Academic Year 2021-2022

18 Feb and 28 Feb 2022NIRBHAY KANYA ABHIYAN – 2022Ms Sonali Joshi
15.02.2022Impact of Diversity and Stereotyping in MentoringMs Sonali Joshi
21 January 2022Accept one and all – A session on Diversity and InclusionMs Sonali Joshi
14 January 2022Gender SensitivityMs Sonali Joshi

Impact of Diversity and Stereotyping in Mentoring


Ms. Frieda started with narrating a few of her personal experiences in diversity and stereotyping. Some of these experiences were:

1. She had visited a country and at a stop, she wanted to use the washroom. While she was searching for a male/female symbol or for labels of male/female/king/queen on the doors, she did not find any. Later, to her amaze, she found a door to a washroom that read ‘Whoever, we don’t care.’ This, in her opinion, was a true example of diversity and inclusivity.

2. An example of stereotyping she shared was people assuming that she must be consuming a lot of rice in her meals simply because she is a South-Indian. With these personal experiences, she gave out the lessons in diversity at professional places. Some of these were:

1. Mentoring acts as a constructive tool that contributes to constructing a diverse workplace

2. Reverse mentoring has proved to be very powerful in mentoring for diversity. Reverse mentoring is a method of mentoring under which junior team members enter in to ‘professional friendship’ with more senior ones and exchange skills, knowledge and understanding

3. Stereotyping has been the single most challenge in mentoring programmes in the corporate



1Welcome address by Sonali Joshi2:00 to 2:05
2Director’s Address – Dr. BH Nanwani2:05 to 2:10
3Introducing the Damini Squad by Mrs. Vaishali Patil2:10 to 2:15
4Session by Damini Squad. Pune Police2:15 to 3:45 pm
5Introduction of the Sports / Karate Coach by Dr. Divya Lakhani3:45 to 3:50
6Self Defense workshop by a Sports / Taekwondo Coach3:50 to 4:30 pm
7Vote of Thanks by Dr. Abhijeet Kaiwade4:30 to 4:35 pm


Session by Damini Squad

Formed in July 2015, clad in ‘commando uniforms’ and comprising around 33 women cops, named as ‘Damini Marshals’, the Damini Squad is an effective force helping girls and women in distress on streets and other public places making Pune city a safer haven for women.

Not only are these ladies in uniform responsible for curbing crimes against women, but they also extend emotional support and self-defense training, making women independent and competent to protect themselves. Besides action against miscreants, the Damini Marshals have also created awareness among school and college-going girls and women working with private companies by conducting workshops and counselling sessions.

The members of Damini Squad who graced the occasion were API Sujata Shanme, API Manisha Tule, Ms Ankita Atram and Mrs. Sarika Sonwane.

API Sujata Shanme shared, “Damini marshals patrol public places such as markets, malls, bus stops, traffic signals, areas near school, colleges, offices etc. Unlike other departments of police, where women have to come to the police station when in trouble, these cops reach out to them personally, visit them at their homes and at places where they feel unsafe. This helps women be more comfortable talking to the police. Damini marshals have helped bridge a gap and build trust. It is one of the reasons why now more women are coming forward to report issues like domestic violence, eve-teasing etc.” The squad also has mental health professionals associated with the team. A video on Damini Squad, Mumbai was also shown ( reflecting the magnitude of work being doen by these Iron Ladies in Uniform.

The Damini Squad also showed certain self-defense techniques to the attendees of the event.

During the Open House, the girls asked questions to the Squad which were welcomed and answered by the Squad members. Their visit inspired the girls to follow their dreams and achieve them, just as shared by the Squad ladies.

Workshop on Self Defense –

UK Taekwondo Academy, having branches all over Pune, were invited to conduct a workshop on Taekwondo for the attendees. Mr Rajesh Pujari, 5th Dan Black Belt, International Medallist and National Kyorogi(Fight) Judge and Head Coach for Taekwondo at the academy, accompanied by three coaches conducted an intense workshop for the participants. He and his team of three women coaches taught them various self-defense techniques. All the girls appreciated the initiative of holding this workshop and participated with zeal and enthusiasm.

