Integrated approach in environmental education by each of our institutes.

Somaiya Vidyavihar, with its commitment to the environment and as an academic institution, take our role in building capacity in environmental education seriously.

On World Environment Day, we share some of the courses by our various institutes. We are proud of the initiatives and integrated approach in environmental education by each of our institutes.

In recent years, there has been increasing recognition of the importance of education for addressing environmental issues. Environmental Education enables students and the various stakeholders in the community to develop the necessary experience and skills needed to find solutions.

With our commitment to the environment and as an academic institution, we take our role in building capacity in environmental education seriously.

On World Environment Day, we share some of the courses by our various institutes. We are proud of the initiatives and integrated approach in environmental education by each of our institutes.

K J Somaiya College of Science and Commerce

  • FYBCOM- Sem 1- Environmental Science-1
  •  FYBCOM- Financial Markets- Sem1- Business Environment
  • SY-Bachelor in Management Studies-Foundation Course-Environmental Management-III
  •  BSC- Sem1-Botany (1&2)
  •  BSC-Sem1-Zoology
  • FYBSC-Biotechnology- Sem1-Animal Biology and Prokaryotic Diversity
  • FYBSC-Biotechnology- Sem1-Stains And Microscopy, Ecological Interactions And Biotechnology
  • Capacity Development Program in Environment Management
  •  Master of Science- Environmental Science
  •  Post Graduate Diploma in Environment Management
  •  Post Graduate Diploma on Solid Waste Management

K J Somaiya Junior College of Arts & Commerce

  • B.Com-1st yr-sem1&2- EVS
  • FY-Bachelor in Management Studies- Environmental Management
    i. Environmental Concept
    ii. Environment Degradation
    iii. Sustainability and Role of Business
    iv. Innovations in Business- an environmental perspective

S K Somaiya Vinay Mandir Junior College

  • HSC-Arts-IT- Environment Education- XI & XII
  • HSC-Arts- Environment Education- XI & XII
  • HSC-Science- Environment Education- XI & XII
  • HSC-Commerce- Environment Education- XI & XII
  • HSC-Commerce-IT- Environment Education- XI & XII
  • XI-Minimum Competency Vocational Course (HSC.VOC.)- Environment Education- XI & XII
  • HSC-Vocational Science Computers- Environment Education- XI & XII
  • HSC-Vocational Science Electronics- Environment Education- XI & XII
  • HSC-Vocational Science Commerce- Environment Education- XI & XII

K J Somaiya College of Science and Commerce

  • FYBCOM- Sem 1- EVS
  • SY Bachelor in Management Studies – Sem 3- Foundation course -Environment Management (III)
  • Capacity Development Program in Environment Management
  • Master of Environmental Science
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Environment Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Solid Waste Management

S K Somaiya Degree College of Arts, Science and Commerce

  • FY BCOM- Sem1- Environmental Studies
  • FY BCOM- Sem2- Environmental Studies
  •  FY BMS- Sem2- Environmental Management

 K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management – 2nd yr Marketing-Environmental Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management – 2nd yr Finance- Environmental Management
  •  Post Graduate Diploma in Management – 2nd yr HR- Environmental Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management – 2nd yr Operations- Environmental Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in International Business Management – 2nd yr- Environmental Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Health Care Management- – 2nd yr- Environmental Health and Safety Management
  • Masters in Management Studies 1st yr-Environment Management
  • Masters in Management Studies 2nd yr Operations-  Environment Conscious Manufacturing

K J Somaiya College of Engineering

  • FE (1st yr) Sem 1- Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering- Environmental Studies

Module 1- Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies
Module 2- Sustainable Development
Module 3- Environmental Pollution
Module 4- Environmental Legislation
Module 5- Renewable Sources of Energy
Module 6- Environment and Technology

  • TE- (3rd yr) Sem 5- Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering- Environmental Studies

