Blood Donation Camp
On 21st December 2020, we organised a blood donation campaign in association with Inlaks and Budhrani hospital. Due to the spread of global pandemic, there has been a huge shortage of blood since not many donors are available in current times while, Inlaks and Budhrani hospital was in need for blood in order to take good care of patients of Thalassemia. Hence, to serve this noble cause we urged to our faculty members, the students staying nearby and few members of nearby societies to donate blood. 28 people registered for the cause while, 6 of them donated blood. Few females were not eligible due to low hemoglobin. With the kind support from Dr. Jaya Kulkarni, Technician Varsha Dahale, Sister Mira Dhumre and Peon Santosh Salve, all the Covid guidelines were diligently followed and the campaign was smoothly completed.
On this very auspicious day of the 141 birthday of our Revered Founder, Sadhu Vaswani – 25th November 2020
Visit to Blue Cross Society of Pune (23.11.2020)
Revered Sadhu T L Vaswani said, “No Nation is truly free until the Animal, man’s younger brother is free and happy.” We try to tread the path that our Founder laid for us. To continue our efforts in the same direction, on occasion of our Founder’s 141st birthday, we visited Blue Cross Society (Shelter for Sick and Abandoned Animals) of Pune and donated 10 kgs of Rice, 20 soaps and old clothes.
Visit to Maher NGO of Pune (24.11.2020)
we visited Maher NGO (Destitute women and children) of Pune and donated 6 sets of Badminton racket and old clothes.
Other donation activities on 24th Nov 2020
Shri Shyam Gau Sewa Samiti is a registered society in Majra Village Haryana, who started there Animal welfare journey in 2015 and Gives treatment to more than 8000 Cows, Calves and Nandi’s. They provide FREE AMBULANCE and TREATMENT FACILITIES to all stray Cows, Calves and Nandi. SVIMS Donated 400 kg of Green Grass Bundle.
Seva Kitchen feed less privileged people during the Corona crisis. SEVA Kitchen has been working for years to tackle hunger. SVIMS Donated Food kit (This food kit contains Rice 5 kgs, Tur Dal 1 kg, Mirch powder 200 GMs, Sugar 500 GMs, Soya bean 500 ml, 1 bottle pickle, 250 GMs tea Powder, 100 GMs turmeric powder, 100 GMs Dhania powder, 1 pkt Salt, 50 GMs masala , 5 kgs atta.)
Holistic Education Mission – Mission started by the first graduate from Valsad in Gujarat is now home to 315 Orphan and Poor Children in the village. A Couple started this with a vision of providing education to the orphan and underprivileged children. They have been organizing everything through the salaries obtained and now as the number of children wanting to get educated keep on increasing, they need more support to continue this process successfully. SVIMS Donated 10 kg of wheat flour to help provide nutritious food to poor and orphaned children
Earth Citizenship and CSR
SVIMS is committed to environment protection by creating awareness and empathy through workshops and talks on sustainable living and through ‘green intiatives and action’ to show ‘we care’.
Some of our Initiatives:
07th December 2019
Mental Health Orientation
Ms. Liyaan Satarvala & Ms. Anita Sharma, volunteers from Connect NGO were invited to deliver an orientation session on Mental Health on 7th Dec. ’19 from 11.30 to 1 pm. The NGO provides a non-judgmental, non-advisory, confidential space for those feeling low, distressed or suicidal.
The session helped students understand the various risk factors, warning signs related to suicide and interventions they can take in emotionally demanding situations.
16th October 2019
Initiative for Chartering of the Toastmasters International Club at our Institute
A team of 13 Toastmasters were invited over to let our students know as to what the Toastmasters Club is. They followed a practical approach to serve this purpose by conducting a demo Toastmasters meeting and explaining the nuances of how a meeting is held, what are the rules that they follow. The audience witnessed as to how each member has a role to play in the meeting, what are the responsibilities of a role player, how is it that they keep on tab time, language and grammar of the designated/chosen speakers. After the demo meeting was over, they took a quick question and answer session to address the queries of the students and explained the break-up of the Charter fees, membership fees and bi-annual fees to the entire audience.
12th October 2019
Thalassemia Awareness and Detection
Thalassemia Awareness and Detection Camp was organized in collaboration with Rotary Club Downtown Pune and Ruby Hall. Dr. Nita Munshi (MD Pathology), Director Laboratory at Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune has made Thalassemia prevention a mission of her life.
