In June 2018, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board introduced a Plastic Ban in the state. The Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science welcomed this drive and actively contributed in the same. On 28th and 29th June 2018, the National Service Scheme (NSS) Unit initiated a plastic ban in the college premises. The NSS In-charge Prof. Shabab Rizvi and volunteers visited every class of the college. They replaced college’s old identity card plastic cover with the high-quality cover for all the students of PCACS.
NSS Teacher In-Charge Shabab Rizvi exchanging plastic identity card with the student
Plastic is non-biodegradable and extremely hazardous to the environment. They’re one of the major reasons for the filthy garbage that is caused in our society. The NSS Unit has always been working for the betterment of the society and environment. It has successfully carried out social activities like the literacy drive for underprivileged students, tree plantation, awareness about saving the environment, etc.
Social Activity in Collaboration with Kotak Education Foundation
The N.S.S. Unit in association with Kotak Education Foundation is organizing social activities from July 2018 to February 2019.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can achieve so much” Helen Keller.
These inspiring words has rightly been proved by the N.S.S. volunteers who are participating in reading practices for KEF Umang students and class management activities for STEP program. The main aim of this program is to facilitate reading and to help students overcome inhibitions. To sensitize students about healthy environment, Street plays on cleanliness drive are also conducted. A total number of 21 N.S.S. volunteers visit four schools at Mankhurd, Govandi and Chembur for two hours every Thursdays to accomplish the objective.
Campus Maintenance Survey
To carry on the agenda of Swachh Bharat Mission, the volunteers of the N.S.S. Unit conducted class-wise maintenance survey from 1st to 15th August, 2018 to create a significant difference in the condition of the classrooms. The venture also aimed at integrating the students with the maintenance of the institution in hopes of creating a harmonious environment. The Unit and volunteers, both committed to the regular upkeep of the campus. The observation of the survey was submitted to the management.
Mega Blood Donation Camp
Donating blood is a habit among the Pillai family and we have many examples where all students, teaching and non-teaching fraternity donate blood every year with much fervor and zeal. The National Service Scheme unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science boasted highest number of blood bottles collected and donated over the past few years.
This year the mega blood donation camp was organized in association with Lions Club of Millennium on 29th August, 2018 and collected 548 bottles of blood.
Out of the collected bottles 87 bottles were given to TATA hospital, 157 to Nair Hospital, 136 to Wadia Hospital and 168 to St. George Hospital. The listed hospitals are some of the renowned hospitals of Mumbai.
The NSS unit conducted the Blood Donation camp in the college campus by creating awareness amongst the students and teachers. For this philanthropic cause, NSS unit of Pillai College received a felicitation from University of Mumbai.
Thalassemia Awareness and Detection Program
The NSS unit in association with Lions Club of Millennium conducted Thalassemia awareness program and detection camp in the campus on 29th August, 2018. Blood samples from 107 students were collected and clinical reports with necessary suggestions for further examination of the case will be given to the beneficiaries.
Felicitation for Blood Donation
The NSS unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science Received first in Raigad in Blood Donation. Celebrating this philanthropic feature of the N.S.S. Unit, The Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai Dr. Suhas Pednekar, Mr. B. S. Bidve Programme Coordinator, University of Mumbai and Mr. Deepak Chaudary District Governor, Lions Club of Millennium felicitated Prof. Shabab Rizvi for the achievement.
Leprosy Education, Rehabilitation and Treatment Campaign
The NSS unit jointly with ALERT India organized Leprosy Education, Rehabilitation and Treatment Campaign on 30th August, 2018.
The thrust of this campaign is to promote students participation to reduce stigma and discrimination against leprosy, enhance early case reporting and reduce leprosy related disabilities. Donor cards were issued to the students.
Stem Cell Transplant Registration and Awareness Drive
N.S.S. unit in association with the Marrow Donor Registry India (MDRI) organized Stem Cell Donors Camp in the College on 4th September, 2018. 130 stem donor registrations were done which included teaching and non-teaching and students form Pillai College Arts, Commerce and Science. Students were also oriented about Stem Cell Donor Registration one day prior to the camp.
The Swachh Survekshan Initiative
The N.S.S. Unit in association with Panvel Municipal Corporation initiated Swachh Survekshan in the campus on 4th September, 2018. The Swachh Survekshan is an annual exercise by the ministry of urban development to measure the progress of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2014. The initiative was organized in the presence of Ms. Madhupriya, Additional Commissioner, Panvel Municipal Corporation. Around 800 students downloaded the app and with this provision students can post a complaint of garbage pile-ups and mismanagement by taking a picture and posting it through the app. The app captures the location and forwards it to the concerned city-corporation after which it is assigned to the concerned ward-level sanitary inspector. students can also check the status of their complaint.
