S.Y. B.Ed. students conducted an exhibition as a part of Drama and Art in Education on the topic ‘Cultural diversity in India’ on 14th July, 2018 in Room No. 401 at 3 p.m. They displayed artifacts, food, textiles etc from different states and highlighted on cultural diversities across different parts of the country.
The International Day for Yoga was observed by M.E.S. Pillais’ College of Education and Research, Chembur on 21st June, 2018. The members of the Student Council conducted the entire programme. The programme began with the prayer.
The highlights of the programme were
- International Day for Yoga – India’s Gift to the World
- History of Yoga
- Importance of Yoga
- Demonstration of Asanas by the B.Ed. students
- Practicing of Pranayam by the class
Principal Dr. Sunita Wadikar congratulated the students and emphasized the need for practicing yoga in our fast paced lives. She shared that the Add on course on ‘Yoga for Wellness’ which is run by the institution has benefitted the stakeholders immensely. She motivated the students to practice yoga whenever they get time so as to build positivity in their lives.
The Student Council of F.Y.B.Ed. organized a Poetry Recitation Competition on the 5th April, 2018. The theme for the competition was on the different aspects of ‘Navras’.
|The Winners of the Poetry Recitation Competition (English)|
|1st Prize||Subhashree Sekar|
|2nd Prize||Jincy Jones|
|The Winners of the Poetry Recitation Competition (Hindi)|
|1st Prize||Seema Maurya|
|2nd Prize||Rahul Shukla|
The Principal appreciated the CCA teachers and the participants for their efforts.
The late Principal Mathews Chacko Memorial Extempore competition was held on 16th September, 2017 at Chembur campus. The theme for the event was ‘Values’. The judges for the event were Ms. Namrata Saxena, Asst Professor, PCER, New Panvel and Ms. Taruna Patel, Asst Professor, MNDC, Chembur. Students participated in large numbers.
The winners of the Late Principal Mathews Chacko Memorial Extempore competition were
|I Prize||Mr. Puneet Singh Matta|
|II Prize||Ms. Nisha Ganesan|
|III Prize||Ms. Siva ranjani Ganeshan|
|Consolation Prize||Ms. Amala Pency|
|Consolation Prize||Ms. Sneha Mykal|
Principal Sunita Wadikar appreciated the efforts of the Student Council and congratulated the winners.
PCER, Chembur proudly hosted the Valedictory programme for the first batch of Two year B.Ed course CBSGS 2015–17.
The programme began with the Lighting of the lamp followed by the Prayer song. The General Secretary of the S.Y.B.Ed read the Annual report of two year B.Ed programme. It also hosted a variety of entertainment programme and a glimpse of all the activities through a movie prepared by the F.Y.B.Ed students. The highlight of the Valedictory programme was the Award ceremony where the students were presented awards for their exemplary work in Academics, Cultural, Commitment and walking the extra Mile during their B.Ed course. Mr.G.T.Ochani Sir – Deputy CEO, Chembur Campus provided valuable advice to the students of being effective and efficient teachers. The programme was highly resourceful by the parting message given by and Dr. Sunita Wadikar, Principal as she bid farewell to the students. The programme culminated with the heartfelt gratitude by the S.Y.B.Ed students.
This event also recognised and felicitated our non-teaching staff for their valuable contribution in all the PCER activities.
Values are the basis of human personality. They have an important influence on the attitudes, perceptions and motives for human behaviour. In this context MES’s Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur organised an Inter-School Competition ‘VALEUR 2016’. The theme for the event was on ‘Values that guide us’. The theme focussed on the need to be sensitive of the deteriorating value system in our society. The event provided an opportunity to the students to showcase their talents in a variety of events such as Late Principal Mathews Chacko Extempore Elocution, Essay Competition, Story-telling, Drawing Competition and Wealth from Waste. The great response from various schools contributed to the success of the event. The college Principal Dr. Sunita Wadikar congratulated the student’s efforts towards value sensitization. The programme concluded with the Valedictory and Prize distribution ceremony.
The United Nations declared 21st June as International Yoga Day. The Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur celebrated this day with great grandeur and galore. The students geared up for the celebration of the International Yoga Day and put great efforts to bring forth the significance of the Yoga in today’s world. The members of the student council put up a special assembly on 21st June 2016 in the premises of PCER to commemorate the International Day of Yoga.
Assembly started with the thought of the day “Yoga is the journey of life, through the self, to the self” emphasizing the importance of Yoga and setting the tone for the special assembly. The thought for the day was followed by students who then enlightened about the importance of Yoga and the significance of it in our daily lives. But to keep the audience interested and motivated live demonstrations were given by our Student Council Members on Parnayama and Yoga thus enriching the spectators with not only the theoretical knowledge but also giving them practical acquaintance.
The event was concluded with vote of thanks who yet again reminded the audience about the importance and significance of Yoga in our daily lives.