Dr. Nita explained Thalassemia to be a blood disorder passed down through families (inherited), and how early detection can prevent the conception of children with this disorder. She sensitised the young ladies about the painful monetary, social and emotional problems and complications attached with Thalassemia. Dr. Munshi however ended on a positive note that the advancement in medicine and Science has helped increase the life span of carriers and also lead a quality life.
The awareness session was followed by a Thalassemia detection camp. 46 students and staff were tested for thalassemia.
3rd October 2019
Session on Disaster Management by Youth Red Cross
Prof. R. V. Kulkarni- Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Pune District Branch started his session with these two questions that were food for introspection and self – reflection- Are we aware of Disaster Management? Are we prepared for it?
He shared various recent incidents of disaster which could have been handled in a better way and where loss could have been minimised if people were aware about disaster management and prepared to handle it. His examples of floods, earthquake, fire etc made the session thought provoking.
13th August 2019
Awareness Session on Organ Donation
Resource Person: Ms. Ujwala
An awareness session on Organ Donation was organized at Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies for Girls on 13th Aug. 2019 from 9 to 10 am. Ms. Ujwala, Associate Professor with Sadhu Vaswani College of Nursing and a specialist in Critical Care, presented factual data about the current status of organ donation and stated how life of the sufferers can be improved or saved by donating organs. She covered various aspects of Organ Donation including the process of organ donation, challenges and also the laws associated with it.
The session was helpful as it cleared most of the doubts and misconceptions about organ donation and left the students with positive inclinations towards the noble cause of organ donation.
01st August 2019
Visit to Blue Cross
The CSR team of Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies for Girls visited Blue Cross Shelter for Animals on 1st August 2019. This was on the occasion of our Beloved Revered Dada J. P. Vaswani’s 101st Birthday. The team donated 10 kgs Rice, Old Clothes, Phenyl bottles and Soaps for the animals in the shelter.
09th July 2019
Visit to Poona Blind School
As a tribute to our Beloved Dada J P Vaswani on his Sacred Mahayagya Team SVIMS visited Poona Blind School. Poona Blind School, Koregaon Park caters to 130 boys who are blind or are suffering from partial blindness. It’s a residential school which serves the boys free of cost.
Beloved Dada believed that Service of the poor, the underprivileged is a way to God. Keeping this in mind, SVIMS made a humble contribution to funding a meal for the visually challenged boys. Serving them was indeed therapeutic for the mind and soul.
14th March 2019
Breast Cancer Awareness Camp on
Resource Person: Ms. Laleh Busheri
A Breast Cancer Awareness Camp was organised in association with Prashanti Cancer Care Mission which is a well-known NGO in Pune. The CEO of Prashanti Cancer Care Mission Ms. Laleh Busheri delivered a session on Prevention & Management of Breast Cancer. She discussed about the rate at which Breast Cancer is increasing in India, factors responsible for it and how it can be prevented. Her Presentation helped the students to carry self-detection for Breast Cancer.
Dr. B. H. Nanwani welcoming Ms. Laleh Ms. Laleh Busheri presenting her talk
The session was followed by a free clinical check- up in which students and members of the community [Seventy in all] participated. Ms. Busheri in her kindness announced that anyone sent by the Institute would be eligible for free sonography, mammography and genetic counselling at Prashanti Cancer Care Foundation over the next three months.
07th March 2019
Topic: Abhivyakti: Women and Law
Time: 2:45 -4:00 pm
Resource Person: Ms. Alka Joshi
A renowned social activist Ms. Alka Joshi, who is associated with a group named LOKAYAT based out of Pune was invited to talk and create awareness on wide range of issues related to youth. She shared her views on fascism, the growing communal divide, sexual harassment at workplace, domestic violence, caste inequality and gender inequality.
Ms. Joshi mentioned in her talk how their team is working hard to create a new non-violent, peaceful society, where women are able to live with dignity as human beings, which guarantees everyone’s basic conditions for the fullest development of their inherent abilities. She educated the students about the Vishakha Guidelines, and shared many historic cases indicating violence on women’s. Ms. Joshi told the ways one can appeal to the ICC committee, its procedure, fines and penalty. Towards the end of the session two small documentaries related to sexual harassment were shown to the audience.
07th March 2019
Topic: Women Empowerment and Mental Health
Time: 10:00 -11:00 am
Resource Person: Dr.Sadhana Natu
Dr. Sadhana Natu, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Psychology, Modern College of Arts, Ganeshkhind, Pune, held the audience in awe when she spoke on ‘Women Empowerment and Mental Health’.
