Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. –Louisa May Alcott
“Duty makes us do things well but love makes us do them beautifully”.
The Women Cell shall strive to create a better and just society by empowering women.
To make the cell a unique platform for the development of its members, by providing them opportunities to contribute towards the betterment of the society
- To make students aware of Gender Equity.
- To help students to change their mindset and attitudes towards life in terms of women
- To encourage greater participation and to develop responsible and value oriented leadership in Female students.
- To build a society with social and economic gender equality as envisaged in the Indian Constitution through social service.
- To reach out to Women in the rural areas and make them aware of their social and legal rights and to equip them to stand against gender violence and gender discrimination
- To create awareness, instill values and develop the personality and leadership quality in the members.
- Performing skits and road plays for creating awareness in society.
- Organizing group discussions, speech, debate, essay writing, extempore, posters etc on gender issues to sensitize students.
- Arranging lectures of highly qualified and successful women.
- Providing basic amenities for hygiene (soaps, hand towels etc), education (copies, pen, pencil etc), old clothes, bread, milk powder etc to the needy.
The women’s cell organization of St. Aloysius College was established in the year 1997 under the leadership of Dr. Anjali D’Souza and works with the motto “The first daughter of love of God is charity to mankind.” Since then its members have generously extended their helping hand to assist the poor and needy. In the year 2006, Dr. Deepa Pal took up the responsibility of the cell. In the year 2010 Dr. Mandira Kar had taken over the responsibility of the cell. In the year 2018 Dr. Sutapa Roy took up this responsibility, who is the present incharge of the Women Cell. All the Faculty and student members work for the cause of Women empowerment
The success of the Women cell is due to the hard work and perseverance of every member of the cell. The Women cell is grateful for the valuable guidance, encouragement and support extended by our Principal Dr. Fr. Vallan Arasu and former Principal Dr. Fr. Davis George in all their endeavors.
Highlights of Women Cell Activity
- In August 2010, a gender awareness program was conducted by Mrs. Savita Kanaujiya, advocate of M.P. High Court. She gave a lecture on “Legal Rights of Women”. About 120 students attended the lecture and were benefitted from it.
- A guest lecture was organized on “How to Combat Sexual Harassment” by Mrs. Arunima Bhatnagar in October 2010. The female students of the college attended this lecture. It was a very interactive session.
- Women Cell also organized Judo-Karate classes for female students of the college. Many female students of the college benefitted from these classes.
- To promote girls’ education, the faculty members as well as the student members of the cell went to KhalsaKanya School, Sadar Cantt, Jabalpur. It was a ten day programme. The student members of the women cell taught the middle/high school children, topics of mathematics and science. Not only the school children benefitted, it was also a learning experience for the student members of the cell as they learnt the art of teaching and were empowered. The school Principal gave a certificate of appreciation to the cell for the same.
- In October 2011, poster and slogan competition was organized related to women issues like Female feticide, Female Infanticide, Dowry and Role of women in the betterment of the society.
- A guest talk was also organized in which Dr. Neena Shrivastava, leading gynecologist of Jabalpur gave a talk on the topic “Gynecological problems in adolescents”.
- In August 2012, the Women Cell in collaboration with “Shakti Mahakaushal”, women’s wing of Mahakaushal Vigyan Parishad, Jabalpur and the Department of Zoology and Biotechnology celebrated “Women’s Equality Day”. To celebrate this day, a one day workshop on health awareness was organised for the Non-Teaching female Staff and the female family members of the Non- Teaching male staff of the college. The guest speakers were Dr. Neena Shrivastava and Dr. Ashok Khanna, medical consultant, Marble City hospital, Jabalpur. They spoke on topics ‘Gynecological Problems’ and ‘Malnutrition’ respectively. The participants were given fruits and biscuits. They were immensely happy. On the same day a poster exhibition was organized by the post graduate students of the Department of Zoology and Biotechnology on health awareness of women.
