Mr. Pravin Gharge
As a member of a larger community, the Institute recognizes its societal responsibilities and the importance of mobilizing its youth towards volunteering in social service to make the world a better place for all citizens, regardless of differences. Voluntary community service will provide an opportunity to engineering students to apply their ideals and simultaneously offer specialized input in the development of devices (e.g. technology to help the aged or disabled).
The Vidyalankar Volunteering Committee shall motivate students to willingly participate in ‘on-the field’ social service activities, build partnerships with NGO’s to address common goals and raise awareness of volunteering as it is also an important part of the role of educators. It shall initiate programs such as Blood Donation Camps, Anti-Pollution drives, and Voting Registrations etc. It ensures student participation in community service. It organizes events to increase awareness among community members and involve them in social work so that they can work hand-in-glove with students. It shall initiate NSS and NCC, after obtaining the necessary permissions, to build a student base of volunteers.
Campus Community Service
In a way, imparting education is rendering social service. At Vidyalankar all efforts towards the teaching-learning process focus not just on individual development but also lead to a more informed society and contribute to nation-building.
Vidyalankar Institute of Technology believes in sensitizing students and faculty towards shouldering actual social responsibilities along with their regular academic pursuits. Many students are actively involved in social service as VSS (Vidyalankar
Service Scheme) volunteers, and through NGOs.
Vidyalankar Volunteering Committee/Vidyalankar Service Scheme
Giving back to society is one of the topmost priorities of Vidyalankar Institute of Technology. The Vidyalankar Volunteering Committee ensures that the Institute shoulders its societal responsibilities with dedication and enthusiasm for which many activities were undertaken.
A Blood Donation Drive in October 2011 enabled a record collection of 286 donors in the VIT campus. 15 staff members from the Metropolitan blood bank, the state’s largest blood bank, along with 2 members from the Think foundation began the process. The Blood bank staff presented a trophy and certificate to the college in recognition of their participation and contribution towards the noble cause. Students thronged in large numbers and even the staff showed good participation.
VSS has conducted many programs such as tree plantation, ‘Save Water’ Awareness Drive, ‘Importance of Education’ Awareness Drive, Save Electricity ‘Awareness’ etc. A Cleanliness Drive in the campus was organized for two weeks by the VSS unit to reduce the amount of visible waste and to enhance awareness among VITians. This was followed with a 'Signature Campaign' where hundreds of students pledged not to litter around and to keep their surroundings clean.
The No Drinking and Driving Seminar by the Mumbai Traffic Control was organized on 25 March 2011 with a view to enlighten students about the hazards of improper driving and inducing the students with the rules and the safety regulations whilst driving a motor vehicle.
With an aim to fulfill societal responsibilities, VIT’s NSS volunteers were active during the previous quarter and did their bit to make their city eco - friendly and a better place to live in.
- Railway Safety awareness- Jogeshwari Station: Volunteers educated people to the dangers of crossing railway tracks and instead made the people use the foot over bridge.
- Notebook making: Volunteers made 500 notebooks, and distributed among kids in the slums and gave a few to an NGO for kids.
- India against corruption meeting- Vile Parle: NSS Volunteers suggested several methods like a 'white ribbon' to promote Anti-Corruption as a whole, and discussed many opportunities to attract youth to the cause.
- Teaching paper bag-making - Dadar with NGO United Ways: Volunteers had an event to teach children at a Catholic community center at Dadar Portuguese Church to make paper bags and then distribute those bags to shopkeepers and spread awareness regarding hazards of using plastic bags.
- Documentary screenings are held which cover various societal problems. Some of the topics projected were HIV/AIDS, poverty, malnutrition, child labour, and right to education, orphans, eunuchs, and environmental issues.
- The NSS committee celebrated ‘International Literacy Week’ wherein a rally was organized in Sangam Nagar for Literacy awareness. The sole motive of the rally was to reach to the masses so that the message of education reaches every strata of the society.
- Volunteers organized an orientation program by Red Ribbon Club, a club which works on creating HIV/AIDS awareness. The orientation was aimed at making people understand the working of the RRC and to create a strong base of RRC members in order to pass on the valuable message of ‘Prevention is the only cure’ as far as HIV/AIDS is concerned. RRC membership drive was organized for students and thus played a vital role in passing on important message regarding AIDS.
Maximum Voter ID registrations
VIT participated in the VOTEATHON inter-college competition to register its students as voters for the Lok Sabha elections. Vidyalankar Institute of Technology was among the 40 colleges in Mumbai, which participated in this competition and displayed great enthusiasm and passion for the cause of voter registration and awareness. VIT secured the second highest points among the colleges that competed in its category (colleges with above 3000 students). The college was felicitated on 6th February 2015 at an award ceremony.
Aadhar card registration drive
An Aadhar Card registration drive was organized at the Institute and many students, faculty and administrative staff availed of the same. This initiative which even involved biometric identification and document verification of applicants facilitated easy access to Aadhar Card registrations without the hassle of standing in long queues.
Mahatma Gandhi asserts, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
”Following the Father of the Nation’s footprints, Vidyalankar MMS students proudly announced “Young India”, a 2-day event on 1 and 2 October 2014. The inaugural event was filled with heart-warming speeches, solo acts and inspiring real-life stories. The day ended with the grand launch of the event “Young India” wherein each student was given 10 books each of Gandhi’s Autobiography – “My Experiments with Truth”, in 4 languages, summing up to 1200 books in all. On 2 October students marched on the streets to campaign for the book clad with Gandhi topics. Their aim was to campaign Gandhi’s autobiography to our Mumbaikars. Convincing, persuading, motivating and educating people about this book, the enthusiastic students sold altogether the entire lot of 1200 books in one single day.