She discussed how mental health and empowerment are two essential needs in context of women. She mentioned the importance of emotional intelligence and shared many examples to show how one can manage one’s emotions. Dr. Natu also urged not to suppress negative emotions as it could lead to mental and physical ailments in the long run.
During her interaction with the students, Dr.Sadhana explained how certain gender specific risk factors like violence, socioeconomic disadvantage, income inequality, social status, roles, and negative life experiences and events can adversely affect women’s mental health.
The programme was organised with the objective of promoting gender equity.
12th February 2019
Blood Donation Camp
On 12th February, 2019 the CSR committee of Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies for Girls, Pune (SVIMS) in collaboration with Inlaks and Budhrani hospital organized a blood donation camp from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The objective of this drive was to help those who are in dire need of blood and those who cannot get help by any other means.
The camp saw enthusiastic participation by students and faculty members. All donors after donating blood could lie down and recuperate for a while before they left the venue. Also, before and after the donation they were provided with refreshments such as tea and coffee, glucose juice, poha and wafer packets which were a generous donation made by Budhani wafers in Pune.
.The blood samples of each donor was carefully collected, sealed and transported away as the day came to an end. Out of a total of 100, 48 people were deemed fit to donate blood for Inlaks hospital.
A certificate of recognition was also provided to all donors as they left the institution. Those who were deemed physically unfit to donate blood were guided on how to live a healthy lifestyle and be fit before the next donation drive. Throughout the day, there were smiles and laughter all around and we saw our community come together to give back to society!
26th January 2019
Visit To Blue Cross
On 26th Jan. ’19, some students and faculties of SVIMS visited Blue Cross, Mundhwa which is a home to dogs, cattle and birds and many more creatures who are orphaned, abandoned, old, injured, abused and physically disabled by speeding vehicles. Blue cross provide shelters, re-homing, adoption, hospitals & mobile dispensary, ambulance services for injured animals.
The team from SVIMS donated a collection of 14 kg Rice,8 kg Newspaper and old cloths at the Blue Cross Shelter, Mundhwa.
The students came back with a smile of content on their faces that they could do a little bit for the injured speechless animals. They also made a commitment to visit at least once to the place quarterly.
18th January 2019
Donation to Gaushala
As a part of Sewa, Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies for Girls donated to the Acharya Vinoba Bhave Goabhyatirth (Gaushala) located at Koyali Tarfe near Chakan.
The Gaushala has 150 cows which are either weak, injured or saved just before they were being taken to the slaughter house. This activity was undertaken in connection with Sadhu Vaswani’s Mahayagna and to help our students imbibe the value of ‘Reverence for all Life’.
1st and 2nd December 2018
Blanket Donation Drive with Robin hood Army
A blanket donation drive was organised in association with the well – known NGO – Robinhood Army. Money was collected to buy 46 blankets which were used to cover shivering human beings on the streets of Pune.
The drive took place on 1st and 2nd Dec between 11 pm to 4 am in the areas of Wakad, PS, Nashik Phata, Pimpri, Chinchwad, Kasarwadi, Khadki, Shivaji Nagar, JM Road, Yerwada, Pune Station, Aundh, Baner & Chaturshringi Temple. In association with Robin hood we were able to deliver warmth to many yet few needy people.
26th October 2018
Dental check-up free of charge!
“The best cure is always prevention”, says Dr. Neha Milani who along with Dr. Sarah Omer was invited to conduct a dental check-up camp at no cost. The camp was conducted for 2 hours and a total of 90 people availed the professional service for their dental health and were delighted with an endearing demeanor of these 2 Dentists. The camp started with these 90 participants first registering themselves, then proceeding with getting their teeth checked and being provided with expert advice by the 2 Dentists. This camp ended with our Director expressing her gratitude towards the Dentists and their assistants.
10th October, 2018
Resource Persons: Dr. Neha Milani, Dr. Chetan Burujwale, Dr. Pallavi Panse, Dr. Ashiyana Nariani
A wellness Wednesday Program
Sadhu Vaswani Institute for Management Studies for Girls, wishes students to grow into ethical and effective women managers and leaders. This requires having a sharp brain, a sensitive heart and above all a fit body. Therefore A wellness Wednesday program was organized on 10th October, 2018.
The first session was about dental health conducted by Dr. Neha Milani. Being an icon of youth and success, she successfully guided us how we should take care of our teeth. Dental problems can lead to pancreatic cancer and therefore it is very important to take care of our teeth and not neglect it. She stated that Dentistry is not expensive but neglecting it is!
