In the academic year 2015-16, about 200 students were registered as NSS volunteers.
Multiple activities, events and drives were organized throughout the year at College, University and District level.
A brief description of the various programmes and achievements of volunteers follows:
Orientation Programme and Skin-health and Care Workshop
Republic day celebration
On August 25, 2015, the NSS Unit of the College conducted an Orientation Programme for registered students. The function was inaugurated by Dr. Abhay Talathi and Mr. Suresh Lokare. Dr. Abhay Talathi is a dermatologist associated with local private hospitals at Goregaon. He delivered a lecture on the importance of skin care and the protection of skin from several infections during different seasons. Mr. Suresh Lokare, Area Co-ordinator, explained the importance of NSS to the students. He informed the students about NSS motto, symbol, and its significance, NSS activities and community programmes that can be conducted at College and University level. More than 200 people including students, teachers and non-teaching staff were present for this programme. The lecture was followed by a short film show which was based on few social issues like gender equality, women’s empowerment, unity, etc. The students got a better understanding of the work to be effectively carried out by them.
Fire Safety and Rescue Measurement
A demonstration on ‘Fire Safety and Rescue Management’ was conducted on September 19, 2015, by the Fire and Rescue Department, Goregaon, in the College Campus. Students were trained for fire safety and the use of fire extinguisher by the officers.
International Yoga Day
On June 21, 2015, International Yoga Day was celebrated in the College Campus. Fifty volunteers were present for this programme. The importance of yoga for healthy life was explained and a demonstration was given to students by professional yoga teachers.
Guru Purnima Celebration
On June 31, 2015, the NSS Unit celebrated Guru Purnima in the College Campus. All the students distributed handmade greetings cards to the College teachers. The teachers were also interviewed by the students, asking them how they liked teaching and the importance of gurus in their own field and life.
Independence Day celebration – 15th August, 2015
Independence Day was organized with great zeal and enthusiasm in the College premises. More than 70 NSS Volunteers celebrated Independence Day. The programme was started with the flag hoisting event by Principal Dr. Sharmishtha Matkar in the presence of Vice Principals and other faculty members. The Principal spoke on the occasion and encouraged the students to lead the country towards a bright and progressive future. They spread the feeling of patriotism, brotherhood and love for the nation. The air was then filled with the sweet heart touching notes of patriotic songs as everyone celebrated the joyous occasion with the traditional touch.
HIV Awareness Programme
An AIDS awareness rally was organized on AIDS day on December 1, 2015, for the NSS volunteers.
Blood Donation Camp
A blood donation camp was organized on December 15, 2015, in collaboration with HDFC Bank and Sir J. J. Mahanagar Raktpedhi for students, teaching and non-teaching staff members. It was an endeavour to spread awareness about the small ways in which individuals can contribute to the well-being of society. About 183 students and staff members donated blood voluntarily. The donors were given gifts, certificates and refreshments.
The NSS and NCC Units of the College celebrated the Republic Day in the College premises. The chief guest was Shri. Ravindra Mahapadi, Assistant Commander SRPF Group No. 8. Principal Dr. Sharmishta Matkar, Vice Principals and all teaching and non-teaching staff members were also present. Shri. Mahapadi hoisted the Tiranga and encouraged all with his inspirational words. Many cultural programmes like dance, lezim, and street plays were performed by the volunteers. On the occasion of this prestigious event volunteers were also felicitated with various awards.
International Yoga Day
On June 21, 2015, on the occasion of International Yoga Day, a programme was organized by the NSS Cell of the University of Mumbai at University campus, Kalina. Mr. Sachin Kalbang, Madhu Shah and Mr. Rajan Velukar were the chief guests for this event, which was attended by 15 volunteers of the College.
Water conservation Seminar
On June 29, 2015, volunteers attended a seminar on water conservation at R. D. National College, Bandra. RAMAN MAGASASAY award winner and waterman. Mr. Rajendra Singh, was the chief guest. He spoke on the importance of water and its conservation.
Dengue Malaria Awareness Programme
On July 14, 2015, a Dengue Malaria Awareness Program was organized by K.E.S. Shroff College at Kandivali. The training session was conducted by Mr. Sahebrao Gaikwad, officer from B.M.C. Department. Volunteers were made aware of the water-borne diseases, their causes and preventive measures.
The NSS Cell of University of Mumbai organized Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day Peace Rally on August 6, 2015, in which 13 volunteers from the College participated. The Rally was eye-catching with students carrying placards, which displayed messages of universal peace. The main attraction in the Rally was the tableau, which conveyed the message of the devastating effects of nuclear weapons.
On September 7, 2015, five volunteers attended workshop on ‘Disaster Management and First Aid measures’, organised by Majithia College, Kandivali. Students were given practical training under the guidance of experts.
On October 2, 2015, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, volunteers attended a musical programme organized by University of Mumbai. Vice Chancellor of the University was also present on the occasion, and students got an opportunity to interact with him.
Run for Unity
On October 31, 2015, volunteers participated in the ‘Run for Unity programme’.
