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International Virtual Conference on “Innovative and Sustainable Educational Practices in Higher Education”

MES’s PCER, Chembur in collaboration with the International Science Community organised a One Day International Conference on Innovative and Sustainable Educational Practices in Higher Education on the 3rd December, 2020.

The conference was on a virtual platform using the following the zoom link Zoom Meeting https://pillai-edu-in.zoom.us/j/88921266602?pwd=NmpPYThlaVlhUFY5cnJ5ZEZvM0t0QT09 Meeting ID: 889 2126 6602 Passcode: 516577.

The inaugural session was followed by a panel discussion. The first panelist was Dr. Chris Prince Udochukwu Njoku, from the Computer Communication Centre, University of Nigeria and he spoke on Innovation in Teaching, Learning and Evaluation.

The second panelist was Dr. Wondifraw Dejene Chala, Curriculum Development and Review Expert, Dire Dawa University, Ethiopia. He spoke about Digital Tools for Sustainable Educational Practices.

There were nearly 20 paper presentations and nearly 40 papers were submitted for publication. The selected papers will be published in the “Research Journal of Educational Sciences” which is an International peer reviewed journal: ISSN 2321-508.

National Level Live Webinar on NEP 2020 – Vision for a Prospective Nation

Center of Education, Indian Institute of Teacher Education, Gandhinagar in collaboration with MES’s PCER, Chembur organised a National Level Live Webinar titled ‘NEP 2020- Vision for a prospective Nation’ on 8th September, 2020. There were 415 registered participants who viewed the live program. The session was in alignment with Sustainable Goal 4: Quality Education.

Dr. Reni Francis, Principal, PCER, Chembur, Mumbai, addressed and welcomed all the audience with a meaningful message on how NEP 2020 would bring a revolution in the field of education.

There were five eminent speakers touching on different aspects of NEP-2020.The first speaker, Dr. Kalpesh H Pathak, Principal & Director, Center of Education, IITE, Gandhinagar, Gujarat highlighted his perspectives of NEP-2020 from the point of teacher education. Not just changes in TET and BEd courses, NEP also suggests policies for teachers who have already been hired including mandatory courses, setting up of national professional standards, no transfer policy and digital management of hiring and vacancies in schools across the country.

The second speaker, Dr. Asawari Bhave, Dean-Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Head-School of Education & Research as well as PhD Chief Coordinator, Research Cell, MIT Art, Design & Technology University, Pune, spoke on how NEP 2020 will transform higher education. The biggest highlights of the NEP 2020 are, 1) A single regulator for higher education institutions, 2) Multiple entry and exit options in degree courses, 3) Discontinuation of MPhil programmes, 4) Low stakes board exams and 5) Common entrance exams for universities.

The third speaker, Mr. Mahesh Jain, Grade Lead at The Somaiya School, Mumbai stressed on reforms the NEP has brought up at Primary and Secondary level of education which includes The 5+3+3+4 system, teaching up to class five in mother tongue or regional language, lowering the stakes of board exams etc

The fourth speaker, Ms. Namarata Saxena, Program Director for early years and curriculum head at Mahatma Education Society, Navi Mumbai gave her perspectives on the New Education Policy and Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). ECCE will be delivered through a) standalone Anganwadis; b) Anganwadis co-located with primary schools; c) pre-primary schools/sections covering at least age 5 to 6 years co-located with existing primary schools; and d) stand-alone pre-schools – all of which would recruit workers/teachers specially trained in the curriculum and pedagogy of ECCE.

The final speaker, Ms. Vasundhara Kaul, with 13+ years of rich experience covering work experience across the banking sector, higher education institutions , schools and NGOs across various geographies (India & UAE – Dubai, Sharjah & Abu Dhabi) highlighted perspectives about NEP 2020 from a psychological point of view. She gave real life examples to share how it is and will help in developing a healthy psyche upon students, teaching fraternity as well as parents.