The Sports Day event for PCER (B.Ed.) Section was held on 12th December, 2015. The four events for Sports day were shot put, 50mtrs race, Marble and Spoon, Three legged race and filling the bottle. The students participated enthusiastically. The event started at 8.00 am at RCF ground, Chembur. After sports there was award function, where the winners were awarded with certificate and medallion. Later we had tug of war against D.T.Ed students. After the tug of war there was valedictory function, where all the best players were awarded with trophies and certificates.
It was a refreshing experience for all the students as it was followed by the prelims exams. They seemed to enjoy themselves. The teachers were enthusiastic as well. Everybody got a break from their hectic routine for a day.
Day of event: 4th November, 2015
The basic theme of our Diwali celebration was to celebrate the vibrant Diwali festival as a team. The celebration tried to bring out the true spirit of the festival and also gave an insight into the changes that have been corporate in the way Diwali is celebration giving further impacts to the idea of eco-friendly celebration.
The prayer song and dance focussed on the simplicity and goodness of on austere Diwali Celebration using Diyas as pops the message on significance of Diwali and its celebrations across India focussed on highlighting the rich as usual heritage of our country and also touched upon the importance of eco-friendly celebrations. Two skit focussed on Diwali celebrations and the essence of the festival. A quiz was organised as a fun segment for the audience. A medley of chartbusters in the dance segment was pure entertainment. The fashion show was fitting finale to this cultural programme.
Date of the event: 14th October, 2015
Our Tutorial group conducted a special Assembly on Mahatma Gandhi’s childhood which focussed on the positive lessons that we could learn from the father of our Nation.
An Assembly forms a great way to start our day by focussing on good thoughts and values. As it is rightly said that our ‘Thought define’ our Destiny we must ensure to think positive thoughts so that we can spread cheer and happiness around us and make our world a happier place.
Late Principal Mathews Chacko Extempore Elocution Competition, Essay Writing Competition, Mehendi, Wealth from Waste Competition, Group Dance.
Date: 19th September, 2015
Time: 9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
The basic theme of this event was to inculcate values, be it social; values, ethical values or moral values through activities conducted during the event.
The Mehendi and Group Dances focussed on incorporating social values with respect our culture.
The Elocution Competition and the Wealth from Waste Competition focussed on incorporating ethical and moral values with respect to the environment.
The essay competition focussed on values in the digital era.
The food mela focussed on social values with special emphasis on team spirit and oneness.
Objectives of the Activity:
- To commemorate Late Principal Mathews Chacko.
- To conduct an Inter-Institutional event.
- To give student participants scope for interaction and exhibit their talents.
The theme for ‘Valeur’ – An Inter-Institutional Fiesta was “Pause to reflect on Values”. On this occasion the college hosted a variety of programmes catering to Cultural, Ethical, Environmental and Social theme. The theme focused on the need to highlight the significance of value system in our society and contribute towards the burning issue on value crisis. The event provided an opportunity to showcase the talents of our students. There were 6 institutions of Mahatma Education Society which participated for this event with a good response of 60 participants. The college hosted events such as Late Principal Mathews Chacko Extempore Competition, Essay writing Competition, Mehendi, Wealth from Waste Competition and Group Dance. The programme began with the Lighting of the lamp, followed by a prayer dance by our student. The event coordinators introduced the Guests, MES, Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Sir, Dr. Daphne Pillai Ma’am and the event to the audience. The rules for the events were informed to the participants. Mehendi, Wealth from Waste and Essay Competition were conducted in the first session. The Late Principal Mathews Chacko Extempore Elocution Competition was conducted in the second session. This was followed by Group Dance competition. The judges objectively judged various events. Feedback for the event was encouraged. Results for all the events were declared at the Valedictory Ceremony. Judges gave their valuable suggestion and advice for the events. The student teachers of Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur organized a Food Mela. The student teachers prepared food from home and sold at the fiesta. It was an encouraging and entertaining event for all the students. Overall there was a mood of fun and frolic.
Dr. Sunita Wadikar – Principal (PCER, Chembur)
Dr. Reni Francis – Asst. Professor (PCER, Chembur)
Ms. Jaya Cherian – Asst. Professor (PCER, Chembur)
PCER conducted the 25th Valedictory Programme for the outgoing B.Ed. batch on 20th April, 2015.
The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp and prayer song invoking the blessings of the Almighty. The Chief Guest for the function was Mr. G.T. Ochani, Deputy CEO, Chembur Campus. The Heads of Institutions of Chembur Campus graced the occasion with their presence. The General Secretary of the B.Ed. batch Ms. Gladnis Samuel presented the annual report. Principal Dr. Sunita Wadikar addressed the gathering and motivated them to do strive for excellence in their future endeavors. A picture collage of the entire year’s activities was presented.
