National Service Scheme (NSS)

Under Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune

Unit A-SF-182

Program Officer: Dr Abhijeet Kaiwade

50 Volunteers

2020-2021 list of volunteers

Events for Academic Year 2021-2022

26th February 2022Sinhgad Fort Cleaning and Khadakwasla River cleaning Drive14
10 March to 16 March 2022NSS Special Camp25
21st March To 4th April, 2022Poshan Pakhwada106
14 April 2022Blood Donation drive5

Poshan Pakhwada

21st March To 4th April, 2022

This year, Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies for Girls celebrated Poshan Pakhwada Abhiyan from 21st March 2022 to 4th April, 2022. Addressing, identification & celebration of Healthy Child and Integration of modern and traditional practices for healthy India organizing Poshan Panchayats were the key focus areas for Poshan Pakhwada, 2022.

Activities were planned during the month of March as an initiative response to the pressing concern on malnutrition, stunting, anaemia, low birth weight and other nutrition related problems with an aim to raise awareness and improve nutritional index of women and children at Sant Gadge Maharaj Vasti, Koregaon Park, Pune. Such activities help children, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating mothers by leveraging guidance through targeted approach and convergence.

List of activities performed during Poshan Pakhwada2021

1. Measurement of Height and Weight of Children under 6 years who are beneficiaries in the Sant Gadge Maharaj Vasti (slum area of Koregaon Park) along with Anganwadi tai.

2. Activities focused on Gender Sensitive Water Management and generating awareness in women about the importance of water conservation and promoting rainwater harvesting structures including in SVIMS.

3. Prevention and treatment of Anaemia in children and adolescent girls

4. Test, Treat and Talk Anaemia and

5. Testing of Anaemia for children and adolescent girls with individual counselling by Dr Dilip Pardeshi.

6. Promote traditional food for healthy mother and child

Blood Donation drive

In association with

1. Poona Serological Institute Blood Bank (PSI), Dhanwantri Complex, next to Indian Red Cross Society, Rasta Peth, Pune.

2. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Sanskrutik Mohotsav Samiti, Akhil Queens Garden, CAMP, Pune

3. Junior & Youth Indian Red Cross Society, Pune.

14 April 2022

Tie: 11 am to 12 noon

Venue: Queens Garden, Pune

A Blood Donation Camp was organized by the NSS Unit of the Institute on the occasion of the “131st Birth Anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar”. Five NSS volunteers and programme officer participated in the blood donation drive. Despite the rejection of a few willing donors, 19 pints of blood were collected. The NSS volunteers helped with registrations and looking after the welfare of the donors.

Mr Ganesh Kakade, Adhyaksha, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Sanskrutik Mohotsav Samiti, Pune appreciated the work of NSS volunteers. Dr. Tejashree Parange, Dr. Trupti Dhawale and their team PSI Blood Bank thanked our NSS volunteers girls’ team for quick response and energy

Sinhgad Fort Cleaning and Khadakwasla River cleaning Drive

Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies’ NSS unit undertook a cleanliness drive under the aegis of Savitribai Phule Pune University’s NSS Fort and Heritage Cleanliness Programme on 26th February 2022.  

Under this activity 14 NSS volunteers and 2 faculty members participated and undertook the following initiatives: 

  1. Cleaning of fort premises – Tanaji Malusare Samadhi, Amruteshwar and Hanuman Mandir, Kalyan Darwaja and Khadakwasla Bank of river. Students cleaned mentioned area, collected plastic waste etc.  
  2. Presented a street play for sensitizing visitors about the need to maintain our heritage sites. Presented following points in street play   
    1. Why to maintain heritage site  
    2. Importance of segregating biodegradable waste and non-biodegradable waste and using the designated bins for disposal of waste. 
    3. Link for the video –  
  3. Mr Mahesh Khade, Gramsevak, Ghera Sinhgad Grampanchayat, Pune delivered a session on ‘Our Heritage …. Saving ourselves’. He narrated the story of Sinhgad fort and importance of Sinhgad fort in Maratha Empire.


NSS and Student driven activity – Community Outreach program

22nd December 2021

· The students and faculty discussed about the ideas for the street play a fortnight before the event. It was heartening to see the feelings that flowed amongst the students to the theme of the street play.

· With Director’s permission and guidance, the Koragaon Park Police Station was approached for permission to hold a rally from the Institute to the Gadge Maharaj Vasti.

· The students blew the whistles throughout the rally with the slogan “Jab Dekho Koi Atyachaar, Seeti Bajao Shor Machao”.

· On reaching the Vasti, the students walked in the bylanes of the Vasti, attracting the residents’ attention and asking them to come and watch the street play.

· The students then performed on the street which captured the attention of women and children alike.

· The Police Representative, Constable Samarth Shide, helped in controlling the traffic so that our goal could be achieved.

