23rd February, 2017, New Panvel: Ms. Raveena Menon a T.Y.B.M.M. Advertising student from Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science won the First Prize in an Inter-Collegiate Paper Presentation Competition for students on ‘Digital India – Challenges Ahead’ organized by the Karnala Sports Academy Barns College of Arts, Science and Commerce at New Panvel. The event comprised of 3 streams – Information Technology, Commerce and Arts.
The Digital India program is a flagship programme of the Govt. of India with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. It was launched on 1st July, 2015 by P.M. Narendra Modi. The students had to choose a theme and conduct a detailed research on it, where-after the research work had to be explained through a Power Point Presentation based on certain guidelines. The presentations were judged by Dr. Farhat Shaik and the best three papers were awarded and felicitated by the CEO of KSA Barns College.
Ms. Raveena Menon won ‘The Best Paper Presentation Award’ for her outstanding research work on the topic ‘Demonetisation and its impact on the common man’.
The patrons for the event included Hon. Shivdas Kamble (CEO of Barns) along with Event Advisors, Dr. Shivaji D. Sargar (HOD in English, UOM) and Mr. K. K. Bhoir (Principal of KSA Barns College).
The event was a grand success, where students (Undergraduate, Post Graduate and MBA) were given an opportunity to present their best research work in the most creative way and to develop a level of confidence in them.
A Three Day National Workshop on Science Films was held at Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Campus in New Panvel from 27th to 29th January, 2017. It was jointly organized by Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Department of Mass Media, Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science.
The workshop aimed at sensitizing students towards science communication through the medium of motion pictures. It also provided students with a hands-on experience in science film making. 60 students from various colleges all over India participated in the workshop.
Veteran Filmmaker and National Award winner, Ms. Arunaraje Patil was the Chief Guest of Honour at the inaugural ceremony. Her documentary on autism ‘Breaking the Glass Wall’ was screened during the opening ceremony.
The sessions were conducted by Dr. C. M. Nautiyal – a renowned scientist and science communicator from Lucknow, Ms. Seema Muralidhara – Television Producer – Director from Mumbai and Mr. Ritesh Taksande – Director from Pune.
Mr. Murzbaan Shroff, author of ‘Breathless in Bombay’ was the guest speaker on the second day of the workshop. He conducted a session on ‘Creating issue based, character based fiction.’
‘We learnt that the movies like Star Wars are not the only way to make science films but there are lot of other topics which should be brought in front of people.’ said Mamta Motwani, a participant. ‘The workshop helped me learn the importance of research, scripting & editing as well as how to use film as a medium to communicate various issues in the society.’ said Saurabh Kekan another participant in the workshop.
Mr. Nimish Kapoor, Head of Science Films’ Division at Vigyan Prasar, praised Pillai College for its excellent infrastructural facilities and coordination provided throughout the workshop. “It was a pleasure to conduct the workshop here. The management, teaching staff and student volunteers were very cooperative.” said Mr. Ritesh Taksande.
There was no fee charged for participating in the workshop. The outstation students were also given a free accommodation by Pillai Collge at their hostel. The participants received a ‘Certificate of Recognition’ at the valedictory ceremony.
The Students of T.Y.B.M.M. were taken for an Industrial Visit to Igatpuri, Nashik on 8th – 9th August, 2016. The two days and one-night trip included visit to All India Radio, Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial, Stupa, Sula Wines at Nashik and Vipassana Meditation Centre at Dhammagiri, Igatpuri.
B.M.M. Coordinator Ms. Nitya R. Krishnan and Assistant Professor Suraj Uchil accompanied the students on the trip. The students were not only given a tour of the places they visited but also interactive sessions with the employees were held at All India Radio and Sula Wines. The students asked questions related to media planning and buying, programming, production and transmission at Radio Station whereas, they studied brand building and marketing apart from the process of wine making at Sula Wines.
The students also took part in a 10-minute introductory meditation session at Vipassana meditation centre.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the trip and came back entertained as well as enlightened by the knowledge they gathered directly from the Industrial Visit.
The Department of Mass Media (B.M.M.) in association with Board of Studies in Mass Media (B.M.M.), University of Mumbai, organized One Day Workshop on ‘Revised Syllabus and Question Paper Pattern of T.Y.B.M.M. (Semester V)’ Journalism and Advertising on Saturday, 2nd July, 2016. The Chairman of Board of Studies, Mr. Sunder Rajdeep and board of studies members Dr. Navita Kulkarni and Professor Renu Nauriyal graced the occasion as well as addressed the audience. B.M.M. faculty from all over Navi Mumbai as well as Mumbai, participated in the workshop.