St. Mira's College For Girls, Pune

Autonomous - Affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University * Undertaking

Re-accredited by NAAC 'A' Grade (Third Cycle June 2017) 2017 : NAAC score 3.41 2012 : NAAC score 3.03 Awarded: Best College-SPPU (2002); , UGC-CPE (2005), UGC-CPE (2010)

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CWE Activity

CWE Student Development Cell : Report on Workshop ‘The NirbhayKanyaAbhiyan’

A three-day Workshop on ‘Nirbhay Kanya Abhiyan’ was organized by the CWE in collaboration with Student Development Cell on Feb 3-5 th , 2020. The Workshop had a focus on Financial, Social and Self-Development of girls.

On day One, Mr. Ravi Ghate, social entrepreneur talked about startups and ideation. Mr. Kunal Sarpal, Founder & CEO White Collar Legal, LLP spoke about the formalities and legalities that are required for an Entrepreneur.

On Day 2, Mr.Kutwal, shared his experiences and challenges as a Rural Entrepreneur. Ms.Shivani Sinha, research scholar at SPPU spoke on the topic ‘Women entrepreneurship in India; Opportunities and Challenges’.

On Day 3, Ms.Vanita shared her journey as an entrepreneur in Event Management. A session on Grass root Innovation by Mr.Sathya Natrajan, a social entrepreneur and who has a passion for volunteering was very inspiring and intriguing. He shared a number of case studies with the participants.

Dr. Rama Venkat, Co-ordinator, CWE introduced the activities undertaken by CWE. The workshop has a total participation of 150 + students from across the arts and commerce streams from colleges affiliated to SPPU. Besides St. Mira’s College, the workshop had participants from Christ College, St. Vincents Night College, SVIM’s Institute of MBA and Arihant College of Arts & Commerce.

CWE: Workshop on Godhadi Making (Quilt-Making)

The CWE organized a workshop, in ‘godhadi-making’ (quilt-making) as a part of Swatchata Pakhwad on the 27th of January, 2020. Ms. Mrunal SHende was the guest at the workshop.

Mrunal Shende, a homeopath by profession gave up her practice due to personal reasons & took up stiching, godhadi making as a career. She has her own studio at Kothrud. She has diversified into bag making & home décor products and markets her products at exhibitions in Pune & Mumbai. She also conducts workshops for people who are keen at learning the art.

The participants came along with their own material- old dupattas and sarees and follow the instruction given by Ms. Mrunal. Many of the participants came up with very creative design for their ‘godhadi’. There were around 70 participants and they were keen to learn more. Ms Mrunal Shende made it a fun-learning experience.

Mira Bazaar (2019)

The Grand Gala Annual Event ‘Mira Bazaar’, the endeavour of the Centre for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE), St. Mira’s College was organized on Dec 14, 2019.The Chief Guest for the event was Mrs. Anuja Deshpande, Deputy Director of MCCIA and the Guest of Honour Mrs. Pushpa Shah of the Suyog Group. The event was co-sponsored by Suyog Life Care, Diagnostic Centre headed by Ms. Monika Shah.

The event primarily provides a platform for the young ‘entrepreneur’ students to showcase their entrepreneurial skills. The Bazaar has 35 stalls of delicacies, handmade jewellery, clothes, accessories, Tarot Card reading, photo booth, nail art etc. put by the students with great enthusiasm and innovation. Besides, there was participation from entrepreneurs, NGO’s and Alumni as well.

In our tiny steps towards environment conservation, the Green Club, St. Mira’s College put up a stall of pre-owned clothes the proceeds of which will be used for the green initiatives of the college.

The Mira Bazaar 2019 witnessed an enthusiastic response from over 1800 visitors comprising of students, parents, faculties and friends.

Mira Bazaar is the annual event of St. Mira’s College for Girls that provides a platform for students to showcase their entrepreneurial skills. It is an initiative by the Centre for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE). The Centre seeks to achieve the spirit of entrepreneurship through educational programs, events, activities and research. Connecting theory with practice, the aim is to infuse Entrepreneurial thought and action through co-curricular activities and Mira Bazaar is one such activity.

This year, the event was organised on 17th December. The chief guests of the event were Ms. Gauri Dholepatil & Ms. Noopur Pawar, organizers of Kalagram Exhibitions. The judges of the event were Ms. Shweta Shah, founder of Red Heart Company along with Ms.Vanita Naraindas, founder of Make Magic Events. The enthusiasm and energy of the young and passionate students could be felt in the atmosphere. The bazaar aimed at inculcating a practical mind-set and creative expression of business plans & provided all the stall holders with realistic business experience.