The next session was conducted by Dr. Chetan Burujwale, Senior Medical Officer from Madhavbaug Multidisciplinary Cardiac Clinics and Hospitals. He elaborated on the need and essence of protecting and caring for the most important muscle in our bodies – the heart and how various conditions such as Blood Pressure, Diabetes, stress et al are related to heart disorders and diseases. He appealed that each one must walk for a minimum of 30 minutes every day to have a healthy heart.
The third session was conducted by Dr. Pallavi Panse, Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She elaborated on ways and means of maintaining menstrual hygiene and the necessity of HPP vaccination for young girls who have attained puberty.
The last session was about eye care. Dr. Ashiyana Nariani a corneal transplant expert discussed about various Cornea and External Eye Diseases and infections. She spoke of simple techniques to avoid dry eyes and pink eyes. She advocated about Eye Donation in her parting message.
Workshop on Newspaper Bag Making [28th August 2018]
With a view to prevent use of plastic and save the environment, we conducted a workshop [28th August 2018] on making bags from the News Papers. Mrs. Nisha Gujarathi, the trainer taught a group of 12 students how to make F-bags which can carry up to 1.5kgs of weight and can be used to purchase daily grocery items; D-Bags which are multipurpose bags which can carry up to 3kgs of weight; Box bags to carry and store shoes ( up to 5kgs) and Shopping bags which can carry up to 8 kgs of weight. The bags are very affordable and look trendy too.
Breast Cancer Awareness 12th February 2018
Our students participated in a Mega Event set to create a World Record. Breast Cancer Awareness organised by OYE Foundation
MOUs with :
- Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital for conversion of organic material waste into biogas and for use of STP.
- SWACH for collection and recycling of E waste
- Brown leaf for disposal of brown leaves
Rain Water Harvesting Installing Solar Panels
Sewage Treatment Plant Solid Waste Treatment
Around November to March is the time when deciduous trees shed leaves. A large quantity of leaf litter is generated.
Ground remains covered with these fallen leaves. They form a layer over the soil, protecting it from harsh sun during summer. Due to this, soil retains moisture. Various insects find shelter under these leaves.
Around 50 to 70% of the nutrients that a tree absorbs are present in the fallen leaves. In the monsoon, leaves decompose, and nutrients are returned to the soil, thus completing the cycle.
In urban setup, this natural, essential process has turned into a nightmare.
In cities, majority of the soils are capped with buildings, roads, pavements etc. Even when open soil is available, heaps of leaf litter do not fit into our idea of aesthetics. There is just no scope for natural decomposition of leaf litter.
Burning seems a convenient way to get rid of the leaf litter. Burning of dry leaves is banned in many countries.
Burning of dry leaves generates a large quantity of particulates that can reach deep in lung tissue and cause
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Long-term respiratory problems
SVIMS invited Aditi Deodhar, founder of Brown Leaf,at the institute to take steps in decomposing brown leafs of the trees in the campus.
Waste Management Initiatives [1st November 2017]
We collect E waste and Plastic waste and offer it for reuse and recycling to agencies such as SWACH.
Plastic Free Week Challenge was arranged from 1st to 7th November 2017
Appeals were made to Avoid or reduce or refuse plastic products.
DAAN UTSAV OCT 2017
DONATE FOR DIGNITY 2017
SVIMS made donations to Samagra Empowerment Foundation to help provide access to clean community toilets to girls.
Water Conservation Initiatives of Green Thumb [25th January 2017]
Col. Suresh Patil & Col. Sathe were invited to talk about ‘Water Conservation initiatives of Green Thumb’, an NGO, engaged in ecological restoration in and around Pune. They shared the excellent work being done to conserve water around Khadakwasala Dam and enthused students to contribute their mite towards sustainable living and conservation of resources.
Workshop on Eco Friendly Ganpati Making [8th September 2015]
Mr. Mandar Marathe, a renowned Pune based artist taught SVCON faculty members, St. Mira College students and our students and faculty to make Shadu Maati (Eco friendly) Ganpatis. The workshop was organised to prevent river pollution ahead of the Ganpati Festival.
Workshop on Newspaper Bag Making [27th August 2015]
Mrs. Vishakha Vichare taught students how to make bags out of old newspapers and other easily available materials to replace plastic bags.
Our students participate in the River Clean-up drive, organized by the Indian Maritime Foundation [IMF], as part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) programme. The programme is an effort to create awareness about the environmental hazards of river pollution and is supported by the Pune Municipal Corporation and a few social organisations.
