Gargi College teaches its young adults that the goal of self-fulfilment carries with it the responsibility to uplift the standard of the community and the surrounding environment in the true spirit of John Ruskin's axiom, which so influenced the Father of our Nation, 'that the good of the individual rests on the good of all'.
Many avenues are provided to the students to engage in outreach programmes.
NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME AND THE GARGI EXTENSION SERVICE
Teacher Convenor : Mrs. Aparna Joshi
Every year it is very heart warming to see the number of volunteers registering for social service. The session 2009-10 began with NSS orientation in August where students actively enrolled for NSS membership. Blood donation camp was organized in College in collaboration with rotary Blood Bank. It motivated a large number of students and even teaching and non-teaching staff to donate blood for the noble cause. In September, few students also participated in orientation course for students leaders of NSS organized by NSS unit of Delhi University at Ramlal Anand College. NSS Diwali Mela Sparklers was organized in the month of September where 20 NGOs participated. In the month of November, NSS students participated in Yamuna clean up drive organized by NDTV sweccha. Students also became the part of climate campaign organized by Oxfam India in collaboration with centre of legislative research and advocacy and Indian Youth Climatic Network. This was followed by celebration of Children's Day Blossom with special students from schools like Tammana and Muskaan. In the month of December, presentation was organized by GAP India. NSS members even became the part of the youth Parliament conference organized by WWF. Year 2009-10 has been an active year as students also got themselves enrolled for the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2010. Finally, NSS Friendships Day has been scheduled for February where members from old age home are invited.
NATIONAL CADET CORPS
Teacher convenor: Dr. Veena Sharma
The NCC unit of Gargi College participated in a number of trekking, leadership and National Integration camps all over India, as far out as Kerala. Senior Under Officer Manjari Bera participated in the Paratroopers Training School in Agra and successfully jumped from a height of 1250 ft. with a parachute. All India Senior Sergeant Archana Balhara and Cadet Shrishti Pandey participated in the Republic Day Camp this year. For the first time the college held an inter-college NCC festival this year called “SAAHAS”. Commander of South Delhi girls battalion, Colonel Khan was the Chief Guest. Other guests included Lt. Col. M.N. Khan along with Administrative Officer Lt. Chhavi Sood, Subedar Major Mangle Singh, all P.I.Staff and GCIs.
Commanding Officer Lt. Col. M.N. Khan awarded the achievers of 2009-2010:
- S.U.O Pooja Singhal, S.U.O Shewta Dogra and J.U.O Aradhana Muthanna for excellent performance in NCC.
- S.U.O Deepti Chanchal, Sgt Archana Balhara and Cdt Srishti Pandey for Republic Day Camp.
- S.U.O Manjari Bera and Sgt Ankita Verma for Parabasic Course.
- Sgt Kavita Bhandari for Amar Jawan Jyoti.
Five colleges of 4 Delhi Girls Battalion participated in this event and they were Kamala Nehru College, Lady Shri Ram College, Dayal Singh College and Deshbandhu College.
At the end of the program, prizes were given for the events like Drill, Best Cadet, Group Dance and Group Song in which Gargi College won Best College award ,1st prize in Drill and 1st prize in Group Dance.
GANDHI STUDIES CIRCLE
Teacher Convenor: Dr. Sweta Mishra
The Gandhi Study Circle organised a Panel Discussion on Hind Swaraj on 11th September 11 2009, to celebrate the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi's seminal book"Hind Swaraj" which was published in 1909.The panellists were Prof.Bidyut Chakravarty from the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi and Prof. D. Gopal, Programme Coordinator,Gandhian Studies, IGNOU. Prof. Bidyut Chakravarty, spoke on Reinterpretting Hind Swaraj. While Prof. D.Gopal, spoke on the Relevance of Hind Swaraj. The discussion was very lively and enriching.
The Study Circle also organised a Debate on Force can be Justified on Humanitarian Grounds [Extract from Obama's Nobel Acceptance Speech] on 9th February, 2010.Students from various colleges of University of Delhi, and Jamia Millia Islamia, participated in it. Gargi students won the Best Team Prize. Prof. Vibha Chaturvedi, from the Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi and Dr. Mondira Dutta, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, JNU, were the judges.
WOMEN'S DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
Teacher Conveners: Ms. Anuradha Wadehra Kumar, Ms. Mudita Mohile
Unmukti, the Women's Development Centre, facilitated the formation of a Gender Sensitising Committee and assisted in the election of student members of the College Complaints Committee Against Sexual Harassment.
A two-day workshop for teachers, titled Interventions: Crisis Management and Counselling Skills, was held on 10th and 11th September 2009, to enhance teachers' skills for providing social and psychological support to students. Experts from the NGOs Saheli (Sadhna Arya and Janaki Abraham), TARSHI (Prabha), Lawyers' Collective (Meenal Sharma) and Sanjivini (Arvinder) were invited to conduct the workshop.
The WDC Annual Inter-College Event took place on 16th December 2009, on the theme Women's Health: Bodies, Attitudes, Images. Dr. Sangeeta Saxena and Dr. Rachana Johri were invited as speakers. Competitions for students were also held.
25 student members of the WDC attended the National Girl Child Day Celebrations organized by the Ministry for Women and Child Development, at Vigyan Bhavan, on 22nd January 2010.
Teacher Convener: Dr. Aruna Mohan
Eco club is assuming increasing significance in the light of global engagement with climate change and environment conservation. Volunteers of this club at Gargi College took up hands-on projects, such as creating biodegradable handy bags to substitute polythene, utility items out of discarded items and worm composting from organic waste. A trip was arranged to ITC Green Centre and we hope to incorporate some of their energy saving measures in our new constructions.
Being one of the council members gives you the opportunity to hone your skills in leadership, team management, conception and execution of ideas, and negotiation. These are the students who go on to shape the future of our nation.
The students’ council members for 2010-11 are:
1. Ms. Shivna Jain President
2. Ms. Nupur Sarda Vice-President
3. Ms. Ira Rajeev Cultural Secretary
4. Ms. Chandni Jha General Secretary
5. Ms. Kriti Gupta Treasurer
6. Ms. Sarah Fatima Arts Representative
7. Ms. Tanushree Tangri Commerce Representative
8. Ms. Shilpi Bhatia Science Representative
9. Ms. Yashbeer Mehmi Sports President
10. Ms. Rashee Ahuja Proctor
11. Ms. Shaguna Kanwar Proctor