VSM celebrated Library Day on May 22, 2022

After a pause of two years due to the global pandemic, VSM celebrated its first offline event on 22nd May 2022 at Thane on the occasion of VSM Library Day.

VSM Library Day is an event conceived by our beloved Library Team to develop a conducive environment for the young readers of VSM. Hosted excellently by students Namrata Dinkar and Krishna Kashid, the event was attended by 65 students and volunteers this year. To everyone’s delight, the event started with a candid talk by Mr Ram Deshpande, a veteran social development practitioner, about the world of books. It was followed by an elocution and poetry recital competition. Students shared their thoughts about their favourite books, and also recited poems penned by themselves! The first prize for elocution was bagged by Varsha Khade, and the first prize for the poem recital was shared by Ashish Telangur and Aditi Tantak. The competitions were judged by Mr Anil Londhe and Mrs Anjali Joshi.

Ending the day on a high, the Library team then announced a surprise competition ‘Vaachan Dhyaas’. Sulakshana Upwad was felicitated as the winner, having read the most number of books during the previous year. Meeting each other in person after a long time,  the excitement of everyone made the event even brighter.

"Think clean, Give green" – VSM Science Day

Keeping up with the global theme of ‘Only One Earth’, VSM Science Team celebrated World Environment Day on 5th June 2022 which was attended by 89 students. With the slogan of ‘Think Clean, Give Green’, the event focused on sensitizing students about various facets of living sustainably in harmony with nature.

Ms. Vinita Dhupkar started the session with an informative yet engaging presentation on ‘Know Your Carbon Footprint’. She not only briefed students about the meaning of individual carbon footprint and its importance but also informed them about different mobile apps available to track individual carbon footprint. The session was continued by Mr. Uday Awasare, who discussed the importance of nuclear energy as clean energy and the pros and cons of its applications in near future. Later, VSM’s very own student Vrushabh Gajbiye, pursuing Masters’s in Environmental Sciences, talked about the ‘Zero Waste Concept’. Making the session more interesting, he demonstrated a case study of Vijaynagar Society, where this concept is carried out successfully.

Ms. Vinita Dhupkar summed up the event with a humble request to everyone to keep one resolution for the upcoming year regarding the protection of the environment. The event was very well received by the students. Few representative reactions by students:

“Immediately after the session, I downloaded a carbon footprint app and measured my carbon footprint.”  Trupti Shedarkar, B.Tech. Food Technology

“I liked the theme of attempting to turn the theme ‘only one earth’ into reality and considering the whole world. I want to include carbon footprint reduction and zero waste into my own behaviour.” Omkar Dalvi, B.Tech. Food Technology

“I found the event wonderful and helpful. Our existence depends on Environment and we should respect it.” Shubham Isame, B.Sc. Biotech

Somnath Shramasanskar Camp 2022 (May 15-22, 2022)

For decades, the Maharogi Seva Samiti, founded by the late Baba Amte, has worked to improve the lives of the underprivileged, tribal, and leprosy patients. Through sheer dedication and hard work, this organisation has transformed their lives and made them self-sufficient. Every year in the second week of May, Maharogi Seva Samiti organises a Shramasanskar Chhavani (Camp) at Somnath near Chandrapur district, Maharashtra where participants learn the value of labour culture and how to use it to create something new for the needy.

VSM has been nominating students to Somnath and other social camps for several years. It’s our sincere effort to ensure that  every student during his / her tenure with VSM gets an opportunity to attend at least one such shibir (camp) to truly get a flavor of,

A ) importance of work and teamwork and

  1. B) ground realities of the down-trodden / under-privileged especially in the remotest parts of the country

Adjusting  to community living , experiential education, learning to appreciate the  human values, skill development, enhancing leadership qualities and resilience are additional benefits from such camps.

This year’s Somnath camp was particularly exciting for the students as it was happening after a gap of ~2years due to Covid restrictions. Almost 50 VSM students across the career streams and one Karyakarta Palak were able to participate in this year’s Somnath camp and have returned with a conviction to contribute to the society. Following their return from the camp, VSM organised an online meeting [Shibiratoon Malaa Kaay Gavasale] for the participants to share their camp experiences, and takeaways. It was an incredible experience to hear the learnings of the students and going through their Somnath camp reports.

We, at VSM, make sure that our students are socially responsible citizens and believe, there is no better way for our students to learn these aspects than by participating in such camps.

STEP Conference

The World Social Work Day recognizes the hard work and diligence of social workers throughout the world. We celebrated it by organizing a STEP (Social work Theory to Effective Practice) Conference on 27th March 2022 bringing together ~150+ audiences comprising of social work students and social work professionals from all over Maharashtra.

Our goal was to bring together bright minds to share ideas focused to foster learning, and to provoke conversations that matter. Moreover, the Conference aspired to get an insight from various eminent speakers and panelists on the divide between social work knowledge and practice, the ways to narrow this divide and how to enhance the capabilities of Social Work students. The full day (10am-4pm) virtual event was curetted by the Social Work team of VSM.

Highlights of the event

  • Inaugural speech by Dr. Prashant Narnavare, IAS, Commissioner of Social Welfare & Justice, Pune
  • 3 Keynote speeches, 6 eminent panelists
  • Social Work students’ presentations
  • Gallery walk of students’ e-posters
  • Several interactive opportunities and Q&A sessions
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Dene Samajache

“Artistry” from Pune had organised a novel, but different kind of an event called “Dene Samajache ” at Thane on 26th and 27th February 2022. For the past 17 years “Artistry” has been successfully organising Dene Samajache event in Pune where various organisations/ working groups/ NGOs have been presenting the selfless work they have been doing for the Society thereby drawing the attention of common man and the Society at large towards the plight of the needy, poor and deserving section of people. This year, for the first time the event was held in Thane at the CKP hall. ~25 NGOs / working groups mostly from rural parts of Maharshtra participated in the event.

The event was inaugurated by noted Marathi writer, Professor Pravin Davane. In his Inaugural speech, Prof. Davane Sir lauded the efforts of Organisers and Participants in bringing awareness to the society that every member of the society as an individual owes something to Society.

VSM participated in this event with two major objectives:

  1. To expand the outreach to the Society / Potential donors by disseminating the work we are doing and
  2. To look for potential Volunteers / KPs

VSM stall was decorated with exhibits outlining the objectives and Vision of VSM. Proactive actions by VSM as an organisation to mitigate the challenges posed by COVID-19 were an important part of the Posters prepared for the event.

Such events give an opportunity to individuals to appreciate the good work and contribute in whatever way possible, be it by offering time or money or skills to them. VSM had more than 225 visitors to the stall of which many have shown interest to join the organization as volunteers/ mentors.

The event was different  from usual exhibitions because nothing was there for “SALE ” but everything was there to feel the pain and misery a section of our society which was going through it. VSM had participated earlier in the event held at Pune (2019)

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Dene Samajache, Thane event, 2022

Dene Samajache Exhibitions - VSM Thane NGO

Dene Samajache, Pune event, 2019