Women Development Cell

The Prime Role of Women Development Cell (WDC) of the College is to deal with cases of sexual harassment and moreover, implementation of the Women policy, in general to promote the well being of female student, teaching and non-teaching women staff of the college. The Activities for the academic year 2011-12 began with the formation of Women Development Cell. Various programmes were organized during this year.

Aims Of WDC
  • To prevent sexual harassment and to promote general well-being of female students, teaching and non teaching women staff of the college.

  • To create social awareness about the problems of women and in particular regarding gender discrimination.

  • To create legal awareness on specific issues concerning girl students and women.

  • To provide career counsilling.

Objectives Of WDC
  • Promotion, development and dissemination of knowledge regarding the role of girl students and women in the present social context.

  • To organize various types of training programmes and create awareness about self-employment schemes for the encouragement of self-reliance among girl students and women.

  • To encourage participation of NGOs working in the area of women’s development in the activities of the Cell.

Members of College WDC

Co-ordinator, LMC Member

Dr. Anupama Gawde

Teacher Representative

Prof. Ranjita Virkar
Prof. Amol Baviskar

Legal Person

Prof. Abhinav Dubey

Non Teaching Staff Representative

Mrs. Kalpana Mhatre

Student Representative

Ms. Jyoti Rinva
Mr. Akshay Pawar

Report Of Women development Cell In 2016-17

1. “Women Commuter Safety Seminar”

“Women Commuter Safety Seminar” was organized jointly be Women Development Cell of Shankar Narayan College of Arts and Commerce, Bhayandar and Railway Protection Force (Mumbai division, Western Railway). Mr. Anand Vijay Jha, Commissioner, Railway Protection Force, Mumbai Central were present with his team on the Occasion.

As the Crime against women’s on suburban has been on rise particularly with women Railway passenger. Woman Face harassment on platform, on Foot over Bridges, and on Trains everyday. Every Woman has been subjected to some or other kind of harassment while travelling irrespective of her age, time of commute and dress she is wearing. Most of women fall prey to deliberate pushing and in appropriate touching during rush hours. Women Commuter Safety Seminar was organized for girls and boys together to create awareness about the initiative taken by Railway Protection Force of Mumbai Division, western Railway in this Direction.

The Railway Protection Force is a security force of India entrusted with protecting railway passengers, passenger area and railway property of the Indian Railways. This is only Central Armed Police Force (CAPF, commonly known as Para-military force) which has power to arrest, investigate and prosecute criminals. The force is commonly referred as RPF.

In this seminar, Security Solutions Regarding Railway Women Commuters were discussed with the students and Presented PPT to the students. The working of Helpline no 182 was explained by the team besides how to ask for help in danger during railway journey. Examples of CCTV Cameras catching the criminals were shown to the students. The Founder chairman Shree Rohidasji Patil put on his demand for a separate railway coach for students Asst. Commissioner Ishwar Singh, Asst. Commissioner Shakil Khan, senior Authority of Bhayander Railway Station Sudhirkumar Agnihotri, Police Officer Women’s Wing Gayatri Patil, Corporator M.B.M.C., Kalpana Mhatre, Secretary of Shankar Narayan Education Trust Mahesh Mhatre, LMC Member Shripat More, were present on the occasion.

2. Guest Lecture on “Friendship and Relationship”

Women Development Cell organized a guest lecture on “Friendship and Relationship” for Boys and Girls separately on 22nd July 2016. Mr.Vivek Kashikar delivered a guidance lecture and had a dialogue with students. As there are lot of problem arising among youth out of such Friendship Relationship like HIV AIDS, transmission of sexual diseases, and abortion which leads to frustration, depression and suicide at young age. He counselled them how the young students are going on a wrong track. Separate Lecture was organised for boys on “Adverse effect of Pornography”. He motivated them to refrain from anti social and anti human activities such as drug addiction, molestation, acid attack and women abuse.

3. “Digital Locker Service and Aadhar Card Camp”

Government of Maharashtra has celebrated Women empowerment week from 1st August to 7th August 2016.Government of Maharashtra, Revenue Department and Women Development Cell has jointly organized “Digital Locker Service and Aadhar Card Camp- your document any time any where…..” in our college for students, teaching and non teaching staff from 6th August 2016 to 8th August 2016 as a part of celebration of “Women Empowerment Week”

Government of India started digital Locker Service under the programme “Digital India”. Prime Minister, Shree Narendra Modi launched ‘Digital India Programme’ to reform governance through technology. Digi Locker is a key initiative under Digital India. The main Aim to organize this programme was to create awareness among youth and teachers about the initiative taken by Government of Maharashtra, Revenue Department in this direction.