- In January 2013, in association with Jabalpur police and M.P. Wushu Sangathan, the cell organized Wushu Martial Art Training for the girl students of the college. Mr. Manoj Gupta, an international Wushu Coach, gave training to around four hundred girl students of the college. This event has empowered the girl students and taught them to fight against violence. This event was highly appreciated as it followed the much talked about Delhi rape case of 16th December 2012.
- In February 2013, in collaboration with All India Mahila Sanskritik Sangathan (AIMSS) an awareness programme was held on the burning topic ‘Violence against Women’ Mrs. Rachna Agarwal, convenor (AIMSS) gave a talk on the same. She interacted with the students and discussed various forms of sexual harassment faced by women in learning institution, workplaces, in society and marriages. It was a very fruitful session for the students.
- The Women Cell of St. Aloysius’ College organized a health awareness programme on different types of Genital cancer on 31st October for the female staff of the college. The invited speaker for the session was Gynecologist Dr. Kavita N. Singh MS, PhD in Gynaecologic Oncology. She shared her expertise on types of Genital cancer, symptoms, cause and remedy. She said that awareness can help fight cancer as in most cases ignorance takes toll of lives. She also taught us “teach one, save one” to prevent cancer. There was also an interactive session in which Dr. Singh answered all the queries of the teachers. It was a very informative session as many myths and doubts were cleared regarding Cancer, one of the most threatening diseases. The coordinator of the programme was Women Cell Incharge Dr. Mandira Kar.
- On 9th October 2013, the Women Cell of the college in collaboration with the Women Cell, CID, Jabalpur organized a workshop on Self Esteem and Self defense for the girl students of the college in the auditorium. The chief guest of the workshop was Mrs. Pragya Richa Shrivastava, Inspector General of Police, Women Cell, CID, Jabalpur. Other esteemed guests were Inspector Surekha Parmar and Inspector M.D. Nagotia. In her address to the students, Mrs. Shrivastava said that, nowadays women have equal participation in every sector and are walking in par with men with dignity however; their security is a matter of great concern. She laid emphasis on the importance of self defense. She said self defense would help women tackle an unusual situation independently. She also interacted with the students and answered their queries and gave them solutions to overcome their day to day problems which they face as girls. Inspector Parmar, Inspector Nagotia and their team gave tips on self defense to the participants. It was a very fruitful session for the students and they participated in the workshop with great enthusiasm.
- To pay homage to Nirbhaya, the Delhi rape victim of 16th December 2012, which moved the whole country, Women Cell, CID, Jabalpur organized a ‘Human chain’ on 16th December 2013 in the city. Institutions and organizations from all over the city participated actively in this ‘human chain’. It was organized not only to create awareness about the condition of the women but was also an effort to give the message that no such heinous crime would be tolerated henceforth by the society.The college also participated in the event which was coordinated by the Women Cell of the college. The students along with the teachers stood hand in hand from Ganesh Chowk to Pentinaka, Sadar from 1:20 pm to 1:35 pm. A road show highlighting the Nirbhaya case was also prepared by the students under the supervision of Dr. Carolin Saini and was presented in Sadar at different crossings. It was a very successful event as both students as well as faculty members participated in it enthusiastically.
The Women’s Cell of St. Aloysius (Auto) College, Jabalpur consistently strives to create a better just and equitable society through various lectures and programmes. Following are the events coordinated by the Women’s Cell in the last academic year:
- Mehndi Competition: The cell organized Mehndi competition on 16th August 2014 for the girl students of the college in which they participated very enthusiastically. The first three winners were given prizes.
- Lecture on Lifestyle Diseases: Women’s Cell, St. Aloysius’ College organized a Guest Lecture for the faculty members on one of the most relevant issues of the time, “Lifestyle Diseases” It was delivered by Dr. Parimal Swamy, Consultant and In-charge, Diabetic Centre, Jabalpur Hospital and Research Centre on 20th November 2014. Through his presentation, he spoke about wellness instead of illness. He explained how a person’s diet affects his/her health. He also gave practical solutions for having a healthy and happy living. A free diabetic camp for the teaching and non-teaching staff followed the lecture.
