Vidyadaan Shayyak Mandal Thane, Pune branch celebrated its 3rd Annual day on Sunday, 15th July, 2018, at Dhondumama Sathe Homeopathic College’s auditorium. The programme also had a “Palak Melava”. The program was well attended by students (from Pune, Thane & Shahpur), KPs (from Pune and Thane), parents, well-wishers and donors.
Despite a rainy start to the day, the students and the KPs reported at the venue at the agreed time and took up their assigned responsibilities. The parents were greeted at the venue with beautiful rangolis made by the students & soothing shahenai .There was excitement and happiness in the air as KPs were introduced to family members.. The next hour was well spent in mutual interactions and greetings. Formal introductory questionnaire was filled by parents.
This year’s program’s theme was “Me to We”, which was explained very nicely by Anita Mehendale, in her welcome address. Anita also explained how “Me to We” was lived up within the VSM family, right from its early beginning in Pune, when the VSM Thane team reached out and helped in setting up. She also explained how by going from “Me to We” the parents, KPs and students were together contributing to not only the students but each individual’s growth.
The annual report for the year 2017-18 was presented by Jayshree Joshi. Jayshree highlighted VSM students’ accomplishments, who had during the year completed their studies and have been well placed in jobs. Thereafter, Jayshree presented the goals set for the current year.
- The formal presentation was followed by some alumni students of VSM Pune sharing their personal experiences. Each student’s journey while had its own share of hardships and struggles, it also highlighted the will to move on and not to give in to the trying times and they proved in their own unique ways that focused efforts to bring in desired results! The audience was both moved and inspired after hearing the experiences of Vijaya Pattewar (who presented along with her mother and grandmother), Diksha Dinde and her mother, and Varsha Amte who presented with her KP Dr. Daya Kulkarni. Budding Karyakarthas Rohan Jalgaonkar, Suraj Patil and Vitthal Deshmukh also presented their thoughts on giving back and contributing to the society. Manasi Doke shared her journey and the ways she had grown in as an individual since she had joined VSM. New student Kunal Singh, shared how in a short span of time he felt belonged in the VSM family and for him the moral support extended by the VSM family was the most valuable.
Professor Kalpana Kanake of Fergusson College a VSM well-wisher, shared with the audience how she identifies deserving students to recommend to VSM and all the students recommended by her so far had made her proud and she credited VSM for inculcating high human values among its students.
Ms. Neha Paranjape of V.G. Paranjape trust, one of VSM’s well-wishers and donors, shared how impressed she is by the professional way in which VSM conducts its operations. VSM’s yearly calendar was released at the hands of Ms. Neha Paranjape.
Next item was a short skit presented by the students. Their creativity and enthusiasm in sharing across VSM’s vision and various activities was commendable. It was heartening to see the collaboration and amalgamation of old as well as new students while participating in all the activities.
Captain Rajesh Pawar, had graciously accepted to be the Chief Guest for the program. He is stationed at Military Institute of Technology, Khadakwasla, Pune, as Head of Faculty – Navy, Captain Pawar shared his experiences with the students and encouraged them to stay motivated and focussed in pursuit of their goals. He also briefed the students on the selection process for Indian Defense Services.
Monika Shah proposed the vote of Thanks and Aditi Pandit concluded with appreciation to all for the successful past year and solicited same zest and enthusiasm for the coming years.
Post lunch the Be Frank team had organized a program ‘Me to We’ in a very novel way , in which all the students, parents and KPs participated enthusiastically. The group drawing activity was immensely enjoyed by one and all and almost everybody enjoyed the childhood days again. Even with the minimum drawing material, many parents and KPs came up with extremely beautiful drawings. All participants presented impromptu skits in groups and this too was enjoyed by one and all. This concluded the Annual day celebrations.