NOTES AND COMMENTS TATA SCHOOL NEWS Convocation. —The fourth...
NOTES AND COMMENTS
TATA SCHOOL NEWS
—The fourth Convocation will be held on the 10th April,
1944. We are happy to announce that Sir S. Radhakrishnan, Vice Chancellor
of the Benares Hindu University, has very kindly consented to deliver the
Miss G. Bannerjee,
a member of the Senior Class, did her D. Phil. work
at the Allahabad University and submitted her doctoral dessertation before
joining our School in 1942. A few months back, it was announced that her
thesis had been accepted and at the last Convocation of the Allahabad
University she received her D. Phil. degree. We offer her our heartiest
Dr. Kewal Motwani.
—We regret to announce that Dr. Motwani who
was Lecturer in Sociology in the Tata School resigned in February last for
various reasons. Since his return from America he has been working for the
establishment of the Indian Academy of Social Sciences. He has already
secured the goodwill and co-operation of some eminent Indian leaders.
Dr. Motwani explained to us in his farewell address that the establishment of
the Indian Academy of Social Sciences was his life-ambition and that he
could better work towards that end as a free man than as a lecturer in an
institution; for, his pursuit required him to be in constant correspondence
with prominent educationists all over India, to be on lecture tours, be engaged
in writing relevant literature and so forth. Dr. Motwani is also carrying on
a campaign for the introduction of Sociology in all of our universities.
Though we miss Dr. Motwani, we cannot but wish him bon voyage
in his quest
of the Holy Grail.
Dr. M. V. Moorthy.
—On February 7th, Dr. Moorthy, our Research
Assistant, lost his father-in-law, K. Rajasimha Rao, who was suffering from
diabetic carbuncle for some time. The late Rajasimha Rao was known to his
intimate circle of friends and admirers as a talented Veena player. Our
sympathies are with Dr. and Mrs. Moorthy in their bereavement.
Mrs. M. Lam,
M.Sc. (Lond.), Bar-at-Law, has been invited to give a
series of lectures on "Elements of Law for the Social Worker", as an Honor-
ary Lecturer. These lectures were formerly given by Mr. Saif F. B. Tyabji.
Owing to certain difficulties in arranging extra classes for these lectures so as
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not to interfere with court hours, it became necessary to find a suitable
person who could come during the working periods of the School. We
are happy indeed to have Mrs. Lam with us this term.
AT the meeting of the General Body held on November 11th, 1943, the
following students were elected to form the Executive Committee for
the Second Term of the year 1943-44 :
First Tear Class Second Year Class
Miss P. F. Ginwala Miss R. K. Sidhu
Mr. R. A. Shaikh Miss K. Motiwala
Mr. M. S. Gore Mr. M. M. Joshi
In a subsequent meeting of the Executive held in the week following,
Messrs, Joshi and Gore were elected Joint-Secretaries for the term and
Miss Ginwala as the Treasurer.
The work executed by the Committee during the course of the term
consisted mainly of socials and lectures delivered by experienced social
workers, a debate and an excursion. The first event was a talk given by
Mr. E. J. S. Ram on "My Experiences as a Labour Welfare Officer"
(6-12-43). He made a vigorous plea for the extension of welfare activities
and also stressed the necessity of placing welfare departments in charge of
trained workers. Dr. (Miss) Cama, Presidency Magistrate, Juvenile Court,
Bombay, gave the students an idea of the "Problems of a Juvenile Court
Magistrate". She emphasized with her characteristic persuasiveness the need
for educating the public to a better understanding of the problem of juvenile
On 17th January 1944 Lt.-Colonel Tarapore and Mrs. Lam were enter-
tained to tea by the students. On this occasion Lt.-Col. Tarapore, who was
formerly the Inspector General of Prisons in Burma, tried to show the
direction which 'Prison Reform' ought to take in the post-war period.
Rev. Coyne, Principal, St. Xavier's College, Bombay, speaking on the
"Righteousness of Character" brought home to the students the fundamental
importance of Reason, Passion and Firmness. He happily located these three
essentials as being respectively in a Head of Ice, a Heart of Fire and a Hand
of Iron (18-1-1944).
