Courses taught at SVT cover a wide range of areas in Human Development and were also very in-depth at the same time. The content was not limited to classroom learning, but was experienced through interactions with teachers and in the practicum settings. When working as a special educator in a regular school, I largely relied on my learning experiences from SVT in particular, due to the immense value and insights gained from these experiences. I still refer to notes taken down during class at SVT for this reason. They enabled me to work effectively with the children, build their skills and abilities in a holistic manner, enable them to see themselves in a more positive light and to guide their parents in creating developmentally appropriate environments at home for strengthened learning as well as family relationships. The nature of teaching learning experiences at SVT, in my opinion, is at the international level. Values and skills acquired at SVT also prepared me to handle interpersonal misunderstandings at work. They have played a major role in enabling me to enrol into and study at the post graduate level in an internationally acclaimed university. Through the academic content as well as the guidance of my teachers, I have been able to work on my weakness and build on my strengths as a professional in the field and as a person. Through curriculum content, related activities and the general atmosphere of the HD department we learned values, like work ethics, genuine and critical thought process in the understanding and application of learned concepts and a positive outlook, among others.
Special Educator at Vibgyor High School, Malad East (from May 2014 to Feb 2017)
Currently pursuing Master’s in Counselling from University of Auckland
I have studied Developmental Counseling at the Department of Human Development in SVT College of Home Science. The course content I went through was very comprehensively designed and well thought of. We had an array of subjects extensively covering domains like Human Development across the life span, Special Education, Theories of Human Development, Family Studies, Developmentally Appropriate Practices with children, Counseling, Psychological Testing, Research Methods, Developmental Counseling, etc. Further, the course had a perfect blend of theoretical as well as practical knowledge. All practical subjects ensured application in real life settings. We got several opportunities to work with different age and target groups where we planned and executed developmental workshops for adolescents, lessons for children with special needs, recreational, developmental and educational activities for children and so on. This gave us hands-on experience and allowed us to apply theory. I must admit, my knowledge base in these areas is sheerly because of such expansive coursework and our professors in the department as they wonderfully guided and took us through the curriculum.
With experiences at SVT, I see myself grow professionally and personally. This knowledge and practical exposure helps me a great deal today as a professor as I take my lectures, guide my students in their academics and also at a more personal level. With guidance of my professors, I have grown to be a more rational, patient, calmer person, able to exercise unconditional positive regard with people and circumstances in my life. If I am doing well in the field and life otherwise, I owe a major part of my success to SVT and my professors in the Department.
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, College of Home Science Nirmala Niketan.
Studying at SVT is something I will be proud of and cherish all my life, it not only has prepared me for my professional life, but has also made me a better person, more humane. The values inculcated by the teachers and the course structure goes a long way in helping us with our personal lives, makes us more disciplined and conscious of our how our work is affecting so many lives. It makes us stay true to the idea of “Human Development”. In the past 8 years wherever I have worked I have been appreciated for the strong knowledge and skills of theories and field work combined. And who says the field of Human Development is passe, I think with each passing year and as the world is becoming more disconnected we need more and more professionals from the field of Human Development who don’t work just with machines, but are working with people and make world a little more meaningful and humane.
Assistant Manager Early Childhood Development at Aga Khan Education Services
The HD dept and the teachers are truely amazing as they helped me grow out of the box and helped me explore my abilities & nurture them which has helped me gain success and achieve all that I have till date. I’m truely grateful to this department as this was the first place where I was made to feel that I am also a capable person of achieving something in life which motivated me to move forward.”
“Academic Executive” at Aptech Montana International Preschool