Swach Bharat Abhiyan
On January 17, 2016, 20 volunteers participated in the ‘Swatch Bharat Abhiyan’ at Kandivali, organized by K.E.S. Shroff College.
Anti-terrorism and Railway Safety
Degree Distribution Ceremony (Convocation)
A programme on ‘Anti-terrorism and Railway Safety’ was organized on January 29, 2016, by the College NSS Unit in the Campus. This was in collaboration with Mumbai police and Western Railway Surksha Force. Shri. Hemant Kale (North QRT, Mumbai) and Mrs. M. R. Dighe (Railway Police, Mumbai) spoke to the audience about safety and precautionary measures to be taken while travelling.
The Degree Distribution Ceremony was held in the College on February 12, 2016. NSS volunteers helped in the organisation as members of different committees set up to conduct the event.
The College NSS Unit has adopted nearby areas, such as Keshav Gore Smarak and Punarvas at Goregaon, and also a village Chapadi, Tal.- Mangaon, Dist – Raigad. Various activities are organised to extend help to them.
Human Rights Week and Rally
NSS Volunteers celebrated and participated in the Human Rights Week, organised by the College between November 28 and December 2, 2015. Various inter-collegiate competitions, street plays and lectures by various eminent speakers were organised during this event. On the occasion of Mahatma Phule Jayanti and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti, the NSS organized a Rally on December 6, 2015, in which nearly 100 volunteers participated. The main attraction in the Rally was the tableau which was conveyed the message of the contribution of these leaders.
Project Punarvas – A school for special children, Goregaon (W)
The College NSS Unit has adopted Punarvas, a school for mentally- and physically-challenged children. On the occasion of Rakshabandhan and Diwali, rakhis and lamps (divas) prepared by these children were sold by volunteers, to generate funds for the school.
Punarvas Rally –
On December 3, 2015, students participated in Punarvas rally to help these children campaign for their rights.
Project – Social welfare
Keshav Gore Education Drive – NSS volunteers carried out an education drive at Keshav Gore Smarak, Goregaon, where volunteers teach various subjects to economically- and academically-weak children.
As per the University instructions NSS Volunteers also carried out a survey for out of school children to support and help the child for its right to education.
NSS Unit organized a Self-defence Training Programme on January 4, 2016, in which 80 volunteers participated. A PowerPoint presentation was given by Mr. Ravi Mishra and Mr. Bharat Madake. The training aimed to create awareness about women’ safety and also to sensitise students about gender issues.
Special Camping Programme
This year the NSS camp was held between December 30, 2015, and January 5, 2016, at Shri. Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak, Wadghar, Taluka - Mangaon, Dist. Raigad. The camp site is 168 kms away from Mumbai on Mumbai- Goa Highway. The Trust has developed a camp site on 36 acres of area near Goregoan, Raigad. The overall goal of the Camp was to instil in the volunteers the spirit of nation-building.
The Camp included various activities such as exercises, yoga, group discussions on various social topics, mono-acting, and miming, which would help in the students’ overall development. Volunteers also engaged in shramadan, which makes them physically and mentally strong. Students were also taken on a nature trail. Other activities like self-defence training, and paper bags-making workshop were also conducted. Lectures were also organised on issues of current relevance. Two lectures by well-known social worker, Ms. Ulka Mahajan, on ‘Tribals – the real owners’ and ‘Reservation – Its Need’, a lecture on ‘Global Warming’ by Mr. Sandesh Kulkarni, and one on ‘Astronomy and Star Gazing’, by Mr. Pradeep Bhide, were also organised.
The highlight of the Camp was the surprise visit of Principal Dr. Sharmishtha Matkar, along with Dr. Shantaram Badgujar, Registar S.N.D.T. University and Dr. Atul Salunkhe, State Co-ordinator, NSS Unit, University of Mumbai. Students greatly benefited from a discussion with these eminent personalities.
This year volunteers also carried out survey at Chapadi village to know about the social, economic and educational status of the villagers. The survey was a different experience for all NSS volunteers as visiting houses and interacting with people at such level is not a part of the normal life of students learning in cities like Mumbai. Volunteers also performed street plays in the village on various social issues. The Camp was entertaining and also brought about positive changes in the students’ personalities.
Our efforts were appreciated by the faculty of Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak.
Special highlights and achievements
- Ist prize in inter-collegiate Street Play and Skit Competition at Dalmia College, Mira Road.
- Ist prizein inter-collegiate Street Play Competition under ‘Janeev’, organized by Sathaye College, Vile Parle.
- IInd prize in Street Play Competition under ‘Dharmakshetra’, organized by Satya Sai Baba Sansthan.
- IInd prize in Street Play Competition at Vile Parle Ganesh Mahotsav.
- IIIrd prize in inter-collegiate Street Play Competition under ‘Indradhanushya’, organized by Dahanukar College, Malad.
- Consolation prize in Street Play Competition in Parle Mahotsav, Vile Parle.
Awards won in NSS
- Bhagyashree Ganekar Utkarsh 3rd prize – State-level
- Shivani Shette Selected for State Republic Day Parade (SRD)
At University level
Saylee Jadhav Selected for Leadership Training Camp