The plantation started at around 9:30am and went on till 12:30pm. The first sapling was planted by Bro. Melchior Tom, Director, St. Francis Institute of Technology and Mr. Santhosh Shetty, SFIT Alumni also, Paul Fernandes, The NSS Programme Officer. The total of 55 saplings was planted. We had 5 varieties of saplings like Almond (Badam)-12, Black plum (Jamun)-20, Apta (Sona)-15 and Mango (Aam)- 8. The NSS Volunteers exhorted to take care of the planted saplings. Shreya Hunur and Amit Pathare coordinated the event.
The Deputy Director Br. Jose K. was the chief guest. The clean up drive started after the flag hoisting ceremony. The whole area was divided into four zones such as main entrance, the play ground, the workshop area and the parking area. The four NSS volunteers namely Shruthi Thumar, Gaurang Date, Pranav Lohare and Vikram Kudva took up the responsibility of coordinating the clean up. Gloves and masks were distributed to the volunteers and they set out for cleaning their respective zones. The major task was to weed out the weeds and for many of the volunteers it was first time experience. The weeds collected were dumped under the coconut trees to decompose and to be turned into manure. They also collected the plastic bags, plastic bottles, glass bottles and pieces from the premises, specially from the workshop area. This was placed in the municipal garbage bins.
The Resource Person Mr. Gaurav Karkhanis, began the workshop by giving input on what SPICE meant and what impact it can have if we are equipped with all the indicators such as Social, Physical, Intellectual, Community and Emotional (SPICE). Six groups were formed of the participant and they were asked to come up with a creative solution for social welfare with their engineering skills. This activity helped them to work together as a team, exchange ideas and come up with democratic decision making. Six unique solutions for different social problems were brought out. Each group representative presented their concerning solution with the help of chart. The voting was done to select the most practical and implementable solution of all. The details of the solutions and number of votes are as follows:
|Group No.||Title||Group Members||Votes Received|
|1||EOEO- Each One Educate One||Akshay, Anuj, Monesha, Sharviz and Soham||20|
|2||“Futuri Stick” Self Navigating Stick for Blind||Dhaval, Kimberley, Manan, Marica, Ojaswini, Priyam and Vikram||16|
|3||“Right Riders”- Helmet- To make India Safe India||Amit Pathare, Manoj Molankar, Mihir Parikh, Madhura, Ajay, Godwin, Shruti||12|
|4||“The Third World” – Including Transgenders in Society||Apurva Naik, Ashwini Balakrishnan, Devashri Shinde, Meghna Pillai, Reuel Lemos, Vidisha Anchan and Vishesh Mishra||10|
|5||“Live Love Donate”- Donate Stem Cell, Get a chance to save someone’s life||-||10|
|6||“Social Innovators”- Smart Infrastructure, Transportation to bridge the Rural –Urban Gap||-||05|
The process had three parts. In the first part the Head girl Shreya Hunur and Head boy Nihaar Shah addressed the new volunteers and welcomed them. They also briefed them about the leadership camp they just completed. Then we had Soham Thaker, Camp Coordinator (NSS Camp, Bhaliwali Village) informing the volunteers about the camp plan, implementation and the experience. Sumeet Sharma , from Website Committee explained about the SFIT NSS website creation and its maintenance.
About 365 students participated in the debate on Swachh Bharat, a dream or possibility. Both the views were very strongly presented. The speakers who supported the proposal of clean India a reality said that the steps have already been taken and all of us have to play a role to make our surroundings a better place to live. They gave examples of some ideal places like Ralegaan Siddhi, Hivre Bazaar gaon which have won awards for their cleanliness and sustainability. The speakers who spoke against the proposal said that clean India will remain a dream until we have the mindset of littering. There is a need of attitudinal change. The views expressed by the speakers made every one realize where we are in terms of cleanliness and to take up the challenge to achieve our mission of clean India. At the end of the debate all the participants took the swachhta pledge where they pledged that they will be devoting 100 hours in a year towards the mission of clean India.
The resource person Mr. Sanket Prabhu, Ex-HSBC Vice president and SFIT alumni began the session with asking students ideas about the sponsorship. Then he began with the course of the seminar which was as follows:
The blood donation was organized by NSS and SRC SFIT in collaboration with Bhagwati Municipal General Hospital, Borivali, Mumbai and Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai. The blood donation preparations started at 8 a.m. as soon as volunteers gathered. The hospital staff arrived at 9.15 a.m. with the required equipment. A Tulsi plant was offered as a symbol to the head representatives of respective hospital. The blood donation started at 10.15 a.m. and went on till 4.30 p.m. The Thalassemia Screening was started along with blood donation. It was conducted in collaboration with Think Foundation. A total of 398 students went on for the Screening.
|No. of Blood Donors||288|
|No. of Students participated in Thalassemia Screening||398|
About 55 NSS Volunteers visited ShantiDaan on 30th July 2016. It is their first visit to their adopted community of the academic year 2016-17. Bro. Swasti, Head of ShanthiDaan 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 the very 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 felt the need of spending time with the members of Shanti Daan and would like to adopt it for their regular activities. The members need socialization and visits of people to the centre gives them joy and confidence. They suggested that we need to help them in terms of donating some of hygiene and cleanliness materials. They felt that the members there have the right for entertainment and sports and by adopting such a place will give them an opportunity to bring about social change. They spent about 3 hours in ShanthiDaan.