Nirbhaya Kanya Abhiyan – Guest Session by Dr. Viddulata GawadeCorporate Response to Sexual Assault

Ms. Sonali Joshi welcomed the Speaker, Dr. Viddulata Gawade and the attendees for the Event, describing the importance of the session that was being held today, with an appeal to the students to be an active part of the session as they were on the verge of entering the world of work.

Jyotika Makhija, from MBA II, Batch 2020-2022 introduced the speaker and welcomed the students and faculty for the session.

Dr. Viddulata Gawade began the session by addressing the attendees about the importance of being aware of the surroundings, the culture and the times that they soon would be joining.

She brought forth various cases of sexual harassments at companies and the decisions that were taken.

She emphasized that any such cases does not tarnish the image only of the complainant but to much levels questions the integrity of the organizations as well. Therefore, most of the MNCs today treat these as most sensitive and priority concerns if they so happen in their organization.

She also shared that it is a misnomer that everytime only women are given support for their complaints or claims. The organizations present a non-biased view and have even found women to have made wrong complaints. In such cases, the companies have stood by their right decisions.

Dr. Gawade also conducted an online quiz for the attendees bringing to light various factors that we might or might not think about but are pertinent for the corporate responses to sensitive issues.

The students participated actively in the session. After the Open House, the session ended with a vote of thanks by Sonali Joshi

The Colleges that participated along with us in the program are:

S.NoName of the collegeNo. of Students
1Sadhu Vaswani College of Nursing15
2PDEA’s Waghire Arts, Commerce and Science College, Saswad, Pune12
3.1Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies for Girls, Pune – Students14 offline, 33 online
3.2Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies for Girls, Pune – Faculty06
3.3Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies for Girls, Pune – Guests10
4St. Mira’s College for Girls2
 Total Number of Participants92

Accept one and all_A session on Diversity and Inclusion


Ms Apoorva Satija, the APAC Head for Diversity and Inclusion at Amdocs was invited to talk and enlighten our students on this topic. In this session, she covered the aspect of diversity and inclusion in its broadest sense to include age, gender, sex, caste, colour and caste. She started her talk by presenting insights of a research carried out by Amdocs to find out what perspectives do men and women carry about themselves and the other sex at workplace. From here on, she built on the topic by sharing various examples and real-life experiences on discrimination basis age, gender, sex, and caste. She kept the session very lively and interactive by asking for opinions through polls, understanding the views and resolving participants’ doubts/inhibitions.

Gender Sensitization and Awareness – Gender Sensitivity

14 January 2022

The program commenced with the welcome address by Dr. Divya Lakhani. Ms. Gawade was introduced by Ms. Jyotika Makhija, MBA II student.

Ms. Viddulata Gawade, commenced the session by undertaking an activity wherein she asked the students to identify – which gender they associate with a particular word. For example – Cook, Pilot, Smoker, etc. This activity brought forward the fact that we have some stereotypes in our mind regarding certain roles being played by a particular gender. She went on to emphasize that all men and women need to be more open in their thinking and come out of traditional way of thinking.

She explained the Banwari Devi incident and brought about the importance of Vishakha Judgement. She then went on to discuss Rupan Bajaj and Gill case on outraging the modesty of women. Besides this, she discussed the cases where the girls are filing false cases against men for rape, in the event of relationship going sour. These cases bring to fore the need to be more gender sensitive and practice gender equity.

In conclusion, it can be said that though we talk about gender sensitivity and equality – we need to make conscious efforts to understand that men and women are different, and that they need to be accepted as being unique individuals, who have their own thinking and ideologies.

The program concluded with vote of thanks by Ms. Vaishali Patil, Asst Professor, SVIMS.

