Message From Principal From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Friends,

In the academic year 2022-2023, Dr. BMN College of Home Science made a mark at the international level. In December 2022, the college welcomed Prof. Dr. Gina Morrison, a Fulbright Visiting Specialist from Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, to our campus. Prof. Morrison was here as part of the college’s initiative to promote diversity on campus and she conducted a series of interactive workshops with both; faculty and students on the themes of ‘Teaching for Change’ and ‘Adapting to Change: An Exchange of Ideas'. This was followed by a BRICS sponsored international conference titled “Talking across Cultures: Reading South - South Feminisms in India and South Africa” which was in collaboration with Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and the PG Dept. of English, SNDT Women’s University (Mumbai). In January, we were delighted to receive Prof. Caroline Fall, Emeritus Professor of International Paediatric Epidemiology, MRC-LEU, University of Southampton, UK who graciously was part of an interactive session on ‘Developmental Origins of Health & Diseases’ hosted by the FSN Department. Our parent body, Seva Mandal Education Society, was honored to receive a global grant of Rs. 1.5 crore from Rotary International under the ‘Unnati Skill Enhancement Scheme’, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Queen’s Necklace, Mumbai. Under this unique skill training program, our college is offering modules relevant to the beauty culture industry and the IT sector. Personally, I was nominated by the Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Foundation (Germany) to participate in the first residency program on social cohesion for 4 weeks in Berlin, as part of a cohort of 15 vibrant international scholars from across disciplines.


The awards galore continued at the national and state levels. We take pride in sharing that the M.Sc. Clinical Nutrition faculty won the 2nd runner-up prize in the category of “Best Social Initiative for Women Empowerment" at the Bhavishya Bharat - National Award Festival for Social Work for Colleges, while the college freeship committee bagged the 2nd runner up trophy at the 16th Best Educational Quality Enhancement Team (BEQET) President Award 2022 for the project ‘Enabling Women Empowerment Through Financial Assistance’ from the NCQM. Our students kept the BMN flag flying as Ms. Kainat Kamil Siddiqui (NSS Volunteer, SYBCA) marched in the State Republic Day Parade 2023 held at Shivaji Park, Mumbai, on January 26, 2023, representing SNDTWU, and our sportswomen represented the university in chess, karate and shooting at the national level. We continued to host a number of innovative workshops supported by the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) under the 'Enhancing Quality and Excellence in Select Autonomous Colleges Scheme'. The college celebrated its 3rd Graduation Ceremony to award Degrees and Diplomas to the students who graduated in 2021-22. Ms. Marja Eining, Deputy Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, presided over the event. For the first time, the college awarded gold medals to the toppers of each program and distinguished alumni awards to our alumni achievers. The college also organised Prize Distribution. The college successfully organised collaborative ventures such as the entrepreneurship skills development seminars by the Tata Power Skill Development Institute (TPSDI) and exciting and out-of-the-box research capacity-building activities by the UGC STRIDE Research Capacity Building Centre in collaboration with the Homi Bhabha Science Centre. The co-curricular committee and sports committee organised exciting events that saw enthusiastic participation. Our intercollegiate festivals, ‘Akanksha’ and ‘Tekzone’ continued to draw out the creative talents of students from colleges across Mumbai. The theme for Balmela 2022-23 organised by the Human Development Department was “Khel Khilone: ek safar - a journey from the past to the present,” which was conducted as a special outreach activity at the Lion M.P. Bhuta Sion Saravajanik High School. Keeping to our pledge of the holistic development of women students, the Department of Textiles Science and Apparel Design hosted the innovative ‘Vastrakala - Exhibition and Sale’. This year’s theme for the restaurant set up by the Department of Resource Management was “Desi Descanso" which received an overwhelming response from all the patrons on and off campus.

I wish to congratulate all the departments and committees for the success with which they have conducted academic, cultural, NSS, sports, and alumni events. We are indebted to the SMES Management for being our pillar of strength as we venture into the uncharted but exciting horizons of the National Education Policy (NEP). I thank our sponsors and philanthropists for their continued support for student freeships and infrastructure development. Heartiest congratulations to my dear teachers, non-teaching and students for excellent teamwork. I also place on record our gratitude to our collaborating partners from the Industry and academia, our alumni, and to parents.

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