Thursday, 2 July 2020

Report on Nation Building Activities by the students of Kaveri College during the lockdown

While the Corona crisis was looming over the world, the students of Kaveri College of Arts, Science and Commerce took advantage of the available time they got during the lockdown period. Students undertook several activities and boosted the confidence of different sections of society. They created a vision of social consciousness and humanity through many socially useful activities. During this period, the students have come forward on their own to help the weaker sections of the society and the administration. 
Under this initiative, students created self-explanatory PPT/videos based on various topics such as Arrays, Pointers, searching algorithm, linked list, stack, and queue. Students also participated in mask making activity. Students who were good in art have prepared videos of that art such as origami, mehendi and drawings also spread it through social media.
Students have helped police, doctors, nurses who were working as direct and indirect covid warriors and saluted them. Students have taken the interview of such covid warriors and prepared its video in which they have shared their experiences about working during the lockdown. 
 College Students have created various videos for school children based on interesting animation, guidance on foreign languages like German, French and Chinese etc, mental health during the lockdown, how to take care of the elderly, how to protect oneself and one's family from corona, best out of waste, cyber security, Yoga Practice etc.
Students have also prepared the documents on the topics like Quantitaive Aptitude, verbal aptitude, reasoning/ analytical aptitude, Java etc. for placement preparation. Along with this student have created quiz and blogs are also written by them on the topics like Degree Vs. Skill sets and various career opportunities.
The students have created Audio Books and  written short stories and poems based on the pandemic They have also prepared case studies on the topics like SBI,TCS, Swiggy, Automobile sector, Cure Fit etc. and have researched commerce related topics including problems of small entrepreneurs/vendors during lockdown, stock market scenario, stock trading perspective, Role of RBI, future of mutual funds, business opportunities after lockdown, the study of various smartphone applications for safety awareness, mental and physical health awareness-role and responsibility, the role of television media, impact of Covid 19 on economic and psychological aspects and so on.
A survey on the topic, ‘A Study of Impact of Covid 19 on Stakeholders of Education Sector’ was also conducted to understand the impact of the pandemic on different stakeholders of the education sector and also to understand the initiatives taken by these stakeholders to minimise the negative impact. Another survey on the topic, ‘A Study of pros and cons of work from home style of working was also conducted to identify and understand the implementation of work from home system and to study advantages and disadvantages of this system. These surveys received a huge response. 
Principal Dr. Ashok Agarwal, Vice- Principal Dr. Muckta Karmarkar and other professors encouraged and guided the students for this initiative. Parents, Covid Warriors and society, in general, have appreciated and praised the activities done by the students.
Mr. Kushal Hegde, President Kannada Sangha and Secretary Mrs. Malati Kalmadi have also appreciated and congratulated these commendable initiatives by the students.

Friday, 26 June 2020

International Yoga Day 2020: A Virtual Yoga Day Celebration in Kaveri College

The sixth International Yoga Day was celebrated virtually in Kaveri College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Pune on 21st June 2020 with great zeal and enthusiasm. This year’s theme was ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’. All the teachers and students joined the celebration virtually in wake of Covid –19.
To spread awareness about Yoga and its benefits, the College had organized an event in association with Datta Kriya Yoga International Pune Center. Dr. A. J. Thanawala, was the resource person for this session. 

Principal, Dr. Ashok Agrawal inaugurated the session. In his inaugural address, he expressed the importance of Yoga for a healthy life. He said that Yoga keeps us physically, mentally and spiritually balanced. He mentioned that Yoga is the best medicine for sculpting the body both internally and externally.

Dr. Thanawala explained the concept of Pran-Shakti, an essential component to keep our body and mind in healthy disposition. He also said that transformation of the mind is the greatest miracle which can be achieved through the ancient science of Yoga. He said that Yoga helps in curing many chronic and incurable diseases through various asanas and ‘Naadishuddhi Kriya’. Dr.Thanawala conducted a session on ‘Namaskar Mudra, Meditation, Pranayam and breathing techniques, Suryanamaskar and musical meditation for the participants. He also shared the information about the ‘NadiShuddhi Exercise App’ for practicing yoga in daily life.
Dr. Muckta Karmarkar, Vice Principal, Dr. Anand Buddhikot, Student Development officer and Mr. Nilesh Nemade, NSS PO virtually participated in the Yoga session along with the teaching, non-teaching staff members and a large number of students. 