As part of the silver jubilee celebrations PCER felicitated some of its long serving staff and support staff. Those staff that had outstanding achievements was also felicitated on the occasion. The college magazine Dawn was released during the course of the programme. The students were presented with certificates in appreciation for their participation in a wide range of activities and competitions during the course of the year. Students also presented songs, dances that were well appreciated by everyone. The General Secretary presented the vote of thanks and the programme concluded with the National Anthem.
Report on Co-Curricular Activities 2014-15
The CCA in-charge teachers welcomed the Silver Jubilee Celebrations – FELIZIA with lot of rigor and enthusiasm. This year was indeed a year of hopes and aspirations as the institution was gearing all the activities in tune with silver jubilee celebrations. Regular meetings and interactions were conducted to enhance the organization of various events. Every activity was well thought out and planned in view of the Silver Jubilee Year celebrations.
The year started with a huge intellectual feast of a National Level Seminar in 18th and 19th July, 2014. During this event, our Principal Dr. Sunita Wadikar was felicitated for her 25 years of excellence in education at PCER. The college Inaugural celebration was full fledged, the students were given an overview of the inception and journey of PCER and also all the activities during the B.Ed course. The CCA took charge of all the co-curricular activities – electing the Student Council Members, Assembly (theme-wise and month-wise), Collegiate and Inter- Collegiate activities, Annual Day, Cultural events etc.
The CCA, under the guidance of the Principal, elected the Student- Council Members through fair elections. Nominations were invited and canvassing for their positions was done. Elections were conducted and results were announced. The swearing – in ceremony for the Council Members were done and a pledge was taken by them. The Student Council took charge for all the major activities for the entire academic year.
The daily assembly was systematically planned theme wise and also month wise. The assembly focused on Prayer, News and Value based stories. Special events were conducted to elicit values for life. This was a very motivational and inspirational beginning for the entire class and provided them with a positive self esteem.
PCER took pride in organizing ‘Valeur’ – an Inter-collegiate event. This event has always had an overwhelming response of more than 15 colleges participating in this mega event. A very successful initiative like all the previous years.
The CCA took up the celebration of the Alumni Day and Diwali celebration in full swing. Achievers of the previous year were felicitated and overall those who had been meritorious during the previous academic year were also felicitated.
The CCA was at the forefront in showcasing a splendid mega event at the Institutional Annual Day and the efforts were applauded by all.
The CCA took deep interest in motivating our students to participate in various inter-collegiate events. Our students put in their best towards every event and won awards in different colleges.
Overall all the activities were geared towards the celebration of FELIZIA.
Report of Celebration of Special Days (Month-wise)
At PCER-Chembur, we believe a great deal in student self-governance and student involvement in the workings of the College. The elections for the Council takes place in the final week of August thus giving the students more than three weeks to get to know and assess each other. The students nominate themselves and also canvass their strengths and preferences for the Portfolios. The overall Council is elected by the students while the Portfolios are assigned in consultation with the faculty.
The Council Election took place on 28th August 2014. The Council was as follows:
|General Secretary||Ms. Gladnis Samuel, Mr. Shelwin Perreira,
Ms. Rachana Ganatra
|Deputy General Secretary||Fr. Sebastian Gomes, Ms. Renu Sharma|
|Academics||Ms. Kavita Balaraman, Ms. Ansu Tripathi, Ms. Prajakta Kamte|
|Assembly||Ms. Smita Gajakos, Ms. Komal Pival|
|Cultural||Ms. Anuradha Dubey, Ms. Madhura Toraskar,
Ms. Rajani Gupta
|Reports||Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Sneha Shah|
|Sports||Ms. Vijayalaxmi Nadar, Ms. Shabnam Pathan,
Mr. Sanjaya Gupta
The gods of Maharashtra and Kerala came together with the teachers and to be teachers of Pillais to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturti, Onam and Teachers day on 6th Sept 2014.
The solemn event began with the lighting of the lamp by Principal Dr. Sunita Wadikar followed by melodious chant of prayers and arti to invoke the blessing of Lord Ganesh. The students put up a brilliant performance displaying the importance of eco-friendly Ganpati Idols through a thought provoking skit. They also summed up the importance of teachers in the same skit by showing how teachers influence the life of little children by inculcating the importance of religion and the true meaning and ways in which a festival should be celebrated. The atmosphere got more vibrant with an energetic dance performance on Deva Shree Ganesha and a truly mesmerizing performance on a local Onam dance.
The Principal, Dr. Wadikar spoke about the importance of both the festivals. The teacher’s day celebration was also followed by the oath taking ceremony of the elected students’ council members. The newly elected members were led to take their oath by our Principal Dr. Sunita Wadikar. The council members accepted their badges and vowed to fulfill their duties in an honorable manner. The day ended with chocolate distribution to the teachers which were lovingly made by the students.
On 20th September, The Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur (SIBC), which is associated with Soroptimist International, an organization which looks after the interest of women and children at the international level, celebrated World Literacy Day at the MES’s Chembur campus. The guest speakers were Ms. Annette Mascarenhas, President and counselor, National Association of Soroptimist International (NASI) India and Mr. Dyaneshwar Tarwade, Program Head – Apnalaya.