Module 1- Nonliving Environment
Module 2- Living Environment
Module 3- Social Environment
Module 4- Environmental Conservation
Module 5- Global Efforts in Protecting the Living Environment

  • BE (4th yr) Sem 8- Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering- Non Conventional Energy Sources

Module 1- Energy requirement of India and World
Module 2- Solar Energy & Hydro Power
Module 3- Wind Energy
Module 4- Geothermal Energy
Module 5- Ocean Energy
Module 6- Biomass Energy & Chemical Energy Sources

 

  • FE (1st yr) Sem 1- Bachelors in Information Technology- Environmental Studies

Module 1- Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies
Module 2- Sustainable Development
Module 3- Environmental Pollution
Module 4- Environmental Legislation
Module 5- Renewable Sources of Energy
Module 6- Environment and Technology

  • TE (3rd yr) Sem 5- Bachelors in Information Technology- Environmental Studies

Module 1- Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies
Module 2- Natural Resources (Renewable & Non-renewable resources)
Module 3- Ecosystems
Module 4- Biodiversity and its conservation
Module 5- Environmental Pollution
Module 6- Social Issues and Environment
Module 7- Human Population and Environment

 

  • FE (1st yr) Sem 1- Bachelors in Electronics Engineering- Environmental Studies

Module 1- Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies
Module 2- Sustainable Development
Module 3- Environmental Pollution
Module 4- Environmental Legislation
Module 5- Renewable Sources of Energy
Module 6- Environment and Technology

 

  • FE (3rd yr) Sem 1- Bachelors in Computer Engineering- Environmental Studies

Module 1- Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies
Module 2- Sustainable Development
Module 3- Environmental Pollution
Module 4- Environmental Legislation
Module 5- Renewable Sources of Energy
Module 6- Environment and Technology

  •  TE (3rd yr) Sem 5- Bachelors in Computer Engineering- Environmental Studies

Module 1- Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies
Module 2- Natural Resources (Renewable & Non-renewable resources)
Module 3- Ecosystems
Module 4- Biodiversity and its conservation
Module 5- Environmental Pollution
Module 6- Social Issues and Environment
Module 7- Human Population and Environment
Module 8- Understanding Existence and Co-existence

  • FE – Sem 1- Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering- Environmental Studies

Module 1- Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies
Module 2- Sustainable Development
Module 3- Environmental Pollution
Module 4- Environmental Legislation
Module 5- Renewable Sources of Energy
Module 6- Environment and Technology

K J Somaiya College of Engineering and Information Technology

  • FE – Sem 1 & 2- Bachelors in Information Technology- Environmental Studies
    Module 1- Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies
    Module 2- Sustainable Development
    Module 3- Environmental Pollution
    Module 4- Environmental Legislation
    Module 5- Renewable Sources of Energy
    Module 6- Environment and Technology
  • FE – Sem 1- Bachelors in Computer Engineering- Environmental Studies
    Module 1- Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies
    Module 2- Sustainable Development
    Module 3- Environmental Pollution
    Module 4- Environmental Legislation
    Module 5- Renewable Sources of Energy
    Module 6- Environment and Technology
  • FE – Sem 1- Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering- Environmental Studies
    Module 1- Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies
    Module 2- Sustainable Development
    Module 3- Environmental Pollution
    Module 4- Environmental Legislation
    Module 5- Renewable Sources of Energy
    Module 6- Environment and Technology
  •  FE (1st yr) Sem 1- Bachelors in Electronics Engineering- Environmental Studies
    Module 1- Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies
    Module 2- Sustainable Development
    Module 3- Environmental Pollution
    Module 4- Environmental Legislation
    Module 5- Renewable Sources of Energy
    Module 6- Environment and Technology

 K J Somaiya Comprehensive College of Education Training and Research

  • Bachelors in Education- 2nd yr- Optional Course on Environment Education
  •  Masters in Education- 2nd yr– Specializations on Courses-Environment Education

 Smt Sakarbai K Somaiya Junior College of Education

  • DTDEd. (Diploma in Teachers Education) English / Hindi / Marathi medium- Environmental Study & Geography

SCEL – Making a connection for their future

Using forests as a resource for educating the youth provides a direct personal experience which engages and connects the head, heart and mind. Somaiya Centre for Experiential Learning’s overall vision is to create hands-on experiences that provide practical knowledge and skills to help students in their future careers and at the same time also instil in them qualities to be mindful citizens.