The audiences applauded after each talk and raised a few healthy queries to the experts through youtube chat forum. This initiated a lot more discussion. The above sesion can be watched by clicking the below link:


Workshop on VENTEL (Vocational Education Nai Talim Experiential Learning).

Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education, Dept of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Govt of India and University of Mumbai – BOS in Education in association with MES’s PCER, Chembur organized a Workshop on VENTEL (Vocational Education Nai Talim Experiential Learning) on 27th September, 2020 from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm. The program began with a formal welcome to all to the Workshop on VENTEL followed by the University Song. The workshop was aligned with SDG 4 # Quality Education.

Dr. Sunita Magre, Chairperson- BOS in Education, University of Mumbai welcomed all the participants and thanked the patrons of MGNCRE, University of Mumbai and PCER, Chembur for collaborating and making this workshop possible for all the participants. Dr. Reni Francis, Principal, PCER, Chembur also stressed upon the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi which is so relevant in today’s times. She spoke on the coordination of Head, Heart and Hand for being self-reliant in life.

Ms. Manisha Karape, Organiser MGNCRE, MoE, GOI emphasized the various initiatives under VENTEL and highlighted the objectives of the workshop.

The resource persons for the workshop were:

Dr. Ketki Satpute, Assistant Professor, Sree Narayana Guru College of Education
Dr. Dnyaneshwar Magar, Principal, Navjeevan Education Society, College of Education
Dr. Rajeshri Joshi, Assistant Professor, Seva Sadan College of Education

The workshop was highly appreciated by all the participants and it laid the foundation and gave direction for VENTEL activities to be adopted and practiced by each institution.

There were 80-90 registered participants who had filled the form mentioned below for their confirmation:


The participants had joined the program in Google Meet Link with the following details:


Short Term Course on Continuous Professional Development

MES’s PCER, Chembur organized a One week Short Term Course on Continuous Professional Development in collaboration with UGC HRDC, University of Kerala and AMU Centre, Malappuram. The course was in alignment with SDG #4 Quality Education.

Dr. Faisal K.P., Director, AMU Centre, Malappuram, inaugurated the Course on Continuous Professional Development on 21st September 2020. The objective of the program is to improve the skills of academicians from various institutions through this course.

The course was designed to be run through a MOODLE learning management system. Course content and related learning experiences were presented in two sessions a day during the course duration. Mr. Naseer Ali M.K., Assistant Professor, Department of Education, AMU MC and Dr. Mary George Varghese, Assistant Professor, MES’s Pillai College of Education and Research were the course coordinators.

More than 45 academicians from various institutions participated in the course.The course received positive feedback from all the participants

Short Term Course on “Connecting Classroom through Online Learning”

In commemoration of MES’s Golden Jubilee Year, PCER, Chembur in collaboration with SLN Global Network organised a short term course on ‘Connecting Classroom through Online Learning’ for the students and alumni of PCER, Chembur.

Online teaching learning has become the buzzword during this pandemic. This programme gave an excellent opportunity to sharpen the participants online skills in meeting the need of the hour. This free, week-long, self-paced course was conducted over Google Classrooms from the 1st to the 8th of July, 2020. 131 registered participants learnt about various ways to enhance their skills of teaching by learning about techniques for student engagement and assessment.

The sessions were in alignment with SDG 4 # Quality Education

The following link was used for registration for the course:


Webinar on Learner and Learner Adaptive Behaviours Post Covid-19

A live webinar was conducted for the distant learners of IGNOU-Mumbai region on 24th July 2020. Dr. Reni Francis , Principal, PCER, Chembur conducted a session on “Teaching- Learning Dynamics among the distant Learners”. The session was attended by Students, Faculty, Regional Directors and Consultants from Mumbai IGNOU centre. The session was much appreciated by the participants and there were several questions post session which were answered by Dr. Reni. The session was in line with SDG#4: Quality Education

Webinar on Teaching Learning Dynamics among Distance learners

A live webinar was conducted for the distant learners of IGNOU-Mumbai region on 26th July 2020. Dr. Mary George Varghese conducted a session on “Learner and Learning Adaptive Behaviours Post Covid-19”.The session was in line with SDG#4: Quality Education. The session was attended by Students, Faculty, Regional Directors and consultants from Mumbai and other regional centres of IGNOU. The session was featured by the Headquarter of IGNOU New Delhi in their National Newsletter. The session was well accepted by the participants and the session resources were shared with the participants for their future reference.

