Intellectual Capacity Building Network (ICBN) Centre

Book Launch 2019-20

‘Decoding SDG in Classroom’ is a book authored by the Alumni Association of MES’s Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur. It is an attempt in understanding the classroom dynamics in relation to the need of the hour in our society and world at large. It unleashes the potentials of a teacher to incorporate SDGs in our classroom. The book is written by 9 alumnus of MES’s Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur, they have taken deep interest and keen efforts in preparing these lesson plans. It provides guidelines in transacting and transmitting the ideas, thoughts of SDGs in classroom through various activities, discussion and showcasing the impact in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domain. The author and co-authors Dr. Reni Francis – Principal MES’s Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur and her team of alumni Bhakti, Nanda, Jincy, Shubashri, Sophia, Sabrina, Sivaranjani and Yasmin take pride in authoring and releasing this book.

One-day Symposium on ‘Sharing of Best Practices’

The Alumni Association of PCER-Chembur organised a One-day Symposium on ‘Institutional Best Practices’ through the Intellectual Capacity Building Network Centre (ICBN) on Thursday, 14th February, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Room No. 401, MES’s Chembur Campus.

The Symposium started with Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai, the Chairman of MES declaring the Symposium open and sharing his views about the importance of sharing best practices amongst various institutions. This was followed by the Keynote address given by Ms. Parveen Shaikh who is an alumnus from the batch of 2013-14 and is currently the Principal of The Somaiya School, Vidya Vihar. Ms. Shaikh spoke about ‘Visible Learning’ and how teachers must adopt visible learning in the classroom.

The presentations consisted of 10 participants from various institutes. The programme ended with a vote of thanks.

EventResource PersonDate
Interactive Session on the ‘Role of the Teacher in Today’s Classrooms’Ms. Jyothi Malhotra
(Batch of 2013-14)
Assistant Teacher
AVM School, BKC, Mumbai

Ms. Sindhuja Hariharan
(Batch of 2014-15)
Assistant Teacher
Model School, Chhedanagar, Mumbai
23rd June, 2016
Introduction to Baseline Tests in Schools
(Organised by ICBN)
Ms. Taruna Patel
Assistant Teacher, CEHS and
Ms. Ayesha Parker
Assistant Teacher, CEHS
1st October, 2016
Annual Alumni MeetExpert Talks by
Dr. Asawari Bhave Gudipudi
(Batch of 2002-03)
Dean of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, MIT Art, Design and Technology University, Pune

Ms. Subhadra Shenoy
(batch of 2010-11)
Principal – Shishuvan School, Matunga, Mumbai

Ms. Nisha Chavan
(Batch of 2011-12)
Principal – Little Angels High School, Santacruz (W), Mumbai
22nd October, 2016
Workshop on ‘Non-Violent CommunicationMs. Suma Lerin
(Batch of 2013-14)
Primary Teacher
The Somaiya School
Vidyavihar, Mumbai

Ms. Sujata Dewaji
Parent Educator and Expert on NVC Training
5th December, 2016
Symposium on ‘Other Boards – How it differs from SSC?Ms. Sharda Sharma
Director and Deputy CEO – Dr. Pillai Global Academy, Gorai

Ms. Munmun Nandi
Senior Teacher – St. Gregorious High School, Chembur

Dr. Reni Francis
Assistant Professor, PCER-Chembur
28th January, 2017
EventResource PersonDate
Workshop on ‘Effective CommunicationMs. Suman Ananthanarayanan
(Batch of 2013-14)
M.Ed. Student, University of Mumbai

Ms. Vasundhara Kaul
(Batch of 2013-14)
M.Ed. Student, University of Mumbai
27th November, 2015
Interactive Session on the ‘Role of the Teacher in Today’s Classrooms’Ms. Jyothi Malhotra
(Batch of 2013-14)
Assistant Teacher
AVM School, BKC, Mumbai

