With the belief that fire prevention is self protection, we organized this event assisted by Mr. Jatin, SVKM'S fire specialist. He explained the evacuation procedures to all the staff and volunteers in detail. He also taught us the use of fire extinguisher with a demo. An informative seminar concluded the event on an insightful note.
Giving the unsung artists an opportunity to showcase their talents. A desk was setup in the college that constituted items such as chocolates, oreo cookies, biscuits, rakhis, bracelets and keychains from V.D.I.S for the mentally challenged, folders, laptop bags, pouches, jute bags, toran from Punarvas and bookmarks, gift tags, envelopes, greeting cards, t-shirts, mugs, memo and paintings from Mouth and Foot painting Artists. These items were handmade by some differently able and underprivileged children and adults. The received amount was responsibly given to respective organizations.
In collaboration with State Election Commission, the volunteers attended the seminar on voter's registration organized by the University of Mumbai. Through this event we encouraged the students of our college to vote in the elections by registering themselves. Concepts like NOTA were explained briefly to the students. A large number of students showed up and the event helped them enroll for voting with much ease.
After prayers and lighting of diya by dignitaries, Mr Sushil Shinde, the district co-coordinator of NSS acknowledged the role of college students and youth in shaping the society of tomorrow. Our Principal, Dr. Hari Vasudevan encouraged the students with his impelling speech which emphasized the importance of serving the nation through NSS. Further Mr. Nilay Shah, the Chairperson, spoke on the vision of the NSS unit for that academic year.
With an apt title 'Invisible Wounds', the speakers Mrs. Meghna Karia and Ms. Sakshi Sanghvi, both being professional psychologists, covered the vast range of topics surrounding one's mental health. It created a significant difference in our understanding of mental health and helped all the attendees understand various ways of coping with this sensitive yet such an ignored topic.
Thalassemia is a blood disorder that a person inherits from his/her parents wherein the body makes an abnormal or insufficient amount of hemoglobin. It is important that everyone has this check up done at least once in their lifetime, so that necessary steps can be taken if diagnosed. A free thalassemia checkup was organized so as to make people aware about the disease and to get themselves checked for the same.
Collaborating with Marrow Donor Registry (India), an awareness campaign was conducted to educate students about stem cells and the importance it holds for those suffering from generic blood disorders. Volunteers who wished to register, filled up the consent form and a blood sample of 4ml was given to the doctors. In a span of 40 years if any patient happens to match the DNA with the database of donors, then they would be contacted for further proceedings.
Even when the pandemic paused everything, our spirits to make a positive impact stayed the same. We organized a Plantation drive under which the volunteers were educated about planting saplings in the houses and new lesser known technique of hydrophonics was taught to the volunteers. Promoting cleaner indoor environment, volunteers enthusiastically planted saplings with soil and without soil (hydroponics) as well.
As a token of appreciation for our dearest teachers, who constantly grappled to keep our productivity intact; we prepared a video with the volunteers and it constituted of a beautiful message that rightly expressed our gratitude for them. We received heartfelt response from the teachers which boosted our will and made this effort a true blue success.
To instil the patriotic spirit in the young minds, we organized this webinar with Lt. Cdr. Bijay Nair (retd.), a decorated Naval officer. He talked to us about his life experiences and how he carved his path through the Indian Navy. Through his struggles and hustle, he taught us the importance of hardwork and self-confidence. In these trying times, the webinar proved to be of great help and motivational for the volunteers. A Q&A session ensured that volunteers got to clear their doubts.
On the topic of how to stay motivated, Capt. Dr. Sunaina Singh, an ex-army officer provided us great insights into her life and gave us several ways to fetch the motivation in our lives. She taught us very smartly and humorously the strategies to cope with stress, anxiety and gave us a refreshing take on the concept of defining goals. The event was concluded with a Q&A session.