Centre for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE)
Vision & Mission Statement
CWE aims to create an environment that promotes and stimulates the spirit of entrepreneurship among the students of the College.
CWE seeks to achieve the spirit of entrepreneurship through educational programs, events, activities and research.
St. Mira’s college for Girls, Centre for Women Entrepreneurship have setup an IIC on campus, having received an establishment certificate from Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.
‘MoE’s Innovation Cell (MIC)’ is established to systematically foster the culture of Innovation among Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
The primary mandate of MIC is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students to work with new ideas and transform them into prototypes while they are in formative years.
MIC has envisioned encouraging creation of ‘Institution’s Innovation Council (IICs)’ across selected HEIs. A network of these IICs will be established to promote innovation in the Institution through multitudinous modes leading to an innovation promotion eco-system in the campuses.
Functions of IICs
Conduct various innovation and entrepreneurship-related activities prescribed by Central MIC in time bound fashion.
Identify and reward innovations and share success stories.
Organize periodic workshops/ seminars/ interactions with entrepreneurs, investors, professionals and create a mentor pool for student innovators.
Network with peers and national entrepreneurship development organizations.
Create an Institution’s Innovation portal to highlight innovative projects carried out by institution’s faculty and students.
Organize Hackathons, idea competition, mini-challenges etc. with the involvement of industries.
Dr. Rama Venkatachalam-President & Convener
Ms. Abhradita Chatterjee Nahvi-Vice President
All other committee members of CWE will be Active members of IIC.
St. Mira’s College for Girls, Centre for Women Entrepreneurship has been awarded a certificate in 2018 by SPPU-CIIL for establishing Innovation & Start-up Cell on campus.
Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Linkages C-BRIDGE (Centre for Business, Research, Incubation, Development, Growth and Entrepreneurship) at SPPU is set up to promote innovative start-ups through the University ecosystem. Centre would facilitate and hone ideas and innovations that are useful to the society and address some of the problems faced through development of product, process and services.
St. Mira’s College- Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai: MoU
St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune Centre for Women Entrepreneurship and Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, TISS, Mumbai have signed an MoU in August 2019 valid for three years.
Both TISS & CWE are working towards supporting start-ups social ventures/enterprises in India and hence agree to collaborate in a mutually satisfactory form and manner in order to support the creation of a vibrant ecosystem to foster entrepreneurship in the social enterprise space.
‘Workshop on Problem Solving and Ideation’
A Workshop on “Problem Solving and Ideation” was conducted by Ms. Manjiri Latey- proprietor of Earthwise and director, Athletic Initiatives Sports Management, L.L.P, Pune, along with St. Mira's College Centre for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) on 11th November 2020. The workshop was conducted on the virtual platform Zoom. It focused on the inherent property of ideation possessed by women, ways of harnessing brainpower, problem-solving techniques and connectivity of the brain through creativity. The speaker also focussed on the fact that our objectives should be clear to have clarity of solutions. She emphasised the importance of internal resources and self-teachings. The students were inspired by the problem-solving techniques discussed by the speaker to become successful in their careers and life.
Webinar on “Entrepreneurial Process and Social Entrepreneurship”
A webinar titled, “Entrepreneurial Process and Social Entrepreneurship” was conducted with the aim of introducing students to concepts and practical aspects of Social Entrepreneurship. It was conducted by Mr. Sujay Dixit, VP, Incubation and excellence, TISS. on 31 st October via Zoom Meet Platform.
Mr. Dixit focused on the Entrepreneurial process, exemplified by Thomas Elva Edison through a matrix of creativity and implementation. The participants were introduced to the concepts of Social Entrepreneurship. He emphasized on having an idea or invention, developing a sustainable business model, managing business through creativity and innovation and becoming a successful entrepreneur. The fallacies of entrepreneurship and essentials of successful Social Entrepreneurship were also discussed. The session concluded with the mention of Holy Grail of Social Entrepreneurship which is a merge of Social Process and Social Purpose.
Centre for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE) - National Level FICCI FLO WORKSHOP ‘HOW TO START A BUSINESS’
A four-day National-level online workshop on ‘HOW TO START A BUSINESS’ was coordinated by CWE, St. Mira’s College, in association with FICCI FLO (Pune chapter) sponsored by Sleepwell Foundation and conducted by Maclead Certifications from 25-9-2020 to 28-9-20. The objective of the workshop was to empower girl students and give them insights into the practical aspects of enterprise development.144 students and 2 faculty members attended the workshop.