Ms. Sindhuja Hariharan
(Batch of 2014-15)
Assistant Teacher
Model School, Chheda Nagar, Mumbai
23rd June, 2016
Annual Alumni Meet21st January, 2016
EventResource PersonDate
Workshop on ‘Raising the Standards of Teaching’Ms. Rebecca Walker
(Batch of 2000-2001)
Elementary Teacher in Warwick General School, London
13th August, 2014
Expert Talk on ‘Innovative ways to Introduce a Lesson’Ms. Shubhadra Shenoy
(Batch of 2010-11)
Principal – Shishuvan School, Matunga
23rd August, 2014
Annual Alumni Meet18th October, 2014
Expert Talk on ‘The Relevance of the B.Ed. Curriculum for today’s teacher’Ms. Parveen Shaikh,
(Batch of 2013-14)
Pre-Primary Head – The Somaiya School

Mr. Vaibhav Avaghade
(Batch of 1993-94)
Principal – SNDT College of Education, Wadala

Mr. Sunil Sharma
(Batch 2011-13)
Author & Educator
18th October, 2014
Workshop on ‘The International Teacher’Ms. Swapna Jare
(Batch of 1989-90)
Founder & Director
Mind 1 Mind, UK
20th February, 2015
Workshop ‘Tricks that Every Teacher Should Know’Ms. Parveen Shaikh
(Batch of 2013-14)
Pre-Primary Head – The Somaiya School
20th February, 2015
The Intellectual Capacity Building Network Centre – Research Forum II
Workshop on “Innovative Ways to Introduce a Lesson”

On the 24th August, 2013, PCER Chembur alumni Ms. Shubadra Shenoy, Head-Secondary Section, Shishuvan School conducted a Workshop on “Innovative Ways to Introduce a Lesson”.

Ms. Shenoy, being an alumnus of PCER, was able to relate to the student-teachers and instantly established a rapport with them. She began the workshop by stressing the importance of the Set Induction in any lesson.

The key element in the Set Induction is that it acts as a Trigger in the minds of the children. Each aspect of the teacher, from his/her entry to the exit is keenly observed by the students and must, therefore, be planned carefully by the teacher. She proceeded to demonstrate this with a picture of different dishes that make up a meal and established a parallel between the dishes (with an emphasis on the starter) and the different stages of a lesson. This helped to bring home the point she was making very clearly to the student-teachers. Ms. Shenoy clarified the differences between the following components of Set Induction –

  • Energisers
  • Ice-Breakers
  • Starters
  • Plenary (to conclude)
  • Introduction

The student-teachers found the workshop to be interesting and enriching. They participated enthusiastically in the different activities and enjoyed them immensely. In addition, they were very reassured by Ms. Shenoy’s confidence in their ability to excel in their teaching careers.

For their second activity, on the occasion of the annual Alumni Meet 2013, the ICBN organised a Panel Discussion on all the recourse that are available after the students complete their B.Ed. degree.

The topic for the Panel Discussion was ‘Beyond the Horizon of B.Ed.’ and the panelists were our alumni who were at present engaged in various educational capacities. The panelists and the topic that they spoke on were as follows:

  • Ms. Anu Madhok: Anu is currently pursuing her M.Ed. degree and she touched upon the aspect of taking up higher qualifications and what is expected of the same. She spoke about how and why to take up M.Ed. and what benefits would accrue after the successful completion of the degree.
  • Ms. Parvathi Badrinarayanan: Parvathi is pursuing her career as a curriculum planner and this aspect is also one of the options that a student can take up. Many schools, especially those following the international curriculum, has a centralised curriculum planning section and teachers are recruited for this aspect, too.
  • Ms. Mamta Tiwari: Mamta is a Hindi and History subject teacher in a SSC school and she touched upon the challenges that a SSC school teacher faces and how one can prepare for it.
  • Ms. Madhu Bala Ralte: Madhu is an English subject teacher in an IGCSE school and she spoke about the challenges that B.Ed. students face in teaching in an international curriculum.
  • Ms. Biju Nambiar: Biju is the head of the Primary Section of The Somaiya school and has taken up the position of an administrator. She spoke about how useful the B.Ed. subjects are when we teach in a school and the challenges that the administrators face.

The session was moderated by Ms. Rakhi Pande, alumnus of the batch of 2011-12 and currently teaching in Arya Vidya Mandir School at Bandra Kurla Complex. She spoke about the necessity of reading and keeping oneself updated. She summed up what each of the speakers had said and left the students with questions to ponder on.

Institutional Best Practices in MES

Date: 16 March, 2013 Time: 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

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