The PG Department of Business Administration (MBA), Management Club, St Agnes College (Autonomous), Mangaluru organised, “Empowerment Through Prevention: Say No to Harassment” for the first year MBA and MCA students on 05 July 2024 at Seminar Hall, centenary block of St Agnes College.

Dr Devi Prabha Alva, Associate Professor of Department of Commerce and Certified POSH Trainer was the resource speaker of the day.

With a prayer song, Fabian and Joanna invoked God’s blessings and prayed for success for the event before the formal program began. Ms. Arlene Fernandes, the MBA Department’s faculty coordinator and assistant professor, and Mrs. Sheryl Preethika, the department head, were present at the ceremony. Reema from the first MBA welcomed everyone and gave a brief introduction of the resource speaker, Dr. Devi Prabha Alva to the audience.

The contents covered included:

  • Understanding Gender Sensitization
  • Gender Stereotypes
  • Benefits of Gender Sensitization
  • The POSH Act
  • Key provisions of the POSH Act
  • Reporting and complaint mechanism
  • Penalties and non-compliance
  • Case study or examples
  • Promoting Gender Sensitization in Educational Institutions

The session aimed to spread awareness about POSH Act and Sexual Harassment. The resource speaker began the session by showing short video on sexual harassment. During the session, the resource speaker Dr Devi Prabha Alva gave information on Gender Sensitization and common Gender Stereotypes. By giving us various example based on the situation where sexual harassment takes place.

The resource speaker spoke about the POSH act 2013 and she explained about the rule, key provisions, and challenges included in the POSH act. She gave brief information about reporting and filing a complaint under the POSH act and how to address and redress Harassment at public transport. She also conducted a small mind refreshing activity.

An important piece of law in India that attempts to guarantee a safe and secure work environment for all employees is the POSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) Act of 2013. In order to handle and resolve allegations of sexual harassment, this Act requires organizations to set up an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC). It defines sexual harassment in detail, describes how complaints should be made, and establishes rules for the handling of complaints and the inquiry process. The POSH Act aims to uphold workers’ rights and dignity while promoting an inclusive and courteous workplace for all industries.

The session was highly interactive and valuable, with enthusiastic participation from all the students. Nicole, first-year MBA student, expressed gratitude to the resource speaker for dedicating her valuable time and imparting useful information. As a token of appreciation, Ms. Arlene Fernandes, Assistant Professor of the MBA Department, presented a memento to the resource speaker.