Digital Locker Service and Aadhar Card Camp was inaugurated by the hands of Chairman Shree Rohidasji Patil and Mrs. Kalpana Tai Mhatre, Corporator MBMC.Shree Laxman Pawar, Circle Officer, Bhayander; Mr. Abhijit Bodke, Talathi Officer, Kashimira; Mr. Rohan Vaishnav, Tahesildar Officer, Navghar, with their team were present in the college. Digital Locker Service was explained by Mr. Rohan Vaishnavi from Revenue Department, Government of Maharashtra. How it works and how we can use Digital Locker was elaborated in detail.

Targeted at the idea of paperless governance, Digi Locker is a platform for issuance and verification of documents & certificates in a digital way, thus eliminating the use of physical documents. Indian citizens who sign up for a Digi Locker account get a dedicated cloud storage space that is linked to their Aadhar (UIDAI) Number. Organizations that are registered with Digital Locker can push electronic copies of documents and certificates (e.g. Driving License, Voter ID, and School Certificates) directly into citizens’ lockers. Citizens can also upload scanned copies of their legacy documents in their accounts.

All the students and teachers of Degree and Junior college took the benefit of this Digital Locker Service Camp organized by Government of Maharashtra, Revenue Department to save their personal document like PAN Card, Aadhar Card. Driving License etc.

Report Of Women development Cell In 2015-16
1. Awareness program on “Human Trafficking and Drug Addiction”.

Women Development Cell conducted an awareness program at Ram Ratan Vidya Mandir School, Uttan, Bhayander West on Saturday 11th July 2015 to educate students from class IX to XII about the sensitive issue of human trafficking. A troupe from WDC presented a series of performances for students. They exhibited the real issue of human and drug trafficking through a closely knit skit and mime. They also presented a street play on human trafficking and drug addiction followed by “Zombie dance”. Short films on the topics were screened to sensitize the students. The students of Ram Ratan Vidya Mandir were mesmerized by the well synchronized and power packed performances given by the senior college students presenting such a sensitive issue in a highly impressive way.

2. Poster making and slogan writing competition.

Women Development Cell organized poster making and slogan writing competition on 24th July 2015. Two topics were given for the competition:

1. Stop violence against women,

2. Role of women in making India.

Living free from violence is a human right , yet millions of women and girls suffer disproportionately from violence at the hands of the state, in the home and in the community. Across the globe, women are beaten, raped, mutilated, and killed with impunity.

Both the topics were vast to discuss and the participants had to show their imaginations through posters and slogans and many students from B.Com and Self Finance course enthusiastically participated in the competition. Various senior faculty members also visited the competition and encouraged the participants. Our principal Dr. V. N. Yadav appreciated the effort exhibited by students and faculties.

3. A guest lecture on topic: “Mechanism to deal with sexual harassment and cyber crime”.

With the advent of technologies, cyber crime, victimization of girls students are on the high and it possess a major threat to security of a girl as a whole. Even though India is one of the very few countries to enact IT Act, 2000 to combat cyber crime, issues regarding women still remain untouched in this act. To create awareness among the girl students, women development cell organized a guest lecture on “Mechanism to deal with sexual harassment and cyber crime” on Thursday 11th September 2015. Prof. Ms. Hema Mehta, Head, Department of Law from Tolani College of Commerce was the guest speaker for the session. The topic covered cases of sexual harassment and cyber crime. It has created alertness among the girls on the issue of sexual harassment. She has cleared the concept that unwanted jokes, gestures, offensive words on clothing and unwelcomed comments are coming under sexual harassment. Repeated requests for dates, posting emails or pictures of sexual related nature displaying sexually suggestive objects, posters also forms sexual harassment. After the session, national award winning film “Komal” was screened to create awareness among the girls. Students cleared their doubts and asked various legal acts and laws to deal with cases of sexual harassment and cyber crime.

4. Inspiration 2016 – an Inter collegiate Street Play Competition.

The subject of empowerment of women has become a burning issue all over the world including india since last few decades. Gender inequality in India is multificated issue. Women Suffers discrimination and injustice in all stages of her life. It is the violation of the very Right to Life of Women and deprive them of the civil, political and economic liberty both within the society and family. In spite of Human Rights and Constitutional Laws, women are subjected to torture and inhuman treatment. As persistent gender inequalities continue we need strategies for promoting women’s dignity and rights.
Women Development Cell organized “INSPIRATION 2016”, an inter collegiate Street Play competition on 5 February 2016. It has helped students to express their views in an interactive manner on gender issues and women empowerment. Education through mass communication is very important and we believe that Students are the voice of the youth today and through their ideas and views we can address problems and issues at a wider level.