Objectives: To equip students with knowledge of different types of businesses; Social responsibilities; Handling criticism; Awareness about government aids to boost entrepreneurship.
Learning: Importance of doing business, various functions of business viz. Marketing, Operations, Finance and Management to supply the customer and serve society, how to handle criticism and different types of support provided by the government for budding entrepreneurs:
Objectives: To familiarise students with technology facilitating business promotion; SWOT Analysis; Market Research.
Learning: Insights about the 6 Pillars of Marketing, Significance of Social media, Digital Marketing, Cloud Computing, SWOT Analysis, process and different methods of Market Research, how to set a SMART objective and to choose the right business idea.
Objectives: To Familiarise students with the knowledge of the technical aspects to start a business.
Learning: Different types of business models, how to prepare an effective Business Plan, Registration process, legal requirements while registration, Relevant Employment Laws and methods of testing a business idea.
Objectives: To create an understanding of the need to protect a business’s financial assets, the importance of Intellectual Property Rights, awareness about the sources from which funds for business can be acquired, various schemes for budding entrepreneurs, women and people under the minority class.
Learning: IPR, Patenting of Logo and trademark, importance of Insurance for Physical as well as Intellectual Business assets, types of Insurance, PM Employment Generation Program, Classification of Enterprises under MSME- Micro, Small and Medium, NABARD, Types of Business Loan, different options to Start a Business without Collateral security, about Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Schemes for Women Entrepreneurs and Minorities.
All participants were awarded a certificate of completion on the successful completion of the workshop.
- Dr. Gulshan Gidwani, Advisor to CWE
- Dr. (Ms.) Rama Venkatachalam, Co-ordinator, CWE
- Ms. Abhradita Chatterjee Nahvi, Co-coordinator. CWE
- Ms. Jyoti Chintan
- Ms. Rajni Singh
- Ms. Shanthi Fernandes
- Ms. Deepa Krishnamurthy
- Ms. Rekha Kankariya
- Ms. Amrita Basu
- Ms. Kajal Jaisinghani
Dr. Rama Venkatachalam
Coordinator : CWE, Cubicle No.7, Departmental Cubicles - 2nd floor, St. Mira’s College.
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The Mental Well Being Program
Department of Psychology
Dealing with mental health impacts of COVID-19 one session at a time.
Amidst the chaos induced by COVID-19, students are dealing with various mental health concerns. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, research has found a broad worsening of mental health indicators among college students in Indian context. Now students are facing new, complex challenges such as adapting to distance learning, isolation from peers, concerns about family, health, career and financial security. UGC has already stated the guidelines and importance of preventive measures to help students deal with mental health impacts of COVID-19. St. Mira's College for Girls, Pune organised a series of Mental Well-being awareness sessions to address these mental health concerns and help students navigate through this stressful time. This series is an extension of the College’s ongoing full time Mental Well-being program for their students.
The Mental Well-being program is designed with a conscious awareness that mental wellbeing requires consistent and continuous work. This program is a major component of the entire academic year for our college where students receive both preventive and interventive mental health care.
The webinar series was announced on 23 rd April 2020. An online survey was done to assess college student’s mental health concerns during the lockdown. Students reported increased anxiety, lack of routine, depressive thoughts and interpersonal conflicts with family members as major concerns.
College Mental Well-being program coordinator Ms. Pooja Jain reported, around 310 students signed up for these sessions from various colleges across country including students from Trivandrum, Visakhapatnam, Ghaziabad, Patna and various cities and towns of Maharashtra. First session was conducted on 25 th April, 2020 which focused on practical skills and ways to manage Anxiety. Second session dated on 27 th April, 2020 focused on building healthy Social Connections with peers and family members. This session was very well received, and students shared how the practical insight and conflict resolution skills helped them in improving their relationship with parents and identify unhealthy relationships with peers and social media. Last session of the series focused on holistic Well-being and Mindfulness. Various mindfulness techniques and exercises were practiced by the psychologist in the session to help students practice in their daily routine. 98% of the students reported that they felt relaxed and motivated after these sessions through the feedback form. All of them requested to organise more sessions on Mental Well- being and expressed that they are particularly important for student community.