Forests and the trees in the fragile ecosystem of our planet are valuable from not just a human use perspective but are imperative for our very survival. If you break down the components of anything and everything that is consumed by man –from the water we drink to the mobile phones we use – you will realize that they all come from exploiting the natural resources around us.

However, most of our modern education system keeps us disconnected from this reality. Our school environments are often sterile and teaching and learning happen through textbook rote learning inside closed walls. There is growing evidence that there is a lack of engagement and connection between students and the natural environment, especially in the cities. The city students can often not tell the difference between a coconut tree and a papaya tree when shown on a farm!
Hand-on Forest Research2At the Somaiya Centre for Experiential Learning (SCEL), we try and bridge this gap. A day in the forest observing, analysing, documenting has helped our students make relevant connections with the world they live in and the ecosystems that help enable their survival.

The aim with which we curate our student programmes is to not just learn about science and research from a technical perspective but at SCEL we strongly believe in the role forest research and education can play in promoting a “pro-conservation” behaviour and facilitate an inquiry and curiosity-based learning attitude. We encourage students to listen to the drumming of a Copper Smith Barbet or observe the Scaly Breasted Munia constructing its abode.
This year, 8th-grade students from K J Somaiya English Medium School Sameerwadi spent 5 days immersed in exploring various topics related to the environment in the Malnad region of the Western Ghats in Southern India. They spent a day exploring ‘Food and Forests’ to understand how forests act as a ‘seed bank’. They ate locally grown food and worked at a women-run seed saving collective.  During the week, they also participated in scientific data collection assisting forest researchers from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

 

Topics such as biodiversity, watershed management, food security, alternate energy sources, ecosystem services and conservation as well as conservation as an Indian tradition i.e. the concept of sacred groves were discussed and deliberated upon.

Interacting with forest officials

 

Similarly, 9th-grade students of The Somaiya School visited the Panna Tiger Reserve and the Gharial Sanctuary. They interacted with scientists from Wildlife Institute of India and the local forest officials during their visit. They spent time within the reserve to study the forest ecosystem, learnt about the prey-predator relationship in the reserve and the role of scientific research in management of the tiger reserves.

 

Interacting with WII Researcher
These curated experiences help to teach students how to be responsible, for themselves as well as for their actions and impacts. They help develop student ability to think from multiple-perspectives – scientific, civic and cultural.
Last week, many students across the globe, took to the streets spearheading the ‘Youth Climate Strike’ to protest the government’s failure to take actions against global warming. They have been championing using social media posts to spread the word and garner the world’s attention to what scientist have called the most pressing issue of the 21st Century.

Using forests as a resource for educating the youth provides a direct personal experience which engages and connects the head, heart and mind. Somaiya Centre for Experiential Learning’s overall vision is to create hands-on experiences that provide practical knowledge and skills to help students in their future careers and at the same time also instil in them qualities to be mindful citizens.

By

SUDHA IYER
Programmes & Communication Manager,
Somaiya Centre for Experiential Learning

International Day of Education

Understanding the importance of education in the development of the individual, the family, the country and the world, the key goal of Somaiya Vidyavihar Education Trust has been building institutions that enable the means to realize it. We believe that be it in urban or rural areas of the country access to education must be matched by the quality of education

On December 3rd 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe 24th January (starting from 2019) as the International day of Education, to celebrate the role of education in development. The resolution demonstrated the world’s political will towards providing quality education to all and achieving sustainable development by 2030.