Live Webinar on World Population Day

MES’s PCER, Chembur organised a live webinar on the occasion of World Population Day ‘Take a Stand, Raise Awareness’ on July 11. The webinar was in alignment with SDG#11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. The session was organised in collaboration with the University of Mumbai , Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension. The programme commenced with the University prayer song and Dr. Reni Francis, Principal, PCER welcomed the Chief Guest, the resource persons and the viewers. Dr Reni Francis introduced the webinar theme Take a Stand, Raise Awareness. The webinar was inaugurated by Dr. Dilip S. Patil, Hon. Director, Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension. Dr. Patil spoke about the importance of girls’ education to improve their social status. The main speakers for the session were Dr. Vivek Chincholkar, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Kalwa Hospital,Thane and Adv. Ms. Neesha George, Fiscal Officer, Joint Warfare Centre, Norway.

Dr Vivek Chincholkar spoke about the relationship between mental health and growing population and the importance of having privacy and personal space in today’s scenario .

Adv. Ms. Neesha George spoke about her views and experience as a law person and she also shared the importance of educating girls on family planning and sex education.

The Webinar was attended by nearly 490 live participants and some of the viewers raised questions. The webinar was helpful in creating awareness regarding the urgency of educating people on the challenges of increasing population. The session can be viewed on https:www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NVvI4A3p1E

Live Webinar on Different Approaches in Management Research

University of Mumbai (Thane Sub Campus) in association with Vivekanand Education Society Institute of Management Studies & Research and with MES’s PCER, Chembur organized an online live Webinar on YouTube titled ‘Different Approaches in Management Research’ on 4th June, 2020 from 3 pm to 5 pm in the evening. The key speakers were Dr. Ashish Pandey, Associate Professor, Shailesh. J Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay and Dr. Sanjeev Varshney, Professor, XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Dr. Ashish Pandey spoke about Social Sciences in general and Management and Research in particular. He illustrated what is the source of research and what constitutes theoretical contribution based on originality and utility factors. He further covered topics namely; building blocks of theoretical contribution and approaches in research. in detail.

Dr. Sanjeev Varshney shared his expertise and practical applications of Research Methodology. He deliberated on topics such as ‘the three kinds of knowledge’, scientific knowledge, research paradigm, range of management research, data analysis techniques and more.

The webinar witnessed high participation and was greatly appreciated by all the participants. The webinar was aligned with SDG 4: Quality Education

Link to the YouTube video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5hizSCXfh4

Faculty Development Program on Online Teaching & Learning

MES’s PCER organised a faculty development program on ‘Online Teaching and Learning’ for Ponda Education Society’s College of Education, Farmagudi, Ponda . This was the first initiative under collaboration with the Ponda College of Education, Goa. The online session was conducted from 22nd May, 2020 to 29th May, 2020. The faculty development programme sessions were handled by Dr. Reni Francis. The sessions were conducted everyday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

The need based program was attended by staff members of PES’s College of Education The FTP program majorly focused on various Google tools which are required to conduct an online teaching learning process. The various topics covered through FDP were, Google classroom, how to prepare google slide, docs and other tools and also how to conduct evaluation using google tools.

Overall the initiative of Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur was much appreciated.

Webinar on “Reshaping Education in the New World- Pandemic Effect”

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping education and we’re witnessing a new evolution in the making. Addressing what comes next, MES’s PCER, Chembur in collaboration with MIT-ADT University School of Education & Research organized a Free Live Webinar, on ‘Reshaping Education in the New World – Pandemic Effect’ on 1st May, 2020.