Professor Reni Francis welcomed the guest speakers. Mr.Tarwade spoke to the students about the project Apnalaya and the importance of literacy in a woman’s life. He also discussed about women empowerment. He said “Educating a women is important as it changes her thinking”. He concluded by saying, literacy is not the ability to read and write, Literacy means learning everything.
Ms. Mascarenhas spoke about the literacy programs of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and said that education is the soul of the society.
Navaratri represents a celebration of the Goddess Amba, (the Power). Navaratri or Navadurga Parva happens to be the most auspicious and unique period of devotional sadhanas and worship of Shakti (the sublime, ultimate, absolute creative energy) of the Divine conceptualized as the Mother Goddess-Durga, whose worship dates back to prehistoric times before the dawn of the Vedic age. The dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar on which each women follow tradition to wear nine colours on Navratri.
In our college too the students had lined up many activities for each day. Both students and teachers wore the different colours corresponding to each day. The students were engrossed in making diya, dandiyas each day. There was poster making as well and the best ones were displayed on the notice board.
During the assembly the significance of the day’s deity was introduced and students discussed the significance of the rituals associated with the deity. On 1st Oct the college organized an hour of dandiya and garba dances (traditional folkdances of Gujarat). Some of the students and teachers came dressed in traditional attire and kept the spirit of Dusshera. There was mehendi and delicious snack stalls as well.
On 18th of October the ex students of PCER came back to the campus. The chief guests for the event were Dr. Vasudevan Pillai, CEO and Chairman of MES and our last year’s toppers. The programme started with the lighting of the lamp and prayers to the deity. Our beloved principal Dr. Sunita Wadikar welcomed and felicitated Dr. Vasudevan Pillai for completing 25 years of starting a private B. Ed college. She also spoke about the various achievements in our college and felicitated those who were a part of the journey. Dr. Pillai addressed the students and gave a short but guidelines which would help the students in their future endeavors. He encouraged the students to grow and learn and shared with them his in-depth knowledge and vast experience as a teacher himself.
Two of our professors, Dr. Samita Shetty and Dr. Sneha Raikar were felicitated and congratulated on completing their PhD.
The toppers of the previous year also spoke about their experience and explained how B.Ed has helped them to be successful teachers in their respective schools and colleges. Other alumni also gave valuable knowledge on how teacher-education has helped them grow and progress. A vote of thanks was given to conclude the event.
The Alumni Meet was followed by the Diwali celebration. Significance of Diwali was highlighted. The students gave a Bravo performance on how to celebrate green diwali through a skit There were dance performances by the students as well. A quiz competition was organized for the aluminais. The event ended with mouth-watering lunch for all students and teach.
The annual day of Pillai College was celebrated with great enthusiasm on the 21st of November at the Fine Arts Auditorium Chembur. The theme of the event was Cultures in India. It brought together the various institutes of the Chembur campus. There were various performances put up by the students depicting the various regions and cultural events in India. The dances were all based on the different folk cultures like the Bangra dance of Punjab, Bharatnatyam from the South, Rajasthani Dance representing the west and the Bihu Dance from the east. The enthusiasm and energetic performance left everyone tapping their feet to the different beats. The crowd got erratic looking at the locking and popping dance put up by the Night Degree College which also got some students dancing in their seats. The students also gave information on the different women achievers from each region.
December 20th marked the day of Christmas celebration in our college. The event started with a nativity act enacting the birth of Jesus Christ and its significance. They elaborated on the significance of the Christmas tree, candles, Christmas bells, mistletoes and of course our dear friend Santa Clause.
A student dress up as Santa entertained all and added to the festive spirit. Melodious carols were sung by the students as well. Those who knew the wordings joined in the singing the chorus. The event ended by Dr. Sunita Wadikar speaking about how Christmas should be celebrated and how to bring a change in our lives and prepare for our exams as well.
The 152th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda (January 12 2015) was celebrated all over India and in different countries of the world. His clarion call to the nation was: “Awake, arise, and stop not till the goal is reached.” And, this even holds good even today. There was a special assembly conducted by the students. The event started with a silent prayer and the lighting of the lamp and an oath taking ceremony.
There were a list of activities lined up by the students, which included Swamiji’s Sholkas, and later there was an elocution competition on the topic ‘The relevance of Swami Vivekanand’s teaching in today’s context’. The students put up two skits and they enacted the teachings of Swamiji. At the end of the assembly the results of the elocution competition were announced.
From this academic year Mumbai University advocated that each college shall conduct its own convocation ceremony. Thus the students of the last batch came back to college to receive their degrees. It was a solemn evening an all were attired in their convocation gowns. The alumni collected their degree from the proctors of the college. It was a proud moment for all of us.