It only reiterates the premise on which Somaiya Vidyavihar was founded.

The vision of our Founder

ज्ञानादेव तु कैवल्यम्

Knowledge alone liberates.

Resonates in the vision of UNESCO

Our vision is to transform lives through education, recognizing the important role of education as a main driver of development and in achieving the other proposed SDGs. We commit with a sense of urgency to a single, renewed education agenda that is holistic, ambitious and aspirational, leaving no one behind.

DSC_0040Knowledge alone liberates. Liberates from the cycle of poverty, by improving health outcomes, promoting gender equality, environmental sustainability and building peaceful and resilient societies.

Also, to liberate one from the attachments that bind us to small-mindedness. Knowledge also provides opportunities. To make a life lived more meaningful. In the service of one’s family, one’s community, one’s society, country, and indeed the world.

DSC_0021 (1).JPGUnderstanding the importance of education in the development of the individual, the family, the country and the world, the key goal of Somaiya Vidyavihar Education Trust has been building institutions that enable the means to realize it. We believe that be it in urban or rural areas of the country access to education must be matched by the quality of education.

Robotics 2016 Sakarwadi (37)Towards that goal, Somaiya Vidyavihar Education Trust has invited global and national experts in various aspects of education to strengthen our education system and respond to contemporary challenges in education keeping in mind the underlying principle of holistic development of the student.

 

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Our work in educational development from pre-school to higher education is aimed at contributing towards the higher goal of human development.

 

 

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As we celebrate our 60 years, we must commit ourselves further to this vision.

The role that we play as educationists is of greater importance in today’s times as the world sees challenges never imagined before.

 

By

Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai

Provost Somaiya Vidyavihar

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Our girls continue to gain glory at the national level sports.

Sharvari Parulekar, a student of K J Somaiya Science and Commerce, represented Maharashtra at the 34th National Junior Athletics Championship. She bagged a silver medal with a jump of 11.99 meters in the Triple Jump event.

 

Sharvari Parulekar, a student of K J Somaiya Science and Commerce, represented Maharashtra at the 34th National Junior Athletics Championship. She bagged a silver medal with a jump of 11.99 meters in the Triple Jump event.

Sharvari’s main events are Long Jump, Triple Jump, 100M Hurdles and Heptathlon. She was selected to represent Maharashtra after her amazing performance at the State level meet at Satara.

She has also won the Gold medal at the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune.

Hearty congratulations to her and her support system. We wish her continued success.

Sharvari joined athletics at the age of 7 when she was in the 2nd standard. Her love for playing outdoor games led her into the sport. With the support of her parents, school teachers and friends she successfully faced the challenge of balancing academics and sports.

Her success is a result of diligent and committed training. Each day she trains for four hours in good sprint workouts followed by some strength and speed endurance workout. A focus on body balance, agility and functional training gets her prepared for the competition. Access to a synthetic athletic track at Somaiya Vidyavihar and guidance from her coaches has added to her training.

Besides continuing in her athletics, Sharvari plans to study Physiotherapy or Psychology in the future.

Transcending Barriers

K J Somaiya College of Engineering hosted the  Wheelchair Cricket India and Para Wheelchair Cricket Association Maharashtra for an exhibition match as part of the inaguration of its annual sports event ‘ Skream’. This was the sixth year of the college’s national level annual sports festival ‘ Skream’.      K J Somaiya College of Engineering hosted students from over 200 institutes at the Somaiya Vidyavihar, Mumbai Campus. 

K J Somaiya College of Engineering hosted the  Wheelchair Cricket India and Para Wheelchair Cricket Association Maharashtra for an exhibition match as part of the inaguration of its annual sports event ‘ Skream’.

