“CLUELESS OR CURIOUS???” A two day programme on aptitude testing was conducted by the MA department of Psychology of Carmel College, Nuvem on 4th and 5th Sept.2013. The aptitude tests were conducted on students of Higher Secondary Schools.

Standardized Aptitude tests designed to assess logical reasoning or thinking performance were administered. The tests consisted of multiple choice questions and were administered under exam conditions. The sole purpose was to assist students identify their potentials and thereby helping them to make the right choice regarding their academic/career and goals.

Carmel College for Women, Nuvem recently held its Carmel Ball 2013. This reunion was a prelude to its year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations which starts from January 19, 2014. The reunion was a close knit affair as students, staff and alumni caught up with one another and discussed old times. Cecile Rodrigues, DID Super Mom graced the occasion. Setting the mood at the Village, Nuvem, where the event was held, the hip band Status Quo got the crowd grooving on the dance floor. A scrumptious buffet, snacks and beverages added to the gaiety and gala celebrations.

(Published in Herald supplement with colour photos on Thursday, 5 December 2013; Photo captions – Camaraderie and reverie at the Ball; Alumni catching up; Cecile Rodrigues)

Rhonda Sequeira, and Susan Bright (both of SYBA) read papers at the national seminar on ‘Role of Literature: Changing Attitudes Towards Gender’ held at Acharya Institute of Management and Sciences (AIMS), Peenya, Bangalore 23-24 August 2013. Citing Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Rhonda read her paper on ‘The Bruised and Beleaguered Life of Women in English Literature.’ Susan presented the only paper in the seminar on socio-linguistics titled ‘Women and Voice.’ The organizers applauded their effort and congratulated them for making it to the national level. Dr. Brian Mendonca, Assistant Professor, Department of English presented a paper on the Pulitzer prize winner for poetry in America this year titled,” ‘Glazed with Light Like Liquid Fire’: The Poetry of Sharon Olds.” AIMS is an affiliated Research Centre for Languages, Management and Commerce with Mysore University.

 

April 16th We received the ISO certificate from Bureau-Veritas. Our college is now an IS0 9001-2008 certified Institution.

Programme on Road Safety at Carmel College Nuvem

The 25th Road Safety Week organised by Directorate of Transport, Government of Goa in collaboration with Consumer Welfare Cell of Carmel College and Higher Secondary Section, was inaugurated in the College auditorium on 11th Jan 2014. The Chief Guest was Minister of Transport, Mr. Ramkrishna Dhavaliker who spoke on the occasion.  Mr Roland Martins of GOACAN also spoke on the significance of the event.  Traffic Police, RTO officials and several dignitaries were present for the same.  Students presented a street play and mime to highlight the importance of Road Safety.  An earnest request was made by the Principal to extend the speed-breakers on both sides of the road as speeding vehicles in trying to avoid them were the cause of many accidents.

CARMEL COLLEGE ORGANIZES COURSE ON SELF-DEFENCE

The Department of Chemistry, Carmel College for Women, Nuvem, Goa, organized a 10-day certificate course on self-defence for women from August 12th to September 26th 2013. In view of the recent nefarious attacks on women throughout the country, this course was most relevant to teach our students basic physical defence skills and promote assertiveness, confidence and self-worth. The course instructor was Mr. Leslee Meitei, Black belt, 3rd Dan Martial Arts, recognized by International Martial Arts Association, Puerto Rico, International Combat Kung-Fu Union, Latvia and World Martial Arts Association, UK. Self-defence tactics like block techniques, fist and palm strikes, kickboxing, and techniques for breaking an attacker’s grasp formed part of the course. Students were also taught to use martial arts tools like boxing gloves and nunchaku. 20 students completed the course with a firm build-up of self-confidence and self-esteem. They learnt how to size-up situations, avoid dangerous settings, how to grow in awareness and act swiftly in the given situations. They learnt a number of moves and manoeuvres and had ample opportunities to practice the same in the classes conducted.

** A special honour for the college was the release of the Golden Jubilee ‘Special Cover’, facilitated by the Department of Posts. The Post Master General, Shri Charles Lobo, in his speech highlighted the importance of the cover, and informed the gathering about the placement of Carmel College on the philately map of the world.

**Ann Merin Dominic and Rupali Pandit, T.Y. B.Sc. Zoology students represented India for the UNEP sponsored International Conference and Environment and Sustainability at Tongji University China. Rupali presented a paper on “Food Sustainability and Security” and Ann Merin on “Traditional Cuisines of Kerala”. This was a commendable feat with the help of our Zoology lecturer, Dr. Manoj Borkar

“Breaking the Barriers” Workshops conducted – MA section

In the month of July, 2013, the MA department of Counseling Psychology chose to enlighten school students, (Holy Rosary, Fatorda and Mae Dos Pobres, Nuvem) about physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

The Workshop called “Breaking the Barriers,” was aimed at awakening the students of std V, VI and VII, to a sad reality that exists in Goa. Young boys and girls are being abused and as children, they don’t know where to go. They cannot overcome the fear and shame and end up as mental wrecks as they grow.

‘Breaking the Barriers,’ enlightened students on the importance of understanding puberty, personal safety rules, good and bad touch and good and bad secrets. Armed with videos, explanatory power point presentations and interactive sessions, the school students were taught how they can keep themselves safe from any kind of abuse. The importance of reporting any kind of abuse to an adult was time and again emphasized. The response from the students was amazing during the interactive session.

The workshop was wound up with a puppet show enacting the dangers of trusting strangers and ways to keep oneself safe.

