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Student Led Conference on ‘Social Media for GenNext’ on February 13-14, 2015
SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai organized two days Student Led Conference on ‘Social Media for GenNext’ on February 13-14, 2015 from 10.00 am to 5 p.m. at Patkar Hall, Churchgate, Mumbai.
In the digital age of contemporary society, the importance and role of Social Media is increasing in a phenomenal manner. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have become a part of daily discussions and activities. A conference on Social Media will offer an opportunity to students-participants to the debates surrounding media technology, society and lifelong learning. Reaching out to the elderly will become all the more possible with greater awareness of the power of Social Media and acceptance of these pathways by people of all ages. Tools of Social Media can work also as spokespersons to ensure safety of women and can cut across silences bred by gender constraints. In the globalised era of 21st century, the traditional barriers of ‘national’ culture are breaking to give way to a new ‘global culture’ that has influences of cultures that are much beyond the narrow territorial boundaries of nation states. The conference thus explored some of these areas and enthusiastic participation of students was witnessed from the beginning till the end of the conference.
The conference was be inaugurated by Prof. Vasudha Kamat, Hon. Vice Chancellor. The Key note address was delivered by Mr. Sundheendra Kulkarni, Veteran Journalist and Political Analyst. The other eminent speakers include Father Allywn D’silva, Director, Documentary, Research and Training Centre & Institute of Community Research Organization, Dr. Vasundhara Mohan, Programme Director, Institute of Indian Culture, Mumbai, Dr. Shyam Manickam, Psychologist, Dr. Shailesh Mishra of Silver Innings, Dr. S.V. Kadvekar, Professor, D.S. Savkar (IMF) Chair, Dept.of Commerce and Research Center, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Dr. G.Y. Shitole, Principal, SNDT Arts and Commerce College, Pune and Dr. M. Muninarayan Appa, Professor, PG Dept of Commerce, Bangalore University.Dr. Satyabodh Savanoor, Dr. Veena Deshmukh, Dr. Geeta Balkrishnan, Advocate Maharukh Adenwala, a child right activist.
Around 60 students made presentation on Subtheme A: Health Care (Physical and Mental), Care of Elderly and Safety of Women, Subtheme B: Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce, Subtheme C: New Democratic Upsurge, Social Change and Political Economy, Subtheme D: Social media in Education, E-Resources and Life Long Learning and Subtheme E: Environmental Awareness, Changing Human Relations and Global Culture. Students of L.T. College of Nursing displayed poster exhibition and staged a street play and puppet show on elderly care. MA students of Economics department performed music ballet and prepared an exhibition on safety of women.
Valedictory Address was given by Dr. Mohan Agashe, a renowned theatre and film personality and was presided over by Prof. Vandana Chakrabarti, Pro Vice chancellor of SNDTWU, Mumbai.