· The Rally returned to SVIMS with a feeling of contentment, having shared with women at the Vasti the need to be self-dependent for her children’s and her security. The message given to everyone was that silence gives wings to abusers. Therefore, to voice injustice is important.

Cleanliness Drive for Swachh Bharat 2021 –Swachhata Abhiyan 18th September 2021

Swachhata Abhiyan Activity Details

“Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” is an initiative by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Narendra Modi as a nationwide cleanliness campaign. It was launched on 2nd October 2014, on the birthday of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi with a vision and mission of a clean India.

As a part of community outreach day, Dr Abhijeet Kaiwade, PO, NSS, Ms Adolphina, Student coordinator and 4 NSS student volunteers along with Sadhu Vaswani Mission volunteers visited Village Jambarung, Dolvali, Tal Ambivali, Dist Raigharh 410201. This village is under category of tribal village under the 16th Rashtriya Jan Ganana February 2021 (Census 2021).

Sadhu Vaswani Mission, a non-profit organisation, is a registered charitable institution headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra. The Mission, in pursuance of the values lived by the Great Masters — Gurudev Sadhu Vaswani and Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani, is engaged in an array of activities which includes (but is not restricted to) — education, healthcare, community service, soup kitchens, Dada Bhandara (langars), jeev daya (service of birds and animals), publications and spiritual upliftment (daily satsangs).

The ‘Swachhta abhiyan’ activities were carried out under strict COVID protocols. Student volunteers cleaned the area before conducting activities for children. They encouraged the children to keep the area clean and set an example for their elders.

Art and craft workshop for small kids of Jambarung

4 NSS student volunteers under the community engagement took a session on art and craft workshop for small tribal kids of Jambarung village. Students volunteers interacted with these small kids and taught them origami by using paper. Art and craft is the most important way to help small kids to grow & develop. This happens with positive results when they paint, colour, glue and cut. 120 tribal kids from nearby area of Jambarung village participated in this activity. They were very happy after this activity. At the end of the activity students distributed the Joy packets (packets including crayon colors, cream biscuit, Savoury packet, toffies, Rajgira chikki) provided by the Sadhu Vaswani Mission (SVM). Children thanked SVM & SVIMS students volunteers. NSS volunteers conducted this workshop as schools have been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic. Non-availability of resources and poor or nearly no network in these areas have created obstacles for these children in their education.

Poshan abhiyan at Jambarung village

This year SVIMS celebrated Poshan abhiyan on 18th September 2021. Addressing nutritional challenges through Food diversity and organizing Poshan Panchayats were the key focus areas for Poshan abhiyan, 2021. SVIMS implemented the flagship programme ‘Poshan Abhiyan’ for improving the nutritional status of children of Jambarung tribals. Ms Meenal Balumwar (Diploma in Food and Nutrition), SVIMS NSS student volunteer interacted with mothers in the villages to raise awareness and improve nutritional index of women and children along with the Doctor from Sadhu Vaswani Ashram Medical Centre, Lonavala. They also distributed multivitamin and folic tablets to needy mothers which was provided by Sadhu Vaswani Mission. This activity helped children, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating mothers. Ration kits(consisting of Rice, Dal, Poha, Oil, Mung, Chana, Atta, Haldi, Rai-Jeera, Masala etc) was provided by Sadhu Vaswani Mission.

First Aid Training with Sadhu Vaswani Ashram Medical Centre , RED CROSS Society at Jambarung Village

A training programme on First Aid was organized at Jambarung tribal village in association with RED Cross Society and Dr Farhat Haindade from Sadhu Vaswani Ashram Medical Centre, Lonavala. Sadhu Vaswani Ashram Medical Centre kept the First Aid Kit(Cotton, Dettol, Bandage, soframycin cream) at the community open place. Later volunteers explained how to use this kit, wound care, how to use bandage, how to manage every day minor accidents, minor cuts, grazes, bleeding and burns, snake bites, etc. They also assured villagers of ambulance service from Sadhu Vaswani Ashram Medical Centre

SVIMS Green Army – Tree Plantation

04 August 2021

Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies for Girls Pune celebrated ‘Green Army’. Dr. B.H. Nanwani (Director) along with Students, Parent, faculty members and administrative staff participated in this ‘Tree Plantation’ drive, on 8th August 2021, at Holkarwadi forest land, Phursungi, Pune. Samajik Vanikar Nursury Aundh, Pune provided us 2-year-old 60 sampling of medicinal plants-Awala, Kadulimb, Pipal, Wad, Babul, etc Indian fruits – Shitaphal, Mango, Shewga etc and Rain tree plants. We prepared 2X2X2 pits for planting the sapling, for plantation drive administrative staff, Mr Shinde Parent, Staff of Samajik Vanikaran, Watchman & Guard participated.