The National and the Maharashtra State team went head-to-head in a game of wheelchair cricket on the multipurpose court. Competing teams have had an illustrious past, with the National team having defeated the national teams of Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Paralympic sports have always held a special place in Skream. For years, Skream has strived to give a platform to paralympic sportspersons and make them accessible to the general audience.

This was the sixth year of the college’s national level annual sports festival. K J Somaiya College of Engineering hosted students from over 200 institutes at the Somaiya Vidyavihar, Mumbai Campus.   KJSCE has always been at the forefront when it comes to the nurturing and encouraging young talents in the field of sports.  Skream is a medium through which it celebrates sportsmanship and encourages budding sportspersons.

The event saw competition amongst an array of indoor and outdoor games including  Football, Cricket, Badminton, Rink Football, Chess, Throwball, Basketball, Lawn Tennis, Squash, Carrom, Box Cricket, Athletics, Volleyball, and Table Tennis.

With a state of the art infrastructure, the Somaiya Vidyavihar campus possesses some of the finest outdoor fields and courts.

Making the dream a reality! by Shri Samir Somaiya

My grandfather said, why not Somaiya. I said, no Chemical Engineering here, and Cornell is far better than Somaiya. He did not mind that. But said, ‘Go, but promise me, that when you return, in your lifetime, you will try to make our institutions to good, that if a candidate applies to Cornell, he/she will also apply to Somaiya’. And he allowed me to fly.
He traded dreams. Made my dreams his, and his mine. How powerful!!

Dear friends,

Last month I was invited to speak at the South Asia Programme at Cornell. I was asked to speak on, how my student days at Cornell (and elsewhere), have influenced the work we do at the Somaiya Institutions.

I thought deeply about that, and thought, that the best way to communicate that was visual.  

I want to go to CornellI explained to them, that I just applied to Cornell, since my friend was, and I gave the exams and made the applications to ‘give him company’. When I did get admission, I was very keen to go and asked for permission. My mom was ok, father was not, but if grandfather (K. J. Somaiya) allowed, I could go.

He said, why not Somaiya. I said, no Chemical Engineering here, and Cornell is far better than Somaiya. He did not mind that. But said, ‘Go, but promise me, that when you return, in your lifetime, you will try to make our institutions to good, that if a candidate applies to Cornell, he/she will also apply to Somaiya’. And he allowed me to fly.

He traded dreams. Made my dreams his, and his mine. How powerful!!

M Eng Graduation 1992
A picture of my grandparents when they came for my Masters Graduation. K. J. Somaiya is 90 years old

When he arrived, he saw our sports field at Cornell. He said, why can we not have such a field on our campus. And he planned it. However, he could not see it built. So, the first thing I did, when I took charge, is that I developed a 400 m running track in 2011.

I had learnt from him to observe, and if you see something that is good, ten quickly adopt it. But do not be blind. Take what is good, and leave behind what is not. And that, in everything, there is a good and a bad.

Many years ago, while walking near the University of Geneva, in Switzerland, I had seen a giant Chess Board, and so:

When I attended Cornell, the first thing I noticed, was that there were gardens everywhere and that the landscape was very inviting. On our campuses, we had buildings, but the space between buildings was unattended. So, I thought of creating gardens, and green spaces. And areas for sports. At the Vidyavihar campus, we have done a lot, at the Ayurvihar campus, we still have a lot to do.

The picture below shows the founder’s garden just before, and after completion. What I am not showing, and did not show at Cornell, that many years ago, there was too much litter on our campus. I am so proud, that we take pride in our campus spaces, and feel quite terrible when I see people throwing trash.

I also saw lovely sculptures on the campus at Cornell and thought that we should have them too. For example, they had a nice statue of their founder. But high up. I thought that we should have one too. But not so high. Shri K. J. Somaiya had written in his notes:

કોઈને ઉપયોગી થવાની તક ન ખોવી
Do not lose an opportunity to be useful to others.