Academic Year 2020-2021

8 March 2021Tiny tots Gender EquityDr Smita Iyer
15 March 2021ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION 2021 400th Prakash Parv of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadurji on 15th March 2021.Dr Smita Iyer
28th June 2021. Power Puff Entrepreneurs – The Online Ideation Fest Dr Smita Iyer
14th May 2021Mental Health during COVIDDr Smita Iyer
11 June 2021Become Confident and Flex Some Muscles – A Self-defense WorkshopDr Smita Iyer
18th June 2021First –Aid WorkshopDr Smita Iyer
14th June 2021Nirbhaya Kanya Abhiyaan – From the Lens Of The Law Keeper – A Webinar on Women’s SafetyDr Smita Iyer
19th June 2021Dialogue between Leading Women and Gen ZDr Smita Iyer
30 July 2021Natural And Man-Made DisastersDr Smita Iyer
30 March 2021A session on Anti-ragging by Adv. Asif ShaikhMs Bindiya Rangwani

Anti Ragging Slogan Activity


Festival of Lights


To celebrate Diwali this year, we organized 2 virtual competitions:

  1. Hues of Diwali- a Rangoli making competition
  2. Dress up & Show up- a competition to showcase participants’ Diwali attire

The registration for both these competitions was open from 02.11.2021 to 15.11.2021. Here are the other details of both the competitions:

ParticularsHues of DiwaliDress up & Show up
Total no. of participants2426
Name of the winnerMs Parishweta GulhaneMs Pradnya Bawane
Names of Runner-upsMs Shraddha Yadav and Ms Nikita WankhedeMs Nikita Wankhede and Ms Falak Baig

Tiny tots Gender Equity

Gender Equity basically refers to giving recognising the  rights of  men and women and giving them a fair treatment based on their needs. It is seen that after so many decades this concept is not being practiced. Thus, for an effective implementation of this concept it is very important to sow the seeds of gender equity in the minds of kids at a young age. To spread more awareness about this concept a competition was organized on 8th March 2021 named “Tiny Tots Talk Gender Equity.

 Nineteen students in the age group of 4 to 10 years from different schools participated in this competition. The Tiny Tots expressed their views and understanding about the concept of Gender Equality and Equity by enacting roles in which girls can do everything that any boy can do and also by demystifying  that there is no such concept that blue colour is for boys and pink is for girls.

A session on Anti-ragging 30.03.2021

Adv. Asif Shaikh first read the rules laid down against ragging and explained them to us in simpler sentence. Like one of the rules he made the students aware of was setting up of an Anti-ragging committee in every educational institution and the constitution of that committee. He then went on to explain which forms of behavior amount to ragging. One example he gave was: a senior forcing a junior to write down notes for him/her is also a form of academics-related ragging. He also narrated a case where a Girls institution in Rajasthan hid a case of ragging to protect their name and reputation. In this case, a girl student was bullied by 2 senior students to an extent that she lost her life.

We then moved on to the Question and Answer session. Under this segment of his talk he answered numerous questions, like that of:

a. Is calling names a part of ragging?

b. How does one over-come the mental trauma caused by ragging?

c. How do we educate school going kids about anti-ragging?

Anti Ragging Quiz

Poster-making Competition on 05.06.2021

Nirbhaya Kanya Abhiyaan – From the Lens Of The Law Keeper – A Webinar on Women’s Safety 14th June 2021

The Chief Guest, Adv. Mrs. Nevagi focused on issues such as women safety in the corporate world, sexual harassment, family laws in India which included Hindu Marriage Act 1955, Special Marriage Act 1954, Guardians and Wards Act 1890, Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act 1956 which was followed by Q and A session.

Our next speaker, Ms. Nikita Panhalkar, shared her insights on the rules and regulations, procedure and the provisions of the laws of women’s safety. She specially discussed provisions of the IT Act 2000, The POSH Act 2013,. She also gave the Me-Too Movement as an example of the outcome of sexual harassment at workplace.

Later, Ms Harshali Chandgadkar shared a short video on the use of the Pratisaad App which was launched by the Mumbai Police to ensure women safety.

Become Confident and Flex Some Muscles – A Self-defense Workshop

11th June 2021

Dialogue between Leading Women and Gen Z

11th June 2021

In a tie up with Indian Red Cross Society a virtual workshop on Natural and Man-Made Disaster Management was organised on 11th June 2021.

