On 22nd September, 2018 a Workshop on “Social Scientific Temper” was organized for the students of S.Y.B.Com. Division A and B. The organizers were the resource persons from CMCA CAMPUS YUVA Citizenship and Life Skills Education Ms. Effy Acharya and Ms. Brinda Ganesh. The workshop was organized in room number 401 from 6.45 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.
The Social Scientific Temper Workshop is part of a series of workshops announced for college students. The class was divided into groups. One group was sent out of the class. Four students volunteered to read the case on hand. There was a narrator and three students played the role of citizens from different groups of society.
The narrator began with stating the real story where four young men form another state living in Maharashtra, working in Maharashtra visited the police station to give the officers some personal details about themselves as this was a requirement for their job. The police officers received the young men well, spoke to them respectfully and the formalities were completed. The four young men had to leave Maharashtra and go back to their home town in another state to attend a family wedding. They were away for a month. This was the true story.
A news reporter looking for a juicy story reports it like this – Four young men from another state, working in Maharashtra were held up by the police for questioning. The boys have absconded since then. The police are looking for them as they are involved in a criminal case.
A Municipal Corporater visited a housing society to address them before the local elections. In his talk he narrated the story stating that many young boys from outside states are roaming around the city. They work in the city and live on rent in housing societies. These boys are anti-social elements and criminals. The Corporater warned the society members not to allow boys from different states to enter the society. He asked them to be careful and vigilant about such instances. He wanted to protect members from such criminals.
A member from the housing society hearing this speech immediately sends a WhatsApp message to his friends in different housing societies announcing the arrival of criminal young boys from outside states living on rent in housing societies, posing to work in offices in Mumbai. Do not let them enter your society! These boys are criminals. BEWARE BOYS FROM OUTSIDE STATES THEY ARE CRIMINALS.
The students in the class were told the real story by the narrator. The group standing outside did not hear the true story. They were called in when the other members performed their part as the news reporter, Municipal Corporater and Member from the housing society. On listening to them the group that entered the class were asked to form their opinion on what had actually happened. They were influenced by the three stories they heard and believed that there were young boys from an outside state who were criminals.
The entire class listened in pin drop silence and appreciated the gap between reality and what was reported FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES in every instance. The students were called up one by one and asked to comment on what they understood. They explained that each of the characters in the case had twisted the facts to serve their own purpose. The news reports wanted a juicy story, the Municipal Corporater wanted votes and the member of the housing society wanted to connect with his friends with an interesting message. NONE of the stories were true.
The workshop concluded. The objective of the workshop to understand the importance of SCIENTIFIC TEMPER was achieved. Students realised that Reasoning and questioning the source of information is very important. Do not believe blindly what you hear and see. Find out the source of the information and question its authenticity before you believe anything you hear.
This was the message given to the students in the workshop.
The feedback of the students participating in the workshop are attached along with the pictures taken in the workshop.
The CMCA Workshop Series for College Students:
The F.Y.B.Com. students will participate in this series of workshop in the next term post examinations in October 2018.
The objective of the workshop series: Young people are concerned about their future, career and life. CMCA workshops empower students with values and skills which are important in everyday life and for any workplace.
CMCA programmes instil critical life skills like empathy, critical thinking, team work, communication, confidence and more. CMCA students learn to work in a team, focus on solutions, live with differences, are gender sensitive, and value different opinions.
CMCA Programmes are on innovation – transforming in education for democracy into a more empowering and democratic learning process for young people in India.
CMCA’s Active Citizen Award 2018 to Wajid Ali Shah of T.Y.B.Com.
As an acive member of the Life Skill Programme organized by the Youth Wing of CMCA Childrens Movement for Civic Awareness, for the S.Y.B.Com. Student of MNDC, Wajid Ali Shah took the initiative to help six girls in his neighborhood get back into school under RTE Act. He was honored with a medal recognizing his act as an Active Citizen in the CMCA’s Annual programme Inspiration on 4th August, 2018 in Birla Matoshree Hall, Marine Lines.
CMCA has stepped into the 18th year of its success. CMCA’s annual event ‘Inspiration 2018’ was organized on Saturday, 4th August, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Birla Matushri Hall, Marine Lines, Mumbai.
Mahatma Night Degree college students participated in the programme. Ten students from T.Y.B.Com. were accompanied by Associate Professor and H.O.D. of Commerce Dr. Lata Krishnan and CMCA Life Skills Tutor Ms. Brinda Ganesh to reach the venue at 9.00 a.m. sharp to get ready for the flag march.
The gathering comprised of school and college students who presented skits, songs and speeches showcasing the initiatives they had taken during the year to solve problems they faced in the society around them. The event included a Flag March and an Oath taking ceremony on the stage, by all the children representing their schools and colleges with their respective school flags.
The Chief Guest for the event was Afroz Shah (About the Chief Guest)
Afroz Shah, a young Indian lawyer from Mumbai, is synonymous with the world’s largest beach clean-up project.
In October 2015, Shah and his neighbor Harbansh Mathur, an 84-year-old who has since passed away, were frustrated with the piles of decomposing waste that had washed up and completely overwhelmed the city’s Versova beach. Determined to do something about it, the pair started cleaning up the beach themselves, one piece of rubbish at a time.
Every weekend since, Shah has inspired volunteers to join him – from slum-dwellers to Bollywood stars, from schoolchildren to politicians. They have been turning up at Versova for what Shah calls “a date with the ocean”, but what in reality means labouring shin-deep in rotting garbage under the scorching Indian sun.
So far, the volunteers have collected over 4,000 tons of trash from the 2.5 kilometre beach.