Mental health and Wellbeing of Students during and after COVID-19 breakout (April 4, 2020)
Following measures have been taken for the mental health, psychosocial aspects and well-being of the students:
Program: Online Support group sessions for Students in times of COVID-19
Launched on March 22, 2020 the Online Support program is an extension of the college’s ongoing mental wellbeing programme introduced last year.
To create a safe space to discuss students’ needs, challenges and personal distress associated with preventive measures like quarantine and social distancing.
To address psychosocial and academic stressors faced by students due to lockdown
Identifying students who may at high risk for mental health concerns and reaching out to them through telephonic counselling
Conduction of focused group sessions for every class to address common concerns
Plan of Action:
Step 1: Identifying students’ needs and concerns
An online form was shared with all the students to know their mental health needs and readiness for online support groups/sessions. More than 700 students requested for online support and interaction with the college counsellor
Step 2: Familiarizing students with aspects of online support group sessions.
All the important guidelines and protocols were shared with all the students explaining step by step process of joining support group sessions through ZOOM network. A well-defined timetable was also shared to make these sessions accessible to all.
Step 3: Online support group sessions- 90 minutes each
Online support group sessions started on 28th March 2020. College counsellor has been meeting students from each class virtually where following concerns and topics are discussed:
Mental health care- ideas and suggestions
Dealing with lack of Motivation
Anxiety and Depressive thoughts – sharing these feelings and navigating
Boundary setting – with family members, partners and social media
Step 4: Identifying students at high risk.
Last and most important step of this program is reaching out to potentially high-risk students for mental health concerns, through Skype sessions/calls by the college counsellor. Students have also been asked reach out to the college counsellor directly using email or call.
Sharing video links of Ministry of Health and Family welfare on College website and with faculty and students through email, WhatsApp and social media:
Practical tips to taking care of your mental health during the stay in
Minding our minds during COVID -19
Various health experts on how to manage mental health and wellbeing during COVID- 19 outbreak
Psychosocial toll-free Helpline: 080461100
The Mental Well-bring Program for students of St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune launched in July 2019.
The Programme is a full-time program initiated by Department of Psychology to address mental health needs and concerns of the students. Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention are the three major arms of this program.
For further details contact
Dr Jaya Rajagopalan
Head of Department of Psychology
Psychology Lab, 2 nd Floor
Increase awareness about four major themes: Stress, Depression, Anxiety, and Interpersonal relationships
Help students identify various mental health concerns faced by them
Reduce stigma amongst students around mental health needs and concerns
Encourage help-seeking and bridge the gap between students and College counsellor
Enhance sensitivity and empathy about mental health needs and concerns
Identify students displaying early signs and symptoms of a mental health concern and provide early intervention
Integrate life-skills listed by WHO through awareness sessions, support groups and counselling services.
Mental Health Promotion : is any action taken to maximise mental health and wellbeing among students. All the college platforms like the daily sanctuary, notice boards and classroom discussions etc, were used to promote the need and importance of mental wellbeing.
Prevention : refers to interventions that occur before the initial onset of a disorder to prevent the development of the disorder. Our focused group therapy sessions and awareness sessions aim at identifying risk factors for student’s mental health and enhancing protective factors like peer support, sense of trust etc, that promote mental well-being.
Early intervention : comprises interventions that are appropriate for and specifically target people displaying the early signs and symptoms of a mental health problem or mental disorder, and people developing or experiencing a first episode of mental disorder Services provided under this program: Individual Counselling, Group therapy, and mandatory classroom awareness sessions.
Visiting Mental Health Consultants
Behroze Chinoy- A Counselling Psychologist by professions.
Available: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00 pm on campus.
Nupur Dhakephalkar- A practicing Clinical Psychologist (NIMHANS, Bangalore).
Available: Thursdays from 12:00-2:00pm on campus.
|Type of services||Total no. of sessions||Theme covered||Total Students benefitted|
|Classroom Awarenesssessions||52||Stress, Anxiety and Depression||1800|
|Group therapy sessions||16||Examination anxiety & Interpersonal relationships||240|
|Individual Counselling sessions||215||Individual Counselling sessions||215|
|COVID-19 Mental Well-being Response|
|Online support group sessions||12||Dealing with Lockdown, Managing anxiety and stress due to COVID-19||410|
|Webinar series||3||Strategies to manage Anxiety, Building healthy social connections, Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing||375|
Mental Well-being awareness sessions were conducted for all degree college classes including BA, BCom, BBA, BCA, BCS and junior college students.
