan Gidwani - Principal
- Dr. (Ms.) Rama Venkatachalam - Coordinator
- Ms. Abhradita Chatterjee Nahvi - Co-coordinator
- Dr.Dimple Buche - IPR Coordinator
- Ms. Jyoti Chintan
- Ms. Rajni Singh
- Ms. Shanthi Fernandes
- Ms. Deepa Krishnamurthy
- Ms. Rekha Kankariya
- Ms. Amrita Basu
- Ms. Kajal Jaisinghani
- Ms. Shubangi Jagtap
CWE ADVISORY COMMITTEE [2021-2024]
- Mrs AneetaSanas, FICCI Flo Member
- Karon Shaiva, Chief Impact Officer & MD, Idobro Impact Solutions
- Dr. Sangeeta Kamat, Founder & Managing Partner of Step Upp Advisors LLP
- Mr Sujay Dixit, Vice President (Incubation and Excellence) TISS
- Mr. Harshad Bhagat, Founder, Words Maya
- Ms Aparna Thadhani Co-Founder, Aks Training Academy
- MihikaBhanot, Founder, MBIC, Alumni
- Ms Sujata Malkani, Rotract Club Member and journalist
- Vanita S N, Founder, Make Magic Events
- Simran Suri, Socio-economic Entrepreneur &Motivational Speaker, Alumni
- Sheetal Malhotra, Founder, Meltingways
Dr. Rama Venkatachalam
Coordinator : CWE, Cubicle No.7, Departmental Cubicles - 2nd floor, St. Mira’s College.
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The Mental Well Being Program
Department of Psychology
Dealing with mental health impacts of COVID-19 one session at a time.
Amidst the chaos induced by COVID-19, students are dealing with various mental health concerns. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, research has found a broad worsening of mental health indicators among college students in Indian context. Now students are facing new, complex challenges such as adapting to distance learning, isolation from peers, concerns about family, health, career and financial security. UGC has already stated the guidelines and importance of preventive measures to help students deal with mental health impacts of COVID-19. St. Mira's College for Girls, Pune organised a series of Mental Well-being awareness sessions to address these mental health concerns and help students navigate through this stressful time. This series is an extension of the College’s ongoing full time Mental Well-being program for their students.
The Mental Well-being program is designed with a conscious awareness that mental wellbeing requires consistent and continuous work. This program is a major component of the entire academic year for our college where students receive both preventive and interventive mental health care.
The webinar series was announced on 23 rd April 2020. An online survey was done to assess college student’s mental health concerns during the lockdown. Students reported increased anxiety, lack of routine, depressive thoughts and interpersonal conflicts with family members as major concerns.
College Mental Well-being program coordinator Ms. Pooja Jain reported, around 310 students signed up for these sessions from various colleges across country including students from Trivandrum, Visakhapatnam, Ghaziabad, Patna and various cities and towns of Maharashtra. First session was conducted on 25 th April, 2020 which focused on practical skills and ways to manage Anxiety. Second session dated on 27 th April, 2020 focused on building healthy Social Connections with peers and family members. This session was very well received, and students shared how the practical insight and conflict resolution skills helped them in improving their relationship with parents and identify unhealthy relationships with peers and social media. Last session of the series focused on holistic Well-being and Mindfulness. Various mindfulness techniques and exercises were practiced by the psychologist in the session to help students practice in their daily routine. 98% of the students reported that they felt relaxed and motivated after these sessions through the feedback form. All of them requested to organise more sessions on Mental Well- being and expressed that they are particularly important for student community.
Mental health and Wellbeing of Students during and after COVID-19 breakout (April 4, 2020)
Following measures have been taken for the mental health, psychosocial aspects and well-being of the students:
Program: Online Support group sessions for Students in times of COVID-19
Launched on March 22, 2020 the Online Support program is an extension of the college’s ongoing mental wellbeing programme introduced last year.
To create a safe space to discuss students’ needs, challenges and personal distress associated with preventive measures like quarantine and social distancing.
