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Humanities

Ancient Indian Culture


This was truly an exuberant year For the next event we ventured into Mrs. Marina Dutta delivered a lecture
with a number of activities the the Jurassic Age with our mascot to students on the various depictions
department of Ancient Indian Culture “Dinny: The Dinosaur” who was loved of Ganesha that was illustrated for
proudly conducted. The department and admired by children as a part of the making of Clay Ganesha idols.
indulged in educational activities that the workshop on Paleontology held at On the second day a lecture was
encouraged internship opportunities the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu delivered by Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare
for all the five batches in both Sangrahalaya. A lecture was delivered on the iconography of Ganesha and
undergraduate and post graduate by Dr. Anita Rane Kothare on fossils the essence of the festival. The lecture
studies, in collaboration with the like the Keichousaurus and Ms. Nitya unfolded with the making of clay idols
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Suryanarayanan (TYBA) conducted an of Ganesha by school children who
Sangrahalaya formerly known as the activity of making origami dinosaurs. . later proceeded to Gateway of India
Prince of Wales Museum. Our trips for the Aarti followed by immersion.
Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare conducted
explored the tenets of our cultural
lectures on Indian culture and In the month of October, the M.A. Part
heritage with zeal, to perceive its I batch visited Matheran and studied
organized a site visit to Mahakali
endorsement through tourism, its historicity and its local culture.
caves for various batches of exchange
museology, conservation, archaeology They experienced the Toy Train ride
students.
and the collaborative study of World and stayed at the railway lodge, under
Civilizations. The Brazilian Film Week was the supervision of Dr. Anita Rane
organized in collaboration with the Kothare. A trip to the Railway Museum
We began the academic year in
Brazilian Consulate, the Department at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was
the spirit of our Noble Laureate,
of Bachelors in Mass Media and the organized in collaboration with the
Rabindranath Tagore whose collection
Ancient Indian Culture Department of Central Railways and our department,
of paintings was on display at the
St. Xavier’s College in the month of which opened its display to our
National Gallery of Modern Art
August. At the end of the week, film students. It housed working models of
(NGMA). The inauguration of
reviews were sent in by students and the first steam engine in Bombay, along
Tagore for Teenagers on the 28th of
the winners were given prizes by the with early tickets issued and models
June witnessed a lecture delivered
Brazilian Consulate. with dioramas of railway routes.
by Mrs. Marina Dutta on the early
life of Tagore. Our students under The Department conducted the The department, in collaboration
the leadership of Shraddha Jadhav event of Clay Ganesha on two such with Michigan University and Deccan
(TYBA) put up an enchanting dance occasions in the month of September College Pune held two site seminars at
on his composition, while Dr. Anita in collaboration with the Chhatrapati Ajanta Caves in the months of August
Rane Kothare captivated the audiences Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, and January which was conducted for
with Tagore’s Short story of “The The Museum Society of Bombay and our students by Emeritus Prof. Walter
Kabuliwala” and Pallavi Gupta (TYBA) The Times of India. The event was Spink, Dr. Anita Rane -Kothare and
delighted the spectators with her organized at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Dr. Shreekant Jadhav.
Rabindra Sangeet. Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya wherein
The Indian Art History Congress was
hosted by the Heras Institute at St.
Xavier’s College and under the section
of Iconography, papers were presented
by Dr. Anita Rane Kothare on “Hamsa
Mala”, and on “Andhakasurvadh” by
our student Vaishnavi Patil. Jason
Johns presented a paper on “Mary
Depicted in Church Window Art” and
Pallavi Gupta presented a paper on
“The Terracotta Figure of Mary” under
the section of Indo -Christian Art. Dr.
Radha Kumar was the coordinator of
the cultural program which illustrated
a ‘Gondhal’ dance performed by
Shraddha Jadhav (TYBA) under the
guidance of Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare
and Amarapali: a dance drama under

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the guidance of Dr. Radha Kumar. Holocaust. Islamic Republic of Iran.
A lecture was delivered by Dr. Anita
A joint paper was presented by Dr. Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare along with
Rane Kothare who conducted a guided
Anita Rane-Kothare and Pallavi Gupta student participation helped in the
tour to Elephanta for the delegates..
at Aurangabad at the State Level designing and execution of two
A workshop for children on Conference of Local History on the Tableaux for the Minority Cell and
‘befriending Museums’ was organized topic “Chakan: local history perceived Gramin Paryavaran at the Republic
by the Department in collaboration in the realm of tourism”. The said Day Parade 2014 in Mumbai. The
with the Museum Society of Bombay paper was eventually published.. TYBA students went on a fieldtrip to
and The Hill Springs School at the the Karla, Bhaja, Bedsa and Kondane
The Heras Memorial Lecture during caves in the month of March, led by
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu
its Golden Jubilee Session was Dr. Anita Rane -Kothare.
Sangrahalaya on the Indus Valley
graced by Emeritus Prof. Dr. Romila
Civilization in the month of October.
Thapar and was followed with an Under the guidance of Dr. Anita
The film release “Govinda Sathi Vattel interactive session with our students. Rane -Kothare and Dr. Joan Dias, the
Te” directed by Siddhesh Sawant on the Our TYBA students received their students of M.A. Part I conducted their
cultural importance of Dahi Handi in certificates pertaining to their Research assignment on surface exploration
the realm of its present politicization Methodology Workshop from Dr. and discovered many unknown facets
was screened by the Department. Our Romila Thapar. This year two of our about the local history of Mumbai. The
students participated in the making students, Pallavi Gupta and Vaishnavi M.A Part II batch had conducted the
of the movie by giving insights into Patil were rewarded with a token same exploration and their findings
the cultural relevance of the festival. of appreciation for their excellence were published in the Bombay
during the Research Methodology Explorers.
The trip conducted during the Diwali Programme. A few of our M.A Part
vacations by the Department to the The findings of the MA Part I
I students were given a certificate on
state of Madhya Pradesh explored students were remarkable and it is
completion of their Modi Script course
Indian culture and ethnicity. The worth mentioning that Ms. Ashwini
at this event.
Khajuraho chain of temples, the Nawathe and her work on Sion helped
Orccha set of monuments, the Panna Our students also participated in in recovering and notifying the ASI
National Park, the Pre-Historic Cave conducting guided tours for the about the importance of milestone IX
Paintings and the Bhedaghat Marble ongoing exhibition of the “Flemish and preserving it. Heritage-walks were
Rocks on the River Narmada explored Masterpieces and Prints of Antwerp” held in collaboration with the BLHS to
the diversity the state offered with its and the “Cyrus Cylinder” in the Sion by Ms.Ashwini Nawathe, Haji Ali
historicity of cultures. The students CSMVS and the ‘No Parsi Is an and Ma-Haji Ali by Taykhoom Biviji.
were on their toes experiencing the Island’ and “Across Oceans and flowing Two interactive lectures and walks
wildlife, art, culture and geographic Silks: From Canton to Bombay 18th to the Armenian Church, Meadows
rendezvous which re-define the aims – 20th centuries’’ at National Gallery Street with a focus on ritual, language,
of our subject under study with its of Modern Art (NGMA). vestments and history were conducted
interdisciplinary facets of learning. in collaboration with the MSB and the
The department held its annual festival BLHS in the months of February and
Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare and Mr. cum exhibition, Vividha on the theme June by Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare and
Jason Johns participated in a two day “Persia: Sands of Time” on the 9th Mr. Jason Johns.
conference on X-Ray Fluorescence by and 10th January .The departmental
magazine RCA also on the same The department, in collaboration with
the Museum Art Conservation Centre
theme, consisting of articles written Mr. Anupam Sah, MACC, Chhatrapati
(MACC) and Bruker International
by students relating to ancient Persia Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
wherein fossils belonging to the
and the diaspora today, was released by conducted a two –day practical paper
department were examined by the
Fr. Frazer Mascarenhas and Mr.Mehdi conservation workshop in the month
XRF machine.
Hasankhhani, Director of Culture of April for our students.
The “Who of the Holocaust” was a House of the Islamic Republic of
Mr. Jason Johns (MA Part II student)
lecture cum exhibition in collaboration Iran.Two lectures were delivered by Dr.
was invited to give a tour of Bhaja
with the Museum Society of Bombay Ehsan Mohamedhoesseni on Ancient
Caves for a visiting scholar from Delhi.
and the Department which was held Persian Art and Justice during the
on the 12th of November at the festival.The festival showcased the art Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare published
CSMVS. The lecture was delivered and architecture of Ancient Persia and papers on “Sufi Saints in Mumbai”
by Dr. Inbal Kvity Ben-Dov who Medieval-Modern Iran in the form of (Explorer, BLHS), “Tourism and
moved the audience by defining each models, charts and maps made by our Heritage Management” (Disha,
group of individuals like the victims, students along with artifacts loaned Thomas Cook Publication) and
perpetrators and bystanders of the to us by the Culture House of the “African Traditions in Indian Games”

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at a conference on Ancient Indian long international online course Architecture on “Philosophy
Games. conducted by the University of behind structures.”
Stuttgart under the Department
The following are Dr. Radha’s list of • Invited to deliver a lecture at Future
of English, St Xavier’s College on
research activities: Group -” Disha- Understanding
“Folk Traditions in India -influence
Indian culture.”
• Invited to deliver a lecture at on culture.”
Nalanda Center of Performing Arts • Invited to deliver a lecture for the
• Was invited to deliver a lecture
on (8 March,2013) “Understanding International Board of Members
for Eumind programme (a
the essence of Philosophy through for Pfizer on “Understanding the
collaborative exchange programme
Performing art tradition. Philosophy behind Indian culture.”
with St Xavier’s College and with
• Invited to deliver a lecture at Gita staff and students from colleges • Invited to deliver a lecture at
Nritya Vidyalaya- School of Dance in Belgium - “ Indian Culture- a Deloitte on “ Indian culture and
reflection of Unity in Diversity.” holistic approach.”
and Performing arts for the Sangit
Visharad Students ( B.Mus) Title • Invited to make a presentation • Invited to deliver a lecture and
of my lecture was “Relevance of For the Harvard College In Asia present a paper at the National
Ancient Indian cultural study Programme-Mumbai Conference conference in Buddhism at Jnana
to comprehend the history of on An introduction to Indian Pravaha Centre For Research In
Performing arts. “ Culture.” Indian Culture- Kashi.
• Delivered a lecture for the visiting • Was invited to deliver a lecture Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare
faculty and students of the week at Balwant Sheth school of Head, Ancient Indian Culture

English
This was an unusually packed year Nadifa Mohammed, a recipient of This event was also the beginning
for the Department. Our activities the Granta Best of Young Novelists of Ithaka, the much-awaited annual
began in September with the screening Award and the Betty Trask Prize. She literary and dramatic festival of the
of Beats of Freedom. This riveting spoke movingly about social issues Department of English. This year
documentary film traced the role of in Somalia as reflected in her novels the Ithaka workforce had 7 main
popular music in inspiring young Black Mamba Boy and The Orchard departments consisting of about 200
of Lost Souls, and her observations on students working on every aspect from
people to galvanize protest movements
the politics of colonial histories and organization, marketing and publicity
in Poland. The event was organized
postcolonial identities resonated with to scripts, direction, technicals, and
with the support of Mr. Janusch Wach, props, costumes and set design, all
Consul General of Poland in Mumbai. the large audience. We are grateful
to the British Council, Mumbai for co-ordinated by the efficient and
In November, we were proud to host facilitating this discussion. seemingly tireless Co-Heads Garvi
Dhar and Anuja Mital. We also had
the highest footfall compared to
previous years, with a whopping 2500
audience members who attended the
events, plays and preludes. Among the
events was a poetry workshop, “Some
Like Poetry” (named after a poem
by Wislawa Szymborska), conducted
by Jane Bhandari who provided
feedback and tips delightfully laced
with humour. The Mime Workshop
highlighted a little-seen form of drama.
“Lege, wait for it” was a literary spin-
off of the 90s show “Legends of the
Hidden Temple”, set in the land of
Mythica with mythology, puzzles, and
extempore challenges. We also had
an Open Mic Event, featuring the
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followed by some of our students who Ms. Rashmi, visited Stuttgart, where At the graduation ceremony in June,
displayed their own stand up routines they worked on presentations and we witnessed the fruition of all our
along with other talents like singing, attended talks. efforts last year. It was a proud moment
rap, beat boxing. to see our students come up on stage,
In February we held a “Meet the led by the toppers Devika Karnad (full
Ithaka 2013 chose to pay tribute to Author” event with Yasmeen Premji, majors) and Garvi Dhar (part majors).
Shakespeare with an early celebration author of Days of Gold and Sepia, We wish all of them a successful and
of his 450th birthday. There were four in collaboration with the Department satisfying future.
preludes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream of History. The novel is a fascinating
(written and directed by Kadambari blend of imagined lives and history, Our Board of Studies meeting
Shah and Raadhika Vishvesh), A and the reading generated a spirited was held on September 27, 2013.
Fool’s Head (Rishi Thomas), Within discussion. It was gratifying to find that the
The Walls Of Our Minds (Neerja members were both appreciative and
Deodhar and Tushar Gidwani), and We were exceptionally privileged supportive of our endeavours to create
A Chameleon (Pathikrit Ghosh). The to receive Tomson Highway, an a stimulating and challenging syllabus
long plays were Much Ado About internationally renowned indigenous and construct appropriate assessments.
Nothing (adapted and directed by C anadi an w r iter-pl ay w r ig ht-
performance artist. He held the In faculty news, Dr. Shefali-Balsari-
Anahita Kumar), a musical, Kiss
audience spellbound with his Shah made a presentation “Religion
Me Kate (adapted and directed by
artless yet profound comical-serious and Plurality in Popular Hindi
Siddharth Machado), and an original
narratives of native Canadian life, Cinema” for a group of visiting
play, I, Gandhi (written and directed
and electrified us with his virtuoso Fulbright scholars last June. In August,
by Terence Fernandes). Shakespeare
performance on the piano (the she attended a conference in Japan,
was also the theme of our annual
instrument was generously loaned to organized by the Global Next Leaders
department journal, Ithaka, which was
us by Furtado’s). We are indebted to Forum on the theme “Education and
edited by Devika Karnad, assisted by
Dr. Coomi Vevaina and the storytellers’ the Elite”.
Kadambari Shah, Raadhika Vishvesh
and Nezhat Fouzdar. organization Wordfully Yours, and Ms. Rashmi Lee George was invited
to the Consulate General of Canada to visit the University of Stuttgart in
November also marked the sixth year for enabling us to organize this May. She made two presentations, on
of our online course, “In Conversation unforgettable event. “The City of Dreams & God’s own
With Globalization”. We began it Country – Mumbai and Kerala” and
in 2008 in collaboration with the The second year students observed
Black History month with a class visit “Issues of identity and space in Native
University of Stuttgart (Germany); St. American Fiction from 1990 onwards:
Louis University (USA) joined in 2012, to the American Library, Mumbai.
After a brief talk, we watched a stirring An Ecocritical Approach ”.
and this year’s addition of Stellenbosch
University (South Africa) extended documentary on the music of the Civil Ms. Pearl Pastakia resumed active
the global co-operation still further. Rights movement. Our gratitude to service after her FIP leave. Ms. Tuhina
Dr. Wolfgang Holtkamp, the dynamic the librarians at the American Library, Bose’s appointment ended with the
initiator of this programme, taught both for the invitation and for their academic year, and the department
two of the course modules, and Dr. warm hospitality. would like to thank her for her services.
David Borgmeyer the third. We were Our department seminar at Khandala Finally, I would like to thank all those
delighted to welcome them and their included sessions on postmodern students who, with their enthusiasm
students, along with Ms. Huba Boshoff fiction, avenues of research, with Ms. and energy, have contributed to the
leading the group from Stellenbosch, Pearl Pastakia and Ms. Rashmi Lee activities of our department, and
and Dr. Walter Goebel from Stuttgart, George each talking about their own those whose insistent expectations
in January. St. Xavier’s was represented doctoral work, and finally, as a quality have stretched us to keep raising our
by Ms. Rashmi Lee George and 9 mechanism for the department, an academic standards. I would also like
students from our department. The extensive feedback session. And of to place on record my deep gratitude
theme of the course this year was course we enjoyed the camaraderie for the generous and unfaltering
“Globalization and Mobility”, and and fun which are such a memorable contribution of Ms. Rashmi Lee
our week-long conference featured part of every seminar. George to the smooth functioning
lectures, outings and fieldwork by
of the department.
the students, culminating in group Our last activity for the year was in
presentations. In May, 6 of the St. April, a workshop on haiku conducted Dr. Shefali Balsari-Shah
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French
The Department of French was fraught
with various activities to help the
students appreciate the French -
language and culture.
The year began with the 14th of
July celebration, both by the Senior
as well as the Junior College. It
commemorated the storming of
the Bastille with a poster-making
competition, presentations on the
French Revolution, and a screening
of the movie ‘Les Misérables’. TYBMS
students Arnaud Mentenier and Winners of All India Spelling Bee Contest(Concours d'Orthographe) held at St Xavier's
Alexander Lopis discussed the French in Dec 2013 with Ms.Anjali Lokur
education system with the Junior As the Vice President of the Indian of TYBA. The event was a grand
College students. Forty students from Association of Teachers of French success, with participation of students
the Saint-Genevieve school, Versailles, (IATF), Ms. Anjali Lokur arranged from various colleges and Alliance
France accompanied by M. Charles a meeting with the President of
Française. The Festival also had the
Henvieux, interacted with the Junior IATF, Ms. Amrita Raghunandan at
College students in July 2013. Both Ramnarain Ruia College in order to French Cuisine competition, where
the FYJC and SYJC classes participated discuss association activities in August various French dishes were prepared
in the French Festival organised at St. 2013. The meeting was followed by a and put up for sale. The French
Andrew’s College in September 2013. workshop conducted by M. Christian Newsletter ‘A la française’ was released
Rodier, in-charge of education at the in February 2014, the theme this year
As a member of the Maharashtra
French Consulate, which was attended being ‘La Mort’(Death). It provided a
State Board Secondary and Higher
by Ms. Alpana Palkhiwale and Ms.
Education for SSC and HSC text platform for the students to express
Anjali Lokur. M. Christian Rodier
books, Ms. Anjali Lokur organised a their creativity in the French language.
visited our college to discuss plans with
workshop for school teachers on the
the department for the upcoming year. Ms. Anjali Lokur and Ms. Alpana
new textbook ‘Le Français c’est un
passe partout’. Mme. Odile Caron, In the month of December, the French Palkhiwale attended the International
Principal of Lycée Notre Dame de la Spelling Bee contest finals for the city Congress for Latin America and the
Tillaye, Compiège and coordinator of Mumbai were held in St. Xavier’s Caribbean Region, organised by the
Cecile Cortes visited our college College (Autonomous), Mumbai.
International Federation of French
to discuss an exchange programme Thirteen institutions participated in
which will comprise academic as well at Heredia, Costa Rica from 4th to
the event. The winners of Mumbai
as cultural aspects. The first group, for all the three levels were from 7th February 2014. Ms. Anjali Lokur
consisting of twenty students visited our college – Aneri Vora of FYBA presented a paper on “Le thème de
for a 15-day programme in May 2014 (elementary level), Parizad Irani of l’environnement dans l’élaboration des
accompanied by Ms Anjali Lokur and SYBA (intermediary level) and Neha manuels du FLE’, and Ms. Alpana
Ms. Debjani Chavan. Sethi of TYBA (advanced level). The Palkhiwale presented a paper on
All India Finals were held at Chennai
A workshop was conducted for SYBA ‘L’Image de la femme dans l’écriture
in January 2014, where Aneri Vora
students on “Améliorer la phonétique francophone de l’Afrique noire et dans
and Parizad Irani won the first place.
des idées ludiques” by Dr. Vasumathi l’écriture féminine contemporaine en
Badrinathan, Head of Department, In February 2014, the annual cultural Inde’(Image of the woman in African
Ramnarain Ruia College in July 2013. festival ‘Frénésie’ was organised by
and Indian writings) here. Thus, this
Jean Luc Maze and Florence Petite, the students of the Department.
who are visiting faculty from a school An Inter collegiate Quiz on France year we had a plethora of events, all
in Morlain, Brittany, France presented was conducted in collaboration with of which gave impetus to our students
and spoke to our students on various Alliance Française, the quiz master to express their creativity and enhance
topics such as ‘La crise économique en of which was Mr. David Cordina, their language skills.
France’, ‘Les années Sarkozy et Holland’, Director pédagogique of Alliance
and ‘La Révoulution Française’ in Française. The first place was won Ms.Alpana Palkhiwale
August 2013. by Priyanka Barve and Sanaee Naik (Professor in charge)

