Highlights 2012-13

Lectures and Workshops

Throughout the academic year, the Department organized several talks, seminars and workshops, some of them especially focused towards the academic requirements and content enrichment of the final year students.

Prof. Poonam Batra delivered a talk on the history and vision of the B.El.Ed programme and the future prospects of a B. El. Ed graduate, which enabled students to have a clear picture about the options after B. El. Ed. She also discussed the status of primary education in India and rekindled the faith of the young students in teaching as an exciting profession and enabled them to look at a teacher as one who has voice and agency in the system.

The Department in collaboration with the Ahimsa Trust organized a two day workshop on ‘Mindfulness and Applied Ethics in Education’ on 20th and 21st of October 2012 which was preceded by a talk by Mr. Shantum Seth on the same theme in the month of September. The workshop aimed at creating sustainable Practices in Mindfulness that could be brought into the curriculum. To achieve this aim, a delegation of monastic and lay teachers, in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh conducted a series of talks, discussions and interesting activities which were extremely well received by the students.

A workshop on ‘Scientific Toys’ was conducted for first year students to provide hands on experience in designing simple toys based on scientific principles to enhance their understanding and application of concepts.

Dr. Jonaki Ghosh conducted an eight week certificate course for the students of the Mathematics Department on ‘Modeling and Optimization with Spreadsheets’.

The Department invited Ms. Heemal Handoo Bhat, Head of Linguistics, SRDAV Public School, New Delhi who conducted a workshop on ‘Classroom Management’ to facilitate the understanding of the final year students prior to their school internship programme.

Workshops on ‘Story Telling Skills and Children’s Literature’ were conducted by Ms. Indira Mukherjee for the first year students.


Ms. Choiti Ghosh from TRAM Theatre also conducted a workshop on ‘Object Theatre’ for the students of the Department.


The third year students visited Digantar- Shiksha evam Khelkood Samiti, Jaipur as a part of their innovative school visit. Digantar is an alternative education programme which is aimed at making the child a self-motivated and independent learner with the ability to think critically.

During the weeklong visit, the students visited two innovative schools on the outskirts of Jaipur, observed classroom processes and interacted with the resource persons, students, teachers and community members.

Seminar on Education for Peace entitled "The Flight of the Dove-- Building Cultures of Peace in the Classroom"

A Seminar on Education for Peace entitled "The Flight of the Dove-- Building Cultures of Peace in the Classroom" was jointly organized by the Departments of Elementary Education, Psychology and Political Science on 12 January 2013 with the aim of envisioning Education for Peace by transcending the issues of conflict which inhibit the culture of Peace in the Classroom. The seminar was an outcome of an Interdisciplinary project undertaken by the above mentioned departments of the College.

The seminar brought all the stake holders - School Administrators, Teachers, Policy Makers, Teacher Educators, Students and Researchers on a common platform to deliberate on issues related to identity, how they create or inhibit culture of peace in the classroom and Pedagogical approaches for Peace Education.

The seminar began with an insightful Panel Discussion entitled “Education for Peace: Perspectives and Praxis” where eminent educationists and practitioners like Prof. Poonam Batra, Ms. Abha Adams, Dr. Jyoti Bose and Dr. Suneet Varma deliberated on relevant issues and their views helped to provide building blocks that contributed in charting a new vision of building peace. This was followed by workshops for school teachers and secondary school students.

The Department organized many other events that gave students many opportunities to grow and learn alongside classroom teaching. A number of movies like Dead Poets Society, Born into Brothels, Sparsh, Gandhi, Mona Lisa’s Smile etc. were screened throughout the academic year to supplement students’ learning followed by extensive discussions.

The annual newsletter of the Elementary Education Department SEHAR was released in the second week of April 2013.

Students from the Department were successfully placed with schools like Presidium School, Shiv Nadar School and The Heritage School. Organizations and universities such as Gandhi Fellowship and Ambedkar University, Delhi visited the Department and interacted with the graduating batch regarding options after B.El.Ed catering to those who want to work in the field and also to those who would want to pursue their higher studies. The students, in addition to organizing and participating in the events organized by the Department, have also been actively involved in societies like NSS, Dramatics Society, Hindi Debating Society and Prakriti.