College level Activities


  1. NSS INAUGURATION

    • Date: July 22nd 2015
    • Objectives:
      1. Understand the community in which they work
      2. Develop among them a sense of social and civic responsibility
      3. Practice national integration and social harmony
      4. Identify the needs and problems of the community

    The newly enrolled 50 NSS Volunteers and the heads of various departments and senior faculty were present for the event. The Chief Guests for the programme were Prof. Dr. Swati Desai, District coordinator of NSS and Prof. Dr. Ketan Rawal, Area coordinator of NSS (western region). Paul Fernandes, The NSS Programme Officer welcomed the Chief Guests. Director Bro. Melchior Tom and Principal Dr. A.K. Sen felicitated the chief guests by presenting the tulsi plants. Dr. Swati in her address encouraged the students to actively participate inthe activities as NSS Volunteers will develop their personality and leadership qualities through community service.

  2. CLOTHES DONATION DRIVE

    • Date: July 27, 2015 to August 6, 2015
    • Objectives:
      1. To motivate the students to understand the nature and value of giving.
      2. To make them to value the things they have and understand the needy and willingly contribute.
      3. To make a difference in the lives of the needy.

    The students as well as the faculty members participated in the initiative and donated good number of clothes for the people of all age groups. The clothes collected were donated to the Trust of Talasari mission, involved in the integrated development of tribals in Dahanu and Jowhar blocks of Palghar District. The social responsibility cell core committee members and the NSS volunteers motivated the students to make this drive successful. We thank all for being generous and extending a helping hand and supporting this noble initiative.

  3. BOOK DONATION DRIVE

    • Date: July 27, 2015 to August 6, 2015
    • Objectives:
      1. To motivate the students to understand the nature and value of giving.
      2. To make them to value the things they have and understand the needy and willingly contribute.
      3. To make a difference in the lives of the needy.
      4. To impart knowledge to the unprivileged and needy people in the society.
      5. To make the people literate.

    The students as well as the faculty members participated in the initiative and donated good number of books and of different kindssuch as study material,novels,etc. The clothes collected were donated to the Trust of Talasari mission, involved in the integrated development of tribals in Dahanu and Jowhar blocks of Palghar District. The social responsibility cell core committee members and the NSS volunteers motivated the students to make this drive successful. We thank all for being generous and extending a helping hand and supporting this noble initiative.

  4. GO GREEN SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN

    • Date: September 16th to 30th, 2015
    • Objectives:
      1. To create awareness of the harmful effects of the use of plastic bags and encourage and motivate the faculty members as well as the students to say no to plastic bags and to ban the plastic

    About 900 students and faculty members participated in the signature campaign.



  5. FIRE SAFETY MOCK DRILL

    • Date: January 13th, 2016
    • Objectives:
      1. To be able to Identify Fire Hazards and Risk.
      2. To follow correct procedure in the event of fire.

    About 45 NSS members and 15 lab assistants participated in it. Mr. Hasmukh Rawal from Ganesh Fire Agency was the resource person. In the first half of the session he explained various types of fire extinguishers and their capacities and specifications. He also described the method of operation. In the second half of the session he conducted the drill in which there was a practical demo on how to extinguish fire using extinguishers. All presentbecame aware of the various types of fire extinguishers and these are to be used on objects and not on human beings. They also learnt how to use extinguishers.

  6. MEDICAL CHECK-UP CAMP

    • Date: January 16th, 2016
    • Objectives:
      1. To take a medical check up for college staff

    A team of Doctors and medical practitioners from Unicare Health Centre, Ghatkopar, Mumbai headed by Dr. SomnathRasal were the resource persons. The check up included Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Body Type, BMI and Diet Advice. About 104 staff benefitted from the medical checkup camp. Around 30 NSS volunteers helped in conducting the camp.

  7. ANDHASHRADDHA NIRMOOLAN

    • Date: January 20th, 2016
    • Objectives:
      1. To create an awareness on eradication of Blind faith

    Mr.S.Munde, one of the active members of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) was the resource person. Various tricks behind superstition were uncovered by him to create awakening against blind faith.




  8. WOMEN'S DAY CELEBRATION

    • Date: March 9th, 2016
    • Objectives:
      1. To create an awareness on Women's safety and importance in the society
      2. To develop a feeling of respect in the minds of people and society

    Ms Amrita Mathur, convener of Women’s Guidance Cell welcomed the chief guest Ms. Shraddha Rajpurkar from Sakhya Women’s Guidance Celland felicitated her with a tulsi plant. The chief guest in her address raised a few questions that are impacting safety of women. She also spoke of the importance of women development cell and Internal Complaints Committee to address the complaints of women in schools, colleges, institutions and organizations.






