Women Development Cell


The WDC of MES’s Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur in it’s initiative towards Health and Hygiene distributed Sanitary Napkins to the support staff of the institution.

International Yoga Day

International Yoga day was celebrated on 11th July, 2019 at MES’s Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur. The theme was ‘Listen to your Body’

Professional Yoga trainers Mr. Sadashiv Kashinath Kunde and Mr. Farheed who are highly trained and have done their philosophy in Yoga conducted the session. Our Principal welcomed them with a bouquet and spoke about the importance of yoga in our lives and how often we neglect to Listen to our body at times. Mr. Sadashiv gave an introduction of how one must work on the health issues faced by a teacher, by doing sedentary work. Mr. Farheed started the session with basic meditation followed by explaining how to overcome the problems of besity, migraine, tensions, insufficient sleep, concentration & fear. Many student-teacher asked their doubts too. He further asked us to perform some stretching exercises which were very helpful. He further stated that at times there is no need to join the gym, as stretching exercises keeps obesity away and makes one active. He also laid emphasis on the right way of breathing. He concluded the session by saying a beautiful prayer & conducting a several exercise. Lastly he conducted the laughing exercise which was like a cherry on the cake. This was indeed a knowledgeable session. They asked us to remember “Healthy Body & Mind helps us to achieve success and our goals in life. Our Principal and other staff members thanked them for coming & sharing their valuable inputs & time with us.

Nation-Wide Competition for University Students on Laws Related to Women

Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur under the Women Development Cell organized a Nation-Wide Competition for University Students on Laws Related to Women sponsored by ‘National Commission for Women’, New Delhi held on 22nd December, 2018.

The following were the Prize Winners for this Competition:

Name of the StudentPrizeB.Ed (F.Y. B.Ed & S.Y.B.Ed)
Workshop on Laws Related to Women

Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur organized a ‘Workshop on Laws Related to Women’ sponsored by ‘National Commission for Women’, New Delhi held on 21st December, 2018.

The Objectives of this Workshop under the sponsorship of ‘National Commission for Women’, New Delhi were

  • To create awareness about the laws related to women among student teachers.
  • To promote an understanding of the various laws related to women.
  • To disseminate knowledge of laws related to women in society.
  • To promote respect and observance of the constitutional obligations and gain knowledge of laws related to women.
  • To appreciate the laws related to women and empowering those who are denied their rights.

The topics covered in this workshop were as follows:

  • Constitution of India mainly, the Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy, Fundamental Duties, including Article 32 and Article 226 thereof National Commission for Women Act, 1990 (20 of 1990)
  • Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.
  • Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005.
  • The Sexual Harassment o Women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Act) 2013.
  • The Maternity Benefit Act 1961.
  • The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971.
  • The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956.
  • The Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994. etc.

The session was fruitful as Mr. Chandrasekhar A. Chakradeo, Assistant Professor, Chembur Sarvankash Shikshanshashtra Mahavidyalaya, Chembur, the resource person for the workshop could meet the participant’s expectations with his expertise. The session was interactive, with sharing of experiences and knowledge of laws related to women. The workshop proved to be a great success with participants requesting to hold more such workshops in near future. The day ended on a positive note with report reading of the whole day’s proceedings and vote of thanks followed by National Anthem. Certificate of Participation were distributed to the participants at the end of the session.

International Woman’s Day

WDC celebrates International Woman’s Day. Students made posters and displayed them through a gallery walk on the theme of ‘Women Role Models’ and performed a fashion show on the same.

Aids Awareness Workshop

Women Development of Cell of Pillai College of Education and Research organized AIDS Awareness Workshop on 4th December, 2017, in the lecture hall, Room No. 404. The main objective of the workshop was to create awareness about AIDS among the pre-service teachers so that they can spread the awareness among the students in future.

The resource person for the workshop was Dr. Shankar Chawla, LCEH, MD in Homoepathy, P.G. Course in Classical Homoeopathy from International Academy of Classical Homoepathy – Greece, Post-Graduate in Preventive Health Care from Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad and has been practising homeopathy from last 32 years.

Pre-service teachers were oriented about the symptoms of AIDS and what preventive measures need to be taken. He clarified the myths and misconceptions of this dreadful disease.

Street Plays by our Students on the Topic of Women Empowerment.


F.Y Students of PCER conducted a street play on 8th March, 2017 on the ocassion of Women’s Day, organized by Women Development Cell in Collaboration with Soroptomist International Bombay Chembur

One Day Training Programme on “Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace and Women Rights”

Two Students participated in One Day Training Programme on “Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace and Women Rights” organized by HJ College of Education in Collaboration with Maharashtra State Commission for Women, on 27th February, 2017.

Name of Students

    • Ms. Arpita Cherian
  • Ms. Simran Saini
AIDS Awareness Workshop on 8th December, 2016

WDC organizes AIDS Awareness Workshop on 8th December, 2016, at Room No. 404, Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur. The workshop was organized to create a sense of awareness among the students and also to sensitize them on the alarmingly increasing cases of AIDS in the world and our duties and responsibilities as global citizens to spread awareness to the masses on the same.