Clean Rivers – A Lifeline for Punekars
Mrs. Shailaja Deshpande, Director of Jeevitnadi, an organisation committed to clean rivers in Pune [Mula MUtha] spoke on the project ‘ Clean Rivers – A Lifeline for Punekars’ followed by a workshop on making biodegradable toiletries. The session was an eye opener for students as the harmful effects of chemicals used in cosmetics and toiletries on health and environment were revealed.
Biodegradable Toiletries by Jeevitnadi
The workshop was attended by students and faculty of SVIMS as well as residents from nearby housing societies. Formulations of biodegradable floor cleaner, body wash, tooth cleaner and dish washing powders were demonstrated by Dr. Sheetal Chopade and Mrs. Veena Bagade. All participants were given samples to ensure trial of these environment friendly products.
National Festival of Tree Planting (Van Mahotsav)
Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies for Girls Pune celebrated ‘National Festival of Tree Planting (Van Mahotsav). Dr. B.H. Nanwani (Director) along with faculty members and administrative staff and students participated in this ‘Tree Plantation’ programme.
Mr. Ishaq Shaikh (Health Inspector – Pune Municipal Corporation & President Pune Youth Foundation) was invited for this programme. Participants planted various saplings in the campus. Mr. Ishaq Shaikh emphasised on the benefits of ‘Tree Plantation’ and its contribution in reduction of global warming.
Tree Plantation Drive
Rotaract Club, organized a tree plantation drive, sponsored by Rotary Club Pune, RCPL on 28th June, 2013 at SVIMS Campus. The event marked a stepping stone towards making a meaningful difference tin conserving the environment of our Mother Earth.
11 saplings were planted, which included 6 Casuarinas, 3 bougainvilleas and 2 creepers.
An environment week was organized by the CSR Committee at SVIMS to spread awareness about the grave issues that we are facing today. Everyday an important matter was covered wherein not only information was provided by the speakers but also small but essential changes that we can make in our day-to-day life to contribute to help save our planet were discussed. Topics like waste management was covered by Reema.J, reduction of plastic use by Krishnakumari C, wildlife conservation by Khushbu.B, water conservation was by Amita.B, pollution control by Priya M, green marketing by Jyothi. Students were also given information about major corporations that are taking eco friendly measures so as to be conscientious and responsible consumers. SVIMS also encouraged its students to celebrate and spread the word around to play a dry Holi in the wake of the worst drought situation faced by Maharashtra through the following poem written by Ms. Smita Mehendale
Apne Jeevan mein laane rangoh ki bahaar,
Mat karo paryavaran ka sanghar,
Paani ki har boondh jo kal chalkehgi,
Usme kisi pyaasi ki rooh behekehgi,
Badalteh samay ke saath kheloh,
Nayi rang ki holi, Chalo aaj na rangoh se,na paani se, Par aache vicharoh ki adla badli se manaye yeh holi!
SIx Degrees !!
The Rotary Club RCPC, The Indian MaritimeFoundation and Ocean Savers of India organized the screening of a thought- provoking documentary named Six Degrees for the students at the SVIMS Campus. It was truly enlightening and it has definitely given us all a wake-up call towards the alarming situation faced by our Mother Earth. With the support and guidance, we are really looking forward to making a meaningful difference in conserving our environment and reducing the disastrous effects of global warming.
TREE PLANTATION DRIVE AT SVIMS CAMPUS Rotaract Club of SVIMS, organized a tree plantation drive, sponsored by Rotary Club Pune, RCPL on 28th June, 2013 at SVIMS Campus. This was the Second Project undertaken by the club, a stepping stone towards making a meaningful difference towards conserving the environment of our Mother Earth.
Green Thumb Drive
SVIMS students visited Green Thumb, Khadakwasal, an NGO committed to the cause of ecological restoration in and around Pune. Students planted saplings and also assisted the Green Thumb staff in the upkeep of the premise.
Supporting Sarva Jal Abhiyan [Sakal Media Group] 28th August 2014
Sarva Jal Abhiyan reinforces a very basic virtue about one of nature’s most pristine offering i.e. Water is Wealth. Everyone needs to accumulate, safeguard and maximise this resource, as one would do with personal monetary resources.
Students and staff extended support to Jal Abhiyan by taking a pledge to save water and work towards its conservation.
