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


Resource Person


7th July 2007

Women’s Health

Dr. Gitanjli Mittra


21st  July 2007

Good Communication Skills

Fr. Dinesh Breganza


11th Aug 2007

Staff  Enrichment Program

Sr. Mary  James

Fr. Roland


8th Sept 2007

Girl Child Day Celebration by Inauguration of Extension Program with the slum girls



30th Sept 2007

Sadhana Shibir

Sr. Mary  James

Fr. Roland

Dr. Clement

Dr. Kinnari Dubbal

Dr. Khushnuma Banaji


8th Dec 2007

Prevention of Pre Birth sex selection and Elimination of Female Child 

Panel Discussion


6th Sept 2008

Educational Program to impart sex education amongst girls

Dr.Archna Shah


13th Sept 2008

Women in Science – Career in Science

Panel Discussion


20th Sept. 2008

Workshop on Gender Sensitivity

Ms. Persis Ginwala


6th Sept 2013

Save Girl Child – Poster making competition



7th Sept. 2013

Street Play – “Beti Bachavo”


Exhibition of Save Girl Child posters



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