Chief Guest for the workshop, Ms. Nabomita Mazumdar, talked about how Technology has changed our world and how Gen Z plays a vital role in job creation and culture change in organisations. She substantiated her point by giving the example of Snapchat where a survey is being conducted to understand the users [ especially Gen Z] requirements.

This was followed by a Panel discussion with Ms. Prachi Shelgaonkar and Ms. Vidula Kamant. Both spoke about their career journeys, their challenges and tips on how Gen Z can be motivated, and skill sets they need to develop for success in their careers.

Power Puff Entrepreneurs – The Ideation Fest 

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” 

– Winston Churchill. 

 Power Puff Entrepreneurs – The Online Ideation Fest was organised on 28th June 2021. 

The speaker for the day was Mr. Sagar Chandni, Head of Incubation and Startup Engagement at Centre for Incubation and Business Acceleration. He talked about how an idea should be worked upon to make it a business proposition, building MVP, advantages of a startup and the ‘why and how’ of failures among startups. The ideation fest kick- started with 18 teams. 8 teams were shortlisted to present their business ideas. The winners of the ideation fest were ‘Men in Black’ group while the runner up was the group called ‘Mirror Yourself’.  The program was sponsored by Startup Yatra

Natural And Man-Made Disasters

30 July 2021

“We cannot stop natural disasters, but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.” – Petra Nemcova  

The Institute in association with the Indian Red Cross Society, organised a webinar on ‘Natural And Man-Made Disaster Management’ on 30th June 2021.

The Chief Guest, Brig. Kuldip Singh (Retd) spoke about different types of natural and manmade disasters, causes of accidents and their impacts as also the background and history of disaster management in India.  A short video showcasing the work of the National Institute of Disaster Management [ NIDM] was shown.  

Prof R V Kulkarni, shed light on the hazards, vulnerabilities in disasters, management, types of disasters and disaster management cycles. A Q & A session followed his talk.  

Mr. Rubaab Sood, spoke about the recovery and the response operations in a disaster management plan. He shared his experiences and learnings of NDMA’s recovery and relief operations in Uttarakhand floods and earthquake. He also talked about how such disasters impact human life and business continuity. 

First –Aid workshop

On 18th June 2021 a session was  organized on First –Aid and Disaster Management under the aegis of the Indian Red Cross Society.

The speaker Mr. Bala Subramanian, General Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society( IRCS) , Karnataka Branch, spoke about his experience at IRCS and how volunteering has helped the medical staff in saving lives during pandemic or any disaster /accident. First aid is specially important in a developing country like India as the medical staff is way below the population requirements. He showed a short video covering the history of IRCS.

The next speaker Ms. Rina Tripathi, Indian Red Cross Society, Delhi Branch, gave insights on how being emotionally strong is important specially during times like CIVID  and how it helps not only the patient in recovering quickly  but the family in coping with exigencies. She spoke about how mental Health plays a vital role in one’s well being and how to give emotional support to a person. A short video was played on providing social and emotional support to children suffering from  COVID -19.

Mr. Shah, Indian Red Cross Society, Pune Branch  discussed about how first aid can save  lives and  demonstrated the CPR technique as also other first aid steps  in case of accidents/ medical  emergencies. He also spoke about the process of registering / enrolling as volunteer for IRCS, Pune.

Mental Health during COVID

14th May 2021

The speaker Ms. Anu Krishna [Director, L& D, Emotional and Mental Health Wellness Coach] explained that COVID has brought about fear, anxiety, stress and loss of freedom. Often adverse conditions such as COVID influence our thoughts and thought patterns leading to fear and stress. The antidote to negative thinking and fear is to break the chain by filling yourself with positive thoughts of HOPE. Hope removes the fear of uncertainty and helps to move from a negative state of mind to a positive one. It is also hope which helps us to respond rather than to react to situations and the courage to accept some situations, which are not within our control.