    Community level Activities

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    1. SHANTI DAAN
      • Date: 1st August, 2015
      • Objectives:
        1. To socialize with the members of Shanti Daan.
        2. To connect the college to community.
        3. To sensitize the students about the issues of the abandoned.

      Shanti Daan is a home for abandoned males of all age groups and most of the members are physically challenged and some are mentally challenged and a few are elderly. Brother Oscar, Head of Shanti Daan welcomed the volunteers and oriented them about the centre. The volunteers in no time mingled with the members and were talking to them and playing with them. They encouraged the children in activities like drawing and playing. The elderly shared their memories and experiences. The volunteers were encouraged by thevery sight of the members and their courage to continue in life. The volunteers also gave a helping hand to feed the members as many of them are physically challenged. The volunteers bought a few candles which were made by the members of Shanti Daan. It was a great experience for the NSS unit.

    2. HEALTH AND HYGIENE CAMPAIGN AT SHANTI DAAN
      • Date: 12th September, 2015
      • Objectives:
        1. To socialize with the members of Shanti Daan.
        2. To create awareness regarding Cleanliness.
        3. To donate healthy and hygienic products required on daily basis.
        4. To sensitize the students about the issues of the abandoned.

      Mr. Paul Fernandes on behalf of the NSS Unit and SRC handed over Brother Oscar a collection of hygienic items donated by SFIT students. The Volunteers accumulated the inmates of Shanti Daan in the Hall where the projector was set up by them. They were told about the importance of health and hygiene. The volunteers gave a helping hand to feed the members as many of them are physically challenged. After that, they assisted in cleaning up the place.

    3. JUHU BEACH CLEAN UP
      • Date: 28th September, 2015
      • Objectives:
        1. To clean Juhu beach after the immersion of Ganesh idols
        2. To support the cleanliness movement (Swachh Bharat abhiyan)
        3. To sensitize the students about their moral responsibility to keep the surroundings clean

      Every year, after the immersion of Ganesh Idols on the last day of Ganesh festival, the popular beach of Juhu becomes a mess with a huge chunk of garbage. And a good amount of these are toxic contents. These can in turn affect the fishes in the sea. Moreover, to promote the idea among students that the nature is owned by them and needs to be taken care as their very own possession, the event was organised. The NSS tied up with Juhu Angels and DNA Eco-Ganesha who were conducting such events in the city. Necessary logistics which included T-shirts, gloves, masks, trash bags were distributed. Thereafter, the briefing which included the instructions to be followed was given by Mr Larson Fernandez (Juhu Angles) who was the main organiser of the event. There were students from other institutes also present at the site along with the local residents.

    4. BLOOD DONATION CAMP
      • Date: 29th September, 2015
      • Objectives:
        1. To encourage maximum number of people to become blood donors
        2. To ensure a substantial contribution in fulfilling transfusion needs of many patients
        3. To increase public awareness regarding the importance of blood donations
        4. To help ease or prevent acute shortage of blood groups in times of emergency

      The SFIT NSS Unit conducted a Blood Donation Campaign in the Assembly Hall of St. Francis Institute of Technology. This event was in association with Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Blood Donation Bank (MGM) under the guidance of Mr. Paul Fernandes, NSS Program Officer. The count of people who arrived for donation was 257 where in only 178 people were eligible and donated the blood. The event was inaugurated with the felicitation of Dr. Kishore Jha whereby Mr. Paul Fernandes handed him a bouquet. The one thing we all learned here was none have suffered by helping others; and donating blood is one of the biggest services anyone can provide.It is next to saving a life; and the satisfaction it gives can be achieved by no other deed.

    5. Cleanliness Drive at Borivali Station
      • Date: 26th January, 2016
      • Objectives:
        1. To develop a sense of social and civic responsibility amongst the citizens
        2. To lend a helping hand to railway authorities in maintaining cleanliness
        3. To uphold the dignity of labor
        4. To create social awareness about cleanliness, health and hygiene

      NSS unit of St Francis Institute of Technology along with SRC and ISTE organized a cleanliness drive at Borivali Station, Mumbai. Along with our faculty members, few of the people in the vicinity joined us in the same. Followed by that, few of our volunteers enacted a short skit, spreading awareness about cleanliness, health, hygiene and creating social consciousness among citizens. All the 8 platforms and subways were cleaned. Simultaneously, along with the cleaning, skits were performed on a bridge and on the east side of the railway station. The students cleaned up the dry and wet waste with their respective equipments. The message of keeping cleanliness and heigene was made clear to the people.

