The History and Political Science Association one of the most diligent committees in the college full of vim and vigour. It has been set up to cultivate interest in the subjects of History and Politics and to keep the students abreast of latest trends and developments. The Association aims to achieve synergy through regular interaction, communication and participation of the students.

Innovative activities such as ‘News Channel competition”, ‘Talk shows’, ‘Quiz on Indian Constitution’ encourage the students to take up regular reading of newspapers, promote free exchange of thought and build team spirit. The power packed event of ‘Mock Parliament’ is a star attraction amongst the students as they recreate the feel of Lok Sabha with professional elegance.

A study tour from 20th January 2020 to 25th January 2020 to historical sites in the state of Gujarat

The HPSA of our college had organized a study tour from 20th January 2020 to 25th January 2020 to historical sites in the state of Gujarat. 23 students and 3 staff members from the stream of Arts participated in it. The study tour began with visit to the city of Ahmedabad where they visited the World Heritage Site of Rani ki Vav in Patan. Thereafter they visited the Sun temple built in the 11th Century. They then visited the famous Laxmi Vilas palace of Vadodara and the historical sites of Champaner- Pavagadh. On the last day they visited the 182 meters tall Statue of Unity of Sardar Vallabhai Patel at Kevadia. The study tour proved to be a great learning experience for the students.

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visit to ‘Dosti House- U.S. Consulate General’, on 17th January, 2020

The association had organized a visit to ‘Dosti House- U.S. Consulate General’, on 17th January, 2020 for the screening of ‘Selma’, a movie depicting the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. It helped in understanding the struggle for political equality in that country. It was also an apt homage paid to the great historical figure as Martin Luther Day is celebrated across the US on 21st January every year. A total of 23 students and 2 staff members attended the visit.

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Visit to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, Churchgate on 02nd December 2019

The HPSA organized a visit to ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharajVastuSangrahalay, Churchgate on 02ndDecember 2019 to enlighten students regarding the historical heritage of our country. A total of 56 students had participated in the event. The students and the faculty members took a detour of the historical buildings and places like HutatmaChowk, Asiatic Society of Mumbai building, Horniman Garden etc. The Museum visit was especially helpful to the students of the TYBA Class as they have a separate paper in Semester VI regarding Museology and Museum Administration. Students got a glimpse of the rich Ancient and Medieval era artifacts. It helped in practical understanding of the way of life of the people in the past.

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Documentary series ‘Pradhanmantri’ on Post-Independence History of India on 09-14 Dec 2019

As a part of the HPSA activity, the documentary series ‘Pradhanmantri’ on Post-Independence History of India was organized between 09-14 Dec 2019 in the College Library. The documentary series encompassed six major issues of political importance – Kashmir, Indo-China War (1965), Indo-Pak War (1971), National Emergency, Babari Mosque Demolition and OBC Reservation. The event gained lot of attention and enthusiasm from BA students as they participated in large numbers to watch documentary. Some teaching staff members also attended the event.

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A guest lecture by Pratap Asbe on ‘General Election 2019 and Current Political Scenario in India’, on 31st July 2019

On 31st July 2019, the HPSA organized a guest lecture by Pratap Asbe on ‘General Election 2019 and Current Political Scenario in India’. The lecture was attended by Managaement Committee members, Principal of the Degree College, all teaching staff and students from BA, B.Com and BscIT. The speaker, in his speech, put up an analysis on causes of BJP’s electoral victory in 2019 elections and compared it with 2014 elections. The Q&A session was also held where several students posed questions to speaker on current Indian politics and speaker’s analysis on the election.

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Report of History and Political Science Association 2018-19

