Literary Association of PCACS celebrated its first event of 2019-20 – ‘Battle of Wits – Block and Tackle’ on 18th September, 2019. Block and Tackle is a stand-out event from the conventional form of Debate where the contestants have to Block (Talk in against of the topic given) and Tackle (Talk in favor of the topic given). Prof. Akshata Narkar and Prof. Juliet Esther, Literary Association Teacher In-Charge judged the event.
It was first event of this academic year and yet we received an amazing feedback from the participants and that defines the main aim of Literary Association. After the participants enrolled themselves they were given some topics which are timely and relevant in our Country and hold crucial importance. After 5 minutes of preparations the participants were asked to speak for and against on the given topic. The game was all about the quick use of wit and presence of mind and the contestants truly did an amazing job.
All the contestants really gave a tough time to the judges to decide the winner but after a lot of deliberation the winners were announced. Felicitation was done by the Judges and the event ended on a happy note.
Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Marathi Vangamaya Mandal had organized “MY MARATHI Competition” on 14th September, 2019. The purpose of this competition was to increase their knowledge of Marathi language and inculcate the habit of using Marathi language in their day to day conversation. There were three rounds in the competition namely English to Marathi, Question Answer round, Tongue Twister. Total 16 students participated in the same event. Certificates were awarded to the winners & runners-up participants. The event was successfully conducted. Students found it very interesting and helpful.
Genesis 2019 was inaugurated on 9th September, 2019. Vice-Principal, Prof. Deepika Sharma along with B.M.S. Coordinator Prof. Nithya Varghese and Management Association In-Charge, Prof. Sharavathi C. inaugurated the fest by lighting the lamp.
Day 1 of Genesis 2019 (16th Sept, 2019)
Day 1 of Genesis 2019 started with the event ‘Walk of Corporates’ where our Alumni Mr. Emmanuel Fernandes, Mr. Prithvi Prasad, Mr. Hrishikesh Nair, Ms. Swathi Nair, Ms. Prachi Vanveru gave an inspiring speech about their time in this college and the Co Founders of ‘The Playlist’ Band of Pillai College Mr. Manohith and Danish who with their wonderful performance along with Swathi Nair mesmerised the whole auditorium. Followed by this, events like ‘The Hunt for the Ultimate Incentives’, ‘Wolf of Wall Street’, ‘Genesis Next CEO’ and ‘The Pitch went down as the marquee’ were conducted.
Day 2 of Genesis 2019 (17th Sept, 2019)
Day 2 of Genesis 2019 was an important day for Team Genesis, Management Association conducted a One Day Seminar on “Entrepreneurship Development and Business Simulation” with Resource Person Mr. Abheejit Dash, an IITian from IIT Madras and an Alumni of NMIMS from the batch 2019 who is right now working as Senior Manager in LTT, spoke on Time Management, his journey from 12th Std. to being an IITian and then a successful professional aiming for bigger things and being goal oriented and how to prepare for competitive exams in today’s environment. Mr. Justin Ancheta, a passionate brand strategist with a keen sense of Business Models is the director and Co-Founder of Bazana Foods Pvt. Ltd. and Founder of B2P Consulting LLC who spoke on marketing trends and strategies and how to grow skills relevant to ones hobbies and why the Entrepreneurial field is going to be the next big thing.
Mr. Tito Aby Idicula and Technological Enthusiast and Smart Worker, Co-Founder of Programming Hub who spoke about start-ups and how to develop a start-up. Then we had our own Ms. Gurpreet Kaur, an Alumni, an amazing writer, a Professor who has helped and inspired a lot of students, she spoke about the freedom of speech and about how we can develop into what we are meant to be. We had a BMS student among us, Mr. Rohit Patil, a second year B.M.S. student, who bombarded in the scene of YouTube as digital curator and he inspired students by speaking about his journey, about social media marketing, about how his YouTube channel which has 857K subscribers was made, it was all inspiring. The Seminar ended with a closing ceremony where the winner of 13 events conducted were felicitated with their certificates from our own Prof. Sharavathi C. Genesis 2019 was a grand success.
Navi Mumbai Colleges Association is an initiative of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science, New Panvel to promote cooperation among neighboring colleges with a view of improving the quality of higher education in the region. As per the discussion on collaborative non-academic activities to be conducted under the banner of NMCA, an awareness program on Drug Menace was initiated. The NSS unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science, New Panvel in association with NMCA and Asha ki kiran Foundation hosted Antidrug awareness Program on 29th August, 2019 at 11.00 a.m. Mr Ajay Kadam ACP, Crime Branch along with his team visited our campus and was one of the key speaker of the event. Students and Faculty from Vispute, Barns, Pillai HOC College and CKT College participated in the event. This is the first mega collaborative activity under NMCA and all member colleges benefited by the event.
On 28th August Bottle Gardening activity was held and successfully completed by the members of Nature’s Club along with the guidance of Dr. Kiran Deshmukh Ma’am. The members of the Nature’s Club showed their active participation towards the bottle gardening. Around 25 members participated in the activity. The event begin with the division of members into groups and each group was assigned specific work such as cutting the bottles and wires, soil replacing, hanging bottles etc. After cutting the bottles and filling soil in it various plants such as money plants etc. were placed in bottles. The vertical bottle gardening gives a beautiful look to the Pillai Campus. The activity was successfully with the co-operation of each and every member.
