Launch of Awareness campaign on Retinoblastoma

The Department of Human Development and Family Empowerment (HDFE) successfully launched an awareness campaign in collaboration with Centre for Sight (CFS), New Delhi on Retinoblastoma ( a life-threatening eye cancer in children) at Janki Devi Memorial College on 7th November 2017. The launch event was organized in the seminar room of the college at 10.30 AM.

The campaign covered the following activities:
  • A sensitization lecture and presentation on Retinoblastoma delivered by Dr Ritesh Narula (CFS).
  • A 19-year old survivor’s account of battling with RB.
  • Presentation by Dr. Bhumika Rathore from CANKIDS that focused on Fight RB India movement.
  • A pledge by the students and faculty of JDMC to fight against Retinoblastoma.
  • Silent march by the students in the college campus to show solidarity for the cause and spread awareness.

Dr. Vikas Menon, consultant, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery and Ocular Oncology, Centre for Sight, New Delhi; has been exceptional in his role as the Mentor of this campaign and in providing immense support and cooperation in organizing it.

Dr Santosh Honavar, Director, Medical Services, CFS Group & Director, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Orbit and Ocular Oncology, Centre for Sight, Hyderabad; in the capacity of an Advisor of this campaign, has been instrumental in conceptualizing the campaign and offering his methodical guidance on the initiative.

The campaign received an overwhelming response from the students as well as the college faculty. Students’ across disciplines attended the talk in great numbers and participated enthusiastically in preparing badges and placards for the campaign ‘Fight the White’. It has been an extremely gratifying and enriching experience for us to learn and share more on the issue.

The campaign also received media coverage in the print and online social media. Following are the links of the news clips appearing in the media:

Few pictures of the event are attached here for further details.

'Strides for Retinoblastoma Awareness' organized on 4th February 2018.

8th August 2018 – Dr. Rajyalakshmi (faculty, sociology department) delivered a talk on ‘Status of Women’

9th August – Ms. Chitra Panchkaran delivered a lecture on Domestic Violence Act 2005.

10th August – Gender sensitization workshop in collaboration with ‘Womenite’. Speaker : Ms. Jyotsna Siddharth.

7th , 21st and 27th August - Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Campaign In collaboration with ‘Womenite’ – Students actively participated in this campaign. Students as facilitators educated the children in government schools on ‘Gender Equality’ , ‘Menstrual Hygiene’ and ‘Child Sexual Offense’.

31st August – Advocate Sukanya Hazarika delivered a talk on POCSO Act.

2nd September – Students and faculty participated in ‘hearing screening activity’ in collaboration with Max Health Care with the guidance and support of Dr. Sanjay Sachdeva, Director, ENT, Max Health Care.

On Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre (JAC)

The Department of Human Development and Family Empowerment (HDFE) organized a special lecture on ‘Children in Difficult Circumstances’, which was delivered by Ms Deepshikha Singh, Sr. Manager, Institute of Juvenile Justice, PRAYAS JAC Society on 13th October 2017, 9AM in the HDFE Lab.

Prayas is a Non-governmental organization based in New Delhi. It was founded in 1988 with an objective to provide protection, shelter and education to the neglected, street and working children and the marginalized groups.

Ms Deepshikha introduced Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre (JAC) as a National level humanitarian, gender sensitive and child focused development organization that has been running around 50 projects, 47 homes/shelters, 53 Vocational training centres across the country in 9 states/UTs directly serving about 50,000 children. Prayas works toward providing education, health care, institutional care and sustainable livelihoods to all the children in difficult circumstances and also facilitates rehabilitation of children who are sent under the JJ Act.

The lecture, which was primarily attended by the Semester V students of HDFE, also covered areas of child labour and Child sexual abuse with extensive discussions on the broad conditions leading to such offences and the related cases that the organization had come across.

It was an informative and insightful lecture covering a range of issues associated with the children in difficult circumstances and the role played by Prayas in rehabilitating them.

‘Joy of Giving’ Week (2nd -8th Oct. 2017)

The Department of Human Development and Family Empowerment (HDFE) in collaboration with ‘Womenite’ NGO celebrated the ‘Joy of Giving’ Week or Daan Utsav from 2nd - 8th October 2017.

The idea of celebrating this was to spread the joy of sharing. The main objective was to spend some quality time with the children or people in difficult circumstances.

In order to celebrate this, the students of HDFE along with members of ‘Womenite’ visited various organizations working for underprivileged groups over the week. These organizations were Prayas, Bal Sahyog, Cheshire Home, Jagriti Home, Sampurna and Viklang Sahara Samiti.

The team spent time with the people residing in these homes and did interactive activities like organizing drawing and painting competitions, talent shows, play activities etc. They also distributed some daily use items like clothes, eatables, stationary and toys to the residents, which were donated by the students and staff of JDMC and the members of ‘Womenite’. Our students brought back memories of happy faces and stories of amazing life experiences.