The History and Political Science Association has always taken initiatives in the interest of the students of the faculty of Arts. The Association tries to work for the benefit of students in the field of broadening their intellectual spectrum. Its activities include field visits, discussion forums, quiz competitions, organizing youth parliament and encouraging students to participate in various intercollegiate events and competitions.
Under the HPSA a visit was organized to the naval ship INS Brahmaputra on 6th October 2018. More than 50 students of the classes T.Y.B.A., S.Y.B.A. and F.Y.B.A. participated in the event. The visit was organized to Lion Gate at Mumbai Dock. The students were able to learn about the life on Naval ship and the hardships that our soldiers go through in the open seas while securing our nation.
Four of our students namely, Sonu Yadav, Sunil Sonkamble, Dattaram Pawar, Ritu Ghosh, Shweta Chavan participated in the 2-Day National Level Conference on ‘Exploring and Unknown Gandhi’ was organized by Kishinchand Chellaram College on account of 150th Birth Centenary Year of Mahatma Gandhi. Various eminent speakers and Gandhian Scholars gave shared their thoughts and ideas in the conference.
The HPSA had organized a movie screening at ‘INDIA-US DOSTI HOUSE’ in the US Consulate on 23rd October 2018. The movie screened on the occasion was ‘Saving Private Ryan’, directed by the legendary director Steven Spielberg; the movie depicts the horrors of World War II. More than 20 students participated in the event. There, they were also guided by Ms. Rosemary Higgins from the US Embassy had a wonderful informal talk with our students. She spoke about being confident and grasping opportunities in their future life.
The association with ‘Dosti House’ continued in the form of our students participating in the various workshop and seminars conducted by them. The workshop on ‘Creative Writing’ was conducted by Dr. Peter Gerlach, University of Iowa, while the workshop on ‘Making the leaders of Tomorrow’ was conducted by Ms.Gargi Sarkar. The Organization also conducted a workshop on ‘Financing your Higher Studies in the United States’ on 15th February, 2019 as a window of opportunity for the students for pursuing their Post- Graduate studies. Our students Ritu Ghosh, Shweta Chavan and Savita Vishwakarma were regular in attending such workshops. Around 20 students participated in the 1 day Gandhi Memorial Lecture organized by the Department of History and Department of Philosophy at Phirozshah Mehta Bhavan in the University of Mumbai on 3rd October 2018. It was a tribute to the Mahatma by trying to understand him and inculcate his values in our lives.
As a part of various activities under the HPSA, we had sent a delegation of nine students under Asst. Prof. Chetananad Patil to attend one day seminar entitled, ‘Gandhi and Present India’ on 6th February 2019 organized by the Department of Political Science, Abhinav Shetakari Shikshan Mandal’s College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Bhayander (E).
In order to introduce students to the procedure of state legislature houses of Maharashtra the HPSA concluded a visit to State Assembly session. A 13 member delegation under Asst. Prof. Chetananand Patil visited the centre of Maharashtra Politics, i.e. Vidhan Sabha and the Vidhan Parishad of Maharashtra. Each house of the legislature was attended for an hour.
The highlight of the year was indeed the 4 day study tour of the historic city of Aurangabad from 19th February to 22nd February 2019. 15 students along with 2 staff members completed the study tour successfully. They visited various historical sites including World Heritage site of Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Bibi ka Maqbara, Soneri Mahal, Aurangzeb’s tomb at Khuldabad, Daulatabad Fort, and Siddhartha Garden. The marvelous Kailashnath Temple carved out of a single rock was also visited during the visit. The study tour was an eye opener as it made our hearts fill with pride for the rich heritage of our past. We end this year on this positive note and express our zeal to conduct many more activities next year.

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Educational Tour to Thrissur town in Kerala from 1st-7th January 2018 And Visit to ‘Dosti House- U.S. Consulate General’, on 6th February, 2018

21 students of T.Y.B.A. went for a 4 day Educational Tour to Thrissur town in Kerala. The trip was conducted from 1st-7th January 2018. They visited the famous Athirapally Waterfalls and the backwaters of Alapuzha. It was an unforgettable experience which the students would cherish in their lives forever.

The association had organized a visit to ‘Dosti House- U.S. Consulate General’, on 6th February, 2018 for the screening of ‘Hidden Figures’, a movie depicting the contribution of Black Women in the scientific and technological advances of the U.S. It helped in understanding the struggle for political equality in that country.

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Youth Parliament 26th Sep. 2017

The History and Political Science Association had organized Youth Parliament on 26th sep. 2017. Shri. Nilesh Madane - P.R.O. Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat Vidhan Bhavan, Mumbai was the chief guest. The participants Students of F.Y., S.Y. and T.Y.B.A. were divided among treasury and opposition benches.

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Visit to Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Mandal on 31st July 2017 And BMC headquarter on 11th August 2017.

The students of TYBA had a wonderful opportunity of visiting and witnessing the live sessions of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) and Maharashtra Legislative Council (Vidhan Mandal) on 31st July 2017. A batch of 35 students visited the political epicentre of Maharashtra. The Association is grateful to Hon. Treasurer Shri. R. G. Jagdale for supporting, arranging and guiding us to organize such a great opportunity for our students.

The Association had organized a one day visit to the BMC headquarter on 11th August 2017. The building was celebrating its 125th year. A total of 35 students of SYBA and TYBA had participated in the visit. Students were lucky to see the central dome from within. They also could see the entire 360-degree view of the Mumbai skyline from the top.

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‘Democracy and Secularism’ Guest Lecture- 23rd August 2017

The NSS Unit and HPSA of our college had organized a guest lecture with Anubhav Mumbai in order to develop a sense of civil awareness and inculcation of political values among students. The lecture was held on 23rd August 2017. Ms. Swati Rane described in great detail about true awareness of political concepts and going beyond mere theoretical and conceptual understandings. The workshop’s importance lies in the fact that these students are on the verge of entering into its active role as citizens of our nation. The workshop will certainly help in making them better citizens in the near future.

