Nothing can be more gratifying than watching a seedling grow into a big and strong tree sheltering and supporting many deserving students to achieve their educational goals. This was the underlying feeling at the 10th Foundation Day celebration of Vidyadaan Sahayyak Mandal or VSM, as it is popularly known.

IMG_3351Pained by the plight of an underprivileged but deserving student, VSM was founded by four kind hearted people at Shahapur. Today it has grown into a force of 285 students, 225 volunteers, 5 hostels and 5 branches namely at Shahapur, Thane, Borivali, Pune and Nagpur.

IMG_3367The 10th foundation day of VSM was celebrated at the NKT Hall in Thane on 15th August 2018. As is customary with VSM, the whole event was planned and executed by students and volunteers. Chief guest for the function was Shri. Achyut Godbole an internationally acclaimed IT professional and a versatile & prolific writer.

IMG_3290The programme started at 11 am with an informal gathering of students, their mentors and volunteers. A get-together of VSM’s ex- students took place with great enthusiasm. Successful students from various faculties were felicitated in the prize distribution ceremony. Opening remarks and program anchoring was done by Sushma Parchure.

IMG_3397A skit depicting the “10 Years Journey of VSM” was presented by the students.  A ‘Powada’ showcasing the various endeavors undertaken by VSM for overall development and empowerment of students was presented. Benefit of career counseling program undertaken by VSM was beautifully presented by our students Poonam & Trupti. Empowerment of Mentors was also shown effectively through a role play. Dr. Anita Mokashi compered the whole session.

IMG_8210A unique feature of the function was the felicitation as Ideal Parents/guardians of two grand-mothers Smt. Indu Thorat and Smt. Hafija Shaikh for supporting their respective grand-daughters in getting education against all odds. and our 24*7 Help Desk In- charge, Radhika Gadiyar, was felicitated as Ideal Volunteer.

IMG_3443Students were felicitated for their outstanding academic achievements and social contribution.

The chief guest Shri. Achyut Godbole in his motivational speech stressed on enjoying the journey of learning and following one’s heart in choosing a career. He also shared the inspiration behind his 32+ books on various subjects, ranging from Computers, Psychology, Economics, Science, Music etc.

IMG_8140Further, Sudhanshu Bhonsale one of the VSM’s current students presented the guest with a portrait drawn by him and the alumni association handed over the fund of Rupees forty-two thousand to Bhau Naniwdekar, the senior most founder member of VSM.

IMG_3379 Programme concluded with the song, “ वेदमंत्राहून आम्हा वंद्य वन्दे मातरम”. The function ended on renewed energy and the promise to continue the gratifying work to reach many more students in future.