Institutional visits to Bal Sahyog and National Bal Bhawan

The Department of Human Development and Family Empowerment (HDFE) conducted a workshop on 22nd September 2017 at 9 AM in the HDFE lab for the Semester V students of B.A Programme (HDFE). The workshop with the theme 'Imaging Gender' was aimed at creating collaborative murals by encouraging students to work and develop the art in small groups.

The workshop was conducted by Aditi Aggarwal, a freelance visual artist based in Noida. She is an accomplished artist in the field and is presently practicing at Lalit Kala Akademi's Regional Centre, Garhi Studios as a Research Scholar.

The participants contributed ideas, designs and images to combine and improvise upon the art and its presentation in a way to address important concerns pertaining to gender such as child labour, female feticide, gender inequality etc. The collaboration happened not just at the level of participation but also on the level of execution while inclusion of varied mediums.

The entire batch of B.A Programme, Semester V (HDFE) students participated in the workshop with great enthusiasm.

Institutional visits to Bal Sahyog and National Bal Bhawan

The Department of Human Development and Family Empowerment (HDFE) organized one-day institutional visits to Bal Sahyog and Bal Bhawan, for its students of B.A Programme Semester III on 27th September 2017.

Thirty three students of B.A Programme (HDFE), Semester III completed the visits. Students accompanied by two HDFE Department teachers, visited Bal Sahyog first where they were welcomed and introduced to the objectives and workings of the organization by their Executive Director - Ms. Anjali. Bal Sahyog is a Shelter home for boys between 9-17 yrs. of age. The members initiated the students' on a range of issues related to destitute children, their rehabilitation and the states available apparatus to protect them and their basic rights. This interaction at a children's shelter home was quite informative and one of its kind as it provided the necessary first exposure to many of our students on the organizations working for the protection and development of children.

Thereafter, students visited National Bal Bhawan and were given an opportunity to closely observe the activities and training facilities that are available for recreation and overall development of children of all age groups. The institution offered a very wide range of activities for interest and knowledge building for children based on their individual talents and abilities. It also maintains museums on Indian art and cultural heritage and a well functioning toy train for giving a recreational tour of the institution.

Workshop on Gender Issues by Womenite

The Department of Human Development and Family Empowerment (HDFE) organized a workshop on 'Gender Issues' in collaboration with Womenite: A youth led social initiative. The workshop was held on 19th September 2017 at 10 am at the JDMC Seminar room.

Ms. Kavya Mohta (a member of Womenite) was the facilitator of the workshop. She was joined by another member Mr. Rahul Gulati and the founder of the organization, Mr. Harshit Gupta. The founding member introduced the organization, its objectives and their work through a powerpoint presentation.

Thereafter, the facilitator initiated a discussion on various themes covering:

  • Conceptualizing the terms such as gender, masculine, feminine etc.
  • Highlighting the difference in socialization of boys and girls.
  • Common stereotypes associated with gender
  • Discussion on LGBTQ
  • Brief history and concept of Feminism and other related connotations
  • Perceptions of Feminism
  • Sexual harassment and violence and how it affects both men and women

The workshop emphasized upon the need to be aware of one's own and others perceptions and stereotypes, being clear about the concepts associated with gender and the importance of developing a sensitive and inclusive approach to all gender types. It also included some interesting activities to bring out the common stereotypes faced by women students in everyday life.

The workshop was attended in large numbers by the II yr. and III yr. students of B.A Programme (HDFE). Few students from Bharati College also participated in the workshop. It was a very interactive two hour session with students eagerly coming forth to share their experience and opinions on various issues.

The Department of HDFE is organising a workshop on 'Gender Issues' which will be conducted by an NGO 'Womenite' on 19th September 2017 at 10 AM in the Seminar room.

Theme - Gender Issues
Date - 19th September 2017, Tuesday
Time - 10 AM
Venue - Seminar Room
Facilitator - Ms. Kavya Mohta (member, Womenite)

HDFE Department Activities

The Department of Human Development and Family Empowerment (HDFE), formerly known as the Department of Family and Child Welfare (FCW) was set up in 1984 with an objective of offering a multi faceted course in Child Development, as a discipline course for the students of B.A (Programme).

The Discipline Course of HDFE was conceived and developed by one of the specialization Departments of Home Science, with a singular focus on catering to the students with Humanities background.

The Department of HDFE for the past three decades has been active in engaging students on various themes and concepts associated with Child Development, Early Childhood Care and Education, Empowerment of Women and Children, Children with Special Needs, Issues and challenges of adolescence etc.

Given below is an overview of the Departmental activities over the last one year:

Survey of Educational Toys

This was a class project undertaken by the students of Part III, to provide them with an opportunity for the students to explore and analyze the education toys available in the market for young children. It was also aimed to enable our students to combine their knowledge of principles of early childhood development with that of learning in preschool years.