 

EDUCATORS’ SKILLS TRAINING WORKSHOP ON SAHYADRI FRESHWATER BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION   on 22nd October 2013

 

A ONE-day state level workshop on Educator Skill Training workshop on Sahyadri Freshwater Biodiversity conservation was conducted at Carmel College Nuvem, God. The event was jointly conducted by Department of Zoology Carmel College and Zoo Outreach Organization Coimbatore. The event has been supported regionally by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, wildlife Information Liaison Development. The Goa State Biodiversity Board was the official partner for the workshop in the State of Goa. 48 participants representing the Forest Brigade, Academia, NGO and Civil society attended and actively participated in the proceedings of the workshop. During the Inaugural session, Dr. Daniel spoke on the objectives of the workshop as also shared his experiences on this exercise in other states of Western Ghats. The Principal Sr. Aradhana stressed on the need to reach out to the community and sensitize stakeholders of Western Ghats on the need to preserve the freshwater endowments. The inaugural also saw the felicitation of Dr. B.A. Daniel of ZOO, Dr. Nitin Sawant of Goa State Biodiversity Board, Shri Parag Rangnekar of Mineral Foundation, Goa. All through the day Dr. Daniel conducted several hands-on training modules on educator skills and effective tools of stakeholder sensitization. In the afternoon there was a formal press briefing by Dr. Daniel, Dr. Manoj Borkar and Dr. Sr. Aradhana A.C. The event was covered by Times of India, Goa edition, Tarun Bharat, The Navhind Times and Lokmat. The participants received a copy of the training manual, posters on freshwater biodiversity and educational packets from the Organization. During the Valedictory function, the participants expressed their satisfaction and joy at having imbibed skills for educating stakeholders on freshwaters of Sahyadri. Each participant pledged their support and commitment to carry on with this initiative in their own respective workplaces. A certificate of participation was issued to all delegates.

BAL MELA

The 10th Annual Bal Mela Day was held at Big Foot Sanskriti Kendra, Loutolim on 1st December, 2013 from 9.00a.m. to 5.30p.m. It was organized by JAN Ugahi, an NGO from Margao. Around 1467 children from backward areas and institutions for disadvantaged children participated in this event. The mela had a panorama of stalls and activities for them. The children were also provided breakfast, lunch, gifts and transport. Later there was a cultural programme with songs, dance and felicitation of Child Achiever Awards. 40 of our NSS students assisted the children at the various stalls and they were delighted at the little surprises prepared for them and the care bestowed on them to give them a memorable time. In the previous week, a box was passed round to all the classes in the college and the collection from staff and students came to Rs.10,200/- A big thanks to all our generous donors of time and money.

 

Camp for E-filing of income tax returns

The Department of Commerce, Carmel College organized a 10-day camp for assisting the employees of Carmel College and Carmel Higher Secondary in E-filing of their Income Tax returns. The camp was held between 26th July to 5th August, 2013. Teaching and non-teaching staff from different departments of Carmel College as well as Higher Secondary availed of the assistance for e-filing of returns. One assessee from outside the Carmel college also availed of this facility.

The beneficiaries of this camp expressed that the camp was very much needed and helped solve the problems they faced because of the announcement by the income tax department that all assessees should file their returns and that assessees with income exceeding Rs. 5 lakh p.a. should mandatorily e-file their returns.

The beneficiaries applauded the Commerce Department for their initiative in this regard, especially Mr. Audhoot Satardekar for his dynamism and assistance and expressed the desire to receive training for e-filing of returns. They felt that such assistance was the need of the hour.

 

Report of the ‘Kissan Credit Card’ Project by the NSS unit of Carmel College, Goa

During the month of August 2013 a group of about 100 NSS volunteers completed a unique project of its kind in some villages within Margao – ie. The ‘Kissan Credit Card’ project. The program was in association with the Dept. of Agriculture , Goa ,the main facilitator being Sri Amancio Fernandes , an ex-agricultural officer with the aim of getting the local farmers registered with the Government. The official team also consisted of the Zonal Agricultural Officer (ZAO) and the Sarpaanchs of the respective villages .

The NSS volunteers were divided into 3- 4 groups of 10- 12 numbers. Student participants made themselves available in different locations in villages for meeting the farmers. 2 – 3 locations were identified in each village where each team of volunteers would meet the farmers. The preliminary information in this regard was disseminated by the Panchaayat officials, prior to the initiation of the program.

First interaction mainly helped the farmers to know about the scheme ,its benefits and the necessary documents that are needed to apply for ‘Kissan Credit Card’. During the subsequent visits, the service was extended to the farmers by helping them to fill in the application forms which were handed over to the respective village panchayats for further processing. Even though only 3 visits were planned for each village, some groups had to make more visits to extend their services as the number of farmers availing the facility was much more than expected. In Uttorda, the project went on for a week. Till today the NSS group could successfully complete Nagoa, Nuvem, Uttorda and Verna. Consua and Majorda villages are the next targets which will be completed by November,’13. It was of great convenience to the participants of the project that excellent transport facility was arranged by the authority to collect the participants from the college campus by 2.30pm and to bring them back in the evening. The NSS volunteer Ms. Susan Bright with her team was involved in the planning and co-ordination from the institution under the supervision of the N.S.S. Program co-ordinators- Mrs.Leila Ribeiro and Mrs.Mini N. Vijayan.

This exemplary service was offered by the volunteers beyond their class hours which some days even continued till 5.45 pm.The collective efforts of the volunteers helped more than 600 marginal farmers and in turn, these youngsters got a rare chance to interact with this section of the community who are essential to our very existence. Here, the committed NSS team was in effect ,truly living the motto –‘Not me , but you ‘ by being available to the needy and the underprivileged.

The initiative and great efforts taken for the execution of the said project by Sri Amancio and the perfect co-ordination by the official team deserves great appreciation.