FAQs

1. What type of organization is VSM?
VSM is a NGO (a registered Charitable Trust) which works in the field of education for social welfare by providing financial support and guidance to the deserving but less-privileged students.

2. Which students does VSM support?
VSM supports the education of needy, economically less-privileged deserving students.
Primarily, help is provided after completion of school when the child is keen in pursuing higher education.

3. What makes VSM Special and effective?
VSM’s support doesn’t stop until the students complete their education and stand on their feet and actually become an independent and responsible citizen. This is achieved by following VSM’s unique and innovative “Student-Mentor” model.

4. How does VSM ensure the success of students enrolled?
VSM follows a unique “Student-Mentor” Model, which comes from the VSM’s philosophy of “Quality of support over Quantity of support”. Every VSM child is taken care of by a “Mentor” who acts as a friend, philosopher & guide to the student throughout his journey in VSM & beyond, rather than just giving monetary support.

5. How can I contribute to VSM?
You can contribute as a:
Donor: Extend monetary support (Click here to donate)
Volunteer: Contribute in various projects/activities of VSM
Mentor: Become a guardian of one or more students, can also contribute to the various activities of VSM.
Pro Bono Helpers: Time bound project based contribution of specific skills and expertise, where anyone can help in one of VSM’s initiatives even if they have just one day. (e.g.- If you are a photographer and want to help just for one day, then you can come for one of our events and help us by taking the pictures of that event)

6. How are the students selected?
The admission committee of VSM screens the applications thoroughly, conducts interviews along with respective subject experts & recommend students to be admitted in VSM.

7. Does VSM give only monetary help?
No, VSM believes in a very qualitative approach and therefore in the overall development of the student, which cannot be achieved just by sponsoring fees. Hence, in addition to financial support, it also conducts various in-house workshops on soft skill developments, career counseling, residential camps and sponsors students to attend various motivational programs & social camps.

8. Which areas or geographies does VSM operate in?
VSM enrolls students from all over Maharashtra and operates through its five branches located at Thane, Shahapur, Borivali, Pune and Nagpur.

9. What are the sources of funding at VSM?
VSM functions on funds received from individual donors, corporates (CSR) and through online donation drives.

10. Do the donors get Income Tax exemption?
Yes. Donations to VSM are exempt under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

11. How do we use the sponsorship amount and what is the parents’ contribution?
VSM scholarship basically includes the costs of education viz. college fees, books, uniform, tuition fee, travel, hostel, mess charges etc. The contribution from parents is decided by considering the economic background of the family.

12. Who can join VSM as a volunteer/mentor/Pro Bono & how?
Any person who has a deep desire to express his/her gratitude towards society without expecting any remuneration are welcome to join VSM as Volunteer/Mentor/Pro Bono.Fill this form or send us a mail at info@vsmthane.org

13. Do I need to financially contribute if I join as any of the above?
No, all student expenses are taken care of by VSM. If anyone want to donate, it is purely voluntary.

14. If I become a Mentor, how often do I need to personally meet the student?
Once or twice initially and later as per mutual convenience. Afterwards regular calls (minimum once per week) should be made to keep in touch with the student.

15. What is the major responsibility of the Mentor?
Responsibility of a Mentor includes regular communication with the student, keeping track of his academic & extra-curricular activities & encouraging him to participate in VSM events. Mentors are supposed to act as a guardian of the students who are there for them whenever they need them.