- The student members of Women Cell participated in various competitions organized by the Women Cell, CID, Jabalpur and INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage) to celebrate International Women’s Week (2-8 March). The students participated and won prizes in Essay, Extempore, Speech, Poster, Collage and Painting Inter-collegiate competitions held from 1st March to 9th March 2015.
- The teachers of the college participated in various workshops and seminars organized by INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage), Jabalpur to celebrate “Women Empowerment Week”, held from 2nd March 2015 to 5th March 2015 on the women related issues and presented papers. It was coordinated by Women Cell.
- The Women’s Cell has also undertaken a project sponsored by UGC (2014-2019) on “Mother and Child” in which the work has been initiated.
- Women empowerment is a burning issue all over the globe. Inequalities between men and women and discrimination against women have also been age-old issues, hence gender equality is a universal phenomenon. In India too, equality of women and their empowerment is one of the key issues for the growth and prosperity of the nation. Taking into account the current scenario where women are being harassed, victimized and even raped, the Women Cell of St. Aloysius’ Autonomous College organized a week Karate workshop. The workshop was held from 17th August to 22nd August 2015. This workshop was not only helpful in terms of better physiological and psychological health, it also boosted the self-confidence of the girl students. The girl students were given this training to empower them so that, in turn they can further be actively associated with women empowerment and be an asset to the society and their motherland. The karate workshop was organized in two shifts 07:00 am to 08.00 am and 05:30 pm to 06:30 pm in the college campus. Approximately 250 UG and PG students of arts, science and commerce faculty benefited from this workshop. Ms. Sadhna Sen, a karate expert was the instructor of this workshop. She demonstrated several self-defense techniques. She also taught the girl students punches, kicks and stunts etc and also provided them the knowledge of when and how to affectively use it as a self- defense technique. Through the feedback form taken from the participant learners it was found that the workshop was highly appreciated by them and was a great success. The in-charge Dr. MandiraKar and other members of the cell Mrs. .Roshni Choubey, Mrs. Archana Pasari and Dr. Renu Pandey, are thankful to Principal, Dr. Fr. Vazhan Arasu for providing the opportunity. Definite positive changes were observed in the participants. They are more cheerful and emotionally stable. They are now more confident, more aware and more skilled compared to their counterparts. They are now less scared of eve teasing and street attacks and more assertive and empowered.
- Women Cell, St. Aloysius’ College (Autonomous) Jabalpur ceaselessly endeavors to implement holistic training methodologies for an overall development of girl students. Alongwith physical and mental empowerment of girl students the cell also practices to persist feminism in them.
- In keeping with this the Aloysian Women cell organized a traditional Mehndi applying contest on 28th August 2015 from 11:00 – 12: noon. The contest was aimed at providing a practical learning application to the students. The Mehndi talent hunt competition received an overwhelming response. 23 young girl students of various streams of UG and PG courses participated enthusiastically in the mehendi competitions. The zealous participants etched out awe-inspiring creativedesigns.
- Principal Dr. Fr. G. Vazhan Arasu blessed all the student and said that Such competitions help students add momentum and edge to their professional aspirations. He praised the participants for their participation.