She suggested the use and practice of STAR technique and breathing exercises to handle fear, uncertainty and stress:

Stop the negative thoughts of fear as these will make you react rather than respond to a situation. Replace such thoughts with HOPE

Think about what is happening to help you understand the situation better and to control the situation, rather than being controlled by it

Analyze why and where of the situation and what will happen

Respond rather than react. Reacting is being impulsive, whereas responding is more logical and grounded

Ms. Anu demonstrated some breathing exercises and techniques that can be used to help in situations of stress and anxiety. When situations are overwhelming, there is shallow breathing, reducing the flow of oxygen in the body, which results in breathlessness and palpitations. Deep breathing up to 5 counts, followed by holding breath for 10 seconds helps to temporarily cut off negative thoughts; improves supply of oxygen and allows the brain to start functioning and thinking clearly.

75th  Independence Day

On 75th  Independence Day – 15th Aug 2021 we invited a special guest, Mr.  D V Hivrale, WCD to speak on true Freedom and Independence. The speaker highlighted the need and importance of the youth in contributing towards the welfare of our society to make India truly free and independent. He narrated a story to emphasise that we can contribute to society’s welfare even if we cannot fight as soldiers. He also told the participants a short story of Gandhiji and his contribution to India’s freedom. He stressed on the need to engineer special programs to help women and children. The emphasis should be on making them independent and self reliant through skill building and empowerment rather than in giving charity and making them dependent.

After the talk, Ms. Rucha Lathi a student from MBA, part 1 gave a small speech on building the spirit of nationalism. Ms. Anuja Jagdale and Ms. Jyotika Makhija sang patriotic songs.


Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies for Girls celebrated the 400th Prakash Parv of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadurji on 15th March 2021.

2021 marked the 400th year of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Prakash Purab. He was the 9th of the 10 Gurus that founded the Sikh religion. He was also considered to be the leader of Sikhs from 1665 until his demise in 1675. The celebrations bore special significance in terms of Sangam city wherein the gurudwara ‘Pakki Sangat’ is located.

In its own small way of contribution to the event, SVIMS celebrated the day online by conducting an online essay writing competition. Giani Ranjit Singhji was invited as a Guest Speaker for the event. Renowned Sikh preacher Giani Ranjit Singh (Gauhar-e-Maskeen) is the Jathedar of Takht Sri Patna Sahib.  A noted ‘kathavachak’ (preacher) Giani Ranjit Singh commands honors for his in-depth knowledge of Gurmat and Gurbani.

Gianiji addressed the students and shared stories of Guru Tegh Bahadurji’s childhood and his journey to becoming a young religious leader. He inspired the attendees with his sharings and experience.

The Guest speaker’s session was followed by the inauguration of the National Essay Writing Competition by Director SVIMS, Dr. BH Nanwani. Director Ma’am shared about the life and teachings of the 9th guru and what Sikhism preaches and stands for. The ultimate theme of all guru teachings being that God is one and he who finds a master finds the path of life.

The participants were given the topics for the essay and the rules were explained to them. Giani Ranjit Singhji was the judge for the event.

Students participated with zeal and presented well written essays.

45 participants attended the session Seminar on 400th prakash parv of Guru Tegh bhadhur ji.

32 participants were present for the National Level Essay Competition.

31/05/2021World No Tobaco Day 2021161NSS

World No Tobacco Day (2021)

A virtual programme was organised to observe the World No Tobacco Day (2021).  

Here is a snap shot of activities conducted:

 1. Pledges of abstaining from tobacco products were read in Hindi and English.  

2.  Awareness drive about ill effects of consuming tobacco was conducted by organising a Drawing and Slogan Competition. The theme was ‘Say NO to tobacco’, ‘Commit to Quit’  

3. Students were shown a video created by Prashanti Foundation on  ‘Harmful Effects of Tobacco on the Human body’ 

Faculty members, Ms Bindiya Rangwani cautioned against the temptation of  pleasure smoking like Hooka in parties, brushing teeth with ‘mishri’ etc. Dr Abhijeet Kaiwade spoke about using Nicotex gum to help one quit smoking and chewing tobacco.

The Director, Dr. B Nanwani inaugurated the Pledge Mission through Poster and google form links. The programme was brought to a conclusion by singing the National Anthem at 5 PM.

The programme saw a participation of 161 people, which included students, parents and staff members.