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A Report on Parents' Council Meet

After successfully organising the orientation programme for parents of students admitted to the first year UG and PG courses in June, the Parents' Council conducted the Parents' Council Meet on 14th July 2017 at 5 pm in the De Nobili Hall of the college auditorium. Ms Poonam Ahuja of the Dept. of Botany and Ms Viola of the Dept. of Social Work were in charge of organising this programme. The parents who had shown interest to be a part of the Parents' Council during the orientation programme, parents who were already a part of the Parents' Council for the academic year 2016-17 and other parents who were interested to be a part of the Parents' Council were identified through class mentors. These parents were invited to attend the meeting.

Of all the parents who were contacted, 58 parents attended the meet. The parents registered themselves and were served refreshments prior to the meeting. Ms. Princy Nisha of the Department of Commerce was the MC for the evening. The programme began by invoking the blessings of the Almighty by a prayer offered by Rev. Fr. Clarence D'Souza SJ. Followed by the prayer, Ms. Poonam R Ahuja, welcomed the parents and spoke to the parents about the Parents' Council and its purpose.

The Principal, Rev. Dr. Fr. Victor Lobo SJ addressed the gathering and welcomed them all to the Josephite family. He stressed on the fact that parents are one of the major stakeholders in the field of education and also encouraged parents to collaborate with the management and staff and work towards a better college and a better society.

Following the Principal's address, Ms. Poonam R Ahuja, Ms. Viola Noronha and Mr. Manojit (dept. Of Economics) conducted the brainstorming session for parents. All the parents chose to be a part of one of the following groups, namely - Facilitators, Organisers, Counsellors ( Psychological Counsellors and Career Counsellors) and came up with ideas that they would like to implement in this academic year under the aegis of the Parents' Council. The group ideas were then shared with the larger audience and one or two members took ownership for each of the ideas listed. Out of the long list of ideas suggested by parents, it was decided that a workshop for parents on ‘Happy Parenting’ and a workshop for students on ‘Career guidance’ would be the first programmes to be organised by the Parents' Council.

Next up was the formation of the Executive Committee of the Parents' Council. It was decided that three members from the previous year's Executive Committee will continue to be a part this year as well. They were Ms. Aruna Newton, Mr. Giri Ramamohan and Ms. Rashmi Ramanand. The three new members who volunteered were Ms. Gladys, Mr. Shreekarunya and Dr. Vijaya Saraswathi. The newly constituted Executive Committee decided to meet on 19th July 2017 at 5.00 pm to discuss other modalities.

Dr. Ronald Mascarenhas, Convenor of the Parents' Council spoke to the audience on the need for initiating this forum way back in 2006 and how it was subsequently made mandatory by the UGC. He expressed confidence that the parents would take the Parents' Council forward for the benefit of all involved.

The programme concluded at around 7:30 pm with Ms. Viola Noronha proposing the Vote of Thanks.