“Stri Suraksha Samvad” (Women Safety Discourse) Awareness program on Women Issues-
- The subject of women empowerment is a burning issue all over the world including India. Inequalities between men and women and discrimination against women have also been an age-old issue all over the world. Women’s quest for equality with men is a universal phenomenon. In tune with the same, 26 girl students of all streams accompanied with the members of Women Cell participated in an awareness program entitled “Stri Suraksha Samvad” (Women Safety Discourse) on 14th July, 2018 at Manas Bhawan, Wright Town, Jabalpur. This was organized by Rajkrishna Tankha Foundation along with the co-operation of various non-government organizations including Vivechana, Akhil Bhartiya Mahila Parishad, Prayaas, Sangini, Pragati Ladies Club etc. The key speakers were Shri Jyotiraditya Sindhiya (Member of Parliament), Shri Vivek Krishna Tankha (Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and a Member of Parliament), Shri Sanjay Sinha (News Reporter, Tez Channel) and Smt. Ila Ghosh (Retd. Principal, Govt. PG College, Katni). The focus of the program was on the current situations of women in our society. Various women issues including sexual harassment, dowry system, domestic violence and inequality faced by women were discussed and worthy suggestion for controlling and resolving such conditions were given by the eminent speakers. The theme tag line of the program was “Chalo Saath Aaye” (Let’s Walk Together) which itself spoke about the importance of being aware and united in combating adverse conditions pertaining to women. The students were motivated and had a great learning experience from the program..
Awareness on Eye Donation-
- A lecture on eye donation was organized on 1st September, 2018 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am in the college. A team including a renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Pawan Sthapak (Member of Indian Medical Association Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur) and members of Dada Virendrapuriji Maharaj Netra Bank were present on the occasion. Dr. Pawan Sthapak addressed the students and highlighted that among all the people suffering from corneal blindness, about one third belong to India and the donors are negligible. He informed the students, that eyes are one of the most important sensory organs in the human body as it renders vision and the power to see, and hence eye donation is one of the noble acts. Donated eyes can be used to restore vision in people who are suffering from corneal blindness. From each pair of donated eyes, two blind people can be benefited. He also added that Dada Virendrapuriji Maharaj Netra Bank will be organizing “Netradaan Jagrukta Rally” (Eye-Donation Awareness Rally) on 2nd September, 2018 and motivated the students to be a part of the awareness program. More than 340 students were present during the talk.
Medical Check-up Camp-
- A medical check-up camp for the girl students under the program of “Swasth Nari Swasth Pradesh” (Healthy Women Healthy State) was conducted in the college in collaboration with “Madhya Pradesh Aayurvigyan Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur”. The camp was organized for the first shift on 8th September 2018 from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm and for the second shift on 18th September 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. It included checking of hemoglobin percentage, weight and height of the students. A team of doctors belonging to IMA Women Doctors Wing also addressed the students creating awareness regarding anemia and the precautions to be taken, under the Mission Pink Health. The total students benefited by this program were 885.
Workshop on Tuberculosis Eradication-
- Two members of Aloysian Women Cell Dr. Sutapa Roy and Mrs. Roshni Choubey went to attend a workshop on “Tuberculosis Eradication” organized by the Collectorate of Jabalpur (Public Health and Family Welfare) on 24th September 2018 at 12:30 pm. The resource person was Dr. Dheeraj Dhawande, who spoke on the present scenario of tuberculosis in India and its eradication by 2025, participants from various colleges and universities attended the program. They were made aware about the organism causing it, symptoms associated and remedies available. He also gave information about various government policies available for TB patients which are free of cost. The main problem for complete extinction of the disease is to combat with malnutrition. The organizing committee motivated the participants to provide nutritional supplements for such patients, as and when possible.
“NirbharNahiNidar” (Brave Not Dependent) Self-defense program-
- In a country like India where the cases of gender violence are on the rise, of which many go unreported, self-defense for women has become a necessity more than ever. In view of this the college organized two days self-defense program “Nirbhar Nahi Nidar” (Brave Not Dependent) for girl students on 27th and 29th October 2018 as per the direction of M.P. Higher Education, Bhopal. The program was conducted for the first shift from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and for the second shift from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The trainers were Mr. Sajan Myntra and Ms. Kanchan Prasad (Member of Mission Azad). The program was targeted to help the girl students to learn several techniques to defend themselves in adverse conditions and to gain confidence. The students benefited by the program were 164.