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History
The academic year of 2013-2014 began
on an inspiring note as the class of
2013 (the first batch of students under
the Autonomous system) graduated
in June with Kaizeen Jehangir and
Mrunmayee Satam being declared the
subject toppers.
As always, a flurry of activity marked
the academic year 2013-14. As part of
the TYBA History course for Semester
V on Museum Studies, the TY history
class visited a number of museums Thakkar. This visit also provided the Dr. Fleur D’Souza attended the 36th
during the year. This began with a visit students an opportunity to understand Historians’ Workshop organized by
to our college’s own Science museum the life of Mahatma Gandhi through the Heras Institute of Indian History
the Blatter Herbarium, on 20th June, the original photographs and letters and Culture given by Dr. Kanchana
2013. The class was shown some of displayed at the museum. The class Mahadevan and Dr. Ruchira Banerjee.
the museum’s prized plant specimens also visited the RBI Monetary Museum 15th July was also a joyous day for
gathered from the world over as well on 10th July, 2013, and received the Department as two of the former
as the copy of the first book printed in an informative guided tour by the History students appeared on the merit
museum’s curator, Dr. Radhakrishnan. list for the post graduate programme
India in 1563 - Colóquios dos simples
e drogas da India by Garcia de Orta An enriching talk by the eminent at the Jawaharlal Nehru University,
– in the attached library. Our special Dr. Romila Thapar, ‘Questioning New Delhi. Kaizeen Jehangir and Rohit
thanks to Dr. Bapat, Head, department the Past’, held at the Tata Institute of Tayade made the Department proud
of Botany and Mr. Praveen Kale. Fundamental Research on its Founders by receiving this honour for their hard
Day Programme on 10th July, 2013, work and dedication to the subject.
On 21st June, 2013, the class,
was attended by few students of the
accompanied by the students of the The TY class visited the Chhatrapati
Department of History.
Berkeley Summer School attended two Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
talks at Mani Bhavan on ‘Hind Swaraj’ On 15th and 16th July, 2013, a few (CSMVS) on 8th August, 2013. Here
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Kulkarni introduced the TY class to the On 30th January, 2014, the department system, corruption, the problems faced
history of the museum and its various commemorated the death anniversary and their solutions.
galleries, after which, the students of Gandhiji as Communal Harmony
explored the galleries and studied the Day with a talk by Dr. Ram Puniyani, On 25th February, 2014, the TYBA
display techniques. who was a Professor of Biomedical students literally made the streets their
Engineering at the Indian Institute of laboratory and an antique bungalow
The visit to the Bhau Daji Lad museum Technology, Bombay. He gave a special their classroom! The day began with
on 12th November, 2013, gave the TY address on the role of Gandhiji in a visit to a 100 year old Iranian café,
class invaluable information on two national integration. Merwans, where the students enjoyed
courses for the Third Year programme a “Bambaiyya” breakfast of chai and
– Museum Studies and Urban Heritage. Noted Indian conservation architect, bun-maska. The class then visited the
Alisha Sadikot guided the class through Ratish Nanda who headed the team heritage precinct of Khotachiwadi
the museum as she explained the that worked on the restoration of where Krutuja Dere and Andre Baptista
history of Mumbai. Humayun’s Tomb, spoke to the TY guided the students along the streets.
class on 31st January, 2014, on the topic They spoke about the East Indian
Several students from the Department of conservation of heritage structures. Community that makes up the core of
attended the 50th Heras Memorial this heritage village as well as the style
Lectures on 12th and 13th December, In collaboration with the Department of architecture incorporated in the still
2013, in the College Hall. The of English, a book reading by author existing old houses. James Ferreira a
distinguished speaker was Dr. Romila Yasmeen Premji for her first novel ‘Days long-time resident of Khotachiwadi
Thapar who focused on the themes of of Gold and Sepia’ was organized on also spoke to the students. The students
‘Recognizing a Sense of History’ and the 4th February, 2014. Many students also got to see a live example of the
‘Constructing Historical Traditions’. from both the departments as well as slowly changing skyline of Mumbai.
The 50th volume of Indica, the journal the Department of Sociology attended
of the Heras Institute, was released at this reading. An excellent job was done by Pankti
the event. The following day, Dr. Thapar Dalal, Moumita Mukherjee, Ann,
spent two hours with enthusiastic On 6th February, 2014, a student Anagha (F.Y.B.A), and Anusha D’Souza
students of various departments and -seminar was organized at R.J from the History class of SYBA, who
engaged willingly in a special free- Jhunjhunwala College on the theme were guides at the special exhibition
wheeling question - answer session. Dr. “Traversing Borders: a journey through on the Cyrus Cylinder organized at
Joan Dias facilitated this meeting. the History and Politics of South the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu
Asia.” Deepti Anand, Wesley Joseph, Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) which came to
On 13th December, the Department Aishwaraya Iyer, Pankti Dalal, Jibran an end on 25th February, 2014.
of History was privileged to organize Setalvad, Trisha George and Teena
a session with Dr. Sam Wineburg from Kunjukutty from the Department A number of students also took up
Stanford University for Professors and of History presented papers at this internships at various organizations
aspiring teachers of History and the seminar. Trisha George, Pankti Dalal during the summer of 2013. Trisha
Social Sciences on ‘Interactive Teaching and Jibran Setalvad won prizes in their George, Rinu Boban and Teena
Methodologies in History’. respective sections for the papers they Kunjukutty successfully completed
presented. their internship at the Bhau Daji Lad
As part of the paper on Urban Heritage, Museum. Roxanne Godinho completed
the Department invited Prof. Rashna As part of the ongoing class discussions her internship at Godrej Archives. The
Poncha from Sophia College, who during the sixth semester on the academic year of 2013-2014 definitely
enlightened the TY History class on the communities of Mumbai, Sameera saw a lot of productive activity, from
Parsis of Bombay on 6th January, 2014. Khan, a journalist and writer, spoke lectures, seminars as well and field
This talk was followed up by a visit that to the TY class about the Muslim trips.
afternoon to the NGMA exhibition Communities in the city on 18th
on ‘Across Oceans and Flowing February, 2014. Another very Faculty News
Silks: from Canton to Bombay 18th- interesting lecture on the Colonial Dr. Fleur D’Souza
20th Centuries’ which further enriched Architecture of Bombay by a heritage Publications:
the students’ knowledge on the Parsi architect Vikas Dilawari was held on
Community. 22nd February, 2014 for the TY class. Release of two publications that have
research articles “The East Indians of
The annual TY seminar was held at A panel discussion titled ‘Rise Up!’ was Mumbai: Identity, Icons, Issues” in
Khandala at St. Mary’s Villa from organized by the Department of History Anila Verghese, Swarupa Kamat and
27th January, 2014 to 29th January, on 21st February, 2014. The department Rashna Poncha (eds.), Mumbai – Socio-
2014. Almost every student presented invited three prominent activists, Mr Cultural Perspectives: contribution of
a paper at the seminar on the theme Shailesh Gandhi, Mr Samir Zaveri and Ethnic groups and Communities, Sophia
of “Religion, Society and Culture of Mr. Jain, who engaged the students College for Women, Mumbai 2013.
Medieval India”. in an interactive discussion about the ISBN 978-93-5137-871-6

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“Educational Practice of the Early 27th July, 2013: Invited by the CSMVS ‘Apostolic Carmel High School &
Jesuits in Mumbai” in Myron J. Periera to attend a review meeting of the Junior College, Bandra to conduct
s.j (ed.), The Early Jesuits of the ‘Province Museum. training session for teachers on
of the North’ Vasai, Salsette, Mumbai “How to Teach History Effectively”
Conferences/Seminars Attended: on 29th April, 2014.
1548-1739, Mumbai, The Provincial of
Bombay, 2014. ISBN 987 806 342 22 1 Attended the 36th Historians Workshop
7. Invited as a Subject Expert to the
delivered by Dr. Kanchana Mahadevan
Research Papers: Censor Board of India in 2013 and
and Dr. Ruchira Banerjee. 2014.
18th November – 19th November, 2013:
Attended a seminar on Stained Glass by 8. Invited as a Visiting Faculty to
Presented a paper at the inaugural
noted conservator Swati Chagatkar. IDOL, to conduct lectures for the
conference of the ORAL HISTORY
ASSOCIATION OF INDIA (OHAI) Post Graduate Courses in History
January, 2014: International
at the United Theological College, (M.A Part I and M.A. Part II).
Conference “Connections between
Bangalore. The theme of the seminar India and Iran” at the CSMVS 9. Invited by the NGO, Money Life
was Oral history in our times. The Foundation (MLF) for panel
paper presented was entitled “Hesitant 16th January, 2014: Attended a talk by discussion on the “Role of Activists
Explorations in Oral History: the Homi Bhabha entitled Treading water: in the System”, March,2014
Pawaras of Shirpur, history, identity, reflections on an intemperate medium
10. Successfully completed Two years
and relationship with the forest.” at the 16th Vasant Sheth Memorial
as Nominated Councillor in the
lecture at the CSMVS, Mumbai.
BMC.
Panel Discussions/Talks:
Mr. Avkash.Jadhav 11. Conducted Training Sessions for
30th August, 2013: Invited to be on a
Round Table on Migration and Identity 1. Invited to Tata Institute of Social the Orientation Programme at
at St. Xavier’s College with the Staff of Sciences (TISS), Mumbai as a Academic Staff College of RDV,
Resource person by ‘The Nodal Jabalpur, M.P in March,2014.
Trinity College, Dublin and Dept. of
Sociology, St. Xavier’s College. Centre of Excellence for Human 12. Conducted a Workshop at RDV
Rights Education (NCEHRE) Management Institute, Jabalpur on
10th October, 2013: Invited to sum to speak on the “Role and the “Interview Techniques” for the
up the lecture of Dr. Mariam Dossal Participation of Civil Society in MBA students in March,2014.
entitled “Touched by the winds of Local Governance. On 5th October,
13. Invited by the Rotary Club of
many seas: Lakhpat” at the Monsoon 2013.
Kandivli East to deliver a talk on”
Lectures of the Maritime History
2. Invited to Dr.V.N. Bedekar Institute Citizens Participation in Local
Society, Mumbai. of Management Studies for “Second Governance” on 23rd June,2014
18th October, 2013: Panelist at a book Management Development
14. Invited to conduct session for
discussion at the Nehru Science Centre. Conference” as a Resource person
the Orientation course at RDV,
“Prince Alexei Saltykov’s Journey across to speak on “Education System in Jabalpur on 21st July to 22nd
India” with Dr. Mariam Dossal and India” on 5th October, 2013. July,2014.
the translator of the book Ms. Ferina 3. Invited for One hour Live
Duggan-Polichtchouk and Tasneeem Interview on Doordarshan for Publications:
Zakaria Mehta. a Live Programme on Sakhi 1) Publication of a research article
Sahyadri on the theme “Role of “The Scope and Challenges
17th December, 2013: Talk on the of Regional Historiography”
Teacher Outside Classrooms”, on
History of Thane as part of the Lecture in the Journal of ‘History Past
28th November, 2013.
series at Kamala Raheja College of and Present, Commemoration
Architecture, Juhu and conducted a 4. Awarded “Bhagwan Buddha Volume, Vol-5 (2012), University
workshop for the students. National Fellowship Award Department of History, Magadh
for 2013” by Bharatiya Dalit University,Bodh Gaya, ISSN:2231-
March 10, 2014, Talk to visiting Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi in 3893.
students from St. Joseph’s University Decemeber, 2013.
in Philadelphia and the BMS of St. 2) Co-Authored Textbook for History
5. Successfully completed UGC and Political Science for the
Xavier’s College. Theme “The Jesuits in
Sponsored One Week Short Term Students of Xth Std, Recommended
India”
Course on “Strategy of Governance by the Goa Board of Secondary
Other activities: and Excellence in Higher and Higher Secondary Education,
25th – 27th October, 2013: On the Education” from RDV, Jabalpur, Published by Sheth Publishers.
organizing team for the 22nd session of M.P from 27th January,2014 to 1st ISBN-978-93-83681-98-3
the Indian Art History Congress at St. February, 2014 with Grade ‘A ‘. Dr. Fleur D’Souza
Xavier’s College, Mumbai. 6. Invited as a Resource by the Head, Department of History

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Economics-Commerce
Dr. Anvita Raguvanshi (Department
of Commerce)
• Dr. Anvita R aghuvanshi
and Abhishek Raghuvanshi,
‘Determinants of Shareholder
Gains in Acquisitions: An
Empirical Study of Indian
Corporate Sector’, selected for
publication in Indian Journal of
Finance, 2014 (ISSN 0973 – 8711).
Paper Presentations
Dr. Aditi Sawant
• `Foreign Direct Investment
in Indian Higher Education
System’, presented in CESI
Ms.. Hermione cutting a cake on the day of Farewell
A n nu a l Int e r n at i on a l
Tribute to Ms. Hermione Salazar Trend of FDI and its Impact Conference during December
on India’s Services Sector during 28-30, 2013, organised by
The Department of Economics pays Pre and Post-global Crisis (2008- Department of Economics,
tribute to Ms. Hermione Salazar (Ex- 09) Period’, Cambridge Scholars University of Calcutta,
Head of the Department) for her Publication. (Accepted for Calcutta.
tireless and dedicated service to the publication).
college. Ms. Hermione retired from • `Food versus Biofuel:
33 years of dedicated service on April • `Strength and Weaknesses Implications for Food
30, 2014. of Indian Agriculture Sector Security’ in the National
in the Era of Globalization, Conference on ` Emerging
Minor Research Project Procedia’ -Social and Behavioural Challenges, Opportunities and
Sciences, Elsevier. (Accepted for Issues Related to WTO and
Dr. Agnelo Menezes (2013-14)
publication). Indian Agriculture Sector’
• ‘A Study of the Current Two held during 21-22 November,
Dr. Agnelo Menezes
Wheeler Boom in Urban 2013 at New Delhi by Centre
Spaces: Conspicuous or • ‘The Urban Poor’s Food Insecurity’, of WTO Studies, Indian
Necessary Consumption?’ Xplore St. Xavier’s College, Institute of Foreign Trade,
This project was sanctioned by Mumbai, Publication, December New Delhi.
the University of Mumbai with 2010; Ruia College Journal 2014
(Due) • `An Analysis of pattern and
co-researcher Ms. Annapurna
trend of FDI and its impact
(Department of Statistics).
• ‘An Impact Audit of Urbanization on India’s services sector in
Papers Publication in Emerging Economies’, Xplore the pre and post crisis period’
St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, in the national conference on
Dr. Aditi Sawant Publication, December 2011, `Trade in services in India and
• `Food versus Biofuel: Implications Glocal University Publication, Inclusive Growth Paradigm:
for Food Security’ in the National March 2014 (Due) Emerging Opportunities
Conference on ` Emerging and Future Challenges’, held
• ‘An Economic Analysis of CSR
Challenges, Opportunities and during 22-23 August, 2013
Consulting Firms’, SIES (Nerul)
at Centre for WTO studies,
Issues Related to WTO and Indian College of Arts, Science and
IIFT, New Delhi.
Agriculture Sector held during Commerce Journal, Mumbai,
21-22 November, 2013 at New February 2014 (Due) Dr. Agnelo Menezes
Delhi by Centre of WTO Studies,
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade,. • ‘Managing Microfinance for the • ‘Food Security in India’,
(Communicated for Publication). Poor’, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Nat iona l Economics
Management Studies Research Conference, Ruia College,
• ‘An Analysis of Pattern and Journal, March 2014 (Due) Mumbai, January 2014.
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Winners of Econondrum Festival


