Last academic year kept us on our toes due to external reviewing by various agencies for various purposes. Experts from University Grant Commission (for the 12 (b)and 2 (f) status), Rehabilitation Council of India (for long term recognition of B Ed HI and first time recognition of B Ed LD, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (for grading the college), Mumbai University (for affiliation of B Ed LD), Dept of Higher Education (for reviewing us to offer 2 years B Ed program and for financial audit ), Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (for funding our research proposal) etc visited /scrutinized our functioning. We have reasons to believe that we did a good job..
Over and above these rather routine happenings we have many ’first time’s in our credits during the last academic year like exclusive CRE for RTT school for the Hearning Impaired, personal branding workshop for students, first ever trip of college staff / students with no hidden academic agenda, collaborative lectures with two colleges of special education, 8 days workshop on dramatics and our student Vandana winning prize in inter college teaching aid competition. Most importantly, our first batch of two-year B Ed program is out. 13 students out of 16 have started working although the result is awaited.
As all of us roll up the sleeves for the new academic year beginning in July, let me share a few developments as high lights of the year to come. Rotary Deonar will fund our Arambha disability orientation program for mainstream teachers. Our new IQAC committee is going to be more formalise and academically active from august 2017 and we look forward inputs from external members. Mumbai University is establishing CENTRE FOR DISABILITY STUDIES and HACSE will play a very pro active role in shaping this flagship activity. For the first time, HACSE is able to offer a scholarship for a B Ed student. This Lila Lall scholarship will cover the fees and other academic expenses of the selected student for one academic year.
Last but not the least, a warm Welcome to the new arrivals at HACSE: Sunanda Chakraborty, Tilak Raj Bhardwaj and Jashwant Solanki.
Dr. Asmita Huddar