PCER Chembur a part of DLLE (Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension) project started by Mumbai University. DLLE established on 12 October, 1978 and has been recognized as a Statutory Department of the University of Mumbai since 1994 to promote a meaningful and sustained rapport between the Universities and the community. Its mission is to maintain the voice of helping professional focused on serving college and university students in a mental health setting. The working motto of DLLE is, ‘Reach to the Unreached’, to facilitate the sensitization of the student to the socio-cultural realities, the Department offers for the students, extension work projects encompassing social issues. The student is awarded Ten Additional Marks at the final exam for a project on completion of 120 hours of work and the submission of a project report, which are undertaken by degree college students.
The second year students have taken up Annapurna Yojana (APY) project. This activity has been designed to encourage the student to try their hand at entering the field of small scale business. Hence this activity is designed to make students understand the concept of small scale business and increase self-reliance approach.
On 9th & 10th October a food stall was set up by the students and the food was served by the students. It was arranged between 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on both the days. There were food stalls of various snacks like Idle chatni, Sevayya, Kheer, Sandwiches, samosa, vegetable Biryani, Chicken Biryani etc.
All the students, teaching and non-teaching staff, parents of School children from MES Chembur campus enjoyed the delicious food served by the students. The participating students as well as other students enjoyed a lot during food.
The students of First Year B.Ed. participated in Udaan Festival 2017, conducted in Bharati Vidya Peeth College, CBD Belapur. The theme was on Career Path which was the project chosen for the year 2016-17.
Students participated in the Udaan festival organsied by Department of Life Long Learning and Extension on 5th February, 2016 in Shahir Amar Sheikh Auditorium of Vidhyapeeth Vidhyarthi Bhavan, DLLE, Churchgate.
The theme for the street play was Women Empowerment, based on the project Status of Women in Society (SWS). Students also participated in poster competition for the same.
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.
Gandhi Jayanti Celebration at Gateway of India as part of extension activity
The main goal of UGC is to transform the university system into an active instrument for social change. It was made possible through the institutionalization of Extension as the Third Dimension. It is commonly known that through the dimension of teaching, there is dissemination of knowledge, through research new knowledge is generated and through the dimension of extension there is application of knowledge in real life situations, which leads to the further generation of new knowledge. In 1960, the Kothari Commission first articulated the concept of Extension and the TRINITY of Teaching, Research and Extension. The Commission stated that Extension was essential for:
- making education relevant to real life situations
- for preventing the alienation of the educand from society
- for developing in the educand a sense of responsibility towards society
- for deepening the teachers knowledge through a wider exposure to real life situations
University Grants Commission has recognized Extension as the third dimension besides Research and Training. The Extension dimension is to reach the unreached. To facilitate the sensitization of the student to the socio-cultural realities, the Department of Life Long Learning and Extension offers the students extension work projects encompassing social issues. Pillai College of Education and Research has undertaken three projects for this academic year 2013-14, viz Anna Poorna Yojana (APY), Population Education Club (PEC) and Survey of Women’s Status (SWS). The Extension work students under the guidance of Extension work teachers and Student managers conducted the different activities at college level and community level. Under PEC activity the college level activities conducted included one act play, poster competition, seminar, debate, composing song etc. Under PEC activity at community level they gave seven lessons based on current social issues and brought about awareness among the students in practice teaching schools. In APY activity extension work students organized the food Mela and the proceedings went for community upliftment. In SWS students did survey of status of women from various places of Greater Mumbai and analysed the findings and submitted the reports. The annual festival ‘UDDAN- The Flight of Extension’ was held on 3rdFebruary, 2014 at C.K.T Arts, Commerce and Science college, New Panvel. The festival held Street Play and Poster competitions on the themes of the projects selected by different colleges. We participated in street play for SWS project and Poster competition in PEC,SWS and APY projects. The students enjoyed the activities throughout the year in the extension work. They had enriching experience which they would remember forever.
Pillai College of Education and Research participated in the Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations organized by University of Mumbai on 2nd October 2013, at the iconic Gateway of India to mark the World Peace Day. The vision of the University in organizing this grand programme was to bring together all the students and to imbibe in them the values of patriotism and spreading world peace. Dr. Rajan Welukar, Vice–Chancellor of University of Mumbai was the chief guest of this programme and the he made this event more memorable by his encouraging speech. His presence made a stark difference. The event started with beautiful bhajans which were Gandhiji’s favourites like Vaishnava janato. Many singers who sang these beautiful songs were alumni of University of Mumbai who made this event an enjoyable experience with their melodious voice. Dr. Rajan Welukar made the students take an oath along with him, in following the right path of truth, non-violence and humanity. The event closed by vote of thanks and singing of national anthem.
Pillai College of Education and Research participated in the ‘YUVA DIWAS’ which was celebrated by University of Mumbai on 12th January 2014, in sports complex at the Kalina Campus to mark the Youth Leadership of Swami Vivekanand’s 150th Birth Anniversary. It is the “Second Youth Conclave-Annual Youth Leadership Program” conceptualized under the leadership of Dr. Rajan Welukar- Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai. The main objective behind this program was to bring ultimately together young people from around the Nation to discuss the evelopment and adoption of youth policies that will strengthen the participation, empowerment and social inclusion of youth in the decision-making process of the Nation. 60 colleges with nearly 7000 students gathered in Sports Complex at Kalina campus. The program began with a YUVA DIWAS SONG which raised the energy level of students they hummed the song with great enthusiasm. Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice Chancellor lighted the lamp and inaugurated the session followed by Vice-Chancellor’s address to students. Mr. Aadesh Bandekar and Pradeep Bhide from the field of entertainment and television industry were the guest speakers whose speeches inspired and motivated the students. The students were highly enlightened by the thoughts and ideas shared by these eminent personalities. The speakers interaction with the students was the highlight. Students were sensitized and thus the Youth conclave initiated has been successful in initiating a thinking process among the participating.
Pillai College of Education and Research in collaboration with Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur had organized a sumptuous Food Mela on 11th and 12th October, 2012 at Mahatma Education Society, Chembur Campus. All the Soroptimist sisters’ planned the entire programme very enthusiastically along with the B.Ed. students.
The food mela was formally inaugurated by a senior soroptimist sister Dr. Seeta Desai and some of the delicacies prepared for the sale were Paani-puri, Idli, Wada, Modak, Chinese Bhel etc. Cleanliness and hygiene was given top priority in the stalls. There was a good response from the teachers, parents and students of Chembur campus. The money collected from the program will be used for donating underprivileged women and girls.