Festival of Department of
Economics
Students on Industrial visit to Kisanvir Sugar Factory, District- Satara
In Econundrum (2013-14),
• Paper presentation: ‘An Committee (Board of Studies) participation included 9 colleges
Economic Analysis of CSR in all besides some independent
Consulting Firms’, National Dr. Aditi Sawant
entries without a contingent -
Business Economics • Syllabus Committee for OTSE (On the Spot Entries). The
Conference, SIES (Nerul) Corporate Finance, TYBA, basic purpose of Econundrum
College of Arts, Science Board of Studies, University is to encourage students for
and Commerce, Mumbai, of Mumbai (2013) theoretical and analytical thinking,
February 2014.
Dr. Agnelo Menezes intellectual stimulation and
• `Strength and Weaknesses interact with students from all
of Indian Agriculture Sector • Syllabus Committee for over the country.
in the Era of Globalization’, Econometrics, TYBA, Board
presented in International of Studies, University of External Speakers for
Conference on Trade, Markets Mumbai (2013) Economics Hounors Program
and Sustainability’ on 22-23 (2013-14)
Programmes organised for
February, 2013 at Symbiosis Department of Economics 1)
S .P Jain (Management
Institute of International
Institute) – Decision Making
Business, A constituent of • Industrial Visit to Kisanvir
Symboisis International Sugar Factury at Vai, 2)
Mr. Deepak Mohanty
University, Pune. District Satara and Food (Executive Director - RBI) –
Processing Unit at Mapro, Food Inflation
Research Guide Mahabaleshwar on 21-22nd 3) Mr. Gaurav Gupta (Dalberg’s
Ms. Hermione Salazar February, 2014. Regional Director for Asia) -
• Industrial Visit to Alok Textile Morality, Rational Choice and
• Faculty Coordinator and
Industries, Sylvassa, Div- Human Development
Research Guide of a Fulbright-
Nehru Senior Research Daman Union Territory on 4) Mr. Luis Miranda (CEO and
scholar- Mr. Abhay Ghiara 18th February, 2013. president of IDFC Private
By The United States – India Equity) - Public Choice and
• Academic visit to NSE,
Educational Foundation Bandra-Kurla Complex on Collective Action
(USIEF) in 2012-2014. 4th February, 2013. 5) Dr. Satoshi Miyamura (Soas
Summer School University, London) - Labour
• Organized visit at BSE for
Economics
Dr. Agnelo Menezes TYBA (Eco-Com) students
on 15th Jan. 2013 on topic 6) Mr. Kabira N. (World Bank)
• The Summer School for “Indian Economy and - Game Theory, Political
the year 2013-14 was based Financial Markets”, Lecture Economy of Africa
upon the theme of `Informal by Dr. Aditya Srinivas, COO
Dr. Aditi Sawant
Economy’. at BSE.
Head, Department of Economics
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bachelor of Mass Media
The objectives of the curricular and
co-curricular activities highlight the
need to develop an understanding
in students about the importance
of socio-political, cultural, economic,
historical and geographical fields for
any meaningful communication to take
place. Identifying that a knowledge of
science and art is equally important
for meaningful communication, the
following activities were undertaken
and executed by the BMM department.
(a) The North East Encounter-
Know your country
The prince of Tripura, Pradyut Bikram
Deb Barman spoke on the importance
of communication between people of
the North East and rest of India. He
explained that by simply spreading Diwali Vacations our Media department Alumni and
more information about common currently our Radio & TV instructor.
The first year students visited Bunker Key professionals from the industry
people from the NE states (Mary Kom, Roy’s Barefoot College in Jaipur,
Baichung Bhutia, Danny Denzongpa), conducted interactive sessions.
Rajastan. Here, the wealth of localized
the curiosity of the Indian psyche wisdom is employed in developing As part of the Summer School,
could be tapped and this curiosity in and implementing environmentally comprehensive modules on Public
homes across India could be turned sustainable technology. The local Policy, Understanding Culture through
into a surge for political peace in the community of artisans and crafts Art and Digital Media were conducted
region – an interaction that enthralled men/women design and develop solar by professionals in April 2014. These
and awakened the media professional power generation equipment and train were offered as part of the honors
within each student. indigenous people of other nations in program as well as certificate courses
(b) Bartholomew, Highway the same. This community is housed for non-honors students.
on my plate, Entrepreneurs in a facility that has been entirely
(e) Hosting a Fulbright
& P.Sainath- Zeitgiest built with local material and local
Scholar
Conference construction techniques and is the
recipient of the Agha Khan award for The Media department hosted Dr.
Zeitgiest - meaning ‘spirit of the ages’ structural excellence. Karen Jacobs, a Fulbright Scholar from
is a media conference conducted by the department of Native American
the students. This is the 4th year The second year students visited
Studies, University of Berkeley for
of the conference. The objective Sindhudurg district and conducted
a month from November 10 to
is to listen to sound bites from environmental conservation (turtle
December 10, 2013.
achievers and media leaders on how conservation) workshops for school
communication is a key to setting children. Dr. Karen conducted a month long
growth objectives for a nation, and program with our students on the
The third year students visited Amul
how it can also be used to untangle importance of systematically recording
Dairy Cooperative to understand
the convoluted understanding the various facets of indigenous
their marketing strategies, MICA
surrrounding complicated issues. cultures. Case studies through archival
for a campus orientation, NID for
The guest speakers invited were a films were used to understand how
an orientation in higher studies
melange of social and commercial such material had been used to secure
opportunities in Design and Gandhi
entrepreneurs, internationally the rights of Native Americans. Ideas
Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
recognised photographers, journalists and project proposals on applying this
and advertisers. (d) Eat Music, Live digital, knowledge in India were discussed.
and Get Passionate
(c) Barefoot College, (f) Learning Hindi
Ahmedabad and Karnala A lecture series was organized and
In association with Hindi Prachar
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Sabha, Mumbai, certificate courses with relevant skills for their growth, support, their valuable inputs and
in basic Hindi were conducted they have themselves been enriched. the precious time they have invested
by the department for interested Interactions with students keep the in helping us shape the course and
students as a working knowledge of mind agile, keep spirits young and
keeping it dynamic.
regional languages is necessary for offer updated knowledge.
understanding regional issues, Ms. Perrie Subramaniam
With gratitude, we thank the members
The department acknowledges that in of the Board of Studies for their Co-ordinator,
their endeavour to equip the students earnest chiding; their unconditional Bachelor of Mass Media

Master in Public policy


As Public Policy is an integral aspect of were chosen through an interview making bodies and think-tanks. In the
governance, it has become imperative process. These students completed course of the third semester, a viva
for the academic world to engage with their graduation through various voce is conducted to evaluate these
it to ensure efficient governance and disciplines – the student configuration
the establishment of a just society. On consisted of a journalist, a banker, a internships. The holistic nature of this
this count, in 2013-14, the College media graduate, commerce graduates course has been appreciated by many
launched an autonomous Master in but the majority were from the arts from across the academic sphere.
Public Policy programme, recognized / humanities background. Apart from
by the University of Mumbai. The first the holistic syllabus, the students Dr. Agnelo Menezes
batch consisted of 25 students who had to intern with various policy MPP Course Co-ordinator

Political Science
The inception of the St. Xavier's partisan politics. the rights of the marginalized
Political Science Association can be i.e. women, children, Dalits,
traced back to about 60 years. The • Vari ous S eminars and tribals and also those affected by
first foray of the Association was to Workshops attended by the displacement, - proponents of the
politically enlighten students thereby students. notable among which are Narmada Bachao Andolan and the
seeking to contribute towards ‘Civil Seminars on topics such as ‘Public Kashmiri Pandits.
Society Organizations’, by serving Policy’ at Mumbai University and
the society .However it has evolved ‘Taking India Forward’ and the ‘ • ‘ T h e X av i e r ’s Br i t i s h
manifold since its nascent stage. Over Jammu and Kashmir’ Workshop Parliamentary Debate’ (XBPD)
the years the Association has grown by the Jammu and Kashmir Study hosted from 17th – 20th January,
exponentially. Some of the activities Centre. 2014 is the flagship event of
undertaken by the Association this the XPSA. The main purpose
• The Essay Competition, of this event was to augment
year were the following: organized on a national scale, student, skills, such as oration,
Displaying the Records as
• inculcates among the students the formulating and critiquing
required by the National ability to frame organized and well policies and providing sustained
Assessment and Accreditation sustained arguments. The topics arguments - all of these at a
Council (NAAC) team in the for this year were as follows: time when we truly need to
month of July. a) PPP - Public Private better understand public-policy,
Partnership or Partners in transparent administration and
• Visit to the Vidhan Bhavan clean corporate governance. The
during the Monsoon Session by Plunder
b) Food Security Bill - a half event saw the participation of 28
the Third Year students and a teams from a wide array of colleges
brief interaction thereafter with baked scheme
c) T h e Un s u s t a i n a b l e and diverse academic disciplines,
Smt. Vidyatai Chavan – MLC from from across India-, These included
the Nationalist Congress Party, Development in India
the National Law School, IIT -
in order to augment empirical • The Annual Seminar at Khandala Bombay, National University of
understanding of the distinction from 9th – 11th January, 2014 Juridical Sciences, Narsee Monjee
between normative and positive aimed at sensitizing the third Institute of Management Studies
political theory and to understand year students majoring in Political and St. Xavier’s College- Mumbai.
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to our sponsors, Parimal K. Shroff theme. The theme this year was The members of the panel for the
& Co: Advocates, Solicitors & ‘Of Politics and Good Hope.’ academic year 2013-2014 were
Notary, and Enhance- a prominent Aastha Dalal (Chairperson), Diana
This is just a microcosmic view of the
cosmetic treatment service Frenchman (Treasurer), Nikita
activities of the XPSA. In actuality, it
provider. is a hub of highly sensitized, aware, Tilwani, Pratiksha Tripathi, Crislin
likeminded, cohesive group of students Rozario, Mansa Shukla, Rishab
• Issuing the ‘Vox Populi’, the
and teachers, who voluntarily put in Devnani and Varun Mittal. I take
annual magazine of the XPSA.
an immense amount of effort to make this opportunity to thank the editorial
It mainly comprises of research
all the activities of this Association board of the Vox Populi.
papers, articles, reports, accounts,
possible.
anecdotes and case study analysis Ms. Aruna Sundresh
of political phenomena, which are As the name suggests, the Association Head, Department of
commensurate with a particular is run by an elected panel of students. Political Science

Psychology
This year’s report on the activities psychology who choose to conduct an be chosen again and again. Fear must
and achievements of the Psychology observational study on Interpersonal be overcome, again and again.’
Department (2013-2014), takes the Attraction, learnt about the process
reader on a journey through the Love and Belongingness Needs
of research and about different
levels of the ‘Hieracrchy of Needs’. aspects of attraction. Our annual One of the most effective vehicles
To enlighten those who have never magazine- Uncommon Sense, another for personal growth is actually
encountered this theory, depicted department staple, although published interpersonal experiences. The need
diagrammatically by a pyramid, it is annually, has a different theme each for affiliation (the need to belong) is a
basically a conceptualization of human time. This year, the focus was on strong motivator for college students.
motivation, proposed by Abraham Cyberpsychology. The workshop by Ms. Sindhura
Maslow (1908-1970), a pioneer of Tamanna on Interpersonal and
Humanistic Psychology. Maslow This level of needs, though basic, is
Intrapersonal Effectiveness, gave our
proposed that human needs form extremely prepotent and should not
students improved communication/
a hierarchy that proceed from the be dismissed as trivial.
social skills, self-insight/ self awareness
most basic level of physiological needs and self confidence.
‘The sacred is in the ordinary…it is to
through intermediate levels, to the
be found in one’s neighbours, friends
highest level of self-actualization and ‘The fact is that people are good, give
and family, in one’s own backyard…
transcendence (which is more than people affection and security and they
this lesson can be easily lost. will give affection and be secure in
a complicated movie starring Johnny
Depp). Our department activities, both To be looking elsewhere for miracles is their feelings and behaviour.’
curricular and co-curricular, have been to me, a sure sign of ignorance that Esteem Needs
intended to satisfy our students’ needs everything is miraculous.’
at these varying levels. As we leave As students encounter challenges
one level, and step up to the next, Safety & Security Needs and find ways to cope, they develop
we shall take along a pearl of wisdom Although our students need novelty confidence in their own resilience.
from Maslow himself. and excitement in their college lives, Also, as they achieve the targets they
there is also a strong need for stability. set for themselves in academic and
Physiological Needs
For many of them, the stress that comes personal domains, they build a healthy
Lectures, tests, assignments, from uncertainties in their lives can sense of self worth, based on deserved
presentations - our students went be magnified by catastrophic thinking, self-respect, rather than external
through the gamut of all these to the level of a crisis. In September fame or unwarranted adulation.
fundamental processes to learn 2013, we organized a workshop on Our students who signed up for the
the basics of psychology. Although Crisis Management, conducted by Ms. workshop on Transactional Analysis,
these activities are available for all Ruchi Brahmachari. The participants conducted in February 2014, by Ms.
our students every year, it must be learned that although a crisis can Khushnam Engineer, learned to respect
recognized that in phenomenological spell imminent danger, it is also an themselves and others through the
terminology,, the learning experience opportunity for personal growth. process of interpersonal transactions,
of each student in any one year and so that the scripts they live by, can
across different years is varied. For ‘One can choose to go back toward safety fulfill their need for esteem from self
instance, the SY students of social or forward toward growth. Growth must and from others.

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‘We fear to know the fearsome and Riddhi Padhya on Problem Solving & We commend out TY class of 2014,
unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we Creative Thinking, helped satisfy this on their hard- earned cumulative
fear even more to know the Godlike level of needs. Given the tendency of grade points- CGPA ( that are far
in ourselves.’ many to be content with mediocre task from average). A special mention of
performance, this kind of workshop our two exceptional students who
Cognitive Needs took thinking and problem solving, achieved the 1st and 2nd ranks in the
In addition to the inbuilt cognitive out of the proverbial box, and a step entire Arts faculty. Kudos to Juhi Modi
challenge of the psychology syllabus closer to excellence. (CGPA of 3.83) and Sushree Sahu (
designed under the autonomous CGPA of 3.81), on their outstanding
‘A first-rate soup is more creative than performance that reflect their sincere
system for our students, the workshop a second-rate painting.’
on Research Operations by Ms effort, consistent quality of work,
Self-Actualization Needs attention to detail and a positive sense
Hansika Kapoor provided further
of self efficacy- a powerful forces in
cognitive stimulation by helping our
Our students make various their lives. Also noteworthy was the
students understand the processes presentations in their course work performance of Urvi Paralkar, who
of conducting and publishing but come into their own when stood 5th in the Arts faculty (CGPA
research in psychology. While not preparing and presenting a seminar of 3.77). Congratulations to Sharlene
all students desire programs at this paper, at our annual departmental Fernandes for topping the Psychology
level of complexity, those who possess seminar in Khandala. This year’s theme Majors, based on achieving the highest
both the aptitude and the curiosity was particularly challenging, i.e The total in all the nine psychology papers
for research, enjoyed the learning Biological, Physiological, Neurological of our 3 year undergraduate program.
experience at this workshop. Research Approach to Psychology. A total of
without sound statistical knowledge 16 papers were presented on various ‘What is necessary to change a person,
is like bread without butter and so topics under this theme with about a is to change his awareness of himself.’
our TY students were given intensive 100 students attending the seminar. I’d like to conclude by acknowledging
training in inferential statistics through The students who took up the challenge the commitment, the dedicated, high-
a series of guest lectures by Prof. Felix of researching and presenting a paper quality work, and the sincerity of
Almeida, ex-head of the Mathematics were clearly those who were able to my department colleagues, Prof.
Dept. of our college. realize their potential. Ruby Pavri and Prof. Linda Dhakul,
‘I was awfully curious to find out why ‘If you plan on being anything less in ensuring that our students meet
I didn’t go insane.’ than you are capable of being, you their varying needs, and continue to
will probably be unhappy all the days maintain high academic standards,
Aesthetic Needs despite the everyday irritations,
of your life.’
problems and often chaotic whirlpool
Students are faced with a range
Transcendence of CIAs, retests, additional exams, etc.
of situations wherein they need to
Special thanks to Prof. Ruby for her
make decisions and find solutions to The final level in this hierarchy
contribution in transforming her idea
problems. What gives our students the focuses on the achievement of our of a Maslowian framework for this
edge is the capacity to think divergently TY students who have transcended department report into reality.
so that the solution is not just effective, the graduate level of education, and
but also aesthetically pleasing. The moved beyond our classrooms, into Ms. Maureen Almeida
workshop by Ms. Benaaz Irani & Ms. the lives and careers they have chosen. Head, Department of Psychology

Sociology and Anthropology


The academic year 2013-2014 was of Ethnicity, Identity and Change”, The Annual Department Seminar was
a crucial year for the Sociology submitted in July 2012. held on the 5th, 6th and 7th of
and Anthropology Department. September 2013 at Khandala. The
In July 2013, delegates of the National students of the Sociology Academy
Ms. Pranoti Chirmuley joined the Assessment and Accreditation Council helped in organising the seminar.
department as a full time Assistant (NAAC) visited the college. The
Professor, and we are happy to report Students presented papers based on
NAAC team was impressed with every the running theme of the department:
that she has been awarded a Doctorate aspect of our department– right from Religion in Contemporary Times.
by the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the ambience, the courses that the
New Delhi in December 2013 for her department offers, the syllabus framed The Sociology Academy organised a
thesis entitled “A Sociological Study for every course, the Honours activities screening of the documentary film
of the Parsi Community: Questions and student achievements. ‘Reading Between the Lines’ on 23rd