To address psychosocial and academic stressors faced by students due to lockdown
Identifying students who may at high risk for mental health concerns and reaching out to them through telephonic counselling
Conduction of focused group sessions for every class to address common concerns
Plan of Action:
Step 1: Identifying students’ needs and concerns
An online form was shared with all the students to know their mental health needs and readiness for online support groups/sessions. More than 700 students requested for online support and interaction with the college counsellor
Step 2: Familiarizing students with aspects of online support group sessions.
All the important guidelines and protocols were shared with all the students explaining step by step process of joining support group sessions through ZOOM network. A well-defined timetable was also shared to make these sessions accessible to all.
Step 3: Online support group sessions- 90 minutes each
Online support group sessions started on 28th March 2020. College counsellor has been meeting students from each class virtually where following concerns and topics are discussed:
Mental health care- ideas and suggestions
Dealing with lack of Motivation
Anxiety and Depressive thoughts – sharing these feelings and navigating
Boundary setting – with family members, partners and social media
Step 4: Identifying students at high risk.
Last and most important step of this program is reaching out to potentially high-risk students for mental health concerns, through Skype sessions/calls by the college counsellor. Students have also been asked reach out to the college counsellor directly using email or call.
Sharing video links of Ministry of Health and Family welfare on College website and with faculty and students through email, WhatsApp and social media:
Practical tips to taking care of your mental health during the stay in
Minding our minds during COVID -19
Various health experts on how to manage mental health and wellbeing during COVID- 19 outbreak
Psychosocial toll-free Helpline: 080461100
The Mental Well-bring Program for students of St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune launched in July 2019.
The Programme is a full-time program initiated by Department of Psychology to address mental health needs and concerns of the students. Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention are the three major arms of this program.
For further details contact
Dr Jaya Rajagopalan
Head of Department of Psychology
Psychology Lab, 2 nd Floor
Increase awareness about four major themes: Stress, Depression, Anxiety, and Interpersonal relationships
Help students identify various mental health concerns faced by them
Reduce stigma amongst students around mental health needs and concerns
Encourage help-seeking and bridge the gap between students and College counsellor
Enhance sensitivity and empathy about mental health needs and concerns
Identify students displaying early signs and symptoms of a mental health concern and provide early intervention
Integrate life-skills listed by WHO through awareness sessions, support groups and counselling services.
Mental Health Promotion : is any action taken to maximise mental health and wellbeing among students. All the college platforms like the daily sanctuary, notice boards and classroom discussions etc, were used to promote the need and importance of mental wellbeing.
Prevention : refers to interventions that occur before the initial onset of a disorder to prevent the development of the disorder. Our focused group therapy sessions and awareness sessions aim at identifying risk factors for student’s mental health and enhancing protective factors like peer support, sense of trust etc, that promote mental well-being.
Early intervention : comprises interventions that are appropriate for and specifically target people displaying the early signs and symptoms of a mental health problem or mental disorder, and people developing or experiencing a first episode of mental disorder Services provided under this program: Individual Counselling, Group therapy, and mandatory classroom awareness sessions.
Visiting Mental Health Consultants
Behroze Chinoy- A Counselling Psychologist by professions.
Available: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00 pm on campus.
Nupur Dhakephalkar- A practicing Clinical Psychologist (NIMHANS, Bangalore).
Available: Thursdays from 12:00-2:00pm on campus.
|Type of services||Total no. of sessions||Theme covered||Total Students benefitted|
|Classroom Awarenesssessions||52||Stress, Anxiety and Depression||1800|
|Group therapy sessions||16||Examination anxiety & Interpersonal relationships||240|
|Individual Counselling sessions||215||Individual Counselling sessions||215|
|COVID-19 Mental Well-being Response|
|Online support group sessions||12||Dealing with Lockdown, Managing anxiety and stress due to COVID-19||410|
|Webinar series||3||Strategies to manage Anxiety, Building healthy social connections, Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing||375|
Mental Well-being awareness sessions were conducted for all degree college classes including BA, BCom, BBA, BCA, BCS and junior college students.
After awareness session on Stress and Anxiety, 98.9% of students reported that they felt mental health awareness sessions are important for building sensitivity and awareness about mental well-being.
80.9% of students reported that the awareness session on Depression and loneliness triggered some feelings /thoughts for them and encouraged help-seeking from the counsellors.
