A special session was held on career counseling and guidance at DPGA on 29th June, 2019. This session, which was held for parents and students of Grade 8 and above, was conducted by Mr. Dhananjay Sohani, parent of Prachit Sohani, an alumni of DPGA.Mr. Sohani provided first hand information and guidance to all parents about the process or admission of their wards in international universities. He emphasized on creating a sound profile for the student and how parents, school and career counseling sessions can play a pivotal role for the same. Prachit Sohani also shared his experience and narrated the ways in which his learning as an IBDP student has helped him in seeking admission in the U.S. Mr. Sohani also answered various questions posed by parents of students who were willing to learn more from this useful session. This session was a sequel of a programme that was held for grade 11 and 12 students by our alumni who acquainted their juniors about the various requirements for getting into their college of choice after finishing school and how they could choose the best option that is suitable to each one of them. Both these programmes were just another one in a series of events that are held exclusively under our school and parent- community collaboration.
A collaborative session on Mental health- Etiology and Prevalence was conducted by the Psychology Department at Dr. Pillai Global Academy, Panvel. The resource person for the session was Ms. Shivaranjini Kulkarni, Senior Manager at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and parent of DP1 student. The workshop was attended by the Psychology students of Grade 11 (IB and AS Level). The session’s core objective was to broaden one’s perception of the concept of Abnormality. Dimensions of Normality-societal norms, beliefs and values were discussed at length. Ms. Kulkarni related her personal experiences in the field which involved stigma and mistrust amongst the general population.
She showed us a video clip of a televised interview with a celebrated Indian actress, Ms. Deepika Padukone who shared her personal struggles whilst she battled severe depression. The interview was an eye-opening experience as it cleared many misconceptions we had pertaining to mental health. Mental disorders are as much emotionally scarring as it is physically crippling. It requires a comprehensive effort of the psychiatrist as well as the community system around the individual to enable him/her to overcome his illness. The session proved to be an enriching lesson in the value of developing an open heart, and a non-judgmental spirit to uplift human resilience against the odds of such disorders.
A collaborative workshop was conducted by Arts Department on Thursday 7th March 2019 at Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel. The guest speaker of the workshop was Mr. Nitin Kulkarni, Chairperson, Master of Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Mumbai and parent of DP1 student. The workshop was attended by students of Arts across Grades 9 to 11th and faculty members. During the two- hour session, Mr. Nitin spoke about the histories of Art and contemporary practices in Arts. During the programme, he emphasized on the role of perception and Design Thinking. Mr. Kulkarni also laid stress on the importance of emotions and the awareness of one’s own thinking process for an artist. Through different activities, he familiarized the students about concepts of visualization and representation in the field of Art and Design.
A workshop for teachers was held on ‘Organ Donation ’on 9th August 2018 at Dr. Pillai Global Academy. The workshop was conducted by leading pediatrician Dr. Amod Divekar (parent of DP 1) in collaboration with Rotary Club of Panvel Central. It was a part of the drive for organ donation pledge to teachers. Dr. Divekar gave an inspiring message to by emphasizing the importance of organ donation. He spoke of compassion and generosity and the difference that a donated organ can make by giving a new leash of life to a needy person.
Principal Ms. Shraddha Sardesai, also shared her thoughts with all present and stressed on the fact that how teachers can be a beacon of light by showing the right path for humanity through their commitment for organ donation. The teachers’ community of the school showed their support and took a pledge for the noble cause.
Mrs. Yogeeta Deshmukh, parent of ex-student and Project Chairperson of Rotary Club, Panvel Midtown held a special session with students of grades 9 to 12 inviting them to participate in RCPM Young Social Innnovator Awards 2018-19 which was organized by Rotary Club in association with Panvel Municipal Corporation. The award competition was held for inviting innovative ideas to solutions for social, environmental and economic problems or issues that impact the general masses. Ketaki Mahajan and Zeel Patel of Grade 9th won the ‘Best White Paper’ in the category ‘Emerging Young Innovators Awards’.