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August 2013. Produced by Ms. Sayalee Notably, the NAAC delegates expressed
Karkare, an alumna of St. Xavier’s, their pleasure at the functioning of
the film examines the reading culture the Honours Programme during an
in Mumbai and the spaces (physical interactive session with the students.
and imagined) associated with it. The The consolidated efforts of Ms.
documentary very beautifully captures Vinita Bhatia, Honours Program Co-
where, when and how people read in ordinator, and her volunteers of the
our city. Honours Programme have always kept
pace with the changing times.
In the second semester, the Academy
organised a Career Workshop for all The Department Faculty also made a
students on the 21st and 22nd of few noteworthy contributions: on a major ICSSR-funded research
January 2014, highlighting a number project.
of fields open to students with a Dr. Sam Taraporevala
background in Sociology. Most of • Co-published a journal article
• Facilitated the Demystifying
the resource persons were ex-students entitled ‘The Disability Exception
Disabilities Workshop at the
of the department. A focal point and the Triumph of New Rights
Summer School 2013 with
of this workshop was the presence Advocacy’ in the National
students from the University of
of Mrs. Radhika Vivek, Executive University Juridical Sciences Law
California (Berkeley, USA) and
Director with Sheffield Haworth, who Review evaluating the copyright
St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous),
enlightened students on the scope of exemption from a legal and social
Mumbai. It was entitled
Human Resources available to students movement dimension.
‘Economics and Development in
with a background in Humanities. Indian Society’, at which students • Was the lead plenary speaker
The Honours Programme, of which of both the institutions were at a national conference
Ms. Vinita Bhatia is in charge, offered introduced to the lives of people ‘Harnessing Technology for the
the following courses to the students: with visual impairment. This was Empowerment of Persons with
held on the 28th of June 2013. Visual Impairment’ on the theme
• Winter Seminar on Environmental ‘Accessing Banking Services–A
Justice by Ms. Janjri Jasani and Ms. • Was keynote speaker at the state-
Retrospect and Prospect’
Edel Monteiro. The course ended level seminar on Educational and
organised by the National Institute
with an action project wherein the Career Guidance for the Visually
of the Visually Handicapped in
students participated in a beach Challenged held on 29th June,
New Delhi.
clean-up drive after the festival 2013 at the Blind Students’
of Ganesh Chaturthi. Learning Centre, Department • Gave the inaugural address at a
of Education and Extension in seminar on Disability at Miranda
• Sustainable Development by Ms. association with the Office of House, Delhi.
Denise Fernandes, an alumna of Student Welfare, University of
the college. As a final project, Pune. He also presented on the • Jointly presented a paper on
participants conducted fieldwork theme ‘Careers in the Social ‘Numbers and Reactions’ at
research on varied topics of their Sciences’. Techshare, New Delhi.
choice.
• Participated in a stakeholders’ • Was involved as Research Director
• Anthropology of Photography by meeting called by the Copyright in the publication of “Numbers
Ms. Suryanandini Narain held in Office Ministry of HRD, and Reactions—A Report on
November. Government of India to plan Mathematics and Science Access
India’s stand on the draft clauses for the Visually Challenged”(ISBN:
as developed by the standing 978-81-929012-0-6), which took a
committee on Copyright and socio-technical perspective on the
Related Rights (SCCR) of the issue.
World Intellectual Property Ms. Madhuri Raijada
Rights Organization (WIPO). The
meeting was held in New Delhi. • Facilitated a session on Regional
Disparities in Economic Growth
• Was appointed as Research – A Sociological
Collaborator and Technical
Consultant by the K. J. Somaiya Analysis of the Informal Sector in
Comprehensive College of India at the Summer School 2013
Education, Training & Research with students from the University
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of California (Berkeley, USA) and Suppression of the Society of Jesus and 13th
St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), in 1773 AD” at St. Xavier’s, Delhi December
Mumbai entitled ‘Economics and on 21st October 2013. 2014.
Development in Indian Society’
• Attended a UGC Refresher Course • A
on the 5th of July 2013.
on "Sociology" at Academic Staff discussion
• Presented a paper on College, Kumaun University, was held by
“Middle Class: Historical Nainital from 3rd to 23rd Ms. Shilpi
Mo o r i n g s (C ontinuities December 2013. Gulati and
and Discontinuities)” at an Divya, on
• Presented a paper entitled, the Film
international conference ‘Tracking
"Changing Tr e n d s in “Deva to Delhi: Punjab Migrants”
the Growth of India’s Middle Class’,
Environmental Thought in for SYBA ethnography students on
which was held at Baroda from
Contemporary India," at the 28th January 2014.
27th November 2013 to 29th
National Seminar, "Changing
November 2013.
Trends in Indian Society," • Ms Meera Khokani, an ex-student,
Ms. Vinita Bhatia organised by UGC-Academic held a lecture on Media and Social
Staff College, Kumaun University, Extremism (Twitter) for FYBA
• Presented at a National Seminar Nainital on 19th December 2013. students on 4th February 2014.
on ‘Genders, Feminisms and
Sociologies: Towards a State of Dr. Pranoti Chirmuley Our students did well on the academic
Alteredness’, on Conceptualising front too—Sadia Zafar got the 3rd
• Presented a paper entitled: “Parsi place overall in the Arts stream
Popular Culture, organised by
Zoroastrians Abroad: Questions of and also topped in Sociology, while
the Department of Sociology,
Migration, Change and Identity” Sharmishta Bose came second with
University of Mumbai from 29th
at the Trinity College Round a full Sociology major.
to 31st January, 2014.
Table Discussion on the theme
• Students of the department of Identity and Migration on the The academic year 2013-2014 ended
together with Ms. Vinita Bhatia 30th of August, 2013. with a number of fun-filled and
attended the "Seventeenth educational activities. They are as
• Presented at the International follows:
Gulistan and Rustom Billimoria
conference with students and
Endowment Seminar" on 22nd
faculty of the University of • Field trip for the students of TY
February at the Asiatic Society.
Stuttgart (Germany), St. Louis to the Polyester plant of Reliance
The theme of the seminar was
University (USA), Stellenbosch Industries Ltd at Patalganga on
"Debating 377 of the IPC".
University (South Africa) and St. 11th January 2014.
Dr. Arun de Souza Xavier’s College (Autonomous) on
• A nt h rop o l o g y E x h i bit i on
‘Globalisation and Mobility’ held
• Facilitated a session on Regional organised by FYBA anthropology
in January 2014 at the college. She
Disparities in Economic students on 1st February 2014.
spoke on ‘Parsis, Diaspora and
Growth– “Rural Fantasies, This was their second CIA.
Questions of Identity Preservation’.
Urban Dreamscapes: The Story
• Field trip to the Govardhan Cheese
of Maharashtra’s Regional In an effort to go beyond the syllabus,
Factory on the outskirts of Pune
Disparities” at the Summer School the department organised a number
city to see the processes involved in
2013 with students from the of guest lectures during the course of
cheese-making. This was organised
University of California (Berkeley, the academic year:
on 19th February 2014 for the TY
USA) and St. Xavier’s College
• Mr.Milind Ranade, General students.
(Autonomous), Mumbai, entitled
Secretary of the National Trade
‘Economics and Development in Finally, we would like to say a sincere
Union of India held a lecture
Indian Society’ on the 5th of July thank you to all the students of the
on trade unionism in India for
2013. SYBA for organising a farewell for the
TYBA students of the work and
TYBA students.
• Presented a paper on “The management course.
Sociology of Contemporary As always, the Department looks
• Suryanandini Narain held a lecture
Vocations to Religious Life” at forward to a great deal of academic
on ‘writing in Social Sciences’
Ashirwad, Bangalore on the 3rd fervour and involvement in the future.
focussing on assignment and
of October 2013.
presentation skills for TYBA Dr. Sam Taraporevala
• Presented a paper on “The students of the work and Head, Department of
Sociological Context of the management course on 12th Sociology and Anthropology

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Biotechnology
Biotechnology as a subject has far- Rajasthan, from the 26th of January to Int J. Chem Vol2(4) Oct -Dec 2013.
reaching effects and benefits on the 1st of February, 2014. They visited
five industries relevant to our field of • Nikhil Bardeskar, Nikhil Thangiah,
all strata of human society, such
Sharang Kolwalkar, Norine
as biotechnological advances in study– Morarka Organic Foods Ltd.,
D’Souza, John Cyriac, Vivien
pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food and Jaipur Municipal Corporation Sewage
Amonkar: Quantification of
diagnostics, to name a few. The objective Treatment Plant, and Birla Institute of
cadmium tolerance of soil isolates
of our department is to inculcate values Scientific Research in the city of Jaipur;
by atomic absorption spectroscopy
and impart state-of-the-art training to Maharana Pratap Agricultural Institute
(AAS). Conference Proceedings
budding biotechnologists. and Saras Dairy in the city of Udaipur.
DBT sponsored National
These industries provided invaluable
Results of the MSc-II 2013 Conference on “Modern Analytical
insight into the various avenues of
Batch Techniques in Microbiology”
Biotechnology, and students were able
conducted by the Department of
Distinction- 16, First Class- 8, Second to obtain a first-hand experience of
Microbiology, Fergusson College,
class- 2 processes right from sludge treatment
Pune. ISBN number 081-2617-
Four of the students were offered and and bioremediation, to mushroom
9675
have accepted admission into the PhD cultivation and plant tissue culture.
program of the National University of Dr.Shiney Peter, Ms.Norine Dsouza Oral presentations:
Singapore with research scholarships. and Dr. Biswa Chatterji accompanied
the students on the visit. • Aakanksha Sawant, Akanksha
This was facilitated through a meeting Mhatre, Arokia Rani, Krupa
arranged by the department. External Research projects: Vyas, Mayuri Mhatre, Rachana
The following activities were conducted Vaidya, Sayali Jadhav, Sheena
A few of the projects completed by Varghese, Norine D’Souza, Vivien
during the year 2013-14: M.Sc. Part II students: Amonkar: Using Biowastes for
Palindrome 2014 Students completed 4-5 month-long Enhancing PHB Production by a
internships at reputed research centres Soil Isolate, at the DBT sponsored
Palindrome is the annual
like ACTREC, BARC- Mumbai, National seminar on “Trends in
Biotechnology festival of St. Xavier’s
National Institute of Virology-Pune, Environmental Biotechnology
College, organised by the M.Sc.
National Institute of Oceanography- and its Applications”, St. Aloysius
Biotechology students in an attempt College, Mangalore, in December
to merge concepts of the subject along Goa, and National Chemical
Laboratories- Pune. Some of the 2013.
with the spirit of competition. This
year, Palindrome was held on 15th research projects completed are: • Aakanksha Sawant, Akanksha
January 2014 and had a footfall of • In silico analysis of differences in gut Mhatre, Arokia Rani, Krupa Vyas,
250 students from all over Mumbai, microbiota among monozygotic Mayuri Mhatre, Rachana Vaidya,
participating in 9 Biotechnology-based and dizygotic twin pairs from two Sayali Jadhav, Sheena Varghese,
events taking place over the course continents. Norine D’Souza, Vivien Amonkar:
of the day. The major sponsor for the Optimising the Production of
entire event was Lupin Limited. The • To evaluate the effect of prolonged Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) by
“Palindrome 2014” overall trophy darkness on the development of a Soil Isolate and Analysing its
was won by K.C. College. Every year marine diatom biofilms. Properties, at the International
Palindrome associates with a social Conference on Chemistry “Cutting
• Structural studies on atypical Rho Edge: Nano, Green and Beyond”,
cause, to do something constructive
GTPase: Rho H. St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai in
for the society and help those in need.
Our social cause for the year 2013-2014 • Determining the role of p38α January 2014.
was “REAP – Reach Education Action MAPK signalling pathway in • Nikhil Bardeskar, Nikhil
Programme”, which works towards regulating tumorogenesis observed Thangiah, Sharang Kolwalkar,
educating slum dwellers from various upon plakophilin 3 loss. Norine D’Souza, John Cyriac,
parts of Mumbai and empowers women Vivien Amonkar presented
by encouraging cottage industries for Publications by the
Department: on Quantification of cadmium
their self-sustenance. tolerance of soil isolates by atomic
Industrial Trip to Rajasthan • Gulshanara Shaikh, Norine absorption spectroscopy (AAS),
Dsouza, Hoshang Master, Madhuri at the DBT sponsored National
The M.Sc. Part I students undertook Hambarde: Cytotoxicity of Novel Conference on “Modern Analytical
the annual industrial visit to the state of Pyrazoline derived compounds in Techniques in Microbiology”,
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Fergusson college, Pune in January Josna Jacob, Jyoti Rawat, Jyoti Mumbai in September 2013.
2014. Bharti, Sayal Jadhav Varsha Bodke,
Yamini Nair, Vivien Amonkar, Ms. Norine Dsouza
• Gulshanara Shaikh, Norine Norine Dsouza presented on
Dsouza, Hoshang Master, • 2 day DBT sponsored National
Analytical inter-relation between seminar on “Trends in
Madhuri Hambarde presented saturation levels, storage and deep
on Cytotoxic evaluation of few Environmental Biotechnology
frying of household oils using and its Applications”, St. Aloysius
novel 2 –Pyrazoline Derivatives at Iodometry and UV absorption
the International Conference on College, Mangalore in December
as a public health benefit at the 2013.
Chemistry “Cutting Edge: Nano, International Conference on
Green and Beyond”, St. Xavier’s Chemistry “Cutting Edge: Nano, • 2 day International Conference on
College, Mumbai in January 2014. Green and Beyond”, St. Xavier’s Chemistry “Cutting Edge: Nano,
Poster presentations: College, Mumbai in January 2014. Green and Beyond”, St. Xavier’s
College, Mumbai in January 2014.
• Anju James, Cristabelle De’souza, Students attended:
Josna Jacob, Jyoti Rawat, Jyoti • 2 day DBT sponsored National
• The Indian Science Academies’
Bharti, Varsha Bodke,Yamini Conference on “Modern Analytical
Lecture Workshop on “Biowaves:
Nair, Norine Dsouza, John Cyriac Techniques in Microbiology”,
The Pulse of Biology” organised
presented on Green synthesis Fergusson college, Pune in January
by the Department of Life Science
of pigments using microflora in and Biochemistry on November 2014.
biocompost samples and their 29th and 30th, 2013 at St. Xavier’s Guest Lectures organised:
industrial applications at the College, Mumbai.
Sajjan Gupta Konark memorial 1. Dr. Jos V.M. Welie, Professor,
award, S.I.E.S College, Mumbai in • National Seminar at the Tata Center for Health Policy
December 2013. Memorial Hospital, Radiation and Ethics, Creighton University,
Medicine Centre which was USA gave a lecture on ‘Biomedical
• Aakanksha Sawant, Akanksha organised by BARC for student Technologies, Human Nature,
Mhatre, Arokia, Krupa Vyas, exposure and understanding in and the Sanctity of Life– an
Mayuri Mhatre, Rachana Vaidya, the current delves of radiation Ethical Analysis’ for Postgraduate
Sayali Jadhav, Sheena Varghese, medicine being used for treatment Bioscience Students on 25th
Norine D’Souza, Vivien Amonkar of cancer.
November, 2013.
presented on The use of biowaste
Faculty Attended:
medium for microbial production 2. Richard Noronha, Food Safety
of Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), a Dr. Shiney Peter Officer, TUV India, Pune gave a
constituent of Eco-friendly Plastic at lecture on ‘Quality Control and
the Sajjan Gupta Konark memorial 2 day Symposium and Workshop Assurance and Career options in
award, S.I.E.S College, Mumbai in on Pluripotent Stem Cells in Food Technology’ in January 2014.
December 2013. Adult Mammalian Gonads at the
National Institute for Research in Dr. Vivien Amonkar
• Anju James, Cristabelle De’souza, Reproductive Health (NIRRH), Head, Department of Biotechnology

Botany
The Department of Botany continued Ph.D degree St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous),
to be vibrant with various activities. Mumbai on behalf of Indian Science
Mr. Kalpit Mhatre, who worked for
Academy, Mumbai on November 29th
Guest Lectures his Ph. D. degree under the guidance
of Dr. Shinde, was awarded a Ph. D. and 30th 2013,
Prof. Kanchi Gandhi, Curator of degree in Botany in January, 2014. His
Nomenclature at The Harvard They also attended the International
thesis is titled “Taxonomic studies on
Herbaria, Harvard University, Boston, Conference on Chemistry “Cutting
medicinal plants of Raigad district,
USA delivered a lecture on 22nd Edge: Nano, Green and Beyond”
Maharashtra – with special reference
February, 2014. to Ethnobotanical Aspects”. organised by the Department of
Chemisty of St. Xavier’s College on
Prof. M. Sabu, from University of All the teachers of the department the 6th and 7th of January 2014.
Calicut, delivered a lecture on ‘Gingers attended a workshop on “Biowaves:
of India’ on February 16th, 2014. The Pulse of Biology” organised by Dr. Rajendra Shinde

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• attended the DBT-sponsored, of Mumbai, from 5th to 11th • Rajendra Shinde and Rajdeo Singh
two day- National Workshop March, 2014. (2013) presented “Digitization and
on “Chemoprofiling of Some quantitative Assessment of some
Therapeutically Important Plants • was invited by the University of
medicinal plants species from
using Sophisticated Instruments – Pune to evaluate and conduct
the Ph.D. degree Viva-voce Thane District, Maharashtra” at
HPTLC and HPLC” on February the XXIII Annual Conference
examination. He judged the “Zonal
4th and 5th, 2014 at Ruia College, of Indian Association for
Level Science Exhibition 2013-14”
Mumbai. Angiosperm Taxonomy and
at D.S. High School, Mumbai,
• attended a one day workshop National Seminar on “Recent
• was requested to join the Advances in Plant Taxonomy
on “Understanding Academic
meeting of the Collaborative Research” organised by the PG
Performance Indicators” organised
Undergraduate Research and Department of Botany at RTM
by Gurunanak College of Arts,
Education (CURE) Programme
Science and Commerce on Nagpur University.
held at Homi Bhabha Centre for
25th January 2014, as well
Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai Publications:
as a workshop on “Career
in June 2013.
Advancement Under UGC 1. Kalpit Mhatre, Rajdeo Singh,
Regulations 2010” arranged by • attended a meeting organised Sweedle Cerejo and Rajendra
Bombay University and College for the coordinators of the Star Shinde (2013): ‘Diversity of
Teachers Union on October 4th College Scheme at Ruia College, Mangroves in Raigad District,
at Vidyapeet Vidyarthi Bhavan, Mumbai in August 2013. Maharashtra and need for their
Mumbai.
Poster presentations: conservation’ Int. J. Environmental
• was present at a workshop on Sciences, Vol 2 (04): 205-209.
“Phylogenetics” conducted by • Rajendra Shinde, Rajdeo Singh, (ISSN: 2249-2127)
the Department of Botany, Goa Sweedle Cerejo and Mhatre Kalpit
University on 24th and 25th (2014) presented ‘Alternative 2.
Nandikar M., Rajdeo Singh,
August, 2013. conducted lectures Medicines from Plants – Green R. Gurav and Rajendra Shinde
for M.Sc. Herbal Science at Ruia Chemistry in Action with (2013): ‘L e c totypif icat ion
College and for M.Sc. Taxonomy special reference to the plants and Notes on the identity
students at Dapoli Urban Bank from Mumbai, Thane and Raigad of C hr i stin s oni acal carata
Senior Science College, Dapoli. districts’ at the International (Orobanchaceae), Rheedea,Vol 23.
Conference on Chemistry “Cutting (ISSN: 0971-2313).
• attended a course on “Soft Skills Edge: Nano, Green and Beyond”
Development” organised by organised by St. Xavier’s College Dr. Ujwala Bapat
Academic Staff College, University (Autonomous). Head, Department of Botany

Life Sciences and Biochemistry


The Department of Life Science & over 230 participants. Select TYBSc 11th - 13th January 2014. Mrs.
Biochemistry had numerous highlights and MSc students introduced the Meera Pinto, professional soft-
in the academic year 2013-14. speakers and proposed the vote of skills trainer conducted a session
thanks. on ‘Speech etiquette’ for the TYBSc
Department Activities: and MSc students, while the
• The second volume of ‘Lignum SYBSc students made their CIA-II
• A Board of Studies meeting was Vitae’, the annual magazine of presentations at Khandala.
convened in October 2013, with the Department was launched
the agenda of ratifying changes by Dr. Tarla Nandedkar and Dr. • The TYBSc and MSc farewell was
made to the UG (Life Science Fr. Frazer Mascarenhas, SJ, on held on 14th February 2014 in the
and Biochemistry) and MSc (Life the 29th of November 2013, at College Hall.
Science) syllabi. the inauguration of the Lecture
Workshop series. The editorial • The Life Science department, in
• The department organized a collaboration with the biological
board comprised of 8 Life Science
Science Academies’ Lecture students from FYBSc and SYBSc. science departments of the
Workshop entitled “Biowaves college organized a Hands-On
– The Pulse of Biology” on the • An academic seminar Practical Training Workshop on
29th and 30th of November 2013. was conducted for SYBSc, ‘Research Methods in Biology’ for
It garnered a very good response TYBSc and MSc students at selected SYBSc students from the
from colleges across Mumbai, with St. Xavier’s Villa, Khandala, from biological science faculties, from

