Greetings! The academic year 2018-2019 was a momentous year for Dr. B.M.N College. We worked towards our goal of attaining greater heights in our quest for academic excellence, and the rewards paid off in the granting of Autonomous status by the University Grants Commission, Govt. of Maharashtra and SNDTWU with effect from June 2019. While our programs will still be awarded a degree from our parent university SNDTWU, we now have the flexibility to innovate with our curriculum so as to enhance the employability of our students and to enrich their intellectual, cultural, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Equally exciting is the selection of our college for a grant of Rs. 5 crore from RashtriyaUchchatarShikshaAbhiyan (RUSA) under the ‘Enhancing Quality and Excellence in Select Autonomous Colleges Scheme’. As part of this scheme, we were selected to host the digital launch of our ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Career Hub’ by Hon. Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi on 3rd February, 2019. We were among 11 colleges that received this privilege in Mumbai. The focus of the hub will be on skill development so as to make our students job-ready when they leave the portals of this institution.
It has been a remarkable year with a number of student laurels at International, National and State levels. We are particularly proud of Ms.DivyaPongde who was selected to represent India as part of the Indian Youth Delegation to China by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Ms.SamrudhiParkarwon the 1st prize at the National Heats in India on the basis of which she was shortlisted to participate at the SDC-International Design Competition, London, organized by Society of Dyers and Colourists –UK. Ms.MrunmayiNarvekar, Ms.KiranSawant&Ms.PratikshaYevlekar won 3rd Prize at 19th Global Female Folk Dance Competition and Carnival at Ghaziabad. Ms. Dimple Sanghvi, Ms.RiddhiRassay, Ms.Yadnya Mane, Ms.AkankshaSawant, Ms.NiyatiJadhav, M. UrviGajra and Ms.SnehalataBelkar were selected among top 5 in State level Theatre competition ‘Rangavaikhari’.
We have had an eventful year with a number of collaborative ventures including an International conference in collaboration with the Goethe University, Frankfurt (Germany) and CoHab organized by the Gandhian Studies Centre on “Afrasian Interactions: Current Dynamics Future Perspectives”; Seminar on’ Legal Aid: Women’s Empowerment ‘organized by the NSS Unit in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Bombay East on 8th December, 2018; and ‘Understanding the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals for a Safer Planet and a Sustainable Future’ in collaboration with The Climate Reality Project, India, organized by the Environment Sensitization Committee.
We continued with our collaboration for community outreach activities with the Lions’ Club of Sion, Rotary Club of Worli, Rotary Club of Bombay East, Lion’s Club of Sion, Inner Wheel Club of Bombay Uptown, the Rotary Club of Bombay Uptown and StreeMuktiSanghtana.
An exciting arrayof academic activity were conducted in collaboration with Partners for Urban Knowledge and Research (PUKAR), IndianDietetics Association (IDA), Association of Food Scientists and Technologists of India (AFSTI) among others. The ‘BalMela’ of the Human Development continued to be a popular annual event. Our intercollegiate festivals -Tekzone&Akanksha- continued to draw out the creative talents of students from colleges across Mumbai. The restaurant set-up of the Dept. of Resource Management was a resounding success.
We congratulate all the committees for the success with which they have conducted academic, cultural, NSS, sports, alumnae, placement, environment sensitization and PTA events. The non-teaching staff continues to actively participate at intercollegiate sports and other relevant events. None of these endeavors would have been possible without the involvement of the SMES Management and we thank our Management members for their encouragement and motivation in all that we do. Our special thanks for support from philanthropists for student free ships, infrastructure development, and sponsorship of vacation classes. We also place on record our thanks to SNDT Women’s University authorities, our collaborating partners from the Industry and academia, and our alumina and parents.
The year started with the change of baton of headship as Dr.Shilpa P. Charankar retired after 34 years of dedicated and selfless service to the Institution, on 31st January 2019. Prof. Dr. Mala Pandurang took over responsibility of leadership. We both thank our dedicate faculty, non-teaching staff and students for all their efforts, as we come to the end of yet another remarkable academic year.
With warm wishes
Prof. Dr. Mala Pandurang (Principal)