Similarly, I put a statue of my father, that was so wonderfully unveiled by His Holiness The Dalai Lama in early 2017. When I met him after my father’s death, he pointed to me and said ‘you look like your father, your father was my friend’. I felt blessed.

My father. Dr Shantilal Somaiya did much to establish communication with various religions, at the highest level.

Similarly, I had never stayed in a hostel. And lived at Cornell housing for three years. They had nice buildings and nice gardens outside.

Well, I think our Maitreyi looks better than Alice Cook house – What do you think?

There were also other changes to make. As late as 2010, we did not have common ID cards. Each institution had their own. There was no common campus identity. In fact, students were discouraged from going to other parts of the campus (canteens, etc). At Cornell, I noticed a common campus identity and thought that we must also have one.

When I studied at Harvard, I really liked their bookstore – the Harvard Coop. So, Amrita and I decided to build one like that in Mumbai too. So, if you have not visited Kitabkhana, you are welcome to visit (it is at Fountain). I think books are necessary. We have become too used to reading 3 minutes (or less) at a time. Books are windows to a different world. They need our time; we need to get lost inside them. Kitabkhana is a place to lose oneself. दिल ढूँढता है, फिर वही फुर्सत के रात दिन……(movie मौसम – शायर – गुलज़ार)

The academic environment was also very refreshing at Cornell. I also teach there. I can decide my curriculum, readings, the method of evaluation etc. I realised, that here we had to teach what the University told us. That had to change, and that is why we applied for autonomy and got that in many institutions. If one has to grow, then one has to learn to think for oneself, decide what is worth learning, how much, and what is ok to leave behind.

We have started a Master’s in Polymer Science, a Master’s in Healthcare management, and are planning a host of other initiatives. Within courses, and in new programmes.

Cornell also had many project groups. I still remember, speaking to the students after having received a copy of the Cornell magazine, describing how Cornell had one the Formula racing competition. And I wondered, that are these competitions only for Universities such as Cornell. Can we not compete? I challenged our students. And now, we have so many groups.

Recently at the MIT Media Lab (where I also took some courses), I saw that the walls of the classrooms were made of glass. So, we have also created glass walls at the extension building of the K J Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology.

In fact, our incubator space riidl, was also inspired by a similar visit at the MIT Media Lab.

While visiting Cornell Tech, the recent New York City campus of Cornell University (that was gifted to Cornell by New York City – and that speaks volumes for a City’s commitment to higher education, given how much we need to struggle), I saw that they had started a startup studio. I suggested that to riidl, and we created a similar programme here as well.

And then to take students from one campus to another (their medical campus is a four and a half hour drive from the parent campus – ours is a twenty-minute drive), they have a bus that continuously moves between them. That helped create joint and interdisciplinary projects.

In medicine, the challenge has been to create an institution that provides great care to all. In India, poor go to teaching hospitals and those who can afford it, to expensive ones. In the USA, everyone prefers to go to a teaching hospital. I wanted to make ours like that. And so we added a super speciality wing to our hospital, to improve the overall hospital.

My father passed away in Australia, in a teaching hospital, where he was taken after he slipped and fell, and hurt his head. Though he did not survive, I thought we should have a similar emergency room in our hospital.

K J Somaiya Medical College

But we are also different in many ways. We do work in adult education, in underprivileged areas. We have built a gorgeous centre at Jetavan, in Sakarwadi. This initiative by the K J Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies was built using quarry dust, fly ash, jute, cow dung, and old style casting techniques from Kutch.

We recently inaugurated the Maya Somaiya library (named after my mother), that was ‘Highly Commended’ by the magazine Architecture Review (only one of three such this year), and was covered in the international magazine Domus.

We also do work at Nareshwadi – to work in health, education, and livelihood of the tribal community. And we have a 100 student बालकाश्रम. We also teach artisans in Kutch business management and principles of design. Their convocation is the best I have ever seen, with graduates walking down the ramp in a fashion show, in a village with more than 6000 in the audience. And the audience is full of friends and family.