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15th – 17th April 2014. Dr. Priya 6. Dr. Nishigandha Naik, Haffkine Workshop on ‘Research Methods
Sundarrajan, Dr. Radiya Pacha Institute, Mumbai - ‘In vivo in Biology’ in April 2014.
Gupta, Dr. Maya Murdeshwar, Imaging Systems’
Dr. Radhika Tendulkar and • Students also volunteered at
Dr. Sheeja Vasudevan were the • Dr. Autar Mattoo, US Department ‘Antarchakshu’, organized by the
of Agriculture, Bettsville, USA- XRCVC, Malhar and Janfest, and
resource persons for the workshop
Plant Biochemistry participated in various activities
and conducted various scientific
of the Social Involvement
sessions for the students. Student Activities: Programme (SIP).
• Four new faculty joined the Competitive exams: Internships and Research Experience:
department this year:
TYBSc students Mr. Ashwin D’Souza, Second year MSc students of the
Dr. Manasi Kanuga (PhD in Ms. Natasha Lewis and Ms. Zeba department interned at KEM/Breach
Biology, University of Idaho, USA); Khatri were selected for MSc/Int-PhD Candy hospitals, or NIRRH, Parel, as
Dr. Maya Murdeshwar (PhD in programs in TIFR, Mumbai. part of their Clinical Microbiology
Biophysics, IISc, Bangalore), lab. First year MSc students interned
Dr. Sheeja Vasudevan (PhD in Ms. Nicole D’Souza (MSc) qualified
for one day every week for the second
Biophysics, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai), for the GATE examination with a high
semester at the TIFR or NIRRH as part
Ms. Pampi Chakraborty (PhD in percentile rank.
of a collaborative experiential learning
Life Science, BARC, Mumbai) Summer programmes/ Scholarships: programme.
• Ms. Sheetal Fernandes and Ms. Ms. Ninoshka D’Souza, TYBSc, was Student projects:
Girija Venkatesh resigned from the awarded a full scholarship for the 1 year
department. TYBSc projects were conducted in
program at York University, Canada,
groups, with 2-8 students per project.
Guest Lectures In The under the Ontario – Maharashtra –
Six projects were undertaken by the Life
Goa scheme.
Department: Science (6U) students and 8 projects by
Ms. Aishwarya Acharya, SYBSc, the Biochemistry students.
• Dr. Ajit Varki, Glycobiology
was awarded a scholarship by Yale
Research and Training Center, MSc projects: 3 projects consisting of
University, USA, for their Summer
UCSD, USA. ‘Adventures in 2 students per project were carried out
Program between May – June, 2014.
Anthropogeny: ‘What makes us under the guidance of Dr. R. Tendulkar,
Human?’ As part of The Wellcome Publications in Science Magazine: Dr. S. Das and Dr. R. Pacha Gupta, Dr.
Trust – DBT India Alliance: Public Chaudhari K and Fernandes A. (2013) P. Sundarrajan and Ms. S. Shetty.
Lecture Series – 2013: Evolution of Zebrafish – Irrefutably earning their
College Rankers:
the Human Mind. stripes. LignumVitae. 2:29-31.
YEAR CLASS STUDENT
• Dr. Pavitra Rao, Weiss-Cornell Conference/ Seminars/Workshops:
2012-13 FYBSc Ms. Aishwarya Acharya
University, USA. (ex-student of the
department) Undergraduate and post-graduate SYBSc Mr. Clinton Savio
students of the department participated Alwyn Fernandes
‘Characterization of cpw-wpc in: TYBSc (3U) Mr. Joshua Miranda
proteins in malarial parasite P. TYBSc (6U) Ms. Janice D’mello
• Science Academies Lecture
falciparum’ MSc I Ms. Karina Chaudhari
workshop ‘Biowaves – The Pulse MSc II Mr. Vaibhav Mhatre
• Science Academies’ Lecture of Biology’ organized by the
Workshop: ‘Biowaves – The Pulse department during November Staff Activities:
of Biology’ 2013.
Awards: Ms. S. Shetty and Dr. P.
1. Dr. Jayesh Bellare, IIT-Bombay, • International Conference Sundarrajan won 2nd prize and
Mumbai- Nanotechnology ‘Chemistry Cutting Edge – Nano, Dr. R. Tendulkar won the 3rd prize
2. Dr. Shobona Sharma, TIFR, Green and Beyond’ organized by for poster presentation at the
Mumbai- Parasitology & Cell the Department of Chemistry, St. International Chemistry Conference
Biology Xavier’s College (Autonomous), on “Cutting Edge – Nano, Green and
Mumbai, on 6th and 7th January Beyond”, organized by the Department
3. Dr. Bhaskar Saha (NCCS), 2014. Students presented posters of Chemistry, St. Xavier’s College -
Pune - ‘Reciprocity in Biological at the conference. Autonomous, Mumbai on 6th and 7th of
Regulation’ January 2014.
• MSc students attended the
4. Dr. Satyajith Rath, (NII), New 12th Sophia Nobel Oration in Poster / Paper Presentations:
Delhi -‘Immune system- Past, January2014 at Sophia College,
Present and Future’ Mumbai. • Dr. R. Pacha Gupta- Poster
presentation at ‘Integrating Basic
5. Dr. Smita Mahale, (NIRRH), • SYBSc students participated in and Translational Research in
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organized by the Department of of International Programmes, St. Women, Mumbai, in January 2014.
Microbiology, Maharaja Sayaji Xavier’s College (Autonomous),
University of Baroda, December Mumbai, from May 2013. She was • Dr. P. Sundarrajan, Ms. S. Shetty
2013. invited to give a talk on ‘Genetics’ and Dr. M. Murdeshwar attended
at Elphinstone College, Mumbai, the ‘Bioinformatics Workshop
• Ms. S. Shetty and Dr. P.Sundarrajan, in September 2013, as part of on Biomolecular Interactions’
Dr. R. Tendulkar, Dr. S.Das and the DST – INSPIRE mentorship organized by the Department of
Dr. R. Pacha Gupta - Poster programme. She was also invited Biotechnology and Bioinformatics,
presentations at the International to give a seminar to faculty and Dr. D Y Patil University, Navi
Chemistry Conference on ‘Cutting Mumbai, in January 2014.
Ph.D students of NIRRH, Mumbai
Edge – Nano, Green and Beyond’,
on May 5th, 2014 on “Nobel Prize • Dr N. Mangalore conducted a
January 2014.
winning work in Immunology” session on ‘Evaluation’ for college
• Dr. M. Murdeshwar- Paper teachers at the Academic Staff
• Mr. P. Ratnaparkhi was elected as
presentation at the National College, University of Mumbai, in
the Chairman of the Staff Council
Conference on Frontiers in February 2014.
for 2014-17.
Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
(NCFIBB) – ‘Macromolecular • Dr. M. Kanuga was invited to be a • Dr. R. Tendulkar was an external
Interactions in Biology’, part of a team developing the syllabi examiner for the Diploma Course
organized by the Department of for the Certificate Programme for in Bioinformatics at the Sophia
Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Teaching of Elementary School College for Women, Mumbai
Padmashree Dr. D Y Patil Science by the Department in June 2013. She was invited to
University, Navi Mumbai, January of Education in Science and deliver lectures for MSc students
2014. Mathematics, NCERT, New Delhi. at NMIMS SOS, Mumbai, on
She attended the review workshop Anatomy and Physiology between
Extension Activities: November 2013 – January 2014,
for the same in July 2013.
• Dr. Seema Das, Dr. Priya and Neurobiology in April 2014.
Sundarrajan and Dr. Maya • Dr. S. Das served as an external She also delivered Neurobiology
Murdeshwar, in collaboration examiner in Life Science at lectures at the Sophia College
with Mr. Herman Rodriguez, the University of Mumbai for Women, Mumbai, between
were involved in soil testing and examinations held in October January – March 2014. Dr. Radhika
biodiversity studies in the tribal 2013. was also invited as a resource
areas of Wada near Pune, with • Dr. N. Mangalore, Dr. R. person for a faculty seminar on
the objective of helping the tribals Pacha Gupta, Dr. S. Das, Dr. P. Neuroscience, held in St. Xavier’s
understand and utilize the available Sundarrajan, Mr. P. Ratnaparkhi, College, March 2014.
natural resources to enhance Ms. S. Shetty and Dr. R. Tendulkar
their produce in a meaningful, The enthusiasm of all the members of
attended the ‘Tree of Life’ lecture- the department contributed in making
sustainable fashion. workshop series at Jai Hind this year a fruitful one.
Other Activities: College, Mumbai, in December
2013, and the Science Academies’ Dr. Nandita Mangalore
• Dr. R. Pacha Gupta was lecture-workshop series ‘Sense and Head, Department of Life Sciences and
appointed the Director, Council Sensibility’ at Sophia College for Biochemistry

Microbiology
In the academic year 2013-14, the Results • The annual Department exhibition
Department of Microbiology was ‘Micro Buzz’, which has been
involved in autonomous B.Sc. results- May 2013: Distinction conducted without a break
44%, First Class 40% since 1989, saw its 25th year. The
courses for all three undergraduate
exhibition was presented by the
and two postgraduate years, which is Only one student completed the last
SY students in July and was greatly
a first. Faculty and students continued non-autonomous M.Sc. program appreciated for the quality of
to strive for excellence. To modify conducted by the department. She content, creativity and presentation
Vincent Lombard’s quote: “The quality secured a first class and an admission it brought forth. It served as both,
of a department is in direct proportion
into the PhD program in Molecular an introduction to the varied
to its commitment to excellence”.
Biology in the University of Utah, USA. advances in Microbiology, and a
We were joined by some new faculty
welcome into the Microbiology
this year, namely Dr. Priyadarshan Student Activities department.
Keluskar, Dr. Aparna Talekar, and Ms.
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completed summer internships in TYs in  February. The activities Journal Publication
the fields of Food Microbiology at were coordinated by Ms. Karuna
Sheetal Uppal, Deeksha M
ITC Maratha Hotel, Sky Gourmet Gokarn.
Shetty, and Narendra Jawali (2014)
(Flight Kitchen); and Medical
Postgraduate published ‘Cyclic AMP receptor
Microbiology at Kokilaben
protein(CRP) regulates  cspD, a
Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital • External Projects bacterial toxin gene in Escherichia
and Sunflower Laboratory
The M.Sc. Part II students coli.’ in the Journal of Bacteriology
and Diagnostic Centre. These
completed a 3-4 month long 196: 1596-77 IMPACT FACTOR:
internships helped the students
external project in several 3.177.
gain valuable experience.
departments of research institutes, Conference Proceedings as full
• Project based learning: TY students such as Radiation Biology and paper
completed Industrial Microbiology Health Safety Department,
based projects under the guidance Molecular Biology Division, Food Deeksha M Shetty, Sheetal
of Ms.. Sangeetha Chavan and Technology Division, Immunology Uppal, and Narendra Jawali
Ms. Miriam Stewart, while the Section at BARC; Department presented ‘Purification of histidine
SYs researched several aspects of Biological Sciences at TIFR; tagged cyclic AMP Receptor
of the “Microbial biodiversity Protein (CRP) in Escherichia
Department of Infectious disease
of mangrove soil”. Their work coli using Low Pressure Liquid
Biology, Department of Structural
was presented through posters. Chromatography’ at the DBT
Biology, Genetics Research
Furthermore, SY students sponsored National Conference
Centre, Department of Molecular
researched the ‘Microbial diversity on “Modern Analytical Techniques
Endocrinology at NIRRH; NIO,
of pesticide degraders in Mumbai in Microbiology” conducted by
Goa; ACTREC, Kharghar; The
soil’ as part of a collaborative study the Department of Microbiology,
Foundation for Medical Research, Fergusson College, Pune. ISBN
with the University of Houston.
Mumbai. number 011-2617-9675.
They were supervised by Ms.
Karuna Gokarn and Dr. Ms. Vivien Examples of projects: Oral Presentations
Amonkar.
“Using radioisotopes to study Zina Fernandes, Alston
• Honours Programme: activities change in protein profile of ‘A549’ Jonathan Fernandes presented
this year included two technique cell line after Mycobacterium on ‘Comparison of traditional
workshops for the FYs–Plasmid tuberculosis infection.” and rapid methods for microbial
isolation and Study of antibacterial detection in a pharmaceutical
effects of plants. . A self study “Construction of a suitable
product’ at DBT sponsored
guided programme in Basic recombinant plasmid vector for
National Conference on “Modern
Statistics was held for SY and heterologous over-expression
Analytical Techniques in
TY students - they attended of protein Peroxiredoxin for
Microbiology” held in Fergusson
specific online lectures and solved Anabaena to E.coli.”
College, Pune in January 2014.
problems based on the different • Internal Projects
topics covered. It was coordinated Deeksha M Shetty, Sheetal
by Ms. Sangeetha Chavan. Like the SY students, the M.Sc. Uppal, and Narendra Jawali
Part II students completed group gave an oral presentation on
• UMAX activities: ‘Purification of histidine tagged
research projects on the ‘Microbial
diversity of mangrove soil’. but cyclic AMP Receptor Protein
Industrial visit to the Bhandup
their focus was mainly on the (CRP) in Escherichia coli using Low
Water Purification Plant.
application aspects. Pressure Liquid Chromatography’
Water Potability testing of college at the DBT sponsored National
drinking water supplies was Thus they studied the potential Conference on “Modern Analytical
carried out this year, too. Water of mangrove derived micro- Techniques in Microbiology” held
from the different drinking sources organisms in bioremediation of in Fergusson College, Pune in
was microbiologically analyzed crude oil, azo dyes and heavy January, 2014.
every month and a report was metals, in the biosynthesis of
Deeksha won a prize for the best
submitted to the Principal and asparaginase, in waste treatment
oral presentation for the above.
the Administrator to ensure safe and as biofertilizers. They were
drinking water in college. guided by Dr. Aparna Talekar and Poster Presentation
Dr. Ms. Vivien Amonkar.
The SY & the FY students’ Tasneem Ginwala, Maria Judith
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‘Bioremediation of Heavy metals • Was invited to participate at the Dr. Priyadarshan Keluskar
by Bacterial Isolates’ at the DBT Meeting on ‘Intellectual Apostolate’
sponsored National Conference on at Curia, Rome from 12th to 14th • Attended the DBT sponsored
“Modern Analytical Techniques in December, 2014. National Conference on “Modern
Microbiology” held in Fergusson Analytical Techniques in
College, Pune in January, 2014. • Invited Participant in the Microbiology” held in Fergusson
“International Workshop on  College, Pune in January, 2014.
Faculty Activities Collaboration, Leadership and
Mission” at St. Xavier’s College, Other Department activities
Dr. Ms. Vivien Amonkar Ahmedabad, and was a Relator • Organisation of a lecture by Dr.
• Presented conference proceedings for the session ‘Designing an Ms. Momna Hejmadi, Director
as full paper called Quality Ignatian Programme’.She was also of Studies: M.Sc Programmes,
Benchmarks in Autonomy at the a member of the panel discussion Dept. of Biology & Biochemistry,
NAAC sponsored State level ‘Summing up the main issues’ :24th University of Bath, UK on “Life in
conference on “Autonomy to to 28th February, 2014. the Extremes : Neurodegeneration
Colleges and role of IQAC” held • Invited participant at “Knowledge and DNA Repair” on the 8th of July,
in Fergusson College, Pune on 11th Economy Partnership All India 2013.
September, 2013. ISBN No. 978- meet” organised by the British
93-5126-825-3. • Co-organisation of a Three Day
Council at IISER Pune on 13th Hands on Workshop for Biology
• Supported Dr. Frazer Mascarenhas and14th March, 2014. Students on “Research Methods in
SJ in conducting a 2-day Faculty • Member of the Advisory Biology” held on 15th, 16th and 17th
Enrichment Programme Committee of the DBT sponsored April, 2014 with all the Bioscience
“Understanding Autonomy National conference on “Modern departments and the Caius
in Higher Education Today:  analytical techniques in Laboratory for Interdisciplinary
Perspectives and Concerns” at St. Microbiology”. Research.
Xavier’s College of Arts, Science &
Commerce, Mapusa, Goa on the • Presented “Review of how St. • MOUs signed
28th and 29th of March, 2014. She Xavier’s achieved ‘Autonomous’  With University of Houston for 5
presented two sessions– Quality status’” at the workshop organised years.
Systems under Autonomy and for faculty and students of New
Teaching-Learning Pedagogy. York University, Steinhardt for  Completed Industrial Project on
Higher Education Policy, USA, Dextran Fermentation with Swati
• Gave a Keynote address Education during their visit to St. Xavier’s Spentose Pvt. Ltd. for 3 years 2011-
for the Future - Novel Curriculum at College in January 2014. 2014.
the 5th National Conference on
‘New Paradigms in Academic • Member of the LCRD (Loyola Gratitude to Alumni
Improvement’ at KristuJayanti Centre for Research and The department is extremely grateful to
College, Autonomous,  Bangalore; Development) Research Advisory alumni for their academic and financial
8th May, 2014. Board, Ahmedabad. contributions.
• Invited by Deccan College, Pune Ms. Miriam Stewart & Dr. Ms. Vivien • Dr. Foster Gonsalves who leads
to a discussion with the Steering Amonkar Product Development at a New
Committee of the university York City based biotechnology
regarding the preparation for • Attended the National Conference
on “ Microbiology Horizons In start-up company that focuses
assessment by NAAC and for a on oncology drug development
presentation Identifying Quality Biomedical Sciences” organised
by Department of Microbiology, presented Personal Experience of
Benchmarks to the faculty of the Entrepreneurship on 7th January,
College on 12th May, 2014. Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil College,
Vashi, New Mumbai on 27th and 2014.
• Member of the ASM Journal of 28th September, 2013. •
Dr. Jayant Bhanushali,
Microbiology & Biology Education Director & Owner, Amar
(JMBE) Editorial Board as reviewer. Ms. Karuna Gokarn
Immunodiagnostics Pvt. Ltd.,
• Was invited to participate at • Resource Person for “Plasmid Hyderabad presented Different
the workshop on ‘Training for Isolation and Transformation” types of ELISA kit development
leadership through collaboration’ during the Three Day Hands for undergraduate students and
at Vinalaya, Andheri on 21st & 22nd on Workshop for Biology “Hands on” in development of
September, 2013. Students on Research Methods in hybridomas for postgraduate
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students on 25th January, 2014. the department, with increasing late brother, Kevin Rasquinha
complexity according to the year of towards the upgradation of the PG
• Dr. Jayant Bhanushali also donated study. Microbiology laboratory facilities.
a large number of ELISA kits
which enabled us to include the •
Dr. Caroline Pai donated Dr. Ms. Vivien Amonkar
technique for all the students of 20,000 USD in the name of her Head, Department of Microbiology.