A Health and Hygiene campaign will be organized in the second week of September where the NSS volunteers and SRC members will create awareness on Health, Hygiene and Cleanliness at ShanthiDaan. A donation Drive will be organized to collect materials of Health and Hygiene and thus collected materials will be donated to the members of ShanthiDaan.
The NSS volunteers were divided in 3 groups and started preparing handouts and posters. The handouts were in English, Hindi & Marathi and had a lot of images and symbols so that everyone can also understand what it is all about. The volunteers then preceeded to their selected areas. The people took interest to know about the clean India Campaign and about health problems due to uncleanliness. The objectives of the programme were achieved and the volunteers felt that they need more such programmes to help the people to lead a clean, healthy and hygienic life. The efforts taken to create such an awareness program was appreciated by the people.
To mark the International Coastal Clean up Day, SFIT NSS Volunteers in collaboration with Versova Resident Volunteers and Maharashtra Maritime Board, Mumbai participated in a mega clean up drive. At 7:45am NSS Volunteers assembled at the Versova Jetty Beach. After the initial welcome and introduction by the Maharashtra Maritime Board, the gloves and masks were distributed. The volunteers proceeded to the beach and there they were provided the cleaning materials like spade, shovels and bin bags and tubs. The students were assigned spots to be cleaned. They picked garbage of all kinds and later segregated them and transferred them onto tractors carrying wet and dry waste. The cleanliness drive went on up to 11:30am after which refreshments were served to all.
No. of Volunteers
Anmol Home is a Child Care Institution in Thane working for children’s welfare. The event began introducing the children to the volunteers by their caretaker. Then it was followed by “Passing-the-parcel” game where the small children participated actively and showcased their talents enthusiastically. The winner of the game was felicitated. Then there was dance where even the volunteers joined the kids. After that snacks and cold-drinks were distributed. Followed by, it was a “Drawing competition” where even elder girls studying in 7th - 10th standard participated with the smaller ones. Everyone participated enthusiastically and they're filled with joy to have the volunteers visiting and spending time with them. The first three winners were felicitated. Also some books were donated by NSS-SFIT. The caretaker of the institution Mr. John Abraham thanked the volunteers for visiting the institution. This visit was concluded by a vote of thanks given by our volunteer, addressing the caretaker and the children.
The dignitaries present to mark the occasion were Hon’ Sir Vinod Tavde, Education and Cultural minister and Hon’ Sir Sanjay Deshmukh, Vice chancellor arrived at the venue and interacted with the NSS volunteers. The Flag hoisting was done by Hon’ Sir Vinod Tavde. The flag was hoisted on one of the tallest pole in Mumbai measuring 150ft. The flag hoisting was followed by a stage program where the scholars and achievers in various fields were awarded. They also gave information about the different curriculum of The Mumbai University and also about the new schemes for the underprivileged being initiated. The program ended around 5:30 pm with The National Anthem.
The Walkathon was organized by University of Mumbai and Government of Maharashtra. The walkathon started at sharp 7:00 am as soon as Mr.Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra arrived accompanied by Mr. Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra and many other dignitaries. After addressing the gathered volunteers at Nariman point the chief minister flagged off the walkathon. Thousands of people volunteered for walkathon including various NSS as well other NGOs and Hospitals to spread the message of organ donation and to remove any misconceptions regarding organ donation. Slogans such as “Avayav Daan Shrestha Daan” and “One Organ can Save 8 Lives” were chanted by the volunteers. The walkathon started from Nariman Point at 7:00 am and concluded at Marine Drive at 10:00 am with great enthusiasm shown by the volunteers to pledge there organs in order to serve the society even after their death.
8 NSS volunteers gathered at the Air India building, Churchgate around 6:30 am. T-shirts and caps were provided to all present NSS members. The dignitaries such as Hon’ Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and a few other ministers arrived at the venue and interacted with the NSS volunteers. A speech which specified the reasons for the event being held was given before the run began. The Hon’ Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took an oath along with all the present NSS members. The run was flagged off after the oath. Running in the front were three volunteers, holding the Indian National flag. The remaining NSS members followed them.The program ended around 9:30 am. Refreshments were served and the volunteer dispersed around 10:00 am.