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Industrial Visit Report of Second Term

Kannada Sangha Pune’s Kaveri College of Arts, Science and Commerce organised an industrial visit to Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale, Ranje Mfg. Unit and Cubix Automation Pvt. Ltd on 25 January 2020, under the valuable guidance of Principal, Dr. Ashok Agrawal, and Vice Principal, Dr. Muckta Karmarkar. The objective of the visit to Chitale Bandhu Manufacturing Unit was to understand the working of the production facilities, customer satisfaction, and quality management of the company and to know various factors that steered the company to attain leadership in the food and confectionary market. The students got to know the production of bakarwadis at the shop floor. Students observed how the products at Chitale Bandhu are manufactured with minimum manual intervention to retain consistency in quality and hygiene. The company follows the principle of ‘People before Product’ to retain its employees. The purpose of the visit to Cubix Automation Pvt. Ltd. was to learn how artificial intelligence is replacing manual labour, understand strategic management and automation. Mr. Avinash Joshi at Cubix Automation, explained the importance of robotics and AI to the students. The students witnessed the work of ‘Pick up and Place’ Robots. 80 students were a part of this industrial visit.
 On 28 February 2020, college has organized an industrial visit for the students of F.Y. BBA (CA) to Persistent Systems Ltd. The purpose of this visit was to interact with the members of software industry, to understand current market scenarios, most demanding technologies and criteria for selection, etc. Mr. Sidharth Pendse H.R. Manager, Mr. Dominic D' Mello H.R. Person and Mr. Venki Technical Head conducted an informative session for the students. They motivated the students to choose their domain and area of interest. Mr. Venki gave a presentation on the journey and success story of the company over the years. He discussed about the latest technology trends in IT and focused on bringing innovation in technology. The next presentation was by Mr. Sidharth and Mr. Dominic which was based on HR and interview techniques at Persistent Systems. They gave an insight of the working of the company and discussed how one can be a part of Persistent Systems. The session concluded with Question- Answer round after which the students were given a guided tour of the campus. Around 53 students benefited from this visit.

On 7 March 2020, under the valuable guidance of Principal, Dr. Ashok Agrawal, and Vice Principal, Dr. Muckta Karmarkar, an industrial visit to Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Pirangut, and Kawre Ice Creams Pvt. Ltd. was organised. The objective of the visit to Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. was to understand the working of beverage production, automation, quality management, and to know various factors responsible for it to be one of the leading companies in world beverages. The students were given a guided tour to their water treatment plant, raw sugar syrup processing room, ready syrup room, testing lab, packaging unit and distribution unit. They observed that the company uses only machines for the entire process of production. Besides this, students were also made aware of their top-notch security system. The purpose of visit to Kawre Ice Creams Pvt. Ltd. was to learn the production facility, customer satisfaction and quality management in ice-cream production. Mr. Yogesh Kawre, Factory In-charge welcomed the staff and students to their unit. His team explained the students about the production process. Besides, they were given a tour of their store house, packaging, testing, and accounts department. They observed the ongoing process of preparation of strawberry ice-cream and packaging of the same. 








Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Celebration of International Women’s Day at Kaveri College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Pune

On the account of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2020, Women’s Forum of the college arranged an interactive session on ‘Women’s Health’. Principal, Dr. Ashok Agrawal, Vice Principal, Dr. Muckta Karmarkar, Chairperson, Women’s Forum Mrs. Pooja Ambole and other female Faculty members were present for the same. Dr. Yogita Kale Nagda, a well known Homeopath, was the resource person for the session. The session began with the felicitation of Dr. Nagda at the hands of Dr. Ashok Agrawal, following which she took over the session. Various health related issues like PCOD/PCOS, irregular menstruation, anaemia, thyroid, obesity, etc were taken up for discussion. She explained the symptoms of these common ailments among women and mentioned their lines of treatment. She also spoke about good parenting skills which involve establishing a strong bond with children and be open for any kind of communication with them. Also, the symptoms and precautions for COVID-19, which is at present consuming the entire globe, were discussed by her in great lengths to spread awareness.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Investor Awareness Programme Organised at Kaveri College of Arts, Science and Commerce