Mr. N. M. Joshi, the veteran labour leader, discussed with the students
in a conversazione
the problems of labour. One could not but be impressed
by his optimism, which is guarded and yet unshaken, inspite of all the odds
that he has had to face in his fights for the rights of labour. Mr. Kanji
Dwarkadas, Labour Officer, Sassoon Mills, Bombay, in his lecture, marked by
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an essential frankness, assured the students that even in the delicate position
of a labour officer a social worker could do a great deal, if only he could
succeed in gaining the confidence of both the employers and the employees.
Without personal integrity, he said, this end was unattainable (18-2-1944).
This was followed by a debate which took place on February 24th, l944,
with Mr. Khandekar in the Chair. Miss P. Vakharia moved the following
resolution: "In the opinion of the House, under the present economic
organization social work is an eye-wash." Mr. B. Chatterji defended social
work and said there were many types of social work which could effectively be
undertaken irrespective of the economic organization that prevailed in society.
Messrs. Nanavatti, Rao and Gore supported Miss Vakharia while Mr. Chatterji
was supported by Mr. M. M. Joshi, Dr. Masani and Mr. Abhyankar. The
resolution was lost by eleven votes to ten, the Chair voting in favour of
the opposition. "Some Books and Their Authors" was the subject of
another talk given on 25-2-1944 by Mr. K. Abbas, the well-known journalist
and author. A healthy feature that attended all these talks, arranged in
the course of the term, was the keen interest which the students evinced in
the subject-matter of each lecture which was invariably followed by a lively
and interesting discussion.
The excursion to Elephanta Caves which was arranged in the middle of
December 1943, and the at-home given by the students to the past students
and the members of the Faculty served to give the necessary variety to a
programme which otherwise was mainly of an academic character. Amongst
those who had joined the trip to Elephanta were three members of the Faculty
and Dr. Asirwatham, Reader in Political Science in the University of Madras.
The Union gave a "Send-off" to Dr. Motwani who is now on a lecture
tour to advocate the introduction of sociology in Indian Universities. This
is, perhaps, the first time that a lecturer is being sent by the Indian Science
Congress to the various Universities to move them to introduce this much
needed reform. Speaking on this occasion Mr. M. M. Joshi stressed the
growing need for an Academy of Social Sciences. He wished Dr. Motwani
every success in his efforts.
Now that the term is drawing to a close the activities of the Union will
have to come to an end within a week or two. It is gratifying to note that
the activities of the Union were conducted with the full co-operation of the
students and the Faculty.
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OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTIVITIES
THE School entered into agreement last November with the authorities of
the American Marathi Mission to take over some of the activities of the
Nagpada Neighbourhood House in order to provide facilities for our
students to have experience of social work and administration under the
guidance of the Faculty. The scope of the activities undertaken has been
extended and new activities have been introduced. In spite of the short time
at our disposal, the progress, though not spectacular, has been steady and
useful. The activities have been conducted through five committees com-
prising the students and the Faculty :—
I. Child Welfare Committee.
—The committee started a Nursery School
with 7. children, the number now on roll being 30. Children between the ages
of 21/2 to 6 years are admitted. The School hours are from 9 a.m. to 12-30 noon.
Children are given a wash and change of clothes on their arrival. The School
routine starts with physical exercises and the other activities include rhythmic
exercise, hand work, music, story-telling, excursions and nature study. Be-
fore closing, children are given light refreshment which is cheap and
nutritive. The children, on admission, are medically examined.
In order to understand the child better and to promote a healthy
parent-child relationship, a case study of every child in his home environ-
ment has been introduced. Six such studies have already been undertaken.
II. Youth Welfare Committee.
—The committee looks after the physical
well-being and recreation of both boys and girls. Girls Club
girls above the age of 12 years are admitted. The club started with six girls
and the membership rose to 22. The activities consist of, English Class,
sewing, cutting and embroidery, Garbas and action songs, classical singing,
and games. Besides these, socials, excursions and visits to pictures are
Playground Activities for Boys.
