History

The Department of History welcomed Arun Singh who is presently pursuing his PhD from the University of Mumbai. The department, continued to evolve and engage in various activities to generate interest among the students to study the subject beyond theories.

 

Achievements of the students

The students were encouraged to participate in various competitions to sharpen their skills and represent the department. Our TY students participated in Sir Rustom P. Masani Elocution Competition held on 8th September 2019. Aradhana Choudhury of TYBA History won a consolation prize for her speech on the topic- ‘The ban on beef and its problems for farmers’.

They also participated in Mudra 2019-20, the annual fest of Ramnarian Ruia Autonomous College on 3rd January 2020. The theme for this year was - Siyasat: The Power Play. Participants from the Senior college, as well as Junior college, actively participated in all the events and won various competitions. Prajakta Kasoti from TYBA History bagged the first prize in Carigiri: A caricature making competition. Durga Yesade from FYBA also secured the first position in the creative writing competition - Patras Karan ki. Drashti Shah from TYBA History and her team won second prize in the competition- Zero to Zenith: Build your Empire.

 

Activities

Guest Lectures:

Letters : The Fragments of Lives: Guest lecture on the “Intimate voices of Empire: Marathi Women’s Letter-Writing in 18th century India” for the students on 24th January 2020. The guest speaker for the lecture was Prof. Rosalind O’Hanlon, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford.

The Department organized a guest lecture for the Third-Year students of History on Heritage walks: their planning and execution under the paper- Urban Heritage of Mumbai on 4th January 2020 by Mr. Sandeep Dahisarkar, research scholar and an expert. Mr. Dahisarkar acquainted the students with the methods and procedure of conducting heritage walks. He also shared his on-field experiences, especially from his Vile Parle and Karauli heritage walks, with the students. The students were then encouraged to explore the college campus and the Heras Institute and conduct heritage walks themselves.

 

Xynergy 2019

The primary objective of the exhibition was to elucidate various career opportunities available to History graduates. The volunteers made various charts and posters showing the different conventional and non-conventional career paths one can take. Various exhibits were displayed to provide better exposure to the subject and explaining how objects could be interpreted.

 

Faculty Engagement

The faculty has represented the History Department of St. Xavier’s College at various State, National and International level.

 

Arun Singh

Guest Lecture: Invited for a guest lecture on Heritage Tourism at M.D. College, Parel on July 7 & August 5, 2019.

Seminars/Conferences

  • Part of the organizing committee for the RUSA sponsored National- level seminar on Cinema and History held on 18th January 2020.

  • Part of the organizing committee for the RUSA sponsored International multidisciplinary conference Disha organized under the aegis of IQAC of our college, held on 13th and 14th March 2020.

 

Dr. Avkash Jadhav

Awards:

  1. National Award: Swami Vivekanand Award of Excellence for 2019, in the category of Social Work by SEVA, Youth Guild, Dakshini Kalikata Krira O Sanskriti Parishad.

  2. International Award: Received the prestigious REX Fellowship Gold Medal of “Karamveer Chakra” by International Confederation of N.G.Os (ICONGO) an allied body of the United Nations, November 2019 in the category of Environment and Heritage activism.

Fellowships:

  1. The Ministry of External Affairs of India, New Delhi recommended Dr. Avkash Jadhav to represent India in the SAARC Conference at Kabul Afghanistan, on ‘Islamic Cultural Trails: Journey Through Time and Space of Merchants, Monks and Pilgrims from 28th to 30th August 2019. The Special Grant was approved by the Qutub Jubliee Foundation, Mumbai.

  2. Major Research Project Grant from Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) for 2020 -2022 to work on the Jobbers - The Transitional and Intermediary component of the Textile Mills in Bombay in pre-independent India. January 2020.

Appointments:

  • On the Peer Review Committee and Editorial Board of Three International Journals, Madrid Spain.,

  • International Community of Visual Culture,

  • International Community of Social Sciences,

  • International Community of Human Sciences.

Seminars and Conferences:

  • Conducted a workshop for the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and the N.G.O Indian Association for  Promotion of Adoption and Child Care (IAPA) at Khetwadi school for foster children on the topic of Understanding your Sexuality for the teenagers of the slums, on 23rdFebruary 2019. Invited to participate and present a research paper on ‘Disability and the policy of Inclusion: An introspection through the Survey’ at the two day National conference on Disability, Gender and Violence: Issues and Challenges organized by the Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS) at New Delhi on 25th - 26th April 2019.

  • Policy-Making Convention, at Azad Maidan, Mumbai on 27thJune 2019.

  • Participated and  presented a paper ‘The idiosyncratic Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi towards Embodied Empiricism; An Analysis’ at the Three days National Conference organised on the theme Gandhi Aur unki Samsamyik Prasangigta: Samaj Sanskriti Aur Swaraj, organised by Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) and Mahatma Gandhi Antarashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya as part of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi at Wardha, Maharashtra on 20 – 22 August 2019.

  • Presented a research paper ‘Cultural Synthesis of Islam in India and its impact on the Art, Literature and the religious ideasat the South Asian Association of Regional Countries (SAARC) Conference on the theme of Islamic Cultural Trails at Kabul, Afghanistan on 28-30 August 2019.

  • Participated and presented a paper on Anna Bhau Sathe: A literary voice of the Marginalized in Independent India, at the National conference organised by Department of English, University of Mumbai, Mumbai on 23rdOctober 2019.

  • Invited as Keynote Speaker and presented a paper on Heritage Indispensable Asset of Mankind, at the International Conference on Heritage and Ongoing Innovations: The magic of achieving unrealistic heights organised by K.B. College of Arts and Commerce for Women, Thaneon23rdNovember 2019.

  • Invited as a subject expert in History by the NCERT  for the Three-day Paper Review Workshop on the PAC approved programme Pre-1857 Major Anti- colonial Armed Uprising in India, New Delhi, 10-12, December 2019.

  • Invited as a Resource Person for the Orientation Program organised by the UGC HRDC, University of Mumbai on 19th December 2019 to conduct a session on ‘Teacher Beyond the Classroom’ at Kalina Campus University of Mumbai.

  • Invited to present a research paper on Gandhi and the message to the Youth of India at the State Level Seminar at V.K. Menon College, Bhandup, Mumbai on 21st January 2020.

  • Convenor of the National Seminar on the theme, Cinema through the Lens of History, Department of History, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai under Rashtriya Uchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), 11th February 2020.

 

Outreach Activities:

The department engaged in a number of activities for the students with an objective of understanding social issues, environmental conflicts and cast discrimination to name a few. The students conducted interviews, collated survey, made documentary, thus giving hands on experience of the real word.

The process of learning in the department has seen variations and application of various pedagogical patterns. The students were given opportunities not only to excel but also to explore their inner potential. They were given insights about the subjects as well as some learnings for life skills.

 

Dr. Avkash Jadhav
Head and Associate Professor
Department of History

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