Mrs. Vimla Nandakumar, Chairperson, Shakti Girls Education Trust, was the speaker for the morning session. She focused on the role of a teacher in the classroom and how teachers can be effective. Dr. Mangesh Karad, Executive president of MIT ADT University and the Trustee and secretary of the School of Education. According to Dr. Mangesh, there are a lot of positive changes happening due to covid-19, which is a good part of covid-19. Dr. Mangesh shared his views on the nature of jobs post Covid-19.

Mrs. Laxmi Kumar, Founder Director, Pragya Niketan Education Society & The Orchids International School, Pune.Dr. Kumar focussed on how we can steer the Paradigm shift due to Covid-19 in the coming days, months and years as the effect of this will remain there for a long time.

She urged the need to redesign or re attempt for a new curriculum. She spoke about the need to understand the new normalcy. As a part of it, she shared 7C’s to focus. These 7C’s are Curriculum, Continuous, Context, Connect, Communicate, Campaign and Commit. Thus Dr. Laxmi elaborated the 7C’s Model in relation to the paradigm shift.

Ms. Hiromi Willigham, Psychotherapist and certified Hakomi Practitioner from the USA. She started her session with breathing exercises and she focused on the importance of having mindfulness to fight with the Pandemic Drama- Covid-19. We educators need to know the impact of covid-19 on people,like denial, anger and fight over it and later on people are anxious and start to feel grief about and later people settle with it.

There were several questions from the participants like how to prepare teachers/ what need to be done to adapt to the situation etc. The resource persons answered it and advised the participants to continue learning and use time wisely. Overall, the webinar was very effective and received an overwhelming participation across the globe

National Level Online Workshop On Digital Teaching For Smart Learning

IQAC, TITUS II Teachers College, Tiruvalla, Kerala organized a National Level Online Workshop on ‘Digital Teaching For Smart Learning’ in collaboration with MES’S Pillai College Of Education and Research, Mumbai. The workshop was conducted from 27th April, 2020 to 2nd May, 2020. The topics covered during the sessions included Introduction to Digital Teaching and Learning, Creating and Working on Documents Online, Synchronizing and sharing Documents, Virtual Classrooms, Information Publishing, Engaging Interactive Classrooms and E-content Development. The workshop also conducted an Online Test. E-certificate was given to the participants.

Webinar on Reviving Educational Practices Post COVID-19 Pandemic

A Webinar on ‘Reviving Educational Practices Post Covid-19 Pandemic’ was organized by University of Mumbai, Thane Sub Campus in association with MES’s PCER, Chembur on 27th, 28th and 29th April, 2020.

Day 1: Dr. Gargi Roy and Adv. Neeta Kedia covered the topic ‘Enrich Behavioral Management Strategies.’ Dr. Gargi Roy is the Founder and Director of Indian Academy for Clinical and Dental Genetics R (IACDG) and Director, KORYNAS Pvt. Ltd. To combat the stress and anxiety during this pandemic, she gave strategy pointers to cultivate and strengthen mindfulness like:

  • Be informed with only reliable sources
  • Break the chain of unauthentic and unreliable messages
  • A healthy mind resides in a sound body
  • Reach out to others and support people around you
  • Keeping in touch with your friends and family may ease the stress caused by COVID-19
  • Choose your hope

Adv. Neeta Bipin Kedia is a practicing advocate and mediator in the family court. And she stated that no strategy will have a magic effect. We need to have a lot of practice and be surrounded with good friends who are non judgemental.

Day 2: Dr. Seeja K.R and Ms. Simrit Kanoonga threw light on ‘Innovative Classroom Management Techniques.’ Dr. Seeja K.R, Assistant Professor at SNM Training College, Ernakulam, Kerala said, “Learning is not a passive activity. It is not about absorbing learning from source rather it is a process of processing of information.” .

