Anti-Ragging Week in Poona College: A strong commitment to the well-being and safety of the student community.

Anti-Ragging Week in Poona College: A strong commitment to the well-being and safety of the student community.

On August 12, 2023, an important event unfolded at Y & M AKI’s Poona College of Arts, Science, and Commerce in Pune. This event marked the inauguration of Anti-Ragging Week, a crucial initiative designed to increase awareness about the negative impact of ragging. The timing of the event was significant, coinciding with the commemoration of International Youth Day. Organized by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and the Anti-Ragging Committee, the event demonstrated a strong commitment to the well-being and safety of the student community.

The highlight of the event was the Chief Guest, Additional Commissioner of Police, Hon. Mr. Arvind Chawariya, who delivered an informative speech emphasizing the importance of anti-ragging measures, the legal aspects surrounding such actions, and the significance of the The Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act and the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) Act.

The ceremony commenced with a warm welcome from the esteemed Principal, Prof. (Dr.) Aftab Anwar Shaikh. Prof. Shaikh also provided insights into the theme of International Youth Day: "Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World." Prof. Shaikh outlined a series of exciting competitions and activities planned for the upcoming week, urging students to actively participate and showcase their skills.

Notable figures, Mr. Anand Salunke and Mrs. Bhagyashree Salunke, President and Secretary of the Multipurpose Foundation, Pune, graced the event as Guests of Honour. Their presence added valuable motivation, as they encouraged students to focus on serving the underprivileged and making meaningful contributions to society. Additionally, Mr. Bharat Bhima Yede, Assistant Room Officer, Examination - Confidential Room, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, shared valuable guidance with the students.

The program concluded with a patriotic note as the National Anthem was sung. The success of this event was the result of the dedicated efforts of the Anti-Ragging Committee, which worked tirelessly under the guidance of Principal Prof. (Dr.) Aftab Anwar Shaikh, Vice Principal (Arts) Prof. Moinuddin Khan, and Vice Principal (Science) & IQAC Coordinator Dr. Iqbal Shaikh. The committee, led by Dr. Shirin Shaikh (Chairperson) and including members Dr. Shakir Shaikh, Dr. Shamshad Ahmed, Dr. Shabana Shaikh, Dr. Aafreen A. Ahmed, Dr. Baba Shaikh, and Dr. Riyasat Peerzade, played a crucial role in organizing the event.

Special recognition goes to the NCC cadets, who not only welcomed the guests with the Sword of Honour but also actively assisted in the event's arrangements. Many students directly benefited from this enlightening program, reaffirming the significance of such initiatives in creating a safe and conducive environment for the youth.

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