Intercollegiate fiesta “VALEUR” and Late Principal Mathews Chacko Extempore Competition was held on 13th September, 2014 – Saturday at MES’s Chembur Campus – Ground Floor
Late Principal Mathews Chacko Extempore Elocution is held in memory of Late Principal Mathews Chacko – PCER, Chembur. The Extempore Elocution has bloomed into a new branch for the last three years with an Intercollegiate fiesta “VALEUR”. The theme for the event was: “Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs and expectations”. The theme focuses on the need to highlight the significance of values system in our society. The college also introduced “FELIZIA” – Silver Jubilee Celebration of Pillai College of Education and Research, imparting quality education and aiming g in making a difference. The event provided an opportunity to showcase the talents of students. The Intercollegiate fiesta hosted 7 events.
- Wealth from Waste
- Poster competition
- Essay competition
- Late Principal Mathews Chacko Extempore Competition
- Singing Competition – Solo and Group
The event witnessed an overwhelming response from the colleges and students. There were 74 participants from 15 colleges.
- St. Xaviers Institute of Education
- Pillai HOC College of Education
- Pushpanajali College of Education
- Pillai College of Education, Panvel
- Thakur College of Education
- Somaiya College of Education
- Guru Nanak College of Education
- K. K. College of Education
- Pillai College of Education, Chembur
- Anjuman Islam College of Education
- Narayan Guru College of Education
- S. L. Women College
- Chembur Comprehensive College of Education
- Akbhar Peerbhoy College of Education
- Gokhale College of Education
The event began with the lighting of the lamp and invoking Almighty God’s blessing in all the endeavours. The Chief Guest for the Inaugural session was Ms. Sheelu Mathews and the Guest of Honour was Mr. G. T. Ochani – Deputy CEO, Chembur Campus. Our Principal delivered the Welcome Address and introduced the participants to the college and the event. The Keynote Address was given by Ms.Sheelu Mathews. The judges were also present for the Inaugural session. The rules for the events were declared and the Intercollegiate fiesta began with Late Principal Mathews Chacko Extempore Elocution Competition. after the elocution, the other events were held simultaneously followed by sumptuous lunch provided by the APY (Anna Poorna Yojana) students. The fiesta continued in galore with the singing competition.
The Valedictory session was addressed by the chief guest Dr, Padma Rangan. The event came to its closure with distribution of certificates to the winners.
Participants from other colleges gave their feedback of the event, it was well appreciated and acknowledged by all. The programme achieved success under the able guidance of our Principal Dr. Sunita Wadikar and the tireless and spontaneous efforts of all the faculty members. a special mention of the non-teaching faculty who were instrumental in the entire setup of the event. Our Student Council and all the students offered their relentless service towards the success of this event.
Truly the intercollegiate event bloomed with the message of values in all its events.
Students of the current batch organised APY on 13th September, 2014 on the occasion of Intercollegiate Event Late Principal Late Mathew Chacko Extempore Competition. A variety of food and non food items were sold.
Students’ Council 2013-14
One of the first major activities that takes place in the new academic year is the selection of the Students’ Council. The Student Council is a collection of students who come together and, with the active support and guidance of the teacher in-charge, take over the day to day interactive activities of the college. The council is led by the General Secretaries (G.S.) who act as an intermediate between the student body and the Principal and faculty. The various posts and the students chosen to represent the student body this year were as follows:
On 23rd March 2014, our college organized an educational visit to the educational institutions under the umbrella of Pillai Group of Institutions at Panvel, New Panvel and Rasayani.
We were fortunate to have the Chairman and CEO of Mahatma Education Society, Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Sir, amongst us throughout this interesting journey. The Professors and the students got an opportunity to visit the institutions par excellence. The state-of–the-art infrastructure and other physical resources captured everyone’s mind. We enjoyed the sumptuous lunch- Kerala Sadya which was served to all of us on a banana leaf. Dr. Pillai Sir’s caring nature won our hearts. We were fortunate to listen to Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Sir, his pearls of wisdom mesmerized us all. He addressed the current issues in education and the dream to build Edunation. The students were inspired by the dedication of the management towards providing the best for the noble cause of education. It was an experience which we would cherish forever.
The festival of colour, was celebrated together, by students of both ‘A’ and ‘B’ division on the 15th March, 2014. All the teachers were present, adding to the festive mood.
The program started with by a PPT, explaining why Holi is celebrated, and the true meaning of the festival. This was followed by a riveting drama on the story of the lives of Prahlad and Holika. Three of our students put up a spirited dance number and kept us entertained. Two students kept up with the entertainment by reciting shayaris on Holi forus. After this, there was another dance performance on a traditional song, and students of both divisions sang the “rang barse” song. The programme ended with every one wishing each other good cheer.
14th February is dedicated to the celebration of love. Love of all kinds, between parents and the child, between the teacher and the students, between friends etc. On Valentine’s day, the class was decorated with heart shaped papers all over.
