VSM celebrated its 11th Foundation day on 25th August, 2019. It was a time for celebration of the past accomplishments and for charting the road ahead. The function began with a dance performance “Sarasvati Vandana” followed by rendition of prayer by our students Prajkta Thakare & Kalpana Chaudhary.
Trupti Gaikwad compered the whole program in her beautiful unique style. She welcomed all and explained the journey of VSM & its outreach pan Maharashtra with the help of an Outreach Map. Managing Committee member Nivedita Joshi gave an overview of past academic year activities, budget of VSM, the various achievements and plans for present academic year.
The highlight of the year was VSM Sports day conducted for the first time and Mission 1000, an initiative of the Be Frank Team to reach at least 1000 non-VSM students. Both were greatly successful & our students Sandeep Padwal& Madhuri Bondre shared these exciting experiences with the audience.
Also, a novel concept of “ VSM Tumchya Ghari – Utsavakadun Samajakade” was conceptualized wherein an appeal was made for donations during Ganapati Festival using VSM donation Boxes (made by our students). Significant donations were collected & it also helped in increasing the VSM outreach.
As part of our community participation initiative – “VSM Tumchya Dari” groups of ex-students and mentors visited various villages around Shahapur& Murbad , interacted with local villagers, tried to understand their problems & explained the work of VSM, the details were presented by Sujata Naik.
A very interesting Q & A session “Phule Aani Ran-Phule” was conducted by Dr. Anita Mokashi & Dr. Archana Damle. Two groups of students viz. 1. Who had already decided their career goals prior to joining VSM (Ran-Phule) & 2. Who firmed up their goals with the help of VSM career counselling Teams (Phule) shared their career journeys & their ups & downs with the audience. This session was very well received by all, especially the students. This was followed by a brief introduction of all Career Team Leads.
The achievements of our Alumni in their respective fields were reported by Kavita Bidwe, who herself is an active alumnus of VSM. The donations made by them as a token of their love & involvement towards VSM, was handed over to our founder member Swatitai Agate.
The smooth functioning of Vidyadan is due to its volunteers & mentors. The duties and responsibilities of mentors and volunteers were explained by Radha Jagushte. In appreciation of the efforts & support made by biological parents for encouraging their child in thick & thin for pursuing his/her education, Rupa Waghela was awarded “ Adarsh Palak Puraskar”. She expressed her gratitude towards VSM in very touching words.
Four students were felicitated by Meenatai Patankar Samajbhan Puraskar for their Social Contribution towards the society. Students were also felicitated for their academic performances at the hands of our donors & well-wishers who were happy to distribute the prizes & encourage the winners.
Vote of thanks was delivered by Ranjanatai Kulkarni who was the Lead of this well conducted event. The annual day celebrations culminated with our very own VSM Song “Swapna Amuche Kaarya Aamuche Vidyadaan” ….with a promise to re-connect again in 2020.