Zoology
The Zoology department had many at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai on • Participated in a lecture workshop
interesting activities for the year 2013- 29th and 30thNovember 2013. titled “Sense and Sensibility” held
14 at Sophia College Mumbai on 20th
• Participated in a lecture-workshop and 21st December 2013.
Guest lectures titled “Sense and Sensibility” held
at Sophia College Mumbai on 20th • She received a University
• Hans Dalal gave a lecture on Research Grant for a project on
and 21st December 2013.
‘Tiger Conservation and Poacher Nanosynthesis.
Rehabilitation’ on 3rd July 2013 Dr Sujata was also invited to deliver
lectures • She participated and presented
• Dr. Mehul Vora delivered a lecture a paper at the UGC sponsored
on ‘Ageing using C.elegans as a • On the“Sociobiology of Wasps”: International conference
model’ on 9th December 2013. On 21st – 23rd Aug 2013 and 23rd “Chemistry cutting edge : Nano,
• Dr. Leon Pereira gave a lecture on – 25th Oct 2013, Green and Beyond” organised by
Conservation of snakes in the 21st the Department of Chemistry, St.
• As a Master resource person for
January 2014. Xavier’s College Mumbai on 6th
Teachers’ Training Programme
and 7th January 2014.
Workshop on ‘Social Insects’ organized by
The Society for Environment & • Attended the UGC sponsored
• Dr. Surendra Ghaskadbi Development (SED), New Delhi workshop on “Hands on training
conducted a workshop on for Biological Sciences’ from 10th
‘Regeneration in Hydra and stem • On NCSTC. “Astrobiology” : to 15th March 2014.
cell therapy’ on 11th January 2014 On 9th Feb 2014, Department of
Extramural Studies, University of • Re-appointed Chair-person Adhoc
Field Trips Mumbai. Board of studies, Zoology at SNDT
• A Departmental Excursion was University, Mumbai from March
Mr. Conrad Cabral 2014 to March 2016.
organized to Kaziranga National
Park for the TYBSc and SYBSc • Attended a seminar “BIOWAVES Dr. Madhuri Hambarde
students from 30th October to 9th “conducted by the Department of
November 2013. Life Sciences, St. Xavier’s College • Received a University Research
in November 2013. Grant for a project on ‘Antioxidant
• FYBSc students went on a field trip Activity of Tea’.
to Vishnu Baug, Badlapur on 18th • He attended a Staff seminar on
August 2013.  • She co-authored a paper
‘Flipped classroom’ by Tim Savage
presentation at the UGC sponsored
• TYBSc students were taken to at St. Xaviers College.
International conference
Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth Dapoli • Became Visiting faculty for MSc “Chemistry cutting edge : Nano,
on 19th-20th January 2014. Part I Dept of Life Sciences and for Green and Beyond” organised by
• Cross faculty course and TYBSc the Diploma in Bioinformatics at the Department of Chemistry, St.
students were taken to Katraj Zoo Sophia College. Xavier’s College Mumbai on 6th
and Central Bee Research Institute and 7th January 2014.
• Completed the Orientation
on 16th January 2014. • Has a publication to her credit
Program with an A grade at the
Staff activities UGC Academic Staff College in The International Journal of
Kalina from 25 Oct to 24 Nov 2013. Chemistry. Dr. Madhuri was
Dr. Sujata Deshpande examiner for semester V and VI
• Was staff in-charge of the college Zoology (old and new course) at
• Attended “Biowaves: The Pulse of fest ‘Malhar’ University of Mumbai.
Biology”: A Science Academies’-
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committee and Secretary of Jhunjhunwala College. College Mumbai.
Institutional Animal Ethics
committee. • She was Convenor of Library This academic year saw the department
committee of the college and receive grants from Star College and
Dr. Smita Krishnan was Chairperson of Institutional DST FIST in service of upgrades to
Animal Ethics committee. laboratories and courses.
• Attended UGC sponsored National
Level seminar on “Dynamics of • She was the subject expert for Dr. Smita Krishnan
Mangroves” on 29th and 30th the CAS promotions at Wilson Head, Department of Zoology
November 2013 at Ramniranjan College, Chowpatty and Sophia

Forensic Science
In the academic year 2013-14, the of the Indian Justice - delivery system Microbiology, St. Xavier’s College. The
Certificate Program in Forensic Science from ‘crime scene to courtroom’. workshop was attended by students
course had 35 new students enrolled from all over Mumbai and the session
In October 2013, Ms. Riva Pocha and
for the program, many of whom are was tremendously successful in
Ms. C Samyukta collaborated with the
professionals from the field of Law and spreading awareness about Forensics.
Pravin Gandhi College of Law, Mithibai
Education. It gave the participants an opportunity
College in drafting the Trial Advocacy
Problem for a National Level Trial to understand the contemporary
The students, over the course of the
program, were exposed to different Advocacy Competition conducted at analytical methods used in Forensic
areas of forensic practices that are Mithibai College. The problem was labs.
relevant today. Equipped with their designed to be contemporary, with
In January 2014, Ms. Riva Pocha and
basic knowledge in the field, and regard to the changing face of crime as
witnessed in the country today. Ms. Sejal Gupta were invited to conduct
practical exposure, they researched a series of lectures on Forensic Science
and prepared extensive Crime Scene In January 2014, Ms. Riva Pocha for the MSc Applied Medical Sciences
Reports in the form of ‘Mock Charge- and Ms. Sejal Gupta with the help of program conducted through the Life
Sheets’ which were then presented ex-student of the programme, Ms. Science Department of the college.
before professionals in the field in the Aloki Doshi conducted a Forensic
form of a ‘Moot Court’. This experience Workshop at Palindrome, the Annual Dr. Pushpa Sinkar
gave the students an overview, with departmental festival organized by the Co-ordinator
practical experience, of the process M.Sc students of the Department of Forensic Science Program

“It is quite possible


overwhelmingly probable, one might guess
that we will always learn more about human life and personality from
novels than from scientific psychology”

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BSc-IT
The academic year 2013-14 marked
the successful completion of the
second autonomous T.Y.B.Sc.IT batch
graduating under Dr. Jyoti Singh as
co-ordinator.
Honours Programme:
The department completed its sixth
year of the honours programme, with
Mr. Subhash Kumar taking over as the
coordinator of the course. Five students
of TYBSc.IT participated in the two
credit course of Project Management
using Agile and Design Patterns.
TY BSc. IT Projects:
Khandala Seminar 2013-14
The TY students developed projects
as part of their curriculum. The the likes of Price Water Cooper the year 2013-14. Several activities
faculty members in the Department House, Bristlecom, and Mphasis. This were conducted by the IT Society
functioned as their project guides. The was truly a great achievement for in co-ordination with the members
projects covered a range of domains the students and certainly a feather of the staff. Mr. Subhash Kumar was
like hardware, web-based projects, in the department’s cap that our the convener of the committee and
medical diagnosis utilizing AI, android students were hired during the campus Mr. Attray Agrawal was the student;s’
based application projects, and so on. interviews itself. representative . The following is the
Some further examples are: list of presentations, seminars and
Khandala Seminar - cum -
discussions held under the IT society
• “NFC smart cards” an innovative Presentation
project by Mr. Aaron Johns 1. Changing Trends in IT – a
The department of BSc.IT left for
demonstrated how NFC smart presentation by Mr.. Kevin D’Cruz
its very first successful Khandala
cards can be used to automate seminar conducted mainly for the 2. Study options Abroad – Ms.
processes. sixth semester students. The group Rashida Haidermota
• A white line sensing robot was comprised of 53 students. The Faculty
members accompanying them were 3. Basics of Python Language, a
developed by Ms. Shraddha programming language - Mr.
Pandya and Ms. Blossom Coelho. Mr. Roy Thomas, Mr. Subhash Kumar
and Ms. Lydia Fernandes. It was a Kedar Deore (SYBSc )
The project was completed in co-
ordination of rules and regulations three-day seminar and was held at 4. Stories by Professionals of the
laid out by IIT Mumbai. St. Xavier’s Villa, Khandala from 29th Trade - Ms. Dipika Singh and
to the -31st January 2014. Academic Mr. Utkarsh Patkar
• “Game of CrissCross” was activities included laptop presentations
developed by Mr. Kevin Vaz and written blackboard-chalk and talk Workshops:
and Ms. Deepika Vadera using demonstrations in three different
A 3 hour android - workshop was
Artificial Intelligence and LAN courses, namely, Data Warehousing
conducted for the students of SYBSc
Gaming for Android Mobile and Mining (DW&M), Advanced Java
and TYBSc. by Mr. Dhanesh Malviya,
Devices and Windows Phone (Adv.Java.) and Enterprise Resource
who offered interesting insights on
Devices. Planning (ERP) . Some of the topics
the topic and offered important
well presented at the seminar were:
Job placements basics on the life-cycle of an android
Decision Making algorithms, Bayesian
application, right from its inception
Through the academic year 2013-14, Classification in DW&M, Struts, and
to its deployment. He also spent
18 students were placed in different Six Sigma concept in the subject of
time interacting with the students
IT companies through campus ERP.
on various topics that could be used
placements. Mr. Roy Thomas was in as a base for their android projects.
IT Society:
charge of placements. Some of the
prominent companies that showed An enthusiastic group of students came Dr. Jyoti Singh
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Chemistry
10TH June 2013 – The Dawn of a
New Academic Year 2013-2014:
The Department of Chemistry was
enthusiastically looking forward to
two events scheduled to be held during
the academic year – a visit from the
NAAC team from 19th-21st July, 2013,
and the International Conference in Freddy H. Havaldar, have been analytical instruments and were
Chemistry on 6th and 7th January, 2014. awarded Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry by each awarded a Certificate of
the University Of Mumbai. Participation.
The NAAC team visited the Department
on 20th July, 2013 during which the Ms. Gulshan Shaikh has been awarded 3. Dr. Abhilasha Jain, Dr. Ashma
latter presented an objective list of the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry under Aggarwal and Mr. Marazban Kotwal
its achievements. The Department is the guidance of Dr. Hoshang Master. conducted an Honours Programme
proud to mention that the Chairman for FY, SY and TY students. Students
The Chemistry Department is engaged in a Library Project, Book
of the NAAC committee honoured exceptionally pleased to announce
the Chemistry Department for its Review and a Research Project
that the First TY Batch under the titled, “Expedient Photo – Fenton
unparalleled accomplishments and Autonomous system have cleared their
exceptional performance during the Degradation of Dyes in Presence of
examinations with flying colours. Organic Additives”.
period 2007-2013.
Guest Lecture: 4. Four TY students appeared for an
Eminent scientists from both India
and abroad were part of the two-day Dr. James Wilton–Ely, a Senior Aptitude Test conducted by the
International Conference, “Chemistry Lecturer in Green Chemistry at the Indian Chemical Society and one
Cutting Edge: Nano, Green and Imperial College, London was invited student, Mr. Clinton Fernandes
Beyond’, hosted by the Department for a guest lecture on “Organometallic was awarded a certificate.
Of Chemistry in association with Chemistry”. His extensive experience
5. Two TY students, Mr. Clinton
the Nadkarny – Sacasa Research in the area of Co-ordination and
Fernandes and Ms. Soniya Rupani
Laboratory. The conference was Organometallic Chemistry provided
participated in “WHAT THE FUN
graced by the attendance of renowned great insight about the subject, and the
RASAYANAM 2014” organized
speakers such as Dr. Paul Jelliss, St. session was truly an enriching learning
by the Department of Chemistry,
Louis University, USA, Dr. Wolfgang session for Chemistry students.
Institute of Chemical Technology,
Kaim, Stuttgart University, Germany Academic and Industrial Visits: Mumbai and were awarded the
and Dr. Narayan Hosmane, Northern first prize.
1. The Department of Chemistry
Illinois University, USA.
organized a six - day Industrial Activities of The Faculty:
Approximately 170 delegates from Visit for FY, SY and TY students
Dr. Freddy H. Havaldar and his
India as well as from abroad attended to Jaipur and Jodhpur during the Doctorate students published three
the Conference, which aimed at Diwali vacations. The visit was a research papers during this academic
promoting research and encouraging grand success with 115 students year in both National as well as
collaboration between industry and 4 Department faculties International Journals.
and academia. World-renowned participating in this visit.
Neurologist and Padma Bhushan Dr. Freddy Havaldar
2. A three–day workshop and a one
recipient Dr V.S. Ramachandran • Microwave-promoted synthesis of
- day Orientation Programme on
delivered the Valedictory speech. Dr some novel 4-(4-methyl- phenyl)-
‘Instrumentation in Analytical
Ramachandran is best known for his substituted phthalazin-1-one
Chemistry’ was arranged for our
contribution to the field of Behavioural derivatives published in “synthetic
Chemistry Honours students at
Neurology and Psychophysics. He communications” (london), vol.43
P.S.Ramanathan Instrumentation
addressed the congregation on the (8), 1127-1137 (2013).
Laboratory, Ruia College by Dr.
subject matter of ‘What Neuroscience
Pralhad Rege. The programmes • Syntheses of some novel
tells us about the Mind’.
were held on the 26th – 28th 1,3,4-oxadiazole derivatives and
The Department Of Chemistry is December, 2013 and on the 19th their potential biological activity.
proud to announce that Mr. Sandeep February, 2014 respectively. Published in “asian journal of
Burudkar and Mr. Azad Kumar Students were acquainted with the research in chemistry”, vol.6 (2),
Sharma, under the guidance of Dr. working of various sophisticated 97-100 (2013).

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• Microwave promoted one-pot • Dr. Ashma Aggarwal attended a Postgraduate students of Loyola
synthesis of some novel n-aryl Refresher Course in Chemistry College, University of Chennai,
isoquinoline derivatives. Published in conducted by the Academic Staff “Biochemistry of the Brain and
“journal of heterocyclic chemistry”, College, University Of Mumbai. Questions raised by Neuroscience”
vol.50 (4), 828-837 (2013). on 26th August, 2013.
• Ms. Gulshan Shaikh, Dr. Roy
• Comparative study of c-alkylation, Pereira, S.J., Mr. Marazban • Presented a paper,
n-alkylation and o-alkylation Kotwal, Dr. Ashma Aggarwal “Internationalization of Higher
reactions under microwave and Dr. Abhilasha Jain attended Education” at the National
irradiation and phase transfer National Symposium on “New Conference, Higher Education:
catalysts employing non- Vistas in Chemistry” organized Policy, Leadership & Practices
conventional alkylating agents. by Department of Chemistry and (CCCK Conference) at Christ
Published in “international journal Royal Society Of Chemistry at University, Bangalore from 22nd to
of chemistry”, vol.2 (3), 318-323 Wilson College, Mumbai. 23rd November, 20 13.
(2013).
• Dr. Geeta Kotian and Ms. • Participated in the International
• Mr. Marazban Kotwal, Dr. Ashma Saima Khan attended a one–day Conference “21st century
Aggarwal and Dr. Abhilasha Jain workshop on “Green Chemistry” Universities: The Future of
published two research papers conducted by American Chemical Higher Education in South Asia.”
during this academic year in Society. organized by the British Council
National as well as in International on 27th & 28th November, 2013 in
Journals. • Mr. Marazban Kotwal, Dr. Ashma
Aggarwal, Dr. Abhilasha Jain Dubai, UAE.
Dr. Pralhad Rege published one and Dr. Pralhad Rege attended a • Presented a paper, “Has Science
research paper titled Simultaneous “Laboratory and Health & Safety and Technology eliminated God...?
determination of norfloxacin Workshop” at ICT, Mumbai. A look into the Findings from
and metronidazole in combined Neuroscience” at the International
drug formulation by a simple • Mr. Marazban Kotwal attended
a one-week Soft Skills Course Conference on Science,
electroanalytical technique.Published
conducted by Academic Staff Technology and Values organized
in international journal of pharma
College, University Of Mumbai. by Jnanadeepa Vidyapeeth, Pune
research and development, 2013; vol
on 2nd February, 2014.
5(04): june-2013 (064 – 070) Dr. Roy Pereira, S.J. attended a one week
course, “Contemporary Strategies • University of Mumbai Minor
Dr. Abhilasha Jain published two
for teaching and Evaluation.” at the Research Grant has been awarded
Chapters in a book entitled, “Green
Academic Staff College, University to Dr. Roy Pereira,
Chemistry- Fundamentals and
Applications” and three Chapters in a of Mumbai from 14th to 21st March, • S.J. for the project “Developing
book entitled, “Microwave – Assisted 2014. a novel route for the synthesis of
Organic Synthesis – A Green Chemical • University of Mumbai Minor impurities in active pharmaceutical
Approach”. Research Grant awarded to Dr. ingredients”.
Dr. Abhilasha Jain, Mr. Marazban Roy Pereira, S.J. for the project • Dr. Roy Pereira, S.J. was the Expert
Kotwal and Dr. Ashma Aggarwal “Developing a novel route for the on the Selection Committee,
published a paper titled Effective synthesis of impurities in active Department of Chemistry, Swami
Photo-Fenton Degradation Of Dye pharmaceutical ingredients”. Vivekanand College, Mumbai
Methyl Green In Presence Of Organic • Dr. Roy Pereira, S.J. presented on 2nd December, 2014. He is
Additive, in International Journal papers at numerous National also on the Academic Board of
Of Pure And Appl. Chem., Volume. and International Seminars/ Campion School, Mumbai. He
8(2),2013 ,153-161. They also published Conferences during this academic also serves on the Academic
a paper called ‘Expedient Degradation Council, Management Board and
year.
Of Dye Methyl Green By Enhanced the Governing Body of St. Xavier’s
Photo – Fenton Process : A Green • Presented a paper, “Putting College, Mumbai along with his
Chemical Approach’, in Journal Of the Mind back into Medicine: duties as Provost / Vice-Principal
Applied Chemistry. Volume.2(1),2014. Neuroscientific evidence for the (Academics).
role of the Chemistry of Attention
Dr. Gulshanara Shaikh published We now look forward to our Third TY
in Health Outcomes” at the
in the International Journal of batch under the Autonomous system to
CTNS Colloquium, University of
Chemistry,  Vol. 2(4), 453-459, (2013) a soar to new heights in the coming year.
California, Berkeley, USA on 24th
paper titled Synthesis, Characterization
May, 2013.
and cytotoxic evaluation of some novel Dr. Freddy H. Havaldar
2- Pyrazoline Derivatives. • Invited guest speaker to Head, Department Of Chemistry