There were 50 stalls in the bazaar that showcased a wide range of commodities from food items like the Bihari litti chokha, chaat, biscuit pizza, fries, pav - bhaji and others to clothing items like lehengas & services like hair styling and henna art. The Green Club stall gained maximum popularity having a jumble sale of pre-owned clothes. This year the bazaar saw the participation of various NGOs like Ishanya Foundation, Deep Griha Society, Prayatna Foundation & Help Life Foundation where products made by the underprivileged part of society were on sale.

This was an endeavour to establish a platform for enriching, nurturing and raising women of substance with a strong sense of independence, not only in a way of living but also in leading. The inclusion of NGOs leagues the students' passion and determination with the strength of all the feminine voices seeking support.

The bazaar gathered a huge crowd of over 1700 visitors. The bazaar proved to be a grand success with all the students motivated by stock clearance & profit. The event ended on a high note with the commitment of a bigger and better event next year in praise of the entrepreneurial spirit.

Report on Inauguration of Incubation Centre - CWE

The CWE, St. Mira’s College inaugurated the Incubation Centre on Nov 28th, 2019. Dr Apoorva Palkar, Director - Innovation, Incubation and Linkages at SPPU inaugurated the Incubation Centre. The Incubation Centre is an initiative of Centre for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE) at St. Mira’s College and is created in collaboration with Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, TISS Mumbai. The Incubation Centre has been setup to create and develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the social impact space.

On the occasion, Dr. Palkar shared her vision and words of wisdom with the student members of the Centre and the faculty. She emphasized and illustrated upon the importance of ideas, passion and entrepreneurial spirit as the necessary inputs for a successful start-up.

The programme ended with the vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Rama Venkatachalam, Program Manager, Incubation Centre.

A Day at Midas – An Entrepreneurship Workshop on 26th November 2019

35 students of CWE attended the highly interactive and interesting workshop conducted by coach Mr. Vishal Shah & his team. Students were taken through the core skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur, with lucid examples. Students gained insights into what it takes to assemble an entrepreneurial venture; and, how entrepreneurship is a way of living, and not just a career option.

Not only were challenges, but also the steps to be followed from the initial stage outlined. New concepts of effectuation and tools to measure entrepreneurial skills among the students were explained in detail. The students actively participated in the brainstorming sessions.

Centre for Women Entrepreneurship Intra-College Activity – Waste-O-Mania (Creating Best out of Waste)

In connection with the World Entrepreneurs’ Day, the Centre for Women Entrepreneurship organized a Inter-College Competition ‘Waste-O-Mania’ i.e. creating best out of waste on 31st August 2019. The event was an initiative to promote sustainable development and prove that the 3R’s – reuse, reduce, recycle are the best strategies to make the most out of waste materials. The objective behind the activity was to bring out the creative ideas on reuse of the waste material for a better tomorrow. The ideas generated would be of economic and material value for the students to create environmental consciousness among them.

The result of the event was that participants created excellent products like home decoration, Ganpati decoration, wall hangings, photo frames, paper baskets, pen holders etc. The students displayed a lot of enthusiasm and energy during the event. They realized how reuse of waste can make a better tomorrow. Judge Ms. Meher Omer, a Fine Artist and an Art Teacher, was delighted to see the wonderful products made out of waste in a short time. The activity ended on a note of fulfillment and a sense of achievement.

Session in connection with Global Tiger Day (2019-20)

In connection with Global Tiger Day, CWE in collaboration with Footloose Journeys, a novel travel venture in the area of Responsible & Sustainable Tourism conducted a very interesting and interactive session on 29th July 2019 at St.Mira's College.

Mr. Paresh the co-founder of Footloose Journeys shared informative insights through interesting clippings on the Royal Bengal Tiger of India— its population, the ecosystem, habitat and the various jungles in India where tigers are found. He also discussed in length the efforts taken by the forest department and wildlife enthusiasts to save the tiger and increase its numbers. Videos showing the camera trappings tracking the movements of the tiger and the various threats to the tiger population were an eye-opener. He concluded his talk by sharing simple tips to save the environment and wildlife. Volunteering opportunities in wildlife conservation was also offered to the students. The students said that they learnt so much about tigers that made it them proud to be part of an amazing wildlife ecosystem.

Inaugural Talk (2019-2020)

The CWE organized an inaugural talk on ‘Experiences of an Entrepreneur’ on 18th July 2019 at St. Mira’s College. The talk was conducted by Ms. Mousami Nilakhe, a certified NLP Master Practitioner and Coach. She had been an excellent Project Manager in the field of Software Testing and worked with MNCs like Capgemini, Kanbay and Oracle Financial Services.

Ms. Nilakhe shared her experiences as an employee of the IT industry and her journey as an entrepreneur. She broadly covered the various qualities and skills required to be a successful entrepreneur with lucid examples and case studies. She shared practical tips on developing various skills like reading autobiographies, watching interviews, taking responsibility in organising events or activities, social services, etc.

She also focused on the challenges in entrepreneurship. The highly interactive session helped students understand the pros and cons of taking up entrepreneurship as a career option.