The dress code for all the students was red and pink. Even the class was done up in pink n red. The students performed quite a lively dance, followed by a beautiful vocal performance. The roots of why Valentine’s Day is celebrated was explained, and how it has evolved over the past decades. Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love. Not only for lovers, but any relationship where love is present. The teachers were also in a jolly mood, and sang a few songs. At the end of it all, the day was brought to a close by a vote of thanks.
Makar Sankrati, Lohri, Pongal
On the auspicious occasions of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal, Pillai College experienced a variety of celebrations. The entire atmosphere was booming with festivities.
The Lohri celebrations was very aptly done with the help of a Power Point presentation about what Lohri is and why it is celebrated. It was also put forth in the form of an extremely colorful and vibrant skit wherein people were decked up in beautiful Punjabi attires with gorgeous looking clothes and jewellery and the parandhas. The students also put up a traditional punjabi folk dance. The participants also distributed a special lohri prasad to everyone present.
The audience witnessed the Pongal celebrations on the following day. The class was converted in to miniature South India wherein everyone was dressed up in traditional South Indian sarees. The significance of Pongal was shared and the participants discussed the importance of this harvest festival and portrayed to the class, the way in which this festival is celebrated in south India. The participants also put up a Tamil folk dance. They also distributed Chakkara Pongal- a South Indian sweet (the prasad made on the festival day of Pongal) to the entire class. The audience had a very nice time. Dr. Wadikar also expressed her views on the importance of celebration of festivals and congratulated the participants to create such a wonderful ambience.
The annual day celebration in PCER was held on Saturday, the 18th January, 2014. After the welcome speech and the lighting of the lamp by our Principal, Dr. Sunita Wadikar, the programme started with a prayer dance.
The annual day now being underway, the host of the day introduced the theme, which was, ‘100 years of Bollywood.’ This was divided into 3 different eras, i.e. Black and White, the 70’s-90’s and the modern era.
Songs and dance from each era highlighted the flavor of that time. Who can forget, Raj Kapoor and Nargis and Madhubala’s charms from the black and white days? The performances transported us back to the proverbial good ol’ days. The next era was highlighted by the Amitabh-Rekha pair and Helen’s solo dance. Students performed enegetically on their chartbsters.
The modern era began with a Madhuri Dixit to Aishwariya Rai fusion dance. Next up on the itinerary was a quiz on the modern era. The Deepika, SRK and Ranbir dance struck a chord with the students as this was from recent times.
Christmas is the season for giving and joy! At PCER, too, we celebrated Christmas with a lot of fervor. The celebrations began with a student explaining the story behind the origin of Christmas and elaborated on its significance.
The students then put together an entertaining skit on the story of the three Kings and how they followed the North star to see the infant Jesus. They also spoke about how today people use the story of Santa Claus and exchange gifts during Christmas. Students sang carols and the presence of Santa Claus with gifts of sweets for everyone added to the cheer and festive spirit. At the end, Principal Dr. Sunita Wadikar addressed the students and emphasized the values of Christmas that they should imbibe in their lives.
Navaratri or the nine nights, is celebrated with a lot of fervor in Maharashtra and the nine days which are dedicated to the nine different aspects of the divine feminine Shakti is celebrated through worship and dance. In our college too, the students made it a point to do something special on each of the 9 days.
For one, everyone enthusiastically joined in by wearing the ‘colour of the day.’ During the assembly, the significance of the day’s deity was introduced and students discussed the significance of the rituals associated with the deity. The story of Lord Ram’s victory over Ravan signifying the triumph of Good over Evil were enacted and discussed.
On the 12th October, the college organized an hour of dandiya and garba. Most of the students and teachers came dressed in traditional attire and kept to the spirit of dusshera. Everyone danced and everyone enjoyed themselves. After all that’s what festivals are for… to come together as one and celebrate peacefully.
On 3rd October 2013, a day after Gandhi Jayanti, the students put together an event to commemorate the life of the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The entire teaching staffs along with our Principal were present for the event.
The day started with an introduction to the event and reminded us that it was Gandhi’s 144th birth anniversary and also Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri’s 109th. This was followed by the prayer song ‘Raghupati Raghav’ by a group of students. Close on the heels of the prayer song, was a speech which touched on Gandhi’s ideologies, mostly with regard to education and also elaborated on the many works that our beloved Mahatma did for the betterment of our country. Next on the itinerary were another song and two skits.
The first skit explained on why Mahatma adopted and chose to walk along the path of truth and how he managed to keep to that path without straying. The next skit showcased the trials and tribulations he faced on foreign shores, mainly, the discrimination he had to deal with in South Africa because of the colour of his skin, and how he dealt with it without losing his calm demeanor. This was followed up by a song “Bande mein tha dum, Vande Mataram”.
The day was then drawn to a close by a simple vote of thanks and a few words by our
Principal on how we can adapt Gandhiji’s principles in our lives.