Commerce Department of Kaveri college of Arts, Science and Commerce in association with CDSL and SBIcap organised an Investor Awareness Programme on 25 February 2020. Principal, Dr. Ashok Agrawal, Vice Principal, Dr. Muckta Karmarkar, Coordinator, Dr. Deepa Sathe, Faculty members along with the resource speakers for the session, Mr. Ajit Manjure, Head of Investor Education CDSL and Ms. Ashwini Khedkar, Branch Manager CDSL, Pune were present for the same. After the felicitation of Mr. Ajit Manjure and Ms. Ashwini Khedkar at the hands of Dr. Ashok Agrawal and Dr. Muckta Karmarkar respectively the programme began.
The key area of this session was to educate the students about various investment instruments, financial markets, mutual funds, etc. Mr. Ajit Manjure informed the audience about investment benefits, how much one should invest and that one should start investing early. He introduced them to demat account, its advantages and its functions; he also spoke on National Stock Exchange, Bombay Stock Exchange and their functions. He emphasised upon the significance of being an informed as well as disciplined investor. He concluded his session by advising the students to keep themselves updated through News papers, television channels, important websites, etc. The session was very informative and interactive. Around 80 students benefited from it.

Faculty Development Programmes At Kaveri

Awareness Programme on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
On 23 July 2019, an Orientation Programme about the Massive Open Online Courses e.g. SWAYAM, Coursera etc. was conducted for the staff members of the college. The resource persons for both the programme were Asst. Prof. Mrs. Chitra Alavani and Asst. Prof. Mrs. Pallavi Joshi from our college.
Bloom’s Taxonomy
Staff Academy Committee has also been instrumental in arranging Faculty Development Programmes. A Faculty Development Programme was organised on 18 September 2019 on Bloom’s Taxonomy’. Dr. Lalita Vartak was the resource person for the programme. She explained that main aim of Bloom’s Taxonomy is to promote higher forms of thinking in education.  She emphasized that it brings precision and accuracy in teaching methodologies. 33 staff members took advantage of the programme.
Intellectual property Rights (IPR)
To create awareness of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and to encourage innovation across various disciplines, a FDP on Intellectual property Rights (IPR) was organized on 1 October 2019 in the college. The resource person for this FDP was Prof. Amol Sapatnekar from Symbiosis Law School, Pune. All the staff members of Kaveri College attended this FDP.
Training Programme on Education
Another Faculty Development Programme was organized at Ramakrishna Math on 9 November 2019 on the topic ‘Training Programme on Education’. On this occasion, Shrikantnanda Maharaj, President of Ramakrishna Math addressed faculty members of the college. In his speech he emphasised on student teacher relationship which is instrumental in the overall growth of the student. The second session was conducted by Dr. Shirish Limaye wherein he focused on the importance of goal setting. Buddhanand Maharaj conducted a session on moral and spiritual values in education and also focused on the need for development based education. 30 teaching and 9 non-teaching members were present for the same.
Training for Non teaching employees on Manners, Etiquettes and Personality Development
Development is an enduring process of fostering, shaping and enhancing individuals’ skills, knowledge and interests to ascertain their maximum efficacy and compliance. Development covers an assortment of activities, one of which is the knowledge of Corporate Etiquette and Personality Development. A training programme on ‘Manners, Etiquettes and Personality Development’ was held on 31 December, 2019 from 10: 30 am to 1 pm for the non-teaching employees of Kaveri College of Arts, Science and Commerce. It was facilitated by Dr. Muckta Karamarkar, Vice Principal, Kaveri College of Arts, Science and Commerce.
The objective of this training was to build self-confidence, enhance self-esteem and improve overall personality of the participants. The programme aimed at grooming the participants through sensitizing them about proper behaviour, socially and professionally, in formal and informal circumstances. This programme was designed to help people in organizations who wish to gain confidence and effectively perform in the professional environment. The programme involved interactive sessions, individual and group exercises, role plays, situation-handling and experience-sharing.
Learning Outcomes of the training programme:
Developing and maintaining a positive attitude and being assertive
Mastering cross cultural etiquettes
Handling difficult situations with grace, style, and professionalism
Grooming for success
Body Language, poise, and eye contact
Pronunciation, voice modulation, and diction
Serving manners, meeting and greeting
In all, 9 employees attended the training programme. Feedback was collected at the end of the session.
Innovative and Corporate Way of Training, Teaching and Mentoring by Mr. Rajeev Jain
IQAC and Staff Academy of Kaveri College of Arts, Science and Commerce organized a Faculty Development Programme on 22 February 2020. The topic of the session was Innovative and Corporate Way of Training, Teaching and Mentoring.
IQAC Head, Dr. Jayashree Bangali welcomed the resource speaker, Mr. Rajeev Jain, Principal Dr. Ashok Agrawal, Vice Principal, Dr. Muckta Karmarkar and all the Faculty members, which was followed by the felicitation of the resource speaker at the hands of Dr. Ashok Agrawal.
Thereafter, the session began where the speaker explained the importance of one’s passion, how the teachers should play the role of a Subhedar in their students’ lives, the importance of students working for CSR, NGOs which will help them connect better with the society, the significance of creating a conductive environment for the students to make them feel free to approach their teachers to seek help. He also threw some light upon the blended learning system and discussed few ways to make students ready for the corporate world during their graduation years. The session was extremely interactive and informative. 33 Faculty members attended the session and benefited from it.

