Jagruti – Women Empowerment and Safety

Jagruthi: SWARAKSHA FOR WOMEN

In the present day context women’s safety is of great concern. Hence all women should be aware of self defence techniques. To enlighten on this subject “Jagruthi-prevention of sexual assault committee of SJEC organized Swaraksha for Women- A self defence programme for the female students of SJEC on September 20, 2018 from 3.15pm to 5.00pm in the Kalam Auditorium. Martial Arts Champion Mr Karthik S Kateel was the resource person of the programme. Ms Sharvya, student of final year B.E-ECE introduced the guest to the gathering. Director SJEC, Rev Fr Wilfred Prakash D’Souza florally welcomed the guest Mr Karthik S Kateel and his mother Mrs Shobhalatha.  In his session he mentioned about difference between good touch and bad touch, women psychology, consequences of uploading the photos on social networking sites etc. He taught some self defence techniques to prevent the advances of opponent when one finds themselves in danger. At the end of the session the resource person was honoured with the memento and letter of appreciation. The session was appreciated by all the female students of SJEC.

Jagruti: An Awareness Programme for Youngsters on Crime in Society

It is not by chance, it is by the choices we make, that our future unfolds. This was the message that came through at the half-day interactive session conducted by Jagruti Committee, SJEC on An Awareness Programme for Youngsters on Crime in Society, held at Spoorthi Hall on 26th October 2017. Over 100 students from Engineering, Master of Computer Applications and Master of Business Administration disciplines, learned about the importance of taking personal responsibility for choices and the consequences of poor choices, at the end of the programme.

The Programme started at 3:00 PM. Ms Olivia Sequeira, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, was the Master of Ceremony of the function. Ms Chaithra U R, Assistant Professor Dept. of ECE welcomed the gathering.  Ms Usha Mohan, Director – Bango Trust, Bengaluru enlightened the importance of creating awareness on crime, for youngsters.

Giving examples of the Bengaluru schoolgirl’s sexual abuse and other such crime incidents, Ms Usha Mohan tried to narrate the audience to stand and create awareness in crimes against women and children. The speaker described various crime incidents, which really left the audience in an ambient mode. The speaker tried to inform audience, to examine the differences between joking and harassment while helping students identify the effects of each on a victim. She emphasizes on strategies on how to handle harassment and the importance of bystanders. Ms Usha Mohan also gave a focus on Cyber bullying. i.e.,   increasingly, adolescents bully and harass others via computers and cell phones. She emphasizes the importance of a code of conduct as well as the concept of victim empathy in curtailing the rampant abuse by electronic media. The speaker also directed, to the use of digital technology and how students can protect themselves and their information while using the Internet with a computer, phone, or gaming system.  She also addressed social networking and the risks involved in using social media.

She also focused on sexual harassment and gave an awareness to identify personal safety resources and skills. The speaker also insisted an individual in identifying methods of reducing their risk of becoming a sexual assault victim. Ms Usha Mohan also suggested that there are available apps and it allows the victim to press an emergency button in mobile phones so that seeking assistance in case of an emergency is easier which, she claimed, a big step in ensuring security of women is.

The speaker also deliberated on party drugs, sexual assault, the use of alcohol, its effects and use as a weapon, and the use of pharmaceuticals as a means to commit sexual assault. She also discussed prevention methods and skills.

Youngsters are a sensitive and tender group and need to be dealt with better care and protection. They need time and need to be talked out with the help of love and care. It does not guarantee that no offending by youth will be considered or committed but reduces the risk to a minimal level.

She said that Stringent law enforcement, better judiciary setup can discourage youngsters from committing such crimes but why wait for others to better your world when you, yourself can take a step more and stop it from being. At the end of the session she took a pledge from the students for not to involve in any such crimes in future.

The session concluded at 5:00PM. Around 100 students from all the disciplines across the college had participated in the programme. The Jagruti committee Chairperson Ms Gayana M N and the committee members coordinated the programme.

Jagruti: Session on Mental Health

Good mental health is fundamental to quality of life and physical health. It contributes to the ability to find satisfying social roles in life and allows people to form positive relationships with others. Mental health issues affect not only the young person, but also their family, careers, friends and the wider community. To enlighten on this, Jagruti Committee, SJEC and Lions & Leo Club, Kadri Hills, Mangaluru jointly organized a useful session for the female students at St Joseph Engineering College, Mangaluru on 29th September, 2016 at 3:30 PM. Dr Sufala S Kotian, Professor Shree Devi College of Engineering, was invited to give awareness on mental health.

The Speaker gave information on how a person’s mental health is influenced by his/her family, college, society & friends.  Dr Sufala also illustrated some of the real incidents she had come across in her students regarding to their mental health. She also insisted on keeping good mental health balance every day.  She said that genetics could also be a factor in the development of a mental condition. Therefore it is important to consider mental health seriously and to seek help if one is at risk.

The session concluded at 4:50 PM. Around, 75 girls participated in the programme.         

Dr Sufala S Kotian was felicitated with a college memento as a token of appreciation.

Jagruthi - IEEE: Talk on Women in Engineering

To commemorate International Women’s Day, Jagruthi cell & IEEE Student Chapter of SJEC organized a motivational talk on 10th March 2016 on the topic Women in Engineering by Ms Malini G. Nayak, Manager (BFU), Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited - Mangaluru.

Ms. Nayak began her talk by asking a series of question to the audience such as, what is engineering and what are the qualities an engineer should possess to suite Industry requirements. Ms Nayak stated that Engineering is an essence of solving problems, team work and taking quick decisions to overcome a problem. In her speech she reflected on how gradual transition has taken place over the years on women pursuing engineering education. She opined that though there are large number of women with engineering degrees, still Women Engineers working in Public Sectors; particularly in manufacturing industry is very less and still male dominated due to the wrong perception that women are weak and less competent. However, of late notions are changing as women have proved their competency and capabilities in terms of technical skills and managerial roles. She advised that Women should have inner confidence and take bold decisions regarding their professional lives without compromising on ethical and moral values. She said that success mantra for a woman to become a leader in any field of her choice lies in taking her male counterparts into confidence and ability to work as a team. Ms Nayak also presented PPT slides on the manufacturing process of pig iron at KIOCL Company. She also discussed the operation of the Blast Furnace Unit (BFU) through pictures. A total of 100 female students and faculty of all the branches of SJEC attended the programme. Ms Malini Nayak was felicitated with a college memento as a token of appreciation. Dr Sheryl Grace Colaco, IEEE coordinator and Ms. Bharathi Rao, Jagruthi Cell coordinator convened the programme. Ms Ashra & Ms Rithika B, Student of III yr E&E compered the programme.

Jagruti: Talk on Adolescent Health Aspects

Adolescent health has become a concern in present day as junk food and internet browsing is a top priority of any adolescent. To create awareness on this issue, Dr Jessy Maria D Souza was invited to give a talk on “Adolescent Health Aspects”. The programme was held on 11th September 2015 in Fr Fred Memorial Hall at 3:30 pm.

Dr Jessy provided insights on nutritional requirements in food. She explained that junk food are usually low in fibrous content and are rich in fat and carbohydrates which decreases the ability of students to focus and concentrate. This might adversely affect their academic performances. Dr Jessy also suggested regular exercise and meditation is very important for any individual to overcome stress. She explained that most successful people start their day early in the morning. Also she showed a video clipping which demonstrated how internet browsing has become habitual for teenagers and has spoilt their daily routine work. Around 60 students participated in the programme. Ms Bharathi Rao and staff members of Jagruti committee coordinated the programme.