—Membership to the playground is
voluntary but regular attendance is insisted on from all the members. Aver-
age daily attendance is about 60. The members are grouped under three age
groups, Junior group, 8 to 14 years; Intermediate group, 14 to 18; Senior
group, over the age of 18 years; Major games like Volley-ball and Basket-
ball are popular with all members. Our intermediate group was runner up in
the Basket-ball tournament conducted by the Y. M. C. A. Our Senior group
has created a favourable impression on all the teams participating in Volley-
ball and Basket-ball tournaments conducted at the Athletic Club and Indian
Gymkhana, Matunga. The tournaments are still being carried on.
Other outdoor activities conducted are group games, relay races, story-
plays etc., which are particularly popular with the younger groups. The
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indoor activities are conducted from 5 p.m. to 9-30 p.m. every day; the time
and games are arranged according to age groups.
III. Women's Welfare Committee.
—The committee started a Women's
club with 6 members which has now increased to 24. The committee con-
ducts classes in Urdu, Home crafts, Fancy work, Sewing, Music and English
in addition to indoor games. Socials and visits to pictures are also arranged.
Attempts have been made to visit chawls to establish contacts with women
and also to stimulate their interest in the committee's activities carried on for
IV. Education Committee.
—The Committee chalked out a tentative pro-
gramme of activities as follows : (1) Public lectures. (2) "Weekly news-lec-
tures. (3) Visual Instruction. (4) Adult English classes. The item of news
lectures had to be dropped as the police authorities refused permission. The
committee arranged a series of interesting lectures on the "Problem of Com-
munal Disharmony". The first talk was given by Mr. M. R. A. Baig, ex-
sheriff of Bombay. In the next two talks Prof. P. A. Wadia and Dr. K.
Masani treated the subject from the economic and psychological points of
view, respectively. Two other lectures were given by Dr. E. Ashirvatham,
Reader in Political Science, Madras University, on "Youth and Post-War
Reconstruction", and by Mr. G. B. Constantine, Commissioner of Labour,
Bombay, on "Labour Welfare". All the lectures were well attended.
The other activities of this committee consist of showing educational
films to children, women and men, and conducting adult English classes which
are mostly attended by Telugu and Malayalam speaking labourers from
V. General Council.
—This council co-ordinates the activities of vari-
ous committees and guides the work of the students. It meets from time to
time, exchanges views with the committee members, discusses special pro-
blems and plans the general policy. With increasing experience of metho-
dology and contact with the neighbourhood, we hope to widen the scope of
these activities and introduce new ones as need arises.
Mr. P. S. Anant Narayan
('40), has been awarded the Vincent Massey
Scholarship of the value of $2,000, inclusive of all expenses, for post graduate
studies at the University of Toronto by H. E. the Viceroy, for the year
1943-44. Since his graduation from our School, Mr. Anant Narayan has
been serving as Labour Officer in the Tata Oil Mills' factories both in
Cochin and Bombay. While in Canada, he will carry on advanced work
in the lines of his study here with special reference to Industrial Psychology
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and Personnel Administration. We offer him our hearty congratulations.
Mr. G. N. Harshe
('40), who is the Assistant Inspector of Certified
Schools, was married on the 23rd January 1944 to Miss Yamu Agashe,
G. A., the daughter of Dr. & Mrs. M. N. Agashe. We wish the newly wed
couple a long life of happiness and service.
Mr. G. A. Limaye
('40), who was till recently the Probation Officer of
the Bombay Presidency Released Prisoners' Aid Society, has accepted the
post of Assistant Labour Welfare Officer of the Khatau Makanji Mills,
Mr. D.V. Kulkarni ('38),
who is the Superintendent of the Yeravada
Industrial School, has passed through a period of severe trial. He was
most unfortunate in losing his wife a few months ago. This was followed
by the death of his aged father. We deeply sympathise with him in the
irreparable losses he has suffered and extend to him and to the other members
of the bereaved family our heartfelt condolence.
Mr. P. R. Rao
('40), the Assistant Labour Welfare Officer of the
Government of Bombay, has been appointed Assistant Rationing Officer
of the Government of Bombay.