Special Lecture

A special lecture by Ms. Khadija Farooqui, a lawyer and a human rights activist was organized on the theme 'Women Empowerment' on 12th September 2016. The lecture highlighted the current status of women in the country while emphasizing the need to develop better awareness on women's rights. Besides legal rights, Ms. Farooqui also talked about 'Cyber Crimes' and the importance of being aware of the ways social media can be misused against women by compromising their safety in general.


  1. A group of 30 students from B.A (Prog.) III Year attended a workshop at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on 6th September, 2016. The workshop was organized by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and Institute of Child Health. Following areas were covered in the workshop:
    • Non Communicable Diseases in Adolescent Girls - Dr. Latika Bhalla
    • Importance of personal hygiene - Dr. Reema Kumar
    • Savour the Flavor of Eating right - Dr. Mukta Vashishtha
    • Menstrual Issues of Young Girls - Dr. Chandra Mansukhani
    • Yoga
  2. Ms. Kirti Mittal, Early Childhood Educator, conducted a workshop on developing Art & Craft material for children in a play school. Workshop was conducted in two sessions on 21st & 28th September, 2016. The workshop provided hands-on experience for the students in developing simple, low cost teaching-learning material from paper. It also provided guidance to students in using different teaching aids in a classroom with young children.
  3. Ms. Bhawna Sharma, freelance puppet expert formerly from CIET, NCERT conducted a workshop on 'Puppet & Mask making' and Origami for students of B.A (Prog.) II & III Year on 11th January, 2017. It facilitated students to create face masks and animals' masks using pictures and creating simple and colorful puppets from waste, leftover material such like plastic bottles, straws, plastic bags etc.
  4. The Department organized a Workshop on 'Gender Sensitization and Women Empowerment' which was conducted in collaboration with 'Jagori' on 25th January 2017. Jagori is a NGO working in the area of women safety and empowerment. The workshop entailed dynamic interaction and activities with students to highlight the issue of women's safety, their use of freedom, need and ways of ending violence against women, leadership development in women, concept of rights and entitlements etc.

Institutional visits to National Bal Bhawan and Bal Sahyog

Visits to National Bal Bhawan and Bal Sahyog were organized on 28th September, 2016 and 5th October, 2016 respectively. These day-long visits were planned to provide first-hand experience of engaging with institutions working for development and education of children. Bal Sahyog is a children's home that provides shelter, care and educational opportunities to neglected, destitute children.

National Bal Bhawan serves as an educational, recreational, cultural and creative resource centre for nurturing the overall development and personality of young children. Students visited the various activity centres within the campus and got acquainted with the ways in which the centre nurtures budding talent and initiates them into building interests in various recreational events.

Film Screening

The department organizes screening of short films and documentaries from time to time to facilitate better understanding among students on issues relevant to the field of Human Development. The films that have been screened for the students covered the following themes: 'Life Before Birth - In the Womb', Newborn Reflexes, Changes at Puberty, Parenting Skills, Development of Emotions and Empathy.

Collaboration with the NGOs/ Student Achievements

Student participation in NGO Activities:

  • UMEED - Isha Sharma, Student of B.A (Prog.) III Year participated in the literacy activities for children and adults in the Laxmi Nagar Slum.
  • CRY - Sanya Maheshwari was an active participant in the workshops on Sanitation, Garbage Management and Healthy Lifestyle. Also participated in the 'Teach India Programme', a collaboration of Times of India and British Council, New Delhi, imparting education to ITI students of Vivek Vihar for a period of hundred days.
  • SAMVEDNA - Gritika Sehgal and Tanishka Kumar conducted activities with mentally challenged children at Samvedna Institute at Shalimar Bagh in December 2016.
  • ZERSEY - Sejal Jain did a summer internship (July- August) with Zersey for a period of one month. This involved content writing.
  • AMAR JYOTI - Four day workshop working with special children.

Women's Day Event

The Department of Human Development and Family Empowerment (HDFE) organized a Two day event - 'School of Life' on 3rd and 4th March 2017, in collaboration with Centre for Advocacy & Research (CFAR) to celebrate International Women's Day.

CFAR is an organization that is committed to working with young people across different spaces. Their School of Life Initiative, a participatory peer learning initiative, endeavors to create a unified response among young people which is rooted in strong learning program. The School of Life Initiative which works to bring together young people from bastis and students' from campus to develop an understanding on various issues such as violence among women, gender equality etc. at a conceptual level though a studied approach. The Department of HDFE organized the following events over two days (3rd & 4th March, 2017) inside the JDMC premises:

  1. Public Art Exhibition
  2. Street Play by Students
  3. Screening of Short Films
  4. Two-day Workshop for Students of HDFE

WDC Events Organized by HDFE Dept