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Geology
The academic year 2013-14 for the
geology department was, as in the
past very eventful and with many
success stories. On the student front,
we had the first batch of M.Sc under
autonomy, graduating. This batch
brought laurels for the department
through their academic as well as
extra- curricular activities.
The following M.Sc students qualified successfully completed internships at from Bharkacch-Bari-Bareli-Sohagpur
the ONGC, Tata-Petrodyne and ICS. area of Central Narmada Basin,
Hoshangabad and Raisen Districts,
CSIR-UGC JRF/ Lecturership The department also bagged the M.P’ .
examination - 'Nebula' Intercollegiate Geology
Festival Trophy 2013 held in Parvatibai Mr. Vikram Pratap Singh participated
December 2013 Chowgule College of Arts & Science, in the 24th Indian Colloquium on
1. Prathamesh Samant Gogol-Margao, Goa. Micropaleontology and Stratigraphy
2. Christer Pereira held at Wadia Institute of Himalayan
3. John D'souza The first TERRA Festival: Our own Geology, Dehradun, 18-20 November
4. Bijal Chudasama Intercollegiate Geology Festival - and made an oral presentation – ‘Late
5. Arnold TERRA was held between the 12th and Quaternary Oceanographic Changes
13 of December and seven institutions in Sulu Sea: Planktic Foraminiferal
June 2013 from across the country participated. Evidences. 24th Indian Colloquium on
1. Angana Chaudhuri The overall best trophy was bagged Micropaleontology and Stratigraphy.
2. Tanzil Deshmukh by: Parvatibai Chowgule College of He has also contributed a chapter
Arts & Science, Gogol-Margao, Goa in a book : Holocene: definition
UPSC GSI EXAM 2013
1. Gyzel Rodrigues On the ocassion of TERRA lectures and current status in the Geological
were delivered by : Dr. M.D. Sastry, Time Scale; Holocene: Perspectives,
Four of our third year students secured Environmental Dynamics and Impact
Head, Research and Development at
ranks in the first 20 in the all India Events, (Ed.) B.S. Kotlia, ISBN 978-1-
Gemmological Institute of India on
- Joint Admission Test for Masters 62257-722-4; Nova Science Publishers
'Diamonds - Origin and evaluation'
(JAM) bagging the 1st, 2nd 7th and USA. Published: 2013.’
and by Mr. Sudipta Basu, Reliance
15th ranks. Nine students from this
Petroleum on "Petroleum Systems Mr. Bobby Mathew, presently working
batch have bagged seats in the IITs and
Analysis - A Key Hydrocarbon towards the completion of his doctoral
ISM for their post graduate studies.
Exploration Tool”, thesis through the UGC - FIP,
BSc Students: presented a paper in: International
The departmental magazine TERRA
JAM EXAM for admission to IIT Conference On “Water, Wastewater
- was also released on this occasion.
in MSc & Isotope Hydrology” Ic-Wwish-2013,
The Magazine is now registered under
1. Rashesh Saraiya (AIR 1) 25- 27th July 2013, Bangalore.
ISSN and the TERRA is a registered
2. Surya Subryamanyam (AIR 2)
trademark. Mr. Prathmesh Samant qualified the
3. Abaan Ahmed Momin (AIR 7)
4. Denzil (AIR 14) Faculty Member achievements: CSIR/UGC NET, State Eligibility Test
5. Siddharth Kshatriya (AIR 23) (SET) - 1st Rank, Ph.D Entrance Test
6. Tahani Aziz (AIR 58) The department faculty members along (PET- Mumbai University), GATE
7. Vandit Vyas (AIR 88) with their regular teaching have been 2014, setting an example for students
8. Lian Yang (AIR 90) active in the field of research and as well as faculty members.
9. Reuben Fernandes (AIR 91) consultancy.
Dr. Goutam Bandyopadhyay and
10. Aurpita Saha (AIR 108) Mr. Ashwin Pundalik participated Dr. Pravin Henriques were invited to
Admitted to the Indian School of in the 30th Convention of Indian present their research work at the Fifth
Mines University Association of Sedimentologists" 28- National Seminar on “Gemmology”
1. Vandit Vyas 30 November, 2013 at Department organized by the Dept. of Geology,
of Geology, Manipur University, Govt. Motilal Vigyan Mahavidyalaya,
2. Reuben Fernandes
Imphal and presented a paper - Bhopal (M.P) under the aegis of:
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and Technology, Bhopal (M.P), South As a part of the extension activities paleontological studies, Student
Asian Association Of Economic of the department, the faculty petrological microscopes for regular
Geologist (SAAEG) and Indian members have been invited for guest undergraduate training, hand held
Science Congress Association Bhopal lectures. Dr. Samant continues to be GPS units for field mapping and
Chapter and Indian Science Congress a resource person for the Academic Electrical Soil Resistivity equipment
Association (ISCA), Bhopal Chapter. Staff College, University of Mumbai. for geophysical surveys. The funds for
The following were the contributions : He delivered a guest lecture in this equipment were made available
B.N. Bandodkar College - Refresher through the DST-FIST grant.
Goutam Bandyopadhyay 2014:Gold Course in Environmental Sciences:
Occurrences in Sudan' (Abstract) lecture- "Erosion Control and Water Field work:
Conservation Techniques" on 11th Field work is an integral part of
Dr.Henriques P.J: Basic gem
February 2014. He was also invited our subject and this year too our
identification techniques versus
by the Association of Petroleum students were trained by our faculty
modern day high tech instrumentation
Geologists as a Resource Person during in various aspects of field geology
methods. (Abstract) and Ultraviolet
their two day field excursion to Nashik and geological mapping. short
light: its application and use in gem
on 8th -9th March 2014. duration field visits were organised
identification. (Abstract)
to places around Mumbai city. The
Mr. Ashwin Pundalik and Mr. Vikram first year students visited the Utan-
Dr. Henriques P.J presented his
Pratap Singh conducted popular Dongri -Gorai area also the Elephanta
research work ‘Back to the basics: science (geology) talks for the Teach
Reviving the art of preliminary Island to understand local geology.
For India affiliated schools, with an
gem identification’ at the National The second year students visited the
aim to introduce the fascinating subject
Symposium on “Challenges of Mineral Khandala-Lonavala-Pune area for
of geology to under-privileged school
Development in Central India, understanding the nuances of Deccan
students.
Problems and Prospects” organized by Flood Basalts and typical landforms
South Asian Association Of Economic Dr. Goutam has been instrumental in and structures exhibited by them. The
Geologist (SAAEG) Jabalpur Chapter generating revenue for the department annual geological field mapping camp
and Mahakousal Institute of Gem and college through his consultancy in was held in Bhuj, Kutch district of
Testing & Research Centre. Jabalpur. petrography for Godrej and Rio Tinto. Gujarat where our third year students
Madhya Pradesh. (Abstract). Dr. Pravin continues to be a consultant were rigorously trained for a period
and in-charge of the Diploma and of ten days in techniques of geological
Sayandeep Banerjee published an Certificate courses in Gemmology. mapping.
article. The details are as follows: Biswas
.A; Majumdar. D D and Banerjee Lecture Series: To gain from the New faculty members:
.S (2014) Morphometry governs the expertise of professionals in geology This academic year also witnessed
dynamics of a drainage basin: analysis and allied domains, the department new faculty members joining and
& its implications., Geography Journal; invited external speakers as a part of some proceeding for other venues.
Hindawi Publishing Corporation, the TERRA - Prof. Sukeswala memorial Mr. Sayandeep Banerjee joined the
Volume 2014, Article ID 927176 http:// Lecture series. We had: department and his specialisation
dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/927176 ISSN: 23rd January 2014:Lecture " Well as a structural geologist has further
2314-4203. Site Selection and Oil Well Drilling strengthened our academic setup.
Operations" Prof. A.B. Thakore Mr. Prathamesh Samant and Ms.
Dr. Hrishikesh Samant was invited to Debarati Das, both alumnus joined
(ONGC Chair Professor), M.S.
attend the Geospatial World Forum the department on a short term
University of Baroda.
- 5th -9th May 2014 in Geneva, teaching assignment. Ms. Debarati
Switzerland where he presented the 23rd September 2013: Lecture: Core was awarded the MEXT scholarship
work done by his research scholars Analysis by Mr. Atul Godbole, CEO by the Government of Japan and
- Mr. Bobby Mathew( 'Impact of of Integrated Consultancy Services has joined to the Pheasant Memorial
Spatial Orientation of Basic Dykes on Laboratory, Okayama University, Japan
Hydrogeology in the North Western 28th August 2013: Lecture: 'Meteorites
for a doctoral program. Mr. Prathmesh
- Their Collection, Analysis and
Part of Maharashtra State, India'.) - Samant will be joining the Atomic
Evidences About Evolution of Our
(Poster presentation) and Ms. Farjana Minerals Division, Department of
Solar System'. by Ms. Prajkta Mane,
Birajdar ('Glacier changes in the Bhaga Atomic Energy, Govt. of India as
Research Fellow, Arizona State
Basin of Western Himalaya during Geologist. Mr. Deepak Sahu who
University, Tempe, USA.
the Past 50 Years based on Temporal taught during the academic year and
Analysis of Remotely Sensed Data'.) – Infrastructure Upgradation has proceeded for another teaching
(Poster presentation) . He was also the As a part of the infrastructure up assignment.
coordinating Judge for the Geospatial gradation, we acquired new stereo- Dr. Hrishikesh Samant
World Awards 2014. zoom microscopes for micro- Head, Department of Geology

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Mathematics
The academic year began with the three different colleges; RJ, St. Xavier’s Education jointly with ATCM) from
graduation ceremony for our third and CHM on 30th November 2013. 7th to 11th December, 2013 at
year students who graduated in 2013. She worked as a resource person for the Indian Institute of Technology,
One of our students, Saumya Gandhi a workshop at St. Xavier’s College Mumbai. She along with Ms. Meenal
was the topper in the Bachelor of along with Dr. Anuradha Garge of Kolkar also attended a UGC Sponsored
Science programme. She later went Mumbai University. Students from two-day state seminar on the “Impact
to the University of Oxford to study Ruia, Ruparel, KC and other colleges of Indian Mathematicians on the
Financial Mathematics. Similarly, Alan attended the workshop, along with World of Mathematics”, at Patkar-
D’Souza of the same class is pursuing our students. Dr. Mangala Gurjar Varde College, Goregaon, Mumbai in
post graduation in Mathematics at also presented a paper on “Practical January 2014.
the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique Applications of Abstract Algebra” at
As always, our students participated
in Paris. the National Conference on Pure in many co-curricular activities.
and Applied Mathematics held at the Shubham Joshi of the S.Y. B. Sc.
The rest of the academic year was busy
College of Engineering, Pune, from was selected for a four week MTTS
and eventful with several activities
17-19th December 2013. program to be conducted in May-June
being organized which witnessed
active participation from teachers and Mr. Ashok Bingi attended a workshop 2014 in Goa. Neil Vaz of the S.Y. B.Sc.
students alike. at Khalsa College on the “New Syllabus attended a three-week NPDE (National
in Applied Component” on 5th July, Program on Differential Equations)
Dr. Mangala Gurjar continued as which was scheduled to be conducted
2013. Along with Ms. Meenal Kolkar,
the Coordinator of the Mumbai at the Maulana Azad National Institute
he also attended a week-long workshop
region for the ‘Madhava Mathematics of Technology, Bhopal, from May
at TIFR on “Multivariable Calculus”
Competition’ (MMC), held nationwide 26th - June 14th, 2014. Two other
from 15th to 20th November 2013.
on 5th January 2014. This is the students - Heather Fonseka and Fiona
Mr. Ashok has applied for FIP and
5th year of the competition which Rodrigues of S.Y.B.Sc were selected for
his research paper “An Element Prime
initially saw participation only from a Mini-MTTS program conducted at
to and Primary to Another Element
the Mumbai and Pune regions, but Ruia College from 7th to 12th April
in Lattice Modules” is accepted for
now extends nationally to include 2014.
publication by the International
Kolkata, Goa, Hyderabad, Varanasi,
Mathematical Forum, Hikari Ltd. This was a challenging academic year
Bhubaneshwar, and Kerala. MMC is
for the Mathematics department. Prof.
conducted by HBCSE under the aegis Ms. Meenal Kolkar attended a one
Divya Revankar resigned in the month
of NBHM. The aim of this competition week workshop on “Soft Skills
of January2014. We are thankful to
is to motivate undergraduate students Development” from 5-11th March
Prof. J. Shridhar of Siddharth College
to study Mathematics. In order to 2014. Ms. P. Sarada Devi from
for his help as visiting faculty.
prepare the students of the Mumbai the Junior College participated in
region for this competition, Dr. Gurjar TIME (sixth national conference on Dr. Mangala Gurjar
organized a one-day workshop at Technology & Innovations in Math Head, Department of Mathematics

Physics
The year 2013-14 started with a
challenge of greater number of students
at SY as well as TY level.A great
advantage was that a new teacher was
appointed. With great enthusiasm, we
aimed to improve our results at TY
level, as Physics was the first choice
of most of the students. .
From the previous batch(2012-2013),
our students got admissions for further
studies at the following institutes
1. Mr. Sambit Mitra: M.Sc. from
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Germany
2. Ms. Neekita Sharma: M.Sc Physics
from Manipal University.
3.
Mr. L. Chaitanya: M.Sc in
applied Mathematics from Ecole
Polytechnic, France.
4. Mr. Rakshit Joshi: M.Sc Physics
5.
Mr. Atir Tahir Rehamatpure:
M.Sc Physics from University of
Mumbai
6. Ms. Swati Muralidharan: M.Sc
Physics from University of
Mumbai
Wind Mills near Shivegaon
7. Ms. Sanwar Silas: joined aviation Honour’s programme activities. 70 collaboration with University of
course at Bangaluru students enrolled in the beginning Mumbai on Statistical and thermal
The year started with our regular out of which 30 students successfully physics.
activity : ‘the Physics Exhibition’ in the acquired the credits . Dr. Bodhane,
Dr.Vedasankari, Dr. Jyoti Singh, Mr. Dr. Jyoti Singh: Attended One day
month of July. This was to welcome workshop in HBCSE, Mumbai for
our new students and show them the Ajay Yadav and Dr. Leena Joshi guided
the students through various projects. FYBSc (Mumbai University) revised
presence of physics in the every day syllabus discussion.
and the capacity of physics to interest During the year our teachers also
and amaze.. On the same day we also took part in some activities outside Mr. Ajay Yadav: (i) Attended an
inaugurated the department magazine the college: Orientation program of Mumbai
‘CELERITAS’. University from 25th Sept. to 24th
Dr. Vedasankari: (i)Attended a one day October 2014. (ii)Attended One day
This year we took the TY students workshop on revised syllabus of MSc workshop in HBCSE, Mumbai for
for a field trip. They visited GMRT part II in Physics in K. J. Somaiya FYBSc (Mumbai University) revised
observatory at Khodad, the solar College of Science and Commerce in syllabus discussion.
energy plant of Thermax at Shivegaon July, 2013. (ii)Conducted MSc part –II
and the wind mills on the hills near lectures in K. J. Somaiya College of Dr. Leena Joshi: (i)Worked as a
Shivegaon. Our FY students enjoyed Science and Commerce in Semester resource person for orientation-cum-
a study tour to HBCSE and became III and B. N. Bandodkar College in selection camp (OCSC) at the Homi
more passionate to take up projects Semester IV. (iii)Conducted MSc part Bhabha centre for science education
in physics. I lectures in B. N. Bandodkar College from April 10 – 21, 2014 (for
in Semester I. (iv) was appointed as selecting a team of 5 most meritorious
The Physics circle, managed by SY students to represent the country at
students, arranged two guest lectures d a paper setter for MSc in Mumbai
University. the International Physics Olympiad
on “Astronomy” by eminent speakers: which is going to be held at Astana,
Dr Jaydeep Mukharjee, Director NASA Dr. Bodhane and Dr.Rohan Jadhav: Kazakhstan from July 13 to 21, 2014.)
and Dr. Alek Boksenberg, Professor Attended a refresher course organized
at Cambridge Univ and fellow of the by Indian Academy of Sciences in Dr. Shyamala Bodhane
Royal Soc. Head, Department of Physics