Shah, who rallied residents and fisherfolk by knocking on doors and explaining the damage marine litter causes, now plans to expand his group’s operation to prevent litter from washing down the local creek and onto the beach. He also wants to clean-up the coastline’s rubbish-choked mangrove forests, which act as a natural defence against storm surges, and to inspire similar groups across India and beyond to launch their own clean-up movements.
Shah is deservedly proud of the Versova residents’ accomplishments. Not only has the movement brought marine little to the attention of decision-makers, it is also starting to win back the beach, with decreasing amounts of new litter appearing each month.
He vows to continue his beach clean-up crusade until people and their governments around the world change their approach to producing, using and discarding plastic and other products that wash up onto beaches all over the world.
The Chief Guest Afroz Shah spoke affectionately to all the students and through his narratives inspired the audience to join him in the good work he is doing. He had a spark in his eye and said that he saw the same spark in the eyes of the young active citizens gathered in the hall.
After the skits, songs and speeches ten active citizens across schools and colleges in Mumbai were recognized for their acts of active citizenship. Medals were given to these students by the Chief Guest Afroz Shah. It was a moment of glory for the students, teachers, schools, colleges and parents who had gathered there to see the award ceremony. As an active member of the Life skills programme organized by the Youth Wing of CMCA Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness, for the S.Y.B.Com. Students of MNDC, Wajid Ali Shah took the initiative to help six girls in his neighborhood get back into school under RTE Act. He was honored with a medal recognizing his act as an Active Citizen in the CMCA’S Annual programme INSIRATION on 4th August, 2018 in Birla Matoshree Hall, Marine Lines. It was a moment of glory for all of us and for Mr. Shah (father of Wajid Ali Shah) who has present during the award ceremony.
The students and teachers of MNDC College, thank the initiative of Principal Dr. Padma Rangan to organize the CMCA Life Skills Programme for the students of S.Y.B.Com.
International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on 21st June since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi during his speech at the UNGA, on 27 September 2014. He stated:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in wellbeing. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
— Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly
When proposing 21 June as the date, Shri Narendra Modi said that the date was the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere (shortest in the southern hemisphere), having special significance in many parts of the world. From the perspective of yoga, the summer solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after summer solstice is known as Guru Poornima. Shiva, the first yogi (Adi Yogi), is said to have begun imparting the knowledge of yoga to the rest of mankind on this day, and became the first guru (Adi Guru). Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.
Mahatma Night Degree College of Arts and Commerce, Chembur participated in the 4th International Day of Yoga 2018. Students of S.Y.B.Com. and T.Y.B.Com. 42 in number participated in the programme “Yoga by the Bay” The Times of India tied up with yoga institute Kaivalyadhama, meditation institute Heartfulness, Shaina NC’s NGO I Love Mumbai, holistic health guru Mickey Mehta, and the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India for this special event, which brought together thousands of Mumbaikars eager to try their hand at different asanas.
In the picture from left to right HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar, Dr. Nivedita Shreyans, PRO Pillai Group of Institutions, Yoga Guru Mickey Mehta, Associate Professor Dr. Lata Krishnan H.O.D. Commerce and yoga teacher for Mahatma Night Degree College of Arts and Commerce, Chembur, Mumbai. Marking International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2018 in “Yoga by the Bay” Marine Drive Promenade, Mumbai.
The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar performed Yoga, on the occasion of the 4th International Day of Yoga 2018, in Marine Drive along with the enthusiastic participants of the mega event ‘Yoga by the Bay’.
The young yoga enthusiasts, 42 students of S.Y.B.Com. and T.Y.B.Com. of the college were picked up by a special bus arranged for them from the college campus in the wee hours of the morning of 21st June, 2018. Attendance was taken at 5.00 a.m. and the students reached Marine Drive promenade at 6.00 a.m. Dr. Lata Krishnan the yoga teacher of the college, H.O.D. Commerce and Associate Professor was joined by Dr. Nivedita Shreyans, PRO Public Relations Officer of Pillai Group of Institutions to accompany the students to the event. The event started at 6.00 after a brief introduction by host and yoga instructer followed by prayer and yogasanas till 7.45 a.m. The CYP Common Yoga Protocol was followed and the students performed the yogasanas confidently and cheerfully.
Tasty breakfast boxes were distributed among the students post the event and they were dropped back to the college by 9.00 a.m.
The college celebrated Yoga Day in the evening with the students of the Junior and Degree college at 6.30 p.m. in the ground floor multipurpose hall of the college campus. The chief guest for the programme was Ms. Shilpa Ghone, senior faculty member of Kaivalyadham centre for Yoga, Mumbai. Over 100 students participated in the programme. All the teachers of the Junior and Degree college too participated in the programme.
Principal Dr.Padma Rangan welcomed the guest with a potted plant and introduced her as a yoga guru, friend, philosopher and guide. Ms. Shilpa Ghone explained the genesis of the term yoga and traced its history. This was an interesting narration which was interwoven with illustrations from real life. Ms. Shipa Ghone lead the talk to yoga and concentration which is a must for young students to succeed in academics and all walks of life. She urged them to practice yoga on a regular basis and guaranteed a positive change in their performances in examinations. Connecting well with the young students, she outlined the harm caused by their hectic urban lifestyle and asked them to adopt the path of yoga for a happy, healthy life. In a frenzy to take selfies and connect on social media, she said it would be worth the while if students stopped and took selfies of “their insides.” This was a thought provoking statement and all in the audience immediately appreciated the need to introspect and check ‘who’ they actually are and ‘where’ they are heading to…
Ms. Shilpa Gone answered several questions asked by students and the programme concluded with a few breathing exercises, yogasanas and meditation.
The international day of yoga, was well marked by the college. All credit goes to the Management of the college for their support and encouragement.