Ms. Simrit Kanoonga is an educator at JBCN Mumbai . She explained the role as an educator in today’s classrooms. While introducing the topic she said, with the changing dynamics that we have today it is very important to have different role perspectives for our teachers. She believes that her role as a teacher has completely changed, it is all about creating positiveness among the students with the kind of changing dynamics as of now.

Day 3: Ms. Juhi Pandey and Mr. Nasser Ali gave their insights on ‘Create interactive educational resources’. Mr. Nasserali, Assistant Professor, Aligarh Muslim University, Kerala, shared his experiences of empowering teachers with the necessary skills, positive attitude and building confidence among teachers through use of webinars and workshops he conducted online during this pandemic period. He emphasized on 5C’s which are very much essential for a successful teacher which he listed as Commitment, Communication, Collaboration, Continuous Assessment and Contentment.

Ms. Juhi Pandey, Corporate and Life Skills Trainer, Psychologist and HR professional spoke on behaviour management. She began her session by explaining the current situation of how people are undergoing a lot of stress, anxiety and trauma due to the prevailing COVID19 pandemic. She spoke on the strategies which could be used to overcome this current anxiety and trauma through use of FLUID where

F-Fear meaning the fear of catching the virus, carrying it home and spreading it.
L– Loss of physical freedom, space ,
U-Uncertainty, a period of uncertainty where we are not sure when and how we will come out of this present crisis,
I-Insecurity of losing a job,
D-Death- losing oneself or loved ones.

Link 1st Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOldoi7bfNk&pbj
Link 2nd Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmsxCm08_jw
Link 3rd Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXYvlLkrJAs

Webinar on Effective Leadership Skills Post COVID-19 Pandemic

In collaboration with University of Mumbai, Thane Sub Campus, PCER, Chembur organized a Webinar via YouTube Live on the topic ‘Effective Leadership Skills Post Covid-19 Pandemic’. The three day webinar on 27th, 28th and 29th April was hosted by Principal Dr. Reni Francis.

Day 1: Mr. Willibrord George and Dr. Antara Sonawane: Mr. Willibrord George and Dr. Antara Sonawane were the speakers for the first day of the webinar. Mr. Willibrord George, the Director of St. Willibrord Group of Schools, began the session with an immensely fresh and thought-provoking perspective about leadership strategies that need to be adopted in the changing times post the Covid-19 pandemic. He stressed on the fact that a leader, at such a dynamic time, has to be a good researcher and provide robust information for his team to follow through in action.

Dr Antara Sonawane, Vice Principal, KPB Hinduja College of Commerce is an accomplished orator. She spoke about effective leadership skills post COVID-19 pandemic .She said we have to really understand the emotional state of teachers and everyone in the institution .The VUCA environment which stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity has to be replaced with vision ,understanding, clarity and agility.

Day 2: Dr. Priam Pillai: Dr. Priam Pillai, the COO of MES was the speaker for the second day of the Webinar and he raised some very pertinent points. He pointed out that this was the time to focus on the impact that we, as an institution are having not only on our stakeholders i.e. the students and teachers but also on the immediate community around us.

Day 3: Dr. Swaroop Sampat and Dr Ashok Pandey: The session on the third day of the webinar commenced with an introductory talk by Dr. Swaroop Sampat, Actress, Research Scholar and Life Skills Expert. Dr. Swaroop observed that with respect to leadership the three important qualities in a good human being are empathy, effective communication and self- awareness. During this period of pandemic and lockdown, people are going through a lot of anxiety and stress and leaders should therefore be more empathetic in their interactions with their team. She also stated that leaders need to develop creative thinking to navigate through this difficult period.

Dr. Ashok Pandey, Chairperson, GCED and Director of Ahlcon Group of Schools Delhi, focused on the ethical aspect of effective leadership skills and provided a compassionate and wise perspective on what is expected of a leader during challenging times such as the one we are going through presently. He stated that the four pillars of ethical leadership are love, care, unity and synergy.

Day 1 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s-JtooMVlI

Day 2 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdZJUHwRIus

Day 3 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dhfsLzaAro