66.4% of participants reported that they felt relaxed and 54% of them felt motivated after the online support group sessions during the lockdown.
96.7% of students reported that virtual sessions will help students in dealing with emotional concerns during the lockdown
As feedback to mental well-being awareness sessions, 89.3% of students reported that they would like to attend more such workshops/sessions in the future.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of ambiguity and anxiety, especially amongst students. Times like these can generate a lot of stress which may be shown by our body in various ways. It has created changes in our routine, eating and sleep patterns and outlook towards the day.
The Mental Well-being program will focus on building support, provide safe spaces to interact and building new resources for students to deal with this unprecedented change. The programme would encourage students to identify their concerns and seek help from the college counsellor.
Manifestation of Stress- Depressive Thoughts and Anxiety in times of Emergencies
Studying from home- Tips and Suggestions
Career Guidance and Planning
Building Healthy Social Connections
Community Outreach-Webinar Series and Support Group sessions for students and teachers on Mental Well-being Strategies in times of COVID-19 pandemic and Psychological First Aid.
Ms. Pooja Jain ( Full-time On-campus Counsellor, St. Mira’s College)
Counselling Psychologist (TISS, Mumbai) with an experience of 5 years.
Ms. Jain regularly conducts classroom awareness sessions and group therapy sessions
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Mira International Learning Exchange (MILE) A Centre for Virtual Collaboration
Mira International Learning Exchange: A Centre for Virtual Collaboration arose out of its rewarding interaction with LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York and its programme titled COIL: Collaborative Online International Learning which “allows faculty partners in different parts of the world to develop a shared curricular project and engage their students using online tools (synchronous and asynchronous).” Globally other terms used to describe this practice are Virtual Exchange, Telecollaboration, Online Intercultural Exchange
Objectives/Vision and Mission
To promote cross-border communication and exchanges of knowledge
To be part of a process that encourages tolerance, respect and sharing
To introduce potential ideas that could lead to other virtual collaborations
To open up new horizons in global teaching and learning
To connect teachers across the world to enhance research
Outcomes of the MILE courses for participating students
Comparing issues, policies, and beliefs across cultures
Exploring global ethics (e.g. ethical tourism, COVID-19)
Exposure to and engagement with divergent perspectives
Critical reflection on how various participants view the world
Providing or receiving international peer mentorship
Serving as cultural informants
Addressing and receiving feedback from international peer audience
Writing collaborative academic papers
The Principal, St Mira’s College for Girls The Department of English, St. Mira’s College for Girls
La Guardia Mira COIL: The Partition of India
On the 10 th of September, 2019, St Mira’s College Pune and LaGuardia Community College New York embarked on a path-breaking pedagogical experiment and they were joined by the Department of English and Humanities, University of Liberal Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Institute of Communication and Cultural Studies, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.
In a world that seems to be building walls, these four educational institutions collaborated on a shared syllabus to understand narratives of partition and explore narratives of healing. The students studied Ice-candy Man by Bapsi Sidhwa, Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh, “Toba Tek Singh” by Manto, “Rabeya Apa” by Ashraf Siddiqui and the article “The Great Divide” by William Dalrymple. A total of 90 students from Pune, Lahore, Dhaka, and New York collaboratively read partition literature to celebrate both differences and commonality between diverse cultures and backgrounds..
Ummesalama Karu, a second year student from St Mira’s College, says the reason she joined COIL or the collaboration was, “to know about the diversity and how people in the world are different and similar to Indians.” To which the students at LaGuardia Community College responded, “We value diversity and look forward to discussing everything.” What a wonderful way to celebrate difference!!
Brainstorming between LaGuardia Community College and St Mira’s College: In search of future collaborations, 25 th June and 4 th July 2020
Webinar: “An Introduction to COIL: Collaborative Online International Learning” For St. Mira’s College Faculty interested in participating in COIL, 6 th July 2020:
End July: Workshop on match-making teachers across the world
September and October: Workshops by Dr Olga Aksakalova
Hands-on training by MILE (St Mira’s college) and COIL (LaGuardia Community College) faculty respectively
December: MILE Webinar- Participating Teachers and Students to present their various Virtual collaborations, the hurdles and achievements