Chandigarh,16.09.19-Tarikh- the History Society of Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women organised an Inter-college Debate Competition on the topic 'Feminism Reloaded: No more a fight for mere equality?'. Prof.Deepti Gupta, Chairperson, Department of English and Cultural Studies, PU graced the event as the Chief Guest. Eight teams from colleges across the tricity presented invigorating views on the much debated topic. Calling for an equitable society, Prof.Gupta opined that every wave of feminism has its own context of situation, and thus a multidimensional perspective considering the historical, cultural, personal, and social dimensions should be considered for a holistic and clear view of the phenomena.

The Postgraduate Departments of Sociology and Psychology in collaboration with the Women Development Cell of the college organised a lecture on “Combating Depression” by Dr.Nitin Gupta, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, GMCH 32, Chandigarh. Stressing upon the fact that college years represent a period of increased vulnerability for the development of a wide range of mental health challenges, Dr.Gupta said that the biopsychosocial causes of most of these psychological concerns are anxiety, academic stressors, emotional turmoil, adjustment difficulties, family/financial issues, hormonal changes, low self-esteem and technological addiction. Sh.Mahavir Singh, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority (SLSA), Chandigarh, Sh.Rajeshwar Singh, Law Officer, SLSA, Chandigarh and Ms.Arzoo Gupta, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, GMCH 32 were also present on this occasion.

The Postgraduate Department of Sociology organised a cyber safety awareness programme in collaboration with Chandigarh Police. Keeping in mind the fact that women are most vulnerable to online crimes like cyber stalking, financial frauds, identity theft, etc., the aim of the programme was to sensitise the students about the prevalence of cyber crimes and how to ensure one's safety in cyberspace. The officials of Chandigarh Police educated the students about various types of cyber crimes and cautioned them against sharing OTPs, passwords and pins with third party. The participants found the session highly informative and insightful.

In another event, the Medical Committee of the college organised an Eye-donation awareness lecture by Dr.S.Arya, Head, Department of Opthalmology, GMCH-32. Dr.Arya motivated the students to volunteer for the noble cause and also busted the commonly held beliefs and myths related to eye donation. The committee, in collaboration with Sohana Multispeciality Charitable Hospital, also organised a health check-up camp for the over 40 food handlers working in the college canteen and mess. The committee also organised a Gynae OPD for its faculty and students twice a month in collaboration with Paras Hospital, Panchkula.

Principal Dr.Nisha Bharagava said that the college is working towards the holistic development of its stakeholders which is reflected in its varied endeavours like these. She added that striving towards academic excellence while promoting arwareness about the prevalent issues, grooming thinkers and doers is what sets MCM apart.