Newspaper Bag Making [18th August 2014]
Resource Person: Rtn. Surendra Shroff
Surendra Shroff, A Green Hero, visited SVIMS for a special awareness-creation and demonstration session. Mr. Shroff has dedicated considerable time, effort and resources to the social cause of creating livelihood for the blind & underprivileged sections of the society, and protecting Planet Earth in the process. He spoke on his environment-conservation project of making carry bags from newspapers. He has trained thousands of blind people, as well as the orphans, the underprivileged and inmates of prisons to make different kinds of carry-bags out of newspapers and waste products.
Shroff mentioned that he has modified the 3-R concept of conservation of natural resources to 4 R’s- Refuse (to use plastic carry bags), Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. His project is well-researched so as to compete with plastic bags in the market-place. He has been able to bring down the cost of making a newspaper bag by using donated newspapers and waste materials from the garment industry.
He demonstrated the technique of making strong paper bags of different shapes and sizes that can carry up to 15 kgs. His project is based on the concept of entrepreneurship of the self-help model.
He pointed out that the problem of non-biodegradable waste will aggravate in the coming years and will cause severe damage to the planet. He requested the MBA students to take up this issue by personally visiting small shops in their neighbourhood to promote awareness of paper bags among shopkeepers. They could use their marketing/persuasive skills to bring about a change in the attitude of the society
Promotion of Green Generation Diwali [online awareness drive] on social media. A Facebook page titled Green Generation Diwali was launched. The focus of the drive was to encourage people to celebrate ‘Green Diwali’, by saying ‘NO’ to firecrackers. The campaign was a huge success as the page was able to reach over 3500+ people. 216 people liked the page and joined the mission to promote the concept of Green Diwali.
We live our Founder’s philosophy…. Reverence is the root and service is the fruit of Education. Our young turf are taught that they must serve society and contribute to alleviate suffering. Our students of create a niche by virtue of the sense of commitment they feel towards society. These leaders of tomorrow are setting forth an example that leadership is all about understanding the needs of the society, reaching out and making a difference. The students have whole heartedly initiated and participated in various society centric activities.
Our CSR initiatives revolve around
Blood Donation Drives
Visits to Animal Shelters to serve the dumb and defenceless creatures
Visits to orphanages/home for the aged/blind school inmates to serve them goodies, entertain them and leave them with a sense of joy
Designing and executing entertainment programmes and physically taking care of special children during Baal Melas
Entrepreurial activity to raise funds for charities [ Cataract surgeries for tribal folks, programme for autistic children etc]
Blood Donation Drives
At the Blue Cross Society Shelter[BCS]
Serving Inmates at the Observation Center
Service of Patients at Inlaks & Budhrani Hospital
One day seminar on “Half the Sky: The Right to Equality and Dignity [7th January 2013]
In the wake of Nirbhaya case [16th December 2012] SVIMS, in a special CSR initiative, organized a one day seminar on “Half the Sky: The Right to Equality and Dignity”. Over 300 people from different city institutes attended the free seminar. The Seminar began with an inspiring message from Dada J.P. Vaswani, who aptly pointed out that woman was a symbol of shakti, and it was this shakti that would ultimately overthrow the monster of violence and evil that was destroying the moral fabric of our society.
Among the speakers were Dr. E. B. Khedkar, Dean, Faculty of Management, University of Pune, Advocate Ujjwala Pawar, District Government Pleader and Public Prosecutor, Raj Khilnani IPS, Director General (Anti Corruption), Maharashtra, Radhika Rawat of Muskaan – Aalochana and Anuradha Sahasrabuddhe of Dnyanadevi Foundation
Rohit Srivatsawa gave a practical demonstration of how security breaches and violation of privacy occurred on social networking sites, while Deepankar and his team of self defence experts from Mahindra Special Services were on hand to demonstrate basic self-defence techniques to all participants.
Cancer Awareness Programme: Healing Harmonies [6th September, 2013]
This programme was organised in association with Rotary Club of Pune Central for its students, their parents and the community at large. This unique event, “Healing Harmonies” was not just a lecture-demonstration; it was a live musical show conceptualized and presented by Dr. Shekhar Kulkarni, highly reputed cancer surgeon and Founder Trustee of Aaastha, a well-known Cancer Support Group from Pune. Interspersed with unforgettable songs rendered melodiously by Dr. Kulkarni and his own former patients, all of them cancer survivors, the programme covered virtually all aspects of cancer prevention – including diet, lifestyle and avoidable bad habits.
Dr. Kulkarni and Aaastha also offered a highly subsidized and pain-free cancer screening on Friday and Saturday to women who registered for the same. These included many women over the age of 35, especially those with a family history of breast cancer, who attended the programme and availed of the subsidized cancer screening provided by an expert.