Teachers’ Day Celebration
On the 5th of September, the students and teachers at PCER got together to commemorate the great teacher Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, whose birthday is celebrated as Teachers’ Day. The day began with the hustle and bustle of students running around to get things ready and completing their last minute preparations for the celebrations, which was held in the college hall, on the ground floor. There was an air of excitement and nervousness throughout the college.
The event began when the students greeted their mentors and teachers in a fitting way. The joy on the faces of the teaching staff was clear to see. Next, the lamp was lit by Principal Sunita Wadikar. Now it was time for the teachers to sit back, relax and enjoy the entertainment that their students had put together especially for them. Skits, songs and dances were presented highlighting the plight of education today and what it should ideally be. After entertainment, it was time for fun and games as the roles were reversed and the teachers were made to participate in a quiz and a game in which the teachers had to come up with innovative and comical ways to sell products. This brought out the funny side in most of the teachers.
|General Secretary||Ms. Suma Subramanian, Mr. Pankaj Shukla, Ms. Vanita Durai|
|Deputy General Secretary||Ms. Preeti Mathur, Ms. Evangeline Arulmary, Ms. Trisha Madhani|
|Academics||Ms. Deepika Mehta, Ms. Aarti Singh, Ms. Jaya Athwani|
|Assembly||Ms. Jyothi Malhotra, Ms. Priyanka Siraskar, Mr. Savio Pereira|
|Cultural||Ms. Mansi Salvi, Ms. Priyanka Nair, Ms. Riddhima Guruji|
|Discipline and Cleanliness||Ms. Meherunnisa Kazi, Fr. Joby Kurien, Ms. Parveen Khan|
|Photographs||Ms. Harsha Lamba, Fr. Thomas, Ms. Chandni Singh|
|Sports||Mr. Pradeep Jaiswar, Ms. Dhanya Thoppil, Mr. Sushil Rai|
|Report-writing||Ms. Swati Mukund, Ms. Divya Shetty, Ms. Priyanka Dey|
Students’ Council Oath taking ceremony
The Teacher’s Day celebration was followed by the Oath Taking Ceremony of the elected students’ council members. The newly elected members were led to take their oath by our Principal Dr. Sunita Wadikar. The council members accepted their badges and vowed to fulfill their duties in an honourable manner.
What better occasion than Ganesh chaturti to bring people from various communities together? The elephant God is much revered by all Indian, who are set to welcome Lord Ganesha with much fanfare and fervor.
We, at PCER, too had planned various activities to celebrate Ganesh utsav, with our focus being on celebrating Ganesh Chaturti without polluting the environment. The celebration started with all the students reciting the Shloka, “Vakratunda Mahakaya Surya Koti Samprabha, Nirvighnam kuru me deva, Sarvaakaryeshu sarbada”. Which means “Oh, Lord Ganesh, with curved trunk and massive body, the one whose splendor is equal to millions of suns, please bless me so that I do not face any obstacles in my endeavors.” There was a lovely dance performance by some students and this was followed by an enlightening speech illustrating Lord Ganesha’s childhood and importance of this festival The programme ended will all the students taking a moment for deep spiritual introspection with a promise to free themselves from the bondage of greed, the lust for power and a slave of promiscuity and to make God our eternal companion for true peace, happiness and prosperity.
Students and the staff of PCER brought in Onam with gusto. The class was impeccably decorated, which in turn created a very vibrant atmosphere throughout college. The students did a marvellous job with the flower made rangoli they made at the class entrance.
A small, elegant lamp was lit and The Students’ Council 2013-14 take their pledge. Teachers presented with Onam cards placed in the middle. The rangoli drew admiring glances from all the students and teachers who walked past the class. The celebrations started with an informative speech on the significance of Onam and how it is traditionally celebrated in Kerala. The speech was paired with a Powerpoint presentation to make things more interesting. The speaker managed to convey the important information about Onam and yet managed to keep it crisp and to the point. This was followed by a traditional dance, where as usual, the students deserved credit for their hardwork and practice.. Students had also made greeting cards for their beloved teachers and presented it to them after the traditional dance. Next in line was a speech about the role of a teacher in today’s life and how important it is to have a teacher to guide you in the right path and someone to look upto in times of doubt. The celebrations ended with a vote of thanks and the celebrations left everyone smiling.
Intercollegiate Events :- VALEUR – PCER Chembur leads the way!
On 14th September, PCER Chembur opened its door to the various B.Ed. colleges of Mumbai and Greater Mumbai and hosted various co-curricular competitions spearheaded by the annual Late Principal Mathews Chacko Extempore Competition. The theme of this event was Values. The college hosted a variety of programmes on the theme “Great values are built on strong moral foundations”. The theme focused on the need to highlight the significance of value system in our society and contribute towards the burning issue on value crisis.
The event provided an opportunity to showcase the talents of teacher-trainees. 58 participants representing 11 colleges took part in this day long fiesta. The college hosted events such as Late Principal Mathews Chacko Extempore Competition, Essay writing Competition, Rangoli, Mehendi, Nail Art, Bouquet Making Competition, Wealth from Waste Competition, Poster Competition.