    6. Dahisar River Wall Beautification drive
      • Date: 4th and 5th March, 2016
      • Objectives:
        1. To develop a sense of social and civic responsibility amongst the citizens
        2. To lend a helping hand to railway authorities in cleaning the station
        3. Upholding Dignity of labor
        4. To create social awareness about cleanliness, health and hygiene

      Mayor Dr. Shubha Raul requested the SFIT NSS unit to contribute towards the cause of saving the rivers and river march by choosing to beautify a portion of the Dahisar river wall which is closer to the college. A few NSS volunteers came forward to complete the task. The theme of the art was river life. The art revolved around waves, lotus, fishes, boat and such. The colour, brushes and refreshments were provided by the corporator.






      Rural Camp - Bhaliwali Village

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      1. SOCIO-ECONOMIC SURVEY
        • Date: 13th and 14th June 2016
        • Number of Participants: 29 NSS Volunteers and 4 Faculty Members
        • Objectives:
          1. To socialize with the villagers and identify the issues faced.
          2. To know about various statistics about the villagers.
          3. To learn about the Governmental facilities available to them.

        On 13th of June, on reaching the village the first event in Bhaliwali village was the survey of the village. The main purpose of conducting the survey first was to know the village people and get first hand information of their lives and also to have a rapport with them so that we can conduct other activities with them with ease. NSS Volunteers were divided into four different groups with each group having a faculty and Marathi speaking students.

      2. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY
        • Date: 14th and 16th June 2016
        • Venue: ZP School, Bhaliwali Village, Virar East.
        • Number of Participants: 12 and 2 Faculty members.
        • Objectives:
          1. To interact with children.
          2. To learn how to use activity based teaching and learning.

        The teacher was cooperative and happy to welcome us. The children were very active and they were already taught alphabets (A-Z), numbers (0-9) and names of weekdays, months. The children also knew the names of birds, animals, flowers and vegetables along with many Marathi nursery rhymes. The volunteers made them recite all alphabets and numbers. The importance of good touch and bad touch was also taught to the children. After the teaching activity, the volunteers took the children to the small playing area and played many games.

      3. BEAUTIFICATION OF ZP SCHOOL PREMISES
        • Date: 14th and 16th June 2016
        • Venue: ZP School, Bhaliwali Village, Virar East.
        • Number of Participants: 10 NSS Volunteers and 1 Faculty.
        • Objectives:
          1. To beautify the surroundings of school
          2. To inculcate basic values in the minds of students through simple slogans and sketches

        Permission was obtained from the resident families of houses opposite to ZP School in order to paint the walls and beautify the surroundings of the school. It was decided to paint a few slogans concerning education and saving water which is the need of the hour. On wall 1 the slogan of “Mulgi Shikli Pragati Zhali” was depicted and the same theme was followed in the art as well. On wall 2 the slogan of “ Paani vachva, Prithvi Vachva” was depicted and the same theme was followed in the art as with the favorite cartoons of the kids

      4. REVIVAL OF NON FUNCTIONING COMPOST PIT AT BHALIWALI VILLAGE
        • Date: 15th to 17th June, 2016
        • Venue: Compost Pit, Bhaliwali Village, Virar East.
        • Total no. of Volunteers: 10
        • Objectives:
          1. To revive the non functional compost pit for the long term use in generating compost.
          2. To create awareness among the villagers about the value to dry and wet waste.
          3. To make Bhaliwali village plastic free and help to segregate dry waste and wet waste and as well as plastic.

        The existing compost pits of the village was cleaned and revived for the use. The process of revival included cleaning and emptying of the two pits. The material required for work such as picax, spade, trolleys and carrying containers were provided by the villagers. The Gram Sevak, Anand Patil who was instrumental in constructing the compost pit, guided the volunteers in the activity. The volunteers worked hard and cleaned the entire pits thoroughly. They also segregated the garbage leaving only soil behind.