Kerala Relief Drive
In the wake of the present floods in Kerala, the NSS unit carried out donation drive to contribute to Kerala’s relief. Students generously contribute for the relief of the flood-affected people. They collected clothes, medicines, donated money to arrange for relief materials. This humanitarian gesture would eventually help people recover from an awful situation.
On 26th July, 2018, The National Service Scheme Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science conducted an extensive plantation programme. It was held at the adopted village of Siddhi Karole in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. This environmental drive was observed to restore the eco-balance of the afforestation. The NSS volunteers were highly enthusiastic about it and did it wholeheartedly and made this campaign a great success. The students planted saplings, fenced them and watered the plants. The general public was encouraged by looking at the enthusiasm of the students doing the deed. This drive created a great stir among the society.
Due to urbanization, the animals are losing their natural habitat and also it has bad effects on the environment and hence it causes climatic change. Trees are like the lungs of the planet and we must take some small steps to conserve it.
NSS student volunteers planting tree samples in the Siddhi Karole village in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai
International Yoga Day
As part of worldwide observation of International Yoga Day, National Service Scheme of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science, New Panvel in association with Patanjali Yoga Samiti, Panvel also observed this day on 19th June, 2018 in the campus. A yoga training session from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. was organized in which students, teaching and non-teaching staff took part enthusiastically and practiced various ‘asanas’ of Yoga and pranayama. A Yoga practitioner and his team were invited to demonstrate various Yoga postures and asanas. It was a healthy session and everybody celebrated the day with much fervour.
Social Activity in collaboration with Kotak Education Foundation
The N.S.S. Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science in association with Kotak Education Foundation organized social activities from July 2017 to February 2018.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can achieve so much” Helen Keller.
These inspiring words has been rightly actioned and proven by the N.S.S. volunteers who participated in reading practices for KEF Umang students and class management activities for STEP program. The main aim of this program was to facilitate reading and to help students overcome inhibitions. To sensitize students about healthy environment, Street plays on cleanliness drive were also conducted. A total number of 21 N.S.S. volunteers worked for 127 hours from July 2017 to February 2018 to accomplish the objective.
Grace Marks Scrutiny Programme for North Raigad Zone
The N.S.S. cell, University of Mumbai and N.S.S. unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science jointly organized Ten Grace Marks Scrutiny Programme for North Raigad Zone on 26th February, 2018. The session was headed by Prof. Dr. Wani M. N., Prof. Dr. Madhukar A. Badgujar. N.S.S. programme officers from 17 colleges participated in the programme.
Road Safety Awareness Campaign
The N.S.S. Unit and Management Association of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science in association with Ashoka Buildcon Ltd. organized Road Safety Awareness on the occasion of National Road Safety Week on 17th January, 2018.
The guest speakers emphasized the need for following traffic rules, wearing helmet, avoiding use of mobile phone while driving and drunk driving. The program also incorporated an array of programmes like poster making and essay writing competitions focusing on awareness of road safety, traffic rules and prevention of accidents and certificates were also given for the winning participants.
N.S.S steals the show yet again
The N.S.S. unit and the RTN dance group together made the city proud yet again with their talent and grace on 7th January, 2018. Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya (TMJ), the world’s largest Walkathon against blindness organized by Advanced Eye Hospital & Institute, One Vision Health and Research Foundation is where our students participate across all the competition every year.
This year’s event conducted a theme – based contest to represent different states of our country. Our students put their heart and soul in bringing out all the flavors’ of Kerala which reminded the audience of auspicious Onam, the colorful Kathakali, the enthralling climate and many more elements through their costume. Thus, they deserving won the Best Costume Award.
Dancing is another form where our students left no stone unturned. Showcasing the daily plight of street dwellers through an engaging dance performance, the RTN dance group left the judges and audience to applaud loudest for them. Undoubtedly, they won the Best Dance Performance Award and whopping cash prize of INR 5,000/-.
All these efforts were highly appreciated by Mr. Vijay Patkar, a theater and television actor of Marathi movies and Bollywood, who was one of the celebrities supporting the social cause of fighting against blindness.
Events such as TMJ spreading social cause appreciates such budding artists so that they can convey serious messages through their creativity to help our city a better place to live in.
Award for the Selfless Service
Prof. Shabab Rizvi, N.S.S. Programme Officer of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science, New Panvel was appreciated and awarded by Rotary Club of Panvel Midtown for the selfless service rendered to the society.
For over a decade Prof. Shabab Rizvi has organized remarkable activities and he has also been a major contributor to the society. Through his dedicated service, his commitment to the goal has shown a level of service to society that is worthy of recognition.