We are a rare institution, where the K J Somaiya Vidyapeeth conducts its entire curriculum in Sanskrit, run by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan.

But this is only the beginning. In the future, we want to build a school of Indian music and dance, of the arts, painting, drama. We want to build a museum. We want to build more science laboratories, more health care facilities, more sports facilities. More places to live, learn and live some more.

Sanskriti

It is only possible to do because of what they founded, dreamt, and built.

I made a promise to my grandfather. In the words of another poet:
It will take time, but many of you are walking with me in making that dream a reality. From the housekeeping staff who cleans the campus, the student who imagines a lander on a Jovian moon, the doctor working in Pratikshanagar, the teacher preparing his/her lecture notes and thousands of you, we are all in this together.

Please continue walking with me in fulfilling that promise.

In the words of Kaifi Azmi: उठ मेरी जान, मेरे साथ ही चलना है तुझे

Samir

 

Inspired, inspires

Chirag’, young entrepreneur and ex-alumni of K J Somaiya College of Engineering, working on his project at Somaiya Riidl, lit the fire of innovation and entrepreneurship in the minds of students from  Shri Sharda English Medium School, Kopergaon who came visiting Somaiya Vidyavihar, Mumbai.

True to his name ‘ Chirag’, young entrepreneur and alumnus of K J Somaiya College of Engineering, working on his project at Somaiya Riidl, lit the fire of innovation and entrepreneurship in the minds of students from  Shri Sharda English Medium School, Kopergaon who came visiting Somaiya Vidyavihar, Mumbai.

An animated discussion on how to select ideas for entrepreneurship, where to get information on the internet for engineering apps, to how to polish ideas.  Meeting a young entrepreneur made the possibilities of entrepreneurship real for the students.

It is these special moments that inspire.

Making science fun & exciting for the underprivileged

Trained for two days on training techniques, by the NGO Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, and armed with a Science kit, over 20 students of K J Somaiya College of Science and Commerce walked into 7th and 8th standard classes of Municipal Schools in Chunabhati. For around an hour a day, our Science Volunteers, took the young kids into the exciting world of science.

When science comes alive, it is breathtaking. For children studying in the Municipal Schools in Mumbai, science is often something to be learnt by rote.

With the understanding that children who see science through experiments will see the world differently, Dr Sugandha Shetye, Dean(Academic Affairs) Associate professor, Department of Chemistry, Course coordinator, M.Sc. Environmental Science, K J Somaiya College of Science & Commerce, encouraged her students to volunteer in an initiative conducted by Marathi Vidnyan Parishad (म.वि.प.), for making science interesting for students studying in the Municipal Schools.

IMG-20181016-WA0009Trained for two days on training techniques, by the NGO Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, and armed with a Science kit, over 20 students of K J Somaiya College of Science and Commerce walked into 7th and 8th standard classes of Municipal Schools in Chunabhati. For around an hour a day, our Science Volunteers, took the young kids into the exciting world of science.

 

IMG-20181016-WA0012Says Monalisa, one of the volunteers “the children were awed and delighted when they saw the science experiments. This was the first time they actually understood that science exists everywhere around them. The teachers of the schools also enjoyed the sessions. For them, it was learning a new way of teaching.”

For the volunteers, she says “We learned patience and kindness towards kids and the underprivileged. We learnt innovative methods to teach science and also, thorough knowledge of some of the practicalities of science. They were so much more attentive when they realised they understood the topic and quickly grasped whatever we taught them. We will never forget this experience. The 10 days of giving back to the society have taught has values that we couldn’t have otherwise learned.

 

Says Dr Sugandha Shetye “If we want to inculcate a scientific bent of mind in the future generation, we must make science fun. If we want to inculcate a sense of purpose in our students, we must encourage them to take on initiatives where they can see the need and the impact. What better way than for our students, then sharing the wonders of science and doing good at the same time.”