Convener: Dr. Nisha Bakshi
Dr. Nisha Bakshi, convenor of Skill Development Cell made visits to Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College (ARSD) and Acharya Narendra Dev College, Delhi University on October 25 and October 30, 2018 respectively. The purpose of the visits was to gather ideas and insight about the ongoing incubator projects in these colleges.
The convenor of the Skill Development of Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, Dr. Rajiv Singh discussed about different aspects of skill related programmes and funding. He made it clear that skill development programmes and incubation are different in terms of scope and approaches. Skill related programme is part of an initial step. It includes all skill related activities whereas incubation is the advanced stage of this process. Incubation needs continuous planning for making proposals on various topics related to the discipline of science. Skill development related programmes are funded by MSME but the flow of funding is very slow and tedious. Sometimes the funding gets interrupted also. As suggested by Dr. Rajiv, it is better to apply for Delhi government funding which is easily made available to the colleges coming under the ambit of Delhi government.
The convener of the Skill Development of Acharya Narendra Dev College, Dr. Sanjay Vohra informed that Incubation is the advanced stage of innovation and research. Incubation can be initiated after doing some work and gaining some experiences on skill development activities. Skill projects in ANDC are funded by the students themselves who get back their money by selling their products in the market. To start the projects, a certain amount of seed money was provided by the college as loan.
One Day Workshop on Soap Making
On November 15, 2018 skill development cell organised a workshop on “Soap Making: Melt and Pour” in the Conference room, Kalindi College. Ms. C Anupama, an expert in this art was invited as the guest for this programme. Dr. Nisha Bakshi, the convenor of this cell welcomed the guest by presenting her a bouquet. Ms. Anupama discussed the process of soap making in a very effective and interesting manner. With melt and pour method, Ms. Anupama explained the whole process of creating customised soaps for all skin types. While practically displaying the soap making process, she also discussed the ingredients such as dried herbs, flowers, glycerine and essential oils that are easily available in the market. During the workshop, students were also shown some videos and documentaries of herbal soap making. While attending the workshop, the students not only learned the soap making process but they also came to know about the procedures of marketing these homemade soaps. Ms. Anupama urged the students to develop their entrepreneurial skills along with professional skills so that they can become independent and empowered at a very early stage of life. She also very patiently responded to the queries raised by the students. With the huge round of applause given by the students, the programme finally came to end