Social Camp in Siddhikaravle Taloja Phase 1
The National Service Scheme of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, New Panvel organised a Social Camp in the adopted village, Siddhikaravle Taloja Phase 1 from 18th to 24th December, 2017. The social camp was hosted with the help of Municipal Corporation and former Sarpanch of the village. The main purpose of this camp was to promote ‘Swachhta’ in the village.
There were 100 volunteers under the surveillance of NSS Chief Program Officer of Pillai College – Professors Shabab Rizvi who did pre-planning, co-ordinating and executing of the whole camp with zeal. There were various activities planned and successfully executed like – Swach Bharat Abhiyaan, Eye check up camp, Painting walls, Planting Saplings, Teaching students of Zillaparishad School.
The volunteers also performed various skits and street plays on social evils which our prevailing in the society such as Alcoholism, Eve Teasing, Domestic Violence, Dowry, Swachta – to aware people about cleanliness etc.
The social camp also invited special lecturers for live sessions and throwing light on topics like – Disaster Management, Personality Development, importance of Eye Care and Eye Donation and Youth and AIDS awareness.
Some of the guests that graced us with their presence in the camp for guiding students on village life style and sustainability were Dr. Sudhakar Shinde – Municipal Commissioner, Mrs. Sandhya Mangesh Bavankule – Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Dr. B. S. Bidve – NSS Co-ordinator, Dr. Gajanan Wadar – Incharge Principal of Pillai College, Dr. M. A. Badgajar -Area Co-ordinator of NSS, Dr. Wani Murlidhar – District NSS Co-ordinator – Raigad, Mr. Shridhar Barajya Mahatre – Principal of ZP School, Siddhi Karole Village.
There were also some key people working in the department of Panvel Municipal Corporation who came to the camp to share their experiences and knowledge on Clean Management with the volunteers. They were Mrs. Jayashree Ravikant Mahatre, Mr. Santosh Baburao Bhoir, Mr. Dyaneshwar Suresh Patil and Mrs. Shital Dinesh Keni. The camp was structured and disciplined in nature. It was rich in knowledge and a movement to introduce human skills in the students.
The camp was conscious of not exploiting the resources of villagers and keep their consent as higher consideration. It was as a whole a fruitful experience for the college students and a helping hand for the residents of village with the guidance and active involvement of all the guests.
Awareness on Environment Sanitation and Disposal of Garbage
The NSS unit organized Awareness on Environment Sanitation and Disposal of Garbage on 8th September, 2017 at Panvel Mahanagarpalika School, New Panvel. The IT student volunteers visited the school and gave awareness on the importance of environment sanitation and helped students understand various methods on garbage disposal. The drive provided a wonderful opportunity for students’ participation and proved to be an avenue to raise awareness.
Waste Management of Medical Disposal
Medical waste management has become a critical issue as it poses potential health risks and damage to the environment. It is also of greater importance due to its potential environmental hazards and public health risks. The NSS unit initiated an awareness drive on 15th September, 2017 in Old Panvel area. The event turned out to be a great success as the volunteers from B.Sc I.T. participated enthusiastically. It would not at all be wrong to say that by undertaking such activities, we instill the very essence of social service in our volunteers. This drive is yet another such step showcasing the role NSS plays in social welfare.
Free Mega Medical Health Check Up Camp at Pillai College, New Panvel for Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff
A mega medical Health Check Up Camp was conducted on Thursday 5th October, 2017, N.S.S. unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science, New Panvel (Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Campus) in association with Lions Club of Navi Mumbai Champions and Teams from Fortis Hospital, Vashi, Nairs Superspeciality Eye Hospital, Panvel and Unicare Health Care, Mumbai accompanied by a team of over 30 medical personals offered services such as Blood Pressure, Diabetes, ECG, Diabetes, Eye Check up, Dental Check Up, Doctors Consultation, Ayurvedic consultation etc. Over 250 Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff of the college were benefited by the Free Medical Camp. The Camp was graced by various dignitaries from Lions Clubs International, District 3231 A2 mainly Lion Shri K. J. Paul, 1st Vice District Governor, Lion Shri Maneshwar Nayak, 2nd Vice District Governor, Lion Pratap Mudaliar, Lion Anuradha Karpe, Lion Usha Talwar among others. Prof. Shabab Rizvi, N.S.S. Programme Officer, expressed satisfaction that the staff members were able to avail the medical check up. Noted Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Pramod Bhor, gave a talk to the staff members on the way to keep their body fit and healthy. The Camp was well appreciated by the Staff Members and requested the Administration of more such camps on a periodical basis.
