Vidyadaan Sahayyak Mandal (VSM) was founded by a small group of like- minded people who wanted to help the needy and deserving students who were unable to continue their education due to a weak financial position. VSM quickly realised that in order to truly nurture these lives, they would need to give emotional as well as a 360 degree support rather than just sponsoring academic fees.
Quality of help was chosen over quantity, as the MANTRA by VSM founder members.
VSM coined the term “PALAK KARYAKARTA” literally meaning “PARENT VOLUNTEER” or in short a “MENTOR”. VSM innovated and developed a unique “Mentor-Student” model in order to support every student enrolled, with a round the clock guidance, to become financially independent, responsible citizens.
With the help of this Model, each and every student is taken care of by a mentor, who keeps in touch and communicates with the students on regular basis. This helps in getting timely updates of the students, be it the grades in exam, participation in extra- curricular activities, attending VSM events, getting to know any academic or personal difficulties faced by the students and addressing same with timely interventions. This regular communication helps create a very strong bond wherein the mentors become an extended family member and guardian of their ward. This unique VSM model with personal, focussed approach ensures an all -round development of each and every student.
VSM grooms the students academically and holistically, by conducting various programs throughout the year which includes specific career guidance, soft skill development, goal setting, communication skills, social camps sponsoring, Be Frank, mock interviews etc. All this is done with the ultimate aim to see the student develop into an independent, self-reliant, socially sensitive and responsible member of the society.
VSM operates primarily from the funding received from its donors and is very proud of the fact that majority of donations are from individual donors who have been with VSM from its inception. The trust and support extended by donors and well- wishers are the major assets along with the force of dedicated and untiring volunteers.
As of today, VSM has 5 Branches across Maharashtra and is a strong force of closely knit family of over 285 students and 225 volunteers and growing continuously.