Women’s Cell – Urja

The Collegiate Women’s Development Cell  – “URJA”


A Historical Perspective:

From the very inception of the college, the management and the staff have been taking care of women staff and students in various ways. But it was in the 1990s that a special cell was set up under the guidance of Dr. (Fr.) Vincent Braganza, Dr. Suguna Ramanatha and Dr. Kashmira Pagdiwalla.

Over the years, the women’s cell came to be named ‘URJA’- Energy. Sr. Mary James and Prof. Mehra guided various activities for the students. In fact, St. Xavier’s college hosted the First National Women’s Conference initiated by the All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) in the year 2005.

In October 2005, the then Vice chancellor of the Gujarat University, Prof. A.U.Patel, made it compulsory for every college affiliated with Gujarat University to have this cell in the college.

Present Committee Members:

  • Dr. Khushnuma Banaji (Convener)
  • Dr. Kantibhai Patel
  • Prof. Bijal Shah
  • Dr. Arti Oza
  • Ms. Anita Patel



Sri. No. Date of Event Topic/Title Resource Person
1. 7th July 2007 Women’s Health Dr. Gitanjli Mittra
2. 21st  July 2007 Good Communication Skills Fr. Dinesh Breganza
3. 11th Aug 2007 Staff  Enrichment Program Sr. Mary  James

Fr. Roland

4. 8th Sept 2007 Girl Child Day Celebration by Inauguration of Extension Program with the slum girls  
5. 30th Sept 2007 Sadhana Shibir Sr. Mary  James

Fr. Roland

Dr. Clement

Dr. Kinnari Dubbal

Dr. Khushnuma Banaji

6. 8th Dec 2007 Prevention of Pre Birth sex selection and Elimination of Female Child Panel Discussion
7. 6th Sept 2008 Educational Program to impart sex education amongst girls Dr.Archna Shah
8. 13th Sept 2008 Women in Science – Career in Science Panel Discussion
9. 20th Sept. 2008 Workshop on Gender Sensitivity Ms. Persis Ginwala
10. 6th Sept 2013 Save Girl Child – Poster making competition  
11. 7th Sept. 2013 Street Play – “Beti Bachavo”


Exhibition of Save Girl Child posters