Annual Prize Distribution at Kaveri

The Annual Sports Prize Distribution and Annual Prize Distribution function was organized on 10 February and 18 February 2020 respectively.
Mr. Dhananjay Damle, National Level Badminton Player and Secretary Maharashtriy Mandal graced the occasion as the chief guest. Principal Dr. Ashok Agrawal welcomed the audience and informed the dignitaries that the college provides all possible facilities and support to budding sportspersons.  Mr. Damle in his speech stressed the fact that everyone should practice at least one sport throughout their lifetime for physical and mental fitness. Academics and  sports should go hand in hand. The prizes of intra college sports competitions and prizes of Annual Staff sports Meet were given at the hands of the Chief Guest, Principal and Vice Principal.
Mr. Vikram Bokey, a well known Retired IPS Officer graced the Annual Prize Distribution function as the Chief Guest on 18 February 2020. Mr. Kushal Hedge, President, Kannada Sangha, Pune and Mrs. Indira Salian, Vice President, Kannada Sangha, Pune were present on the occasion.
Ms. Pooja Ambole, Assistant Professor, Commerce, informed the audience about the activities of the college for the year 2019-20 through a PowerPoint presentation. The Annual Report of the college for the year 2019-20 was unveiled at the hands of the chief guest and other esteemed dignitaries.  
Mr. Bokey in his speech appealed to the students to stay away from addictions like smoking, alcohol, and drugs etc. He said that one can live a long healthy life if one stays away from addictions. He cited examples of the state of Punjab and how the young generation is in the grapples of drug addiction, which is the worst form of addiction. He also said that drug addiction is life threatening and can leave an impact on generations to come.
The academic, co curricular, extracurricular student achievers were felicitated on this occasion. Endowment prizes in fond memory of Dr. Kalmadi Shamarao, Mrs. Sunita Vishnu Karmarkar and Mr. Vishnu Moreshwar Karmarkar, as well as Late Shri Ramesh Khode were awarded to the students. Dr. Anand Buddhikot, Assistant Professor, Electronics and Dr. Geetanjali Pitre, Assistant Professor, Commerce were recognized for their contribution to research. Mr. Rohit Tambe, Director, Physical Education and Ms. Shweta Bhagat were recognized for contribution in their respective fields. The non-teaching staff was recognized for their contribution to the college. Mr. Agney Galande, TYBCOM was awarded with the best Outgoing Student award and Mr. Abhijeet Singh, TYBCOM won the best All Rounder award.