Women’s Cell – An Account
The Women’s cell of Prabhu Jagatbandhu College is a body comprised of female members from teaching and non-teaching community and female students of the college. The cell is named ‘SACHETANI’. Implicit in the name, is the spirit of the cell, i.e., to generate consciousness about one’s self, to breed self esteem and sense of worthiness in the mind of a woman—the weaker gender of the society.
The purpose of this cell is to deal with the problems faced by female members of the college (staff as well as students) in different arena of their life. It provides a counseling forum for the female students to tackle those problems on a regular interval. In addition, there are awareness programmes about different preventive measures of such problems. Moreover, it encourages them to build a precious life in their professional as well as personal areas. In the last academic session (2012-2013), the cell organized the following programmes:
On 22nd December, 2012 there was an interactive session of the women’s cell between the female students and female staff of the college regarding the procedures of functioning of the cell with its definite aim in mind. Around 36 female students all female staff actively participated in the said session. Valuable suggestions were received from all who attended, which had enriched the cell in its future planning process. Dr. Asok Das, (Head Department of Economics of this college) with his deep insight and immense knowledge in Human Rights, delivered an extempore lecture on Women Rights which was valuable and educative for the students as well as for the staff. On 15th January, 2013, the cell organized a seminar-cum-workshop on women’s health in which we were obliged to have as speaker a gynecologist from the London Hospital, Dr. Devasree Mitra, who spoke on “A Girl, a Woman, a Mother – The Journey Continues”. There was an overwhelming response in participation from the students in the workshop. Dr.Mitra’s presentation was remarkable. She provided a number of fine visual aids. The lucid presentation in Bengali coupled with the helpful demonstration came as a very rare event for our girls. They were encouraged by Dr. Mitra’s easy going manner to bring up all sorts of questions. It was indeed an experience that will live with our students for years to come. On 8th and 9th March 2013, the student members of the women’s cell in collaboration with the NSS team of this college conducted a survey of female members of a nearby village (Mashila). They collected general information regarding the health problems of the women residing in Mashila. The aim of the survey was to arrange a health camp for these villagers.
In the academic session (2013-2014), a health camp was organized in the college campus on 14th December, 2013 with the proficient assistance of two eminent doctors from Kolkata. We had the privilege to have Dr. Nandita Dasgupta, an eminent doctor, (previously attached with CINI, a NGO and presently working with ailing mother and children), as gyneacologist and Dr. Debdwaipayan Chattopadhyay, (Ex-Surgeon Superintendent, SSKM Hospital, Ex-CMOH, Kolkata Municipal Corporation) as General Physician. Both of them advised a total of 72 patients of which 46 had gyneacological problem. Among the patients, the majority was our students. As a whole, the camp was a grand success.
Future Plan of Action:
The cell plans to have the following programmes in future:
1) Regular counseling session with the female students of the college.
2) Women’s Health Camp at nearby locality.
3) Workshop on Women Rights.
4) Seminar/Conference on women atrocities.
5) Survey work on Women’s participation in various socio-eco-politico-cultural and administrative activities.
6) Cultural Programmes focusing on gender discrimination.
THE WOMEN’S CELL OF PRABHU JAGATBANDHU COLLEGE REPRESENTS A FORUM TO:
Prevent Violence and Discrimination against Women;
Fight for Freedom of Women;
Recognize Women’s Right is a global struggle.
To commemorate the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 08.03.2014 an workshop has been organized by the Women’s Cell. Dr. Proyash Sarkar Professor in Philosophy of Jadavpur University spoke on EQUALITY FOR WOMEN IS PROGRESS FOR ALL