A short film was screened for students on AIDS to sensitize them and create awareness about the signs and symptoms, modes of transmission etc, followed by a round of discussion and sharing of knowledge and experiences from the students.

Our guest speaker, Dr. Shankar Chawla, (Practicing Homeopath). About Dr. Chawla, Dr. Shankar Chawla is a senior practicing Homoeopathic Physician. He has done his LCEH from Prestigious CMP Homoeopathic Medical College Vile-Parle, Mumbai in 1984. He is a (Post Graduate) MD in Homoeopathy from Ahmadabad Homoeopathic Medical College and has also done an advance P.G. Course Classical Homoeopathy from International Academy of Classical Homoeopathy – Greece. Post Graduate in Preventive Health Care from Apollo Hospitals Hyderabad. Dr. Chawla is practicing last more than 31 years in Chembur, Mumbai, India.

He spoke extensively on AIDS and discussed about the different perspectives to victims, their lives, the society etc. He hrew light on the signs and symptoms of AIDS and also on the dos and don’ts of living a healthy life and how to prevent such a deadly disease. He also encouraged doubts and discussions on various AIDS related myths and misconceptions.

Various competitions were held like the Poster competition, Slogan competition, Campaign, Skits, and Speech etc to sensitize students on AIDS and nurture creativity in them. Students show cased their talent beautifully and expressed their ideas and views through their posters, speech, campaigns etc.

Expressions on 1st December, 2016

Women Development Cell organised “Expressions” on who is the Ideal Victim to Domestic and Sexual Violence in collaboration with Majlis Legal Center on 1st December, 2016.

Medical Health Check up Camp by Pillais’ College of Education and Research, Chembur in collaboration with Rotary Club, Deonar

In an endeavour to raise health awareness and to highlight the importance of regular health check-ups Medical Health Checkup Camp was organized for our B.Ed. students and Support Staff by Women Development Cell of Pillais’ College of Education and Research, Chembur on 9th April 2016, in the Chembur campus from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. in collaboration with the Rotary Club, Deonar.

The following checkups were carried out at the camp.

    • General Checkup
    • Dental Checkup
  • Eye Checkup

There were residential doctors of JOY Hospital for general check-up, doctors of dentistry from Zen, YMT and Girish Opticals for eye check up. The camp ended with a valedictory function in the presence of Principal Dr. Sunita Wadikar and Rotary Club (Deonar), President Mr. Ajit Pappu. Ms. Vani Achari was the co-ordinator for this camp. The camp was a great success as it was able to meet its objectives of medical health check up.

Workshop on Emotional Intelligence on 14th October, 2015

As a part of the initiative of Women Development Cell, a workshop on Emotional Intelligence was organized on the 14th October, 2015. The resource person for the programme was Ms. Shamim Modi, Chairperson, Law and Society, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. A total of eighty students participated in the workshop. The workshop intended to develop an understanding of the importance of EQ over IQ and sensitize the teachers towards the needs of the student community.

The resource person focused on emotional intelligence and highlighted the difference between IQ and EQ in an individual’s life. She brought to light the common beliefs that most people fear that emotions expose one’s vulnerability. She discussed on the five domains of emotional intelligence.

    • Knowing one’s emotions
    • Managing Emotions
    • Motivating oneself
    • Recognizing emotions in others
  • Handling relationship

The session was interspersed with activities which invoked a good response as the students participated wholeheartedly and evaluated their classmates. Student’s confidence was evident through their presentations and sharing after the activity.

Inauguration on 10th October, 2015

The Women Development Cell in collaboration with Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur (SIBC) was inaugurated on 10th October, 2015 at 3.15 p.m. in Room No. 404, MES’s Chembur Campus. The session was inaugurated by Ms. Hasina Khan (NGO ‘Awaz e Niswaan’) and Dr. Sangeetha Raman Giridhar (Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Mamta Maternity, Ghatkopar).


Ms. Hasina Khan delivered her key note address on the theme ‘Women Empowerment; Need of the Hour’, in which she mentioned about women rights and the right to lead a happy, safe and secured life. Dr. Sangeetha Giridhar addressed the students and spoke to them about ‘Health and Hygiene; Issues for Women’. She highlighted about the need for maintaining hygiene and aspects related to sex education etc. She also spoke to them about preventive measures against cancer and other Venereal diseases.

WDC had installed a Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine along with an Incinerator on 15th October, 2015, for the welfare of our girl students. We also conducted a medical health check up camp in collaboration with the Rotary Club, Deonar, on 9th April 2016, in the Chembur campus from 10.00 a.m – 2.00 p.m.

Street Plays were organized on the occasion of Women’s’ Day various social issues prevailing in the society like Dowry, Child Marriage, Infant Foeticide etc.

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