After awareness session on Stress and Anxiety, 98.9% of students reported that they felt mental health awareness sessions are important for building sensitivity and awareness about mental well-being.
80.9% of students reported that the awareness session on Depression and loneliness triggered some feelings /thoughts for them and encouraged help-seeking from the counsellors.
66.4% of participants reported that they felt relaxed and 54% of them felt motivated after the online support group sessions during the lockdown.
96.7% of students reported that virtual sessions will help students in dealing with emotional concerns during the lockdown
As feedback to mental well-being awareness sessions, 89.3% of students reported that they would like to attend more such workshops/sessions in the future.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of ambiguity and anxiety, especially amongst students. Times like these can generate a lot of stress which may be shown by our body in various ways. It has created changes in our routine, eating and sleep patterns and outlook towards the day.
The Mental Well-being program will focus on building support, provide safe spaces to interact and building new resources for students to deal with this unprecedented change. The programme would encourage students to identify their concerns and seek help from the college counsellor.
Manifestation of Stress- Depressive Thoughts and Anxiety in times of Emergencies
Studying from home- Tips and Suggestions
Career Guidance and Planning
Building Healthy Social Connections
Community Outreach-Webinar Series and Support Group sessions for students and teachers on Mental Well-being Strategies in times of COVID-19 pandemic and Psychological First Aid.
Ms. Pooja Jain ( Full-time On-campus Counsellor, St. Mira’s College)
Counselling Psychologist (TISS, Mumbai) with an experience of 5 years.
Ms. Jain regularly conducts classroom awareness sessions and group therapy sessions
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Mira International Learning Exchange (MILE) A Centre for Virtual Collaboration
Mira International Learning Exchange: A Centre for Virtual Collaboration arose out of its rewarding interaction with LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York and its programme titled COIL: Collaborative Online International Learning which “allows faculty partners in different parts of the world to develop a shared curricular project and engage their students using online tools (synchronous and asynchronous).” Globally other terms used to describe this practice are Virtual Exchange, Telecollaboration, Online Intercultural Exchange
Objectives/Vision and Mission
To promote cross-border communication and exchanges of knowledge
To be part of a process that encourages tolerance, respect and sharing
To introduce potential ideas that could lead to other virtual collaborations
To open up new horizons in global teaching and learning
To connect teachers across the world to enhance research
Outcomes of the MILE courses for participating students
Comparing issues, policies, and beliefs across cultures
Exploring global ethics (e.g. ethical tourism, COVID-19)
Exposure to and engagement with divergent perspectives
Critical reflection on how various participants view the world
Providing or receiving international peer mentorship
Serving as cultural informants
Addressing and receiving feedback from international peer audience
Writing collaborative academic papers
The Principal, St Mira’s College for Girls The Department of English, St. Mira’s College for Girls
La Guardia Mira COIL: The Partition of India
On the 10 th of September, 2019, St Mira’s College Pune and LaGuardia Community College New York embarked on a path-breaking pedagogical experiment and they were joined by the Department of English and Humanities, University of Liberal Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Institute of Communication and Cultural Studies, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.
In a world that seems to be building walls, these four educational institutions collaborated on a shared syllabus to understand narratives of partition and explore narratives of healing. The students studied Ice-candy Man by Bapsi Sidhwa, Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh, “Toba Tek Singh” by Manto, “Rabeya Apa” by Ashraf Siddiqui and the article “The Great Divide” by William Dalrymple. A total of 90 students from Pune, Lahore, Dhaka, and New York collaboratively read partition literature to celebrate both differences and commonality between diverse cultures and backgrounds..
Ummesalama Karu, a second year student from St Mira’s College, says the reason she joined COIL or the collaboration was, “to know about the diversity and how people in the world are different and similar to Indians.” To which the students at LaGuardia Community College responded, “We value diversity and look forward to discussing everything.” What a wonderful way to celebrate difference!!
Brainstorming between LaGuardia Community College and St Mira’s College: In search of future collaborations, 25 th June and 4 th July 2020
Webinar: “An Introduction to COIL: Collaborative Online International Learning” For St. Mira’s College Faculty interested in participating in COIL, 6 th July 2020:
End July: Workshop on match-making teachers across the world
September and October: Workshops by Dr Olga Aksakalova
Hands-on training by MILE (St Mira’s college) and COIL (LaGuardia Community College) faculty respectively
December: MILE Webinar- Participating Teachers and Students to present their various Virtual collaborations, the hurdles and achievements