Two topics were given to the students for Street Play Competition:

1. Any Gender Issue Regarding Liberty, Equality and Social Justice.

2. Empowering women for the nation Building.

Police sub Inspector Ms. Najuka Patil. (Kashimira Police Station) who is working for crime against women and specially for cyber crime was chief guest for the inaugaral session. Shree Maheshji Mhatre, Secretary, S.N. Education Trust. Mrs. Kalpana Tai Mhatre, Corporator, Mira Bhayander and WDC Representative of College, Shree Shripat More, Well Wisher, Shree V.S.Patil, Member of LMC and Principal Dr. V.N. Yadav inaugarated the event.

The event was inaugarated by lightening the lamp and Kranti Jyot (Mashal) at the hands of dignitories. Special performance was made by the Girl students to show the women empowerment as women are now seen in almost every field; artitechture, lawyer, eingineering, medical, doctor, etc... All the girls participated entered in every occupation like Police, Army, Navy, Aircraft, Piolet etc. The theme of ‘INSPIRATION 2016’ was elaborated by WDC co-ordinator Dr. Anupama Gawde and WDC saluted all the women who have inspired others by their work.Many Colleges from Mumbai suburbs Participated in this Event like Thakur College, Sathaye College, Tolani College, to name few.There were two eminent judges for this event Mr. Sandesh Gaikwad, Director and writer of Marathi Drama and short films and Mr. Anil Kadam, Chairman of Sankalp Theatre and Cultural Academy Trust. The event was judged on the basis of different criterions, theme, dialoague, sychronization and overall group presentation. Prize winners were faliciated with trophy and certificates.

WINNERS- Inspiration 2016 – an Inter collegiate Street Play Competition


College Name


Abhinav College of Arts, Science and Commerce


Royal College of Arts, commerce and Science


PTVAs’ Sathaye College

CONSOLATION- Inspiration 2016 – an Inter collegiate Street Play Competition


College Name


Nagindas Khandwala College


Thakur College of Engineering


Shankar Narayan College of Arts and Commerce

The aim of Intercollegiate street play competition was to bring social change and make women empowerment more effective through street play. Inspiration 2016 has given platform to the students of different colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai, to express their views and thoughts boldly to end violence against women.

5. Inspiration 2016 – an Intra college Power Point Presentation Competition.

Women Development Cell organised Inspiration 2016, Power Point Presentation an inta college competition on 12th february 2016. Five topics were given to student to express their views through Power Point Presentation.

Topics for PPT Presentation:

  • Role of women in Politics

  • Safety, Self Defence and Women

  • Society Losing senstivity towards Women

  • Social Media and Women

  • Legal Right Education and Women Empowerment

The Participants both individual and group were judged on the basis of three criterion – content, presentation and judges question. Mrs. Tanuja Patil, (Bachelor in Legislative law, and LLM) working as practising Lawyer at Thane District Court. Ms. Prachi Sonawane, (B.E. in Computer) and Mr. Nimesh Patil (Department of Politicial Science) has judged the event. Event has got huge response from students of Arts, Commerce and Self Finance course. There were two categories Individual and Group Presentation and Prizes were given in both the categories. Students expressed their thought on legal right and Education, impact pf Social Media and even demonstrated, safety and self defence tips.

Individual Category- Power Point Competition – an Intra college competition


College Name


Kavira Maske (T.Y.B.A.)


Shweta Shetty (S.Y. B.Com.)


Ankit Shetty (S.Y.B.Sc.C.S.)

Group Category- Power Point Competition – an Intra college competition


College Name


Ekta Chaubey & Group ( S.Y.B.B.I.)


Neha Singh & Group (T.Y.B.A.)


Susan Vanan & Group (F.Y.B. Com.)

Consolation- Power Point Competition – an Intra college competition


College Name


Ritu Rawat & Group (S.Y.B. Com.)


Mayuri Vyas & Group (T.Y.B.A.)


Sanju Singh & Group (T.Y.B.A.)

This event has given opportunity to student to express themselves with speech and present their ideas through Power Point Presenation. Students expressed their thoughts boldly on the topics like society losing sensitivity towards women and how we can bring change in current situation and they agreed that and we need change in thinking or change in the mind set of the society. WDC strives for bringing this change in the young minds as they are the future citizens. WDC is committed to organize such various programs, seminars and workshop to create legal awareness on women issues and to prepare our students to face the challenges of 21st century.

We Thank all Teaching, Non- teaching staff, Principal and Management for their co-operation in every activity of Women Development Cell.

Dr. (Mrs) Anupama Gawde

Co-ordinator, Women Development Cell