A lecture by Dr. Bal Phondke was


organized on Scientific communication
skills for SY students. He elaborated
on the different skills required while
communicating “science” to different
groups in the society. He also explained
the skillful use of various modes of
communication.
After a gap of two years our
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Statistics
The academic year, 2013 – 2014 began
on a happy and enthusiastic note for
all of us because of the excellent results
produced by our students in the college
exams. Abhimanyu Singh and Karthik
Verma who topped the TYBSc Statistics
exams also secured the overall second
and third ranks respectively in the
college exams. Amrita Ghare topped
the TYBA exams in Statistics.
Student-oriented activities
The members of the department apart Industry’ in Mumbai University in
The department tailored its activities from their regular teaching participated March 2014.
to move beyond the realm of mere in the various activities of the college.
academics. Hence the students were • At the end of the academic year Ms.
actively involved in various extra- • Ms. Pooja H. Ochaney was invited Piyali attended the 7-day workshop
curricular and co-curricular activities. in June, to be on the panel,to conducted by the Academic
interview students for selection to Staff College on ‘Contemporary
• At the onset of the academic the BMS course for 2013-14 and Strategies for teaching and
year, our ex-student Abhay Mittal later on in October, she was on evaluation’
addressed the TYBA class and the panel to interview students for
gave insights into the relevance of International programs. Stats-Society
Statistics.
• Ms. Myrtle Fernandes went on an The Stats – Society is the student body
• Ex-students Nainjeet Juneja and Industrial visit with the Sociology of the Statistics department which
Rohit Jain conducted a course in students to Govardhan Dairy. conducts a host of activities for the
EXCEL for our TYB. Sc students. students.
Research projects were organized • Ms. S. Annapurna and Ms. Piyali
for the Third-year students Unnikrishnan conducted a course This year the staff – office – bearers
under the guidance of Dr. Anjali on ‘ Basic Course in R’ for the TY of the Stats-Society were Ms. Ayesha
Panigrahi. During this programme, BA & TY B.Sc students. Dias and Mr. Saju V George – as the
the students were familiarized with staff coordinator and the staff Treasurer
• Ms. Pooja Ochaney, Ms.Myrtle respectively.
the process of writing a research
Fernandes, Ms.Ayesha Dias, Mr.
proposal, collecting of data, The seminar organized by the Stats –
Saju George and Ms.S. Annapurna
analyzing and writing a research Society in Khandala on the 1st and 2nd
attended a UGC sponsored
paper. of December, 2013, was a grand success.
National seminar titled ‘Recent
• An ex-student of our college, Mr. Developments in Decision Making Many papers on various interesting
Nobby Pariyavam who is presently using Statistical Techniques’ held topics were presented by the students.
doing his MSc Finance at Jamnalal at S.I.E.S college in August, 2013. The Stats-Society also organized X-S
Bajaj addressed the current TYBA an intra-collegiate festival on 12th
• This year Ms.S. Annapurna was
students regarding future career- and 13th of February in which several
invited as special invitee to attend
options for students. interesting events were organized.
the Board of Studies meeting on
• Ms. Zankruti Doshi Mehta,Senior 23rd July, 2013 at the Department The Plot
Researcher in Ipsos India Pvt Ltd of Statistics, University of Mumbai.
conducted a Market Research Finally on the 11th of March, 2013 - the
• Ms.S. Annapurna attended a year ended with the launching of the
Programme for the First Year BA
one-week workshop conducted magazine of the department – The Plot.
students.
by Maharshi Dayanand College
• Mr. Pradeep Nair, Consumer on ‘Research Methodology and The Department has had a hectic but
Insights Executive, General Mills, Computer Applications in Social enriching year and as this academic year
conducted a Market Research Sciences’ organized by IQAC. comes to a close we look forward to
Programme for the First Year B.Sc the new challenges in the coming year.
• Ms. S. Annapurna and Ms. Piyali
students.
Unnikrishnan attended a seminar Ms. Pooja Ochaney
Faculty-action on ‘Application of Statistics in Head – Department of Statistics

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Commerce
bachelor of management studies
The second batch of students under the The theme for the department was Reliance Money and current MD and
autonomous programme graduated Entrepreneurship, so the Department CEO of Destimoney and Mr. Nachiket
this year and the faculty felt a sense festival Zephyrus, was dedicated to Kelkar, Assistant Editor of Hindustan
of great accomplishment. The changes encourage the same. The 3-day festival Times; with a bid to give the audience
incorporated in the syllabi and the took place on 16th, 17th& 18th. January a fresh perspective on the economic,
teaching –learning mechanism had 2014. The eleven events were in keeping social and cultural aspect of elections
been effectively implemented. This has with the theme, ‘Innovation in Young and predict influence of domestic and
motivated us to create, with confidence, India’. foreign players on Indian markets.
a knowledge centred environment
coupled with effective learning. We are The festival saw 400 participants Zephyrus ’14 brought out its Greek
firm believers that both teachers and from 20 colleges across Mumbai meaning(The Winds of Change), by
students are learners and in a subject participating in eleven spectacularly- delivering innovative ideas through
like Management where the means, crafted events, ranging from a discussions on business scenario in
processes and crisis- management stimulated stock exchange, to India.
defines the end result, the inputs from managing and customizing a football
team à la FIFA; as well as for a plethora The Board of Studies played a crucial
young minds is extremely crucial. The role in the last academic year by
information and knowledge generated of talks conducted by a brilliant line
-up of speakers like TEDx Speaker and upgrading the syllabi and in auditing
through discussions, including case the entire course curriculum and the
studies has been the focal point this Co-founder of the World’s first fully
featured Android Smartwatch- Mr. evaluation mechanisms.
year, evidently causing a perceptible
difference in interest of students, Siddhant Vats, Dr. Pawan Agrawal- Our association with CII and their
spurring more participation. Management guru and speaker at youth wing Yi has been a way of
Microsoft, VOLVO, HCL India . Mr. helping our students to understand and
The aim of the BMS course was to Ashishkumar Chauhan- CEO and MD experience the realities of corporate life.
foster the spirit of Entrepreneurship of the Bombay Stock Exchange also had Young Indians (Yi) being a subset of
among the students and every year the a session on finance. the confederations of Indian Industries
E- Cell tries to achieve this aim through (CII) aims to reach out to India’s
the various workshops, idea generation Zephyrus ’14 also hosted a
panel discussion on the General youth through social development
seminars and competitions. This programmes. The BMS department
has resulted in some students taking Elections with panelists: Mr.Sudip
Bandyopadhyay erstwhile MD of collaborated with Yi to host various
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students including other departments. Second as well as Third Years)were students of the college.
This was encouraging for the team fortunate to visit Bangalore and Mysore
to scale greater heights in future. The in the month of October 2013 as part This year we also introduced the Book
BMS department – Yi association is a of their Annual Industrial visit. . The Club called “ The Page Turners” where
perfect intersection of socially driven students were taken to the bottling a series of sessions by various authors
entrepreneurial students. plant of Bisleri and to one of the major were held. This club is open to all
breweries of the UB Group, where they the departments and we got a great
The Honours programme this year was were given a live demo of the processes response.
a series of workshops and interactive involved in the production of their
sessions aimed at improving the Out of the 80% final year students that
products, including minute details of registered for placements, 90% got
decision making ability of the students. collection of water from the bore wells
The resource people were both placed by June 2014.The remaining
to its final packaging and distribution 20% of the students who did not
academicians and industry personnel. This enabled the students to get a register with the placements will be
Lessons learnt beyond the classroom firsthand experience of the functioning pursuing their post graduate degrees in
are as crucial as those acquired of a factory. Management.
in one,making an industrial visit Under the Cross Faculty paper the
important, as it enables students to It was by the grace of God that our
department now offers a paper in efforts and endeavours were successful
acquire an insight into the working the field of Financial Management:
reality of an industry. and we strive to raise the bar higher
“Management Accounting and every year.
The Students of the Department Investment &Portfolio management”
of Management Studies (including This course is open to the Science Soni George Tharakan
Co-ordinator, BMS

Commerce
The Commerce Section of St. Xavier’s year, it was organized on 20th and 21st the Commerce Section participated
College has been providing quality and June 2013. Various activities were and did their best at intercollegiate
all round development and education conducted to familiarise students with sports events as well. A Cricket
to working students for the last 26 their classmates and the topography match on 23rd December 2013 and a
years. The focus is mainly on working of the College. The Ethos of the Jesuits Volleyball match on 18th January 2014
students who desire to learn after a was also brought out and students were was organized between student and
hard day’s work. In order to develop exhorted to strive for the “Magis” which faculty to showcase camaraderie and
the overall personality of the students is a Latin term for ‘greater, braver, solidarity which is an integral part of
and in keeping with its tradition, the higher, faster” and which also means the ethos of the Commerce Section.
Commerce Section organized various not being content with the status quo,
activities during the Academic Year but to strive for excellence in what they Guest Lectures: Guest Lectures were
2013-14. do. They were also encouraged to strive organized on the topic “Meditation and
to become men and women for others. Listening Practices” by Mr. Raj Singh
All Faith Prayer Service: The on 6th December 2013 and “How to
Commerce Section conducts an inter- Cultural Programmes: On the feast increase concentration level and how
religious prayer service every year of St. Ignatius (the founder of the to become successful” by Mr. Shyam
on the day when the FYBCom mark Society of Jesus) on 31st July 2013 and Vijaykumar Lilani, Faculty at CHM
the start of their academic year. In that of St. Xavier’s Feast (the Patron of
the academic year 2013-14, it was the College) on 3rd December 2013,
organized on 20th June 2013 where various cultural programmes were
students from FY to TY offered prayers organized. Through these programmes,
and by that strengthened the solidarity the students displayed enormous talent
that is already present and visible. We and ability. Each of these programmes
asked for God’s blessings and grace on had a theme and the overarching theme
all, during the year. is always Unity even in Diversity.
Orientation for the First Year Sports: The Commerce Section
Students: Every year the Commerce organized various Inter-Class Sports The Students of the St. Vincent College,
Section organizes an Orientation events. These were in the field of Pune along with Principal Fr. Frazer,
Programme for the newly admitted Volleyball, Football, Cricket, Carrom, Vice-Principal Fr. Errol and Manager of
First Year students. In the academic Chess and Basketball. The students of St. Vincent College Fr. James with Best
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Section conducted its first two day
National Level Conference on the
theme of “Dynamics of Commerce in
the Contemporary Business Scenario
in India” on 27th and 28th September,
2013. A total of 150 researchers from
different States of India wrote research
papers and presented them at the
Conference.
The participants presented their papers
through power-point presentations at
the six different presentation sessions
conducted simultaneously at various
National Level Conference on the theme of “Dynamics of Commerce in the venues on Banking, Accounting and
Contemporary Business Scenario in India” on 27th and 28th September, 2013. Finance, Marketing, Human Resource
Management, Legal issues relating to
College, Ulhasnagar on 31st January the wonders of Technology and its
business, Economic policies related to
2014. enormous advantages, the Commerce
business, and Information Technology
Section conducts special Information
Industrial Visits: The students of and Communication aspects related to
and Technology Workshops every
the Commerce Section visited the business.
year. In the academic year 2013-14, it
Bombay Stock Exchange (B.S.E.) on was conducted every Tuesday. Special The conference was graced by nationally
13th, 19th and 26th November 2013 workshops and hands-on training in recognized leading academicians
to study the operations of Capital Accounts programmes like Tally and Principal Dr. P. G. Gopalkrishnan,
Markets and Workings of the B.S.E and Advanced EXCEL was offered during Principal Dr. K. S. Cheema, Principal
M.S.M.E and on 17th and 19th January the Diwali vacations. Dr. Y. D. Venkatesh, Principal Dr. Anil
2014 to participate in the National
Adsule, Principal Dr. Minu Thomas,
Vendor Development Exhibition to Student Exchange Programme:
Principal Dr. K. Y. Shinde, retired I/c
gain insights into Entrepreneurship As part of the Students’ Exchange
Principal Rajam Rajgopalan, Vice-
Development and Promotion. Prorgramme, in the academic year
Principal Dr. Mahesh Bhiwandikar,
2013-14, Mr. Rawson Gonsalves, a
Lonavla Outdoor Seminar: In Vice-Principal Dr. Gopal Kalkoti, Vice-
student of TYBCom got an opportunity
moving beyond classroom teaching Principal Allan D’souza, Dr. Sanjay S.
to visit Stern University (U.S.A.).
the Commerce Section organizes Kaptan, Dr. Ram Sable, Dr. C.V. Hari
an Outdoor Seminar for TYBCOM Alumni Meet: The alumni meet of the Narayanan, Dr. Mohammad Moghees,
students at Lonavla or Khandala. In Commerce Section was organized on Dr. Paras Jain, Dr. G. Syamala, Dr. Sunita
the academic year 2013-14, it was 15th February 2014 between 6.00pm Magre, Prof. Sudhakar Solomonraj,
organized for two days on 14th and 15th and 9.30pm at the College Hall and was Mrs. Deepalakshmi Kaptan, and Mr.
December 2013, at Lonavla. Various graced by more than 175 alumni. Aranha Roy. Dr. Arvind Dhond was the
sessions were conducted on Personality convener of the seminar.
Development and Learning for Life UGC sponsored National Level
Conference: In commemoration Sitare-2013: The Commerce Section
along with fun and entertainment.
of its silver jubilee, the Commerce has been organising a National level
English Speaking Classes: As part of
enhancing the performance of students
in English and Public speaking, the
Commerce Section conducts English
Speaking Classes every year. Many of
the students who join the Commerce
Section are from Non-English
backgrounds and these classes are a
great help to them. In the academic year
2013-14, these classes were conducted,
throughout the year between 5.05 and
5.50pm.
Information and Technology (IT)
Workshop: To expose students to
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College of Commerce, Pune
3rd Prize: Paresh .R. Dhapsi, Prakash
Night College, Goregaon
Solo Dance (Folk)
Competition:
1st Prize: Wagmare Ankush,
Chhatrapati Shivaji Night College of
Arts and Commerce, Solapur
2nd Prize: Harshada Sonawane, Vidya
Vikas Edu. Society Night College,
Vikhroli (E)
3rd Prize: Ajit Satam, Dr.T. K. Tope Arts
and Commerce Night College, Parel
Solo Singing (Bollywood)
Fr. Errol with Alumni and their kids at Alumni Meet on 15th February 2014. Competition:
Inter-Collegiate competition since 3rd Prize: Varun and Christopher, St. 1st Prize: Srikant Jadhav, Public Night
2010 for night college students on Joseph’s Evening College, Bangalore, Degree College, Santacruz (E)
5th September every year. From Karnataka
2nd Prize: Rainy Pagare, St. Vincent
the academic year 2013-14, this
3rd Prize: Manohar Katale and Akshay College of Commerce, Pune
competition was named “Sitare: Stars of
the Night”. Sitare-2013 was organised Tirlotkar, Saraswati Mandir Night
3rd Prize: Jani Bipin N, Gujarat Arts
on 5th September 2013 for events like College, Pune
and Commerce College (Evening),
Elocution, Power Point Presentation, Quiz Competition: Ahmedabad, Gujrat
Quiz, Solo Singing (Bollywood), Solo
Dance (Folk), Carrom (Single) and 1st Prize: Aigale Daryappa Shivappa, Solo Dance (Folk) Competition
Chess (Double) in which 22 degree Night College, Ichalkaranji, Dist: (Junior Category):
night colleges and 52 Junior colleges Kolhapur
1st Prize: Pillai Vidya Murali, St Xavier’s
participated. St. Vincent College, Pune 2nd Prize: Ronney Paul, St.Xavier’s Junior College, Bhandup West
won the Best College trophy. The results College, Commerce Section, Mumbai
of Sitare - 2013: 2nd Prize: Panchbhai Sanika M, S.I.A
3rd Prize: Prakash Parthe, Mahatma Junior College, Dombivali
Elocution Competition: Jyotiba Phule Edu. Society’s Arts &
3rd Prize: Shinde Chandrakant, Night
1st Prize: Rashmi More, St. Vincent Com. College, Parel
College of Arts & Commerce, Kolhapur
College of Commerce, Pune Carrom (Double) Competition:
Solo Singing (Bollywood)
2nd Prize: Celeste Pais, St.Xavier’s 1st Prize: Sandeep Palve and Digambar Competition (Junior Category):
College, Commerce Section, Mumbai Sutar, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Edu. Soc.
1st Prize: Pushkraj Samant, Royal Junior
3rd Prize: Christopher, St. Joseph’s College, Parel
College, Dombivali
Evening College, Bangalore, Karnataka 2nd Prize: Anand G and Shawn Dias,
2nd Prize: Razik Mujawar, St. Vincent
3rd Prize: Bhagare Umesh Sambhaji, St.Xavier’s College, Commerce Section,
College of Commerce, Pune
Chhatrapati Shivaji Night College, Mumbai
Solapur 3rd Prize: Abeed Alim Shaikh, Bharat
3rd Prize: Harshal Sathe and Sylvester
Junior College of Commerce, Thane
Power Point Presentation Francis, St. Vincent College of
Competition: Commerce, Pune SUC Day Celebration: SUC day was
celebrated on 18th January 2014 by
1st Prize: Akansha Jain and Ashkey Chess (Double) Competition:
organizing inter-class competitions
Nathan, St. Vincent College of 1st Prize: Honkatti Shailesh Subhash, in various events like book mark
Commerce, Pune Night College, Ichalkaranji, Dist: preparation, best out of waste, chalk
2nd Prize: Johnson and Clive D’sa, Kolhapur carving, calligraphy, candle carving,
St.Xavier’s College, Commerce Section, coin & note collection, caricature,
2nd Prize: Kadir Shaikh, St. Vincent cultural dress, drawing, doll making,
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egg shell painting, essay writing, highlights: for Group Dance at Mantra, an
extempore speech, extempore acting, inter-collegiate feast organized by
fashion show, fruit carving, ghost • Rawson Gonsalves and Johnson N. E. S. Ratnam College, Bhandup.
get-up (face painting), greeting card won the Consolation prize for
preparation, hair styling, hand- Power Point Presentation and • Denis Lara Dsouza won 2nd
writing, housie, instrumental talent, Kallupalathin Jerin and Peter prize for T-shirt painting at
just-a-minute performance, love letter Alvares won Consolation prize an intercollegiate competition
writing, mehendi, mimicry, nail art, for Carrom at the intercollegiate organized by Shroff College,
paper bag making, personality contest, competition organized by St. Malad.
photography, pen your imagination, Vincent College, Pune.
• Ronnipaul and group won a
poetry composing & writing, painting, • Punit Acharya and Johnson won consolation prize for Street Play at
pot painting, rangoli, salad dressing, the 3rd prize for Research Paper Metanoia-2014, an inter-collegiate
shaiyari composing & writing, and Power Point Presentation competition organized by Aditya
signature, SMS composing, stamp Competition at Drishti, Institute of Management Studies
collection & display, story writing, intercollegiate festival of N. M. and Research, Borivali.
sketching, t-shirt painting, tug-of-war, College, Vile Parle.
toy making, tattoo preparation, voice • The Football Team of the
modulation, and videography. Mr. • Jitendra Mhadik won 1st prize for Commerce Section won the
Lionel Mathias and Miss Delna Veigas painting, Malcolm Roderigues, tournament at Sydenham College,
won the Mr. Xavier’s and Miss Xavier’s Deeksha Sharma and Shashikala Churchgate.
of the Commerce Section respectively. Yadav won 2nd prize for Business
Planning, Celeste Pais won 2nd prize In keeping with its age old tradition, the
By winning maximum prizes, SYBCom Commerce Section, in the academic
‘A’ won SUC overall best class prize. for Essay Writing and Consolation
for Elocution at Utkhanta, an inter- year 2013-14 also tried to provide
Inter-Collegiate Competition collegiate competition organized quality education to assist the overall
Achievements: The students are by Sonopant Dandekar College, development of the personality of its
encouraged to participate in various Palghar. students.
Inter-Collegiate Competitions and Fr. Errol Fernandes S.J.
have done so with distinction and • Shashank Dahatonde, Denis Lara
D’souza and Group won 2nd prize Vice-Principal, Commerce Section
aplomb. The following are some of the

Let us have but one end


in view, the welfare of
humanity; and let us put
aside all selfishness
in consideration of
language, nationality, or
religion.

- John Comenius,
17th century philosopher

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