A group of 17 Final year BA students were accompanied by Assoc. Prof. Cecilia Farida Goveas, Dr. Sandra Sunitha Lobo & Asst. Prof. Roshini Monica Goveas for an educational tour to Hyderabad organized by the Departments of Psychology & Economics from 22nd February 2024 to 24th February 2024.

Thursday, 22nd February 2024

  1. Visit to the Bison War Memorial and M-47 Patton Tank
    Hyderabadi Battalion earlier known as the Bison Division Battalion. No photography & videography were permitted in this high-security guarded monument. The students and faculty paid tribute to the martyrs of this Memorial.
  1. Visit to Bharat Electronics Limited, Secunderabad from 10:30 am to 2:35 pm.

As a group with full security checks, we were accompanied by Mr. Sandeep, HR personnel to the learning centre of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), an Indian Government-owned aerospace and defence electronics company under the Ministry of Defence of India.

We had a team of professionals who addressed us on varied topics.

Professionals

Topics

Mrs Leela Bhatkar, Senior Deputy General Manager- HR

We were given a cordial welcome by Mrs Leela and were introduced to all present.

Mr. Ravi- Assistant General Manager- Plant & Services

Focussing on the scarcity of resources and the theory of motives, students were addressed on the key issue of exploration of knowledge, stressing the role of Artificial Intelligence and inclusiveness in workforce.

Mr. Radhakrishnan- Deputy General Manager- Marketing

A brief history of BEL and its units in India and overseas was enlisted via a video. Keeping the Company’s Vision & Mission, BEL primarily manufactures advanced electronic products for ground and aerospace applications. A long list of products was enlisted and details were provided like jammer systems, environmental laboratory (vibration test), missiles, radars, EVM for civilian use, electronic warfare systems, EMC (Electro-Magnetic Compatibility) laboratories etc. Electronic warfare is twofold- to strengthen surveillance and be prepared for counter methods. The customers of BEL were enumerated which included the Indian Defence Forces, Police, Doordarshan, All India Radio and all its citizens.

Mr. Santosh - HR Manager

To the question posed to the students whether they took up the BA courses of study by choice or by chance, he received only one unified answer, the former. He mentioned that all wear a uniform to work, that there is good work-life balance among BEL, Secunderabad employees. Appreciation day, Annual day functions with cultural activities are carried out. 

Mr. Sudhakar- In-charge of the Naval System

Led to the display centre and explanation was given on varied models— Radars, Missile Systems, Military Communications, Naval Systems, Electronic Warfare & Avionics, C4I Systems, Electro Optics, Tank Electronics & Gun/Weapon System Upgrades, Electronic Fuzes etc.

We were taken to the anechoic chamber, a shielded space designed and constructed to resist intrusive electromagnetic waves and suppress the emission of electromagnetic waves to the outside world through a series of foam wedges of certain height and inclination among them impinged on all walls.

Mr Vagya, Deputy General Manager, Production

Provided details on how work is systematized and coded with utmost caution in work cubicles.  We were taken to the Production centre and saw store rooms with cables, petroleum-based materials, Minerals and Non-Metallic Materials.

BREAK

A sumptuous meal was provided by BEL, Secunderabad.

Interactive session

Questions were posed on defence preparations, procuring raw materials from overseas with warring nations, the credibility of civilian products like solar traffic signals & EVM during elections, gender ratio at workplace, technological leakage, hazards at work etc which were answered by Mr. Radhakrishnan as well as Mr. Santosh.

Asst. Prof. Roshini Monica Goveas profusely thanked the BEL professionals for their time to explain and interact with the eager learners.

BEL follows the EFQM Model, a globally recognized management framework that supports organizations in managing change and improving performance. BEL has two central research laboratories – Ghaziabad and Bengaluru. BEL has received several awards.

The students and faculty left the Nation’s 10 acres of land involved in defence electronics to safeguard its citizens; feeling proud of the PSU pursuing the cherished dream of self-reliance by espousing the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. The industrial visit was coordinated with the help of our Alumni – Mr Steevan Pinto (2003-2006 BSW batch; 2006-2008 MSW batch) and Mrs Mangala Rashmi (1997- 2000 BA batch; 2000-2002 MSW batch).

  1. Visit to the famous iconic landmark Purani Haveli which boasts of large open courtyards and a fusion of European and Indian architectural influences. The museum has major attractions such as a gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, the unusual painting of Mir Osman Ali Khan where the feet looked turned as one moves from across both sides of the painting, silver perfume containers, caskets, pearl-studded wooden writing box, diamond and gold studded daggers, silver coffee cups studded with diamonds etc.

Friday, 23rd February 2024

  1. Visit to National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Formerly National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped) from 10:00 am to 1:45 pm.

The team of 17 students and 3 faculty were warmly welcomed by Mr. Gopi Kumar, visit coordinator who mentioned that the day marked the Ruby Jubilee celebration of the National Institute.