        The cleanliness drives were held simultaneously in the village and enough of wet garbage was college for this purpose. The volunteers formed alternate layers of wet garbage including a lot of leaves and other degradable materials and soil in one pit. In adjacent pit was left for dumping plastic which would be collected by the Gram Panchayat Solid Waste Management Department. The Volunteers contributed towards the revival of the non functional compost pits and helped in solving the problem of garbage management. The villagers are hopeful of maintain the compost pits and happy to generate the compost which will be useful for the farmers and villagers at large.

      5. SPORTS ACTIVITY
        • Date: 15th and 16th June 2016
        • Venue: Bhaliwali Sports Ground, Bhaliwali Village, Virar East.
        • Number of Participants: 29 NSS Volunteers and 4 Faculty members
        • Objectives:
          1. To spend time with all the villagers and motivate them towards sports
          2. To induce values like leadership, sportsman spirit and teamwork in the minds of villagers.

        On 15th June 2016, NSS unit organized a cricket match for boys below age 12. Musical chairs and passing the parcel for male and female participants was organized for all villagers. Next day, there was cricket match for the youth. Later there was spoon and marble race for all villagers. All the villagers were very happy and they enjoyed themselves during every game. Children played drums to show their enthusiasm during every match. There was a prize distribution ceremony for all the winners in the above games on 18th June 2016 during the eye check up camp.

      6. SEED PLANTATION
        • Date: 17th June 2016
        • Venue: Bhaliwali Village, Virar East.
        • Number of Participants: 29 NSS Volunteers
        • Objectives:
          1. To plant trees along the paths to reduce pollution
          2. To increase the beauty of village and also make an effort to reap various types of fruits for villagers.

        The students collected the seeds from their residing place and from the village which were suitable enough to be planted. Students mainly collected Mango, Custard apple and Jamun seeds. After collecting the seeds all with Anand Patil, the Gram Sevak headed to the main road of Bhalivali village and started planting seeds along the road. The plantation was done keeping in mind they get enough of sun light and water.

      7. VISIT TO THE NGO, VIVEK RURAL DEVELOPMENT
        • Date: 17th June, 2016
        • Venue: Rashtriya Seva Samiti, Bhaliwali Village, Virar East.
        • Number of Participants: 29 NSS Volunteers
        • Objectives:
          1. To know about the good work that the NGO does for the surrounding needy underprivileged people
          2. To visit the land maintained by Rashtriya Seva Samiti, developed by NGO: Vivek Rural Development
          3. To learn about different types of plants and animal that were grown and taken care of respectively inside the NGO.

        The NGO has about 20 acres of farm land where they do organic farming. They grow various types of vegetables and grains and have a variety of medicinal and show plants in a nursery. They also rear and care for the cows even the abandoned cows. They have high breed dogs and birds. At the entrance the articles made using bamboo are showcased and kept for sale. The students were amazed to see the cattle shed where each of the cows is named, along with variety of dogs, hens, ducks, Macaw, Guinea pigs, Rabbits who were kept in separate cages and looked after very efficiently. The students got to see the national bird of Australia, EMU. In the premises there is a guest house made of thermocol walls and instead of bricks as core, having outer coating of plaster and inner coat of cow-dung which lowered inside temperature a lot compared to the surrounding temperature and the interior and furniture used in the guest house was all made up bamboo.

      8. EYE CHECK-UP CAMP
        • Date: 18th June, 2016
        • Venue: Ashapuri Lake Resort, Bhaliwali Village, Virar (E)
        • Number of Participants: 29 NSS Volunteers and 4 Faculty members
        • Objectives:
          1. To provide free facilities for all the villagers like checking visual acuity and also whether they are developing cataract.
          2. To detect serious problem if any and provide them with free surgery.

        On 18th June 2016, an eye check-up camp was held at Ashapuri Lake Resort a location accessible to the villagers. A team of Doctors and technicians from Bhakti Vedanta Hospital, Mira Road conducted the camp. The NSS volunteers and the doctors’ team coordinated and arranged the counters by numbering them according to the sequence in which it needs to be followed. Counter no. 1 was for registration of the villagers from there they were supposed to collect the forms then they were lead to the counter no. 2 where they tested the visual acuity by making them read the chart in mirror. And then counter no. 3 where the doctors checked the patient’s eyes and prescribed medicines according to the problems they were facing. At the counter no 4 there was a counselor who gave them suggestions, precautions or some information regarding their problem.. If any serious problem got detected then those people were subjected to free surgery in the Bhakti Vedanta Hospital.

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