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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Shampa Chakravarty and Shanti Sheela Society

Towards the new horizons

Teaching is a highly noble profession, most suited one especially for women. Teachers are always a boon to society. Through their intelligence, patience and wisdom, they attempt to not only hone the learner's intellect and aptitude but also, create a well-rounded personality. Teaching has an influence in developing ones mind and character and also gives the satisfaction of having sparked the light of knowledge and dispelled the clouds of ignorance.

Shampa Priyatosh Chakravarthy is the best example of it. Working as a professor at Modern College, she has a varied experience in this field. Elaborating her experiences working as a professor, she said, “I like teaching. English Literature is my subject. I feel proud that I am in this profession since 18 years. As this field is so vast having areas of specialisations, different skills and type of training are required for different levels. Each level calls for a different expertise. Good teachers can bring out the best in every student. They are the ones who make a difference in the lives of their students. Rousing students from their apathy and watching their curiosity grow is one of the biggest rewards of teaching,” she added.

Shampa Priyatosh Chakravarthy, a professor and Head of the Department of English, completed her studies in Andhra Pradesh, in Vishakhapatanam and in Hyderabad. She is a favorite professor in college campus. Working as a NAAC Co-ordinator, she has to maintain the quality of education. She worked as a Resource person at state level seminar for college teachers, co-ordinator of national and state level symposia. She also presented papers in several state, national and international seminars. Many of her articles have been published in books and news papers.

Talking on students behaviour, she said, “most students of our college comes from lower middle class families. So, they have an inbuilt inferiority complex in them. I always tried to remove this inferiority complex from them by organizing many debate, elocution, poetry competitions.”

She got invited as judge for inter-school and inter collegiate debate, elocution competition and also she had conducted workshops in English for secondary and High School teachers.

Being as a good teacher, Shampa madam has been awarded as a favourite professor award by the English Personality School, special appreciation award and Best Teacher award by P.E. Society.

A society by all means

Shanti Sheela Society on Law College Road is situated in the vicinity of Hanuman Tekdi. Canopy of lush green trees is the characteristic feature of this society. One can spot clean, neatly leveled roads everywhere in the society.

Giving details of the various programmes organized by society members, Sagar Mehta, an active member and convenor of most of the programmes of the society, said, “Unity is our plus point. Intellectual people resides in our society. So, there are no issues of confrontation here. If such issue arises, we solve it by consent of all members. We have at least 100 plots in our society. Out of which 70 are apartments. We, the youths of the society comes together for different occasions. We have society-owned club house, where we organize many programmes throught the year.”

Elaborating the common events like Ganeshostav, Garba and other cultural activities, Sagar said, “To avoid unnecessary expenses, we celebrate Ganeshotsav unitedly. Residents of different apartments, bungalows come together for the celebration. Most of the women of the society come out for the celebration. We encourage them by organizing many women oriented competitions. Also we immerse our Ganesh Idol at a immersion center created by Pune Municipal Corporation to avoid water pollution.”

Talking about the other women related programmes, Sagar said, “Women of the society come together and had started a Bhishi Group. They come together for the Bhishi and share their experiences to each other. At least 350 women are the members of this Group.”

Many celebrities reside in our society, says Mehta adding, “Sharvari Jamenis, a well known Marathi actress, Surabhi Date, member of the Indian Women Rugby Team, Dhruv Yerwadekar, national level athletic player are the honourable members of our society. We are also present on social networking sites like Orkut, Facebook. We are connected together by our net presence also.”

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