5VSM Nagpur branch celebrated its first anniversary on 28th Jan 2018. A year ago the Nagpur VSM branch had been set up and now it was time to celebrate its 1st anniversary! The event was organized at Vanvasee Kalyan Ashram and had a sizeable audience comprising of mentors, students, alumni students from various VSM branches as well as invited guests were present.

The event started with the lighting of the lamp by Mr. Gopal Athavle from VSM’s Shahpur branch followed by welcome note (Sunita Gawande) and prayer (Krishna & Anjali).

amita mokashiThe program was nicely compared by Dr Anita Mokashi & our medical student Amar from Yavatmal Thereafter, Aditi Pandit & Jyoti Patwardhan jointly presented the Journey of VSM They explained the concept of Mentorship, Students total personality development through various  workshops & activities of VSM.

Arun Ingole, co-ordinator of the Nagpur branch, spoke about how his spouse started mentoring 2 students in 2012 and eventually, VSM established a new branch at Nagpur which was inaugurated on 27.01.17 in the presence of VSM’s founding-father, Mr. Bhau Naniwadekar. Nagpur branch organized two workshops in the 1st year itself, viz., Effective Communication & Be Frank with help from Thane Unit. He informed that at present, strength of Nagpur branch is 18 students & 7 mentors.

students skitA skit was presented by  Nagpur branch students through which they portrayed various in house & external workshops with following take-away  (I) Practical training like giving stitches to patients, (II) Advantages of technology in medical practice, (III) Importance of hard work, discipline, self-control, etc. (IV) Joy of helping others & giving to the needy, Living Simply, (V) Out-of-box thinking, (VI) Opportunities after graduation, & experience of mock interview.

4 chief guest interviewThe chief guest Mr. Jayant Nandapure, an inspiring personality who deeply believes in natural life-style & environment conservation, was interviewed by Dr. Sujata Kelkar & Shubham Gedam. He explained how despite of a degree in M. A. (Political Science) & LLB, he chose farming as a career in the strictly traditional Indian way by using only home-grown seeds & natural manures, employing  manual labour only & not using any chemical insecticides or pesticides.

The Q&A session conducted by Geeta Shah was well received with several questions asked and doubts cleared.

Post lunch, an In-house session was conducted by Varsha Joshi & Dr Anita in Aap ki Adalat format where by frequently asked questions by students were addressed. Dr. Archana & Jyoti enacted the role play depicting the importance of close & continuous communication for effective bonding between mentor & the student.

7rahul bhalke madhuritaiThe meeting concluded with a vote of thanks from Mrs. Ingole who thanked all present and urged the guests to come forward and join VSM in the role of volunteer mentor, mentor or donors.