National Seminar on Health and Hygiene-
- A four days national seminar on “Envisioning a Healthy India: Health, Hygiene, Mother and Child”, was organized in St. Aloysius’ College (Autonomous) Jabalpur from 21st to 24th February 2019, sponsored by UGC, Bhopal. The aim of the seminar was to create awareness among the participants about the present scenario of health and hygiene in India and also to educate them about the various aspects of mother and child health care. The seminar comprised of seven sessions with the following themes: Physical Mental and Spiritual Health, Health and Nutrition, Environmental Health Hazards, Biological and Chemical Hazards, Antenatal care’ and Postnatal care, Child care and health and Self-Management Mental Health and Wellbeing. The resource persons were Anuj Shrivastava, Faculty, Art of Living, Jabalpur, Prof. Indu Bansal, Human Development, Banasthali Vidhyapith, Prof. Navneet Saxena, Dean, NSCB Medical College, Jabalpur, Dr. Sangeeta Shrivastava, Senior Gynecologist, Jabalpur Hospital and Research Center, Jabalpur, Dr. S.K. Khare, Scientist, Regional Office, M.P. Pollution Control Board, Dr. Neena Shrivastava, Honorary Consultant Gynecologist, G.C.F. Hospital Jabalpur, Dr. Neetu Yadav, Pediatric, Jabalpur Hospital and Research Center, Jabalpur and Dr. O.P. Raichandani, Psychiatrist, NSCB Medical College, Jabalpur. A poster competition was also held. The total number of participants in the seminar was 161 and 71 papers were presented. The certificates for the best paper and poster presentation were distributed.
A talk on eye donation was organized at St. Aloysius College (Auto.), Jabalpur by the Women Cell on 27th August, from 8:15 am to 9:00 am. The gathering was addressed by Dr. Pawan Sthapak (Member of Indian Medical Association Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur) and member of Dada Virendrapuriji Maharaj Netra Bank . The students were made aware about the conditions required for eye donation which is considered to beone of the noble acts after blood donation. He also informed the students that Dada Virendrapuriji Maharaj Netra Bank will be organizing Netradaan Jagrukta Rally on 1st September, 2019. The talk was attended by more than 180 students.
Cyber Crime and Security-
The Women Cell of St. Aloysius’ (Autonomous) College organized a talk on “Cyber Crime and Security” dated 6th February 2020 for girl students. The speaker was Ms. Ritu Upadhyay, SI, Cyber Crime Branch, Jabalpur. She was assisted by Mrs. Avni Vani and Mr. Prashant Steele. Ms. Ritu Upadhyay informed the students that in today’s world the attacks do not take place on physical body rather they take place on the personal or corporate virtual body. She briefed the students about the common types of cyber crimes that are taking place. She added, since everyone has become digital and the use of social media, online banking services, online shopping, ATM etc. is very general thus anyone can easily become a victim of cyber crimes. She gave the students beneficial inputs as to how to avoid and deal with such crimes. She also advised the students not to get terrified if such crime takes places rather approach the Cyber Crime branch so that proper action can be taken. The session was then opened for questions and queries, during which the students actively participated. The number of students benefited by this talk was 144.
The programs were coordinated by the members of the Women Cell Dr. Sutapa Roy, Dr. Anthonima Robins and Dr. Archana Pasari under the guidance of our Principal Dr. Fr. G. Vazhan Arasu.
- Women Cell Organized One Day Webinar on “Decoding the mind-body connection of Women in India”
One day Webinar on “Decoding the mind-body connection of Women in India” Organized by Women Cell, St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Jabalpur, M.P. in collaboration with Sarvpriye Foundation, New Delhi on 16th January, 2021. The aim of the Webinar was to create awareness among the students about the present scenario of health and hygiene of women in India. The resource persons were Dr. Veena Gupta Radiation Oncologist (MD Radiotherapy), MBBS Ex-Safdarjung, New Delhi. Guest Speaker Mr. Sandeep Certified trainer from Gold’s & Ace (American council on exercises). The students of the college attended this webinar. It was a very interactive session.