The NSS takes the initiative to educate students by organizing Leprosy Education, Rehabilitation and Treatment Campaign by an NGO, ALERT – INDIA every year. Donor cards are issued by Alert India and the college holds an incredible record in collecting and donating contributions to ALERT – INDIA. This year too the N.S.S. unit received award from ALERT – INDIA for the applaudable contribution given for leprosy eradication.
Kotak Education Foundation is an NGO. It supports children and youth from under privileged families through various education based interventions. N.S.S. Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science (Autonomous) has been collaborated with the KEF to bridge the gap with the Spoken English Programme, by training these students to understand and speak the language better. These efforts taken by the N.S.S. Unit has been recognized and has been awarded by Kotak Education Foundation for helping in remedial coaching in government schools in Govandi and Mankhurd areas
Kotak Education Foundation is an NGO. It supports children and youth from under privileged families through various education based interventions. N.S.S. Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science(Autonomous) has been collaborated with the KEF to bridge the gap with the Spoken English Programme, by training these students to understand and speak the language better. These efforts taken by the N.S.S. Unit has been recognized and has been awarded by Kotak Education Foundation for helping in remedial coaching in government schools in Govandi and Mankhurd areas
B.M.S. department organized a seminar on ‘Management skill Development Programme’ on 16th August, 2019 at 11 a.m., in association with ‘Barclay’s Bank’ and ‘Ace Pro factor US’. The idea behind having such a seminar was to guide the 300 BMS students who attended the seminar regarding managerial & corporate skills.
The department coordinator Mrs. Nithya Varghese delivered an introductory speech by welcoming the speaker and Hon’ble guests. Madam explained the purpose behind the seminar, while the guests were lighting the diyas.
The speaker for the seminar was Squadron leader Neha Malhotra, who is a seasoned ex IAF Officer with over 10 years of services in dept. of HR & 3 years of experience as National level corporate trainer. She is specialist in corporate soft skill development, campus to corporate programs, corporate leadership & recruitment programs.
The Guest of Honor was Jeffin Ani Johns & Jasmine Nannavan. The former is a certified international trainer & award winning entrepreneur with a clientele of over 120 clients in 4 continents & winner of over prestigious awards from Economic times, Brainfeed magazine.etc. He is CEO & Cofounder of Brainkeeda & CEO for JTE group; who have been nominated last year to represent India in European startup festival in Italy. The latter, Ms.Jasmine, a dual PG, helps at Ace Pro Factor.
The speaker, Ms.Neha, first explained the importance of management skills in today’s corporate world. She then informed students about the VUCA world & how to survive in it. She then further went on explaining about strategic thinking & decision-making by conducting an activity. She also shared her personal experiences from IAF to explain it well. She continued by explaining about working in groups & the barriers to it along with its solutions.
“Different people perceive things differently; so communication should be clear & concise”, was concluded by Ms. Neha from an activity she gave the students. She spoke briefly about the 7 C’s of effective communication & the different ways of communication. She told, “46% of our communication is based on our body language. Rest all is secondary.” She concluded the seminar by sharing few leadership skills. The seminar was highly informative and interactive.
After that, Mr. Jeffin took over the stage and spoke about Barclay’s Bank. He also announced that all the students will be getting a participation certificate.
The seminar ended on a happy note; with students having knowledge of management, leadership & communication skills. Overall it was a wonderful experience. More than 600 B.M.S. students benefited out of this program.
The NSS unit organized a session on Youth and HIV-AIDS Awareness on 16th August, 2019.
The Key speakers of the day was Mr. Sanjay Man DPM, Alibag, Mr. Vikas Kompale, Councilor and Mr. Rameshwar Mule, Councilor. The speakers’ highlighted the impact of HIV/AIDS on young people. The aim of the HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme was to empower and increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS, its impact, management and availability of support systems.
The NSS Unit of PCACS organised the Swachha Bharat Abhiyan Activities as per the action plan on 14th August, 2019. Students of S.Y. and T.Y. B.Sc. Information Technology visited the Zilla Parishad School at Vichumbe and conducted these activities. Around 25 students participated in this. The volunteers reached the venue by 10:00 a.m. They got into groups and were engaged in cleaning the class rooms, the floors, benches, blackboards and the entire school premises. The volunteers did their best to bring smile on the faces of the students and villagers. They also visited Old age home and conducted cleanliness drive. Their work was highly appreciated by the inmates.
As per the permission granted by CIDCO the N.S.S. unit of PCACS conducted cleanliness activities at CIDCO garden near CKT College. NSS Volunteers of S.Y. B.Com. A & B engaged in cleaning the entire garden and also generated cleanliness awareness among the masses. All these activities were organized on 14th August, 2019. Around 15 students participated in this activity. The public who witnessed the work, highly commended the active participation of the volunteers.