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HPSA BMC VISIT 11th August 2017

The History and Political Association had organized a visit to the BMC Headquarter on 11th August 2017. The building has entered its 125th year. A total of 35 students of SYBA and TYBA had participated in the visit. Students were lucky to see the central dome from within. They also could see the entire 360-Degree view of the Mumbai skyline from the top. They could also see original letters displayed by the MCGM. The highlight of the visit was the restored Corporation Hall with intricate carvings. The students enjoyed the visit thoroughly and were satisfied with the opportunity to visit this historical monument.

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Vidhan Bhawan Visit 31st July 2017

The students of TYBA had a wonderful opportunity of visiting and witnessing the live sessions of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) and Maharashtra Legislative Council (Vidhan Mandal) on 31st July 2017. A batch of 35 students visited the political epicenter of Mahrashtra State under the aegis of HPSA. They witnessed live proceedings in both the houses and here the political discussions and debates. Questions were raised by the Opposition benches which were effectively answered by Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis. It was a memorable moment to see political stalwarts performing their duties. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and the students thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Discussion on ‘Farmer’s Agitation: A Burning Issue’ 3rd July 2017

The HPSA and NSS Unit of our college had jointly organized an open forum discussion between students and teachers of SYBA and TYBA on the topic ‘Farmer’s Agitation: A Burning Issue’. The session was based on the recent events of agitations of farmers of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Students from both class enthusiastically participated in the event expressing their views. The forum provided an excellent opportunity for students to intellectually interact and they utilized it in the fullest possible extent. Principal Dr. Swati Pitale presented the concluding remarks. She gave her valuable insights on the root cause of the problem and what could be done to resolve the issue. The event helped in expanding awareness and sensitizing the students about the concerns and hardships of the vast farming community of India, thus fulfilling the purpose of enlightening our students and making them a better citizen.

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The activities of the History and Political Science Association were carried out in full swing with tremendous enthusiasm and active participation of the students. The Association conducted ‘News Channel Competition’ for F.Y.B.A. students on 17th September, 2014. Students were divided in different News teams. Each team covered events of national and international importance. They also delivered news bytes on economy, sports, weather, space, breaking news and invited celebrities in their studios.

  • A study tour of T.Y.B.A. was arranged to Baroda and Ahemdabad from 14th January, to 18th January, 2015. There were 21 students and two faculties. The tour covered the prime cities of Baroda and Ahemdabad known for their historical, cultural, political and economic significance. The students boarded the Vadodara Express on 14th January, 2015 at 11.30 p.m. and reached Vadodara on 15th January, 2015, at 6.30 a.m. On the first day we visited the EMU temple which has an idol of Lord Shiva in Nataraja style imparting cosmic knowledge to the sages. We also visited Pavagarh which is recognized as the only world heritage site in Gujarat. The temple is situated 2600 meters above sea level. The students took a cable car to reach the foot hills. The cable car was an exhilarating experience and offered an aerial view of the entire panorama. The mythological belief narrates the significance of Pavagarh as the sacred place which has the fingers of Mahashakti’s right leg. It is the holy site where sage Vishwamitra did severe penance to please Mahashakti. It is also the origin of river Vishwamitra. In the evening students visited the Sayaji Garden. The night sky dazzled with illuminating kites soaring in the sky offering the glimpse of the famous Kite Festival of Gujarat. The next day on 16th January students visited Ahemedbad’s renowned Akshardham temple built by the Swaminarayan sect. Its magnificence mesmerized the beholder. After that the students proceeded to ‘Adalaj Ki Vav’, a sixteenth century well, intricately carved in stone and its optional landing supported by eight pillars. The Sabarmati Ashram desorbed eloquently the Gandhian philosophy of Sarvodaya, important milestones of freedom movement and the Mahatma’s life. The Law Garden Market turned out to be shopper’s hunting ground amidst frantic bargaining. On 17th January we visited the historic marvel the Laxmi Vilas Palace of the Gaikwads of Baroda. We were stunned by the amazing display of sculptures, paintings, weaponry, Elephant Hall, Gadi Hall, Darbar Hall. Every corner of the place unraveled historical memories of the Maharajas of Baroda. The next stop was at the city Museum of Baroda. The students were fascinated by the rich variety of ivory sculptures, paintings, weapons and other antiquities of the museum. A special section on natural history was fascinating. The museum also has a huge bone structure of a Blue Whale.
  • Our students got an exposure to the grandeur of Gujarat, its culture and rich heritage as well as lip smacking cuisine. The tour was a huge success with the students’ exuberance not dropping down even for a minute. On Saturday, 14th February, 2015, a talk show was organized for the F.Y.B.A. students titled “Dil ki Baat” based on recent Delhi Assembly results. The students of F.Y.B.A. and T.Y.B.A. presented their analysis regarding the performance of different political parties. Mr. Vivek Swami of T.Y.B.A. and Mr. Harshal Furia of F.Y.B.A. were adjudged as the best speakers.
  • On 24th February, 2015, students of S.Y.B.A. were shown a power point presentation on Naxalism Movement in India which explained the origin, causes, effects and the measures taken by the government on this serious internal threat.