      Established in 1984, NIMH presently NIEPID is an Autonomous Body under the administrative control of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India. NIEPID  is dedicated to provide quality services to Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Divyangjan) in the National interest.

We had professionals who addressed us at various centres within the premises.

CENTRES

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Cross Disability Early Intervention Centre (0 to 6 years)

Dr. Gautham addressed the students on developmental delays in cases of muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, those with autism spectrum disorders and ADHD and detailed how physiotherapy helps them allowing the element of play to be integrated.

A life style approach is used and strategies and exercises are even taught to parents.

Trans Disciplinary Group Therapy Room

Dr. Rajeshwari mentioned that Transdisciplinary practice involves professionals from different disciplines or areas of expertise coming together to integrate the support that they provide like physiotherapist, speech therapist, specialist in early education, psychiatrist etc.

Psychological Assessment Centre

Ms Jagruthi Shukla mentioned about several tests like Binet Kamath Test, Bayley’s Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Developmental Screening Test and the Indian Scale for Assessment of Autism (ISAA). She stressed that post COVID, there have been increased number of children with issues such as virtual autism-   a condition that is believed to occur when young children (under the age of three) are exposed to excessive screen exposure.

Occupational therapy & Sensory Integration Room

Mrs. Kanchan (occupational therapist) spoke on how the sensory integration room provides a therapeutic space for children and adults with autism and other special needs offered at three levels; the tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive system. The students got to see varied items like disc swing, ball pool with steps and chairs with supportive belts for those with poor muscle tone.

Occupational therapy & Sensory Integration Room

Dr. Hrishikesh (physiotherapist) addressed the students on the provision of internships as well as PG Diploma in Early Intervention offered at NIEPID which is RCI registered.  He provided all details regarding its fees, provided the link and enthused students to independently set up Early Intervention Centres in their home towns.

Multi Disciplinary Rehabilitation Centre

Ms. Lakshmi (special educator) addressed us on issues related to fostering school readiness skills among those who come to the centre, besides improving their communication delays, self-care needs (toilet training) and improved socialization with a team of professionals.

We witnessed a class where the children were taught about road safety rules through a signboard by Ms. Nirmala. There was a student who used a digital board for noting down the 4 times table. We saw a resource room for Open Basic Education coaching for the NIOS examination.

Department of Adult Independent Living

Mr Ratna Bhushan Rao took us through varied training workstations- tailoring, computer (Typing Master software is used), LED frame assembly, painting, mug printing, book binding etc.

We interacted with Mr Rajender (Rehabilitation officer) who was instrumental in devising an instrument with sensors to fold papers equally that won an award in 2003.

     We saw a comb wiring machine, spiral binding machine, badge cutters that were being used by those in an attempt to be employable.

EEG Room

Mr Gopi Kumar, the Visit Coordinator explained that an electroencephalogram (EEG) is used to detect and investigate epilepsy, a condition that causes repeated seizures. While some are sedated before the procedure, some aren’t. 

Ifra Ayesha thanked Mr. Gopi and the entire team at NIEPID for the wonderful learning experience. She spoke in fluent Hindi and mentioned that as so called ‘normals’, they felt less skilled watching the persons with intellectual disabilities excel after being trained to live independently. 

The visit to NIEPID was an eye-opener to see many children along with their parents seek consultation, parental training etc. The lessons learned were on the lines of empowerment and inclusivity. We left NIEPID after meeting Dr. Ghousia Farheen, lecturer in Rehabilitation Psychology who briefly addressed the students.

  1. Post lunch, Roshnites visited Char Minar and busy Laad Bazaar famous for its traditional lacquer bangles studded with coloured glass and stones.
  2. The last destination of the day was the Sound & Light Show at Golconda Fort which mesmerized the audience.

Saturday, 24th February 2024

  1. Visit to ‘Pratyasha’, a Holistic Palliative Care Centre of Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI), Secunderabad. Rev. Fr. Mathew explained that the focus of CHAI is on Community Health, Palliative Care, Children affected by HIV/AIDS and Disability. At present, there are 10 terminally ill individuals.

Fr Mathew detailed that palliative care at CHAI involves a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who provide tailored support for patients. They focus on symptom management, pain relief, and overall well-being, complementing curative treatments. The Holistic Palliative Care Centre improves the quality of life for individuals with serious illnesses, offering physical, emotional, and spiritual support throughout their healthcare journey.

  1. Visit to the Chowmahalla Palace (4 mahals namely Tahniyat Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Afzal Mahal, and Aftab Mahal). Roshnites were transported in time and witnessed the luxurious lifestyles of the Nizams, besides their architectural and aesthetic brilliance.
  1. To beat the heat at Hyderabad, a visit was made to Snow World where the group experienced optical illusions (Kalledo) & felt “upside down’ through fun activities.

The three day educational tour to Hyderabad was a first of a kind from the BA Department that fostered collaborative experiential learning. The students were soaked in fresh experiences that enhanced their career prospects.

  • Reported by Mamtha Rajpurohit (III BA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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