The events were divided into two Groups. The Group A event was held from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm, Events such as Mehendi, Nail Art, Rangoli, Wealth from Waste, Bouquet Making Competition were a part of Group A events. Group B event consisted of Extempore Competition. Refreshments were served. Results for all the events were declared at the Valedictory Ceremony. Judges gave their valuable suggestion and advice for the events in the field of art and languages.
At the inter-collegiate level, PCER Chembur student won the following prizes:
- Ms. Swati Mukund 1st prize Extempore competition (English)
- Ms. Kirti Mishra 3rd prize Extempore competition (Hindi)
- Ms. Vasundhara Kaul 1st prize Essay competition (English)
- Mr. Balaji Punnamwar 1st prize Essay competition (Marathi)
The winners of the in-house competitions were as follows:
|1st prize||Ms. Jyoti and Pooja Valmiki|
|2nd prize||Ms. Jinal Borkhataria and Ms. Ruchi Shah|
|Wealth from Waste|
|1st prize||Ms. Neha Upadhaya and Ms. Priyanka Siraskar|
|2nd prize||Ms. B.S. Thripurasundhari|
|3rd prize||Ms. Bhavana Tuplonde|
|1st prize||Ms. Rajashree|
|2nd prize||Ms. Poonam Jaiswar|
|3rd prize||Ms. Suman Ananthnarayanan|
|1st prize||Ms. Ayesha Ansari|
|2nd prize||Ms. Pooja Valmiki|
|Sports - Chess|
|1st prize||Ms. Sharon D’souza|
|Sports - Carrom (Doubles)|
|1st prize||Mr. Virendra Baniya and Ms Pooja Valmiki|
PCER – Chembur takes on the world
- Thakur Shyamnarayan College of Education and Research, Kandivili had conducted a story telling and recitation competition on the theme ‘Vasudaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘The world is one’. Ms. Jyothi Malhotra won the first prize in story telling competition in English and Ms. Mariyyam Shohrat second prize for poetry recitation in Hindi.
- In order to promote the importance of Science, the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science organised a teaching Aids competition in the field of Maths and Science at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre on the 28th February, 2014. Ms. Jyothi Malhotra, Ms. Vasundhara Kaul and Mr. Pradeep Jaiswar secured second position in the same.
- Bombay Teachers Training College, Colaba organised an intercollegiate Personality Competition and Dance competition. Ms. Ms Divya Shetty and Ms. Vasundhara Kaul participated in the personality contest while Ms. Kashmira Khot and Ms. Dhanya Thoppil put up a compelling duet for the dance competition.
- Gokhale College of Education, Parel had organised a poster making competition on the theme of environmental awareness. Posters were invited on the theme of disaster management, rain water harvesting etc. Ms. Archana Khatri, Ms. Dhanya Thoppil, Ms. Priyanka Nair and Ms. Aziza Sayed participated in the same.
- H.J College of Education, Khar, hosted an Elocution Competition on the theme ‘Metamorphosis of Women.’ The topics for the elocution included The 21st century Woman, Social Poverty among Professional Women etc. Ms. Swasti Mukund and Ms. Jyothi Malhotra participated in the English elocution and Mr. Balaji Punnamwar represented the college in the Marathi elocution.
- K. J. Somaiya College of Education and Research, Vidyavihar organized their annual intercollegiate competition ‘Pratyush.’ The theme this year was ‘Des Rangeela -States of India,’ and our college presented a dance-drama on the sub-theme – God’s own country – Kerala. This energetic performance won them the second prize. PCER Chembur as represented by the following students:
- Ms. Suma Subramanian
- Ms. Pooja Valmiki
- Ms. Dhanya Thoppil
- Ms. Kashmira Khot
- Ms. Swati Mukund
- Ms. Priyanka Nair
- Ms. Deepali Sonawane
- Ms. Akshata Sharma
MES celebrated Independence Day on 15th August at the Chembur Campus. The programme hosted by the B.Ed. students commenced at 7.30 a.m. in the morning. The Chief Guest was Mr. G. T. Ochani, Deputy CEO, Chembur Campus. The tricolor was unfurled by the Chief Guest. The NCC cadets conducted a parade. The NCC cadets received their position badges from the Chief Guest. Following this the Chief Guest addressed the gathering. The students from the various sections of MES sang patriotic songs and gave speeches on the significance of the occasion. The programme concluded with the national song.
The students of PCER celebrated Teacher’s Day on 4th September, 2012. The students welcomed the principal and the teachers’ by tying bands as a token of love. It was a short but enjoyable programme which included songs, skit and speeches. Students had organized games for teachers. Students were enthusiastic and managed the whole programme very efficiently. Our Principal Dr. Sunita Wadikar through her inspiring message encouraged students to aspire for excellence as teachers. Her words inspired everyone to be morally strong.