Blood Donation Camp 2017
National Service Scheme of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science in association with St. George Hospital, Nair Hospital, J. J. Mahanagar Blood Bank and Wadia Hospital organized a Blood Donation Camp in the college premises on 22nd August, 2017. It began at around 9 a.m. and continued up to 4:30 p.m., with a steady stream of donors throughout. A blood bank team comprising doctors, nurses, and technicians helped the unit to organize the camp. Principal, staff and students displayed true humanitarian spirit, a hallmark of every Pillaite member by participating in the camp enthusiastically. The pride of the students for their teachers and the other fellow students was reflected on their faces while distributing certificates and refreshments to the donors. They thanked each donor profusely with gratitude saluting their spirit and for being an exemplary figure for the others.
At the end of the day over 500 bottles of blood were collected and the collected samples were given to St. George Hospital, Nair Hospital, J. J. Mahanagar Blood Bank and Wadia Hospital respectively.
Throughout the day, there were smiles and laughter all around – a true embodiment of what we believe in – selfless service with a smile.
Swachh Bharat Mission
The N.S.S. unit prepared an Action Plan on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan 2017-18 and has also planned to organize many more in the forthcoming session. The cell started the first successful cleanliness mission by distributing dust bins to the adopted village at Siddhi Karvale.
SRD / NRD Parade Selection
Prof. Shabab Rizvi was invited as a Chief Guest for the SRD / NRD Parade Selection on 9th August, 2017 in Mahatma Phule College, Panvel. One of our students got selected for the SRD / NRD parade.
With the objective to educate public about the adverse effects of plastic bags on the environment and to provide ways for them to make a difference Anti-Plastic Campaign was organized by thirteen of our S.Y. B.Sc.I.T. students on 17th August, 2017 in New Panvel area. The students made paper bags out of old newspapers and distributed to roadside vendors and shopkeepers.
Thalassemia Awareness & Testing Camp
On 22nd August, 2017 “Thalassemia Awareness & Testing Camp” was organized by the N.S.S. Unit in association with Parents Association Thalassemia Unit Trust, Mumbai. This camp was conducted under the guidance of N.S.S. Programme Officer Prof. Shabab Rizvi. The camp started at 9:00 a.m. and students were encouraged for Thalassemia testing. The camp was well executed with the able support of staff members, lab technicians and all the volunteers of the event. The camp was successful to complete 650 participants of different age groups being tested. This camp ended with smile on the faces of the coordinators, who were happy to create awareness about thalassemia in the campus.
Awareness Drive for PUC
The PUC (Pollution Under Control) certification tests are of immense importance as they help in controlling the abuse of environment by the hands of some ignorant drivers, whose indifference hurts the ecological balance and threatens community health. Our students of B.Sc.I.T. under N.S.S. initiatives played an important role to create awareness by getting their vehicles checked at Khandeshwar PUC check-up Point on Mumbai-Pune Highway and got their vehicles PUC certified.
They also spread awareness regarding the same to people around the Petrol Pump Area of Khandeshwar. This activity was conducted on 11th September, 2017.
Pillai College spreads awareness on leprosy
The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of Pillai college of Arts, Commerce and Science had organised a leprosy education, rehabilitation and treatment campaign jointly with NGO, ALERT-INDIA, on 28th July, 2017.
The NSS unit under the guidance of Prof. Shabab Rizvi, N.S.S. Programme Officer took the initiative to educate pupils by organising the programme which enlightened almost 500 students. The objective of the event was to focus on the causes of leprosy, signs and symptoms and to overcome it by simple and effective treatment.
Donor cards were issued by ALERT-INDIA and the college holds an incredible record in the academic year 2016-2017 by collecting 75,600 INR and donating it to ALERT – INDIA.
“BHIM APP” – Awareness and its Application
In line with the appeal made by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create awareness among masses on how to use various digital payments modes, and to help Indian Economy to move from Cash Economy to ‘Less Cash Economy’ a session was conducted under N.S.S. Unit for the S.Y.B.Sc. I.T. students on BHIM on 24th June, 2017 by Prof. Rashmi Vagadurgi. It was a step to popularize the use of the app among students and also to educate students about the digital payment system and bring transparency and fairness in financial dealing to build a strong economy.
Third International Yoga Day
The N.S.S. Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science observed the Third International Yoga Day on 21st June, 2017. The session was carried under the guidance of a well trained yoga instructor Mr. Ram Palat Yadav, Retd. Lieutenent (Indian Navy) from Jila Prabhari- Patanjali Yog Samiti.
The students were made aware about the importance and benefits of yoga. Around 100 volunteers gathered with the eagerness to gain an insight about how indispensable yoga is. The students were also enlightenment about Yoga asanas. A number of asanas poses were explained in detail and demonstrated by the speaker and volunteers were made to participate. The focus was on how we can improve our lifestyle by incorporating yoga in our day to day activities and acquire physical, mental and spiritual coordination. The event was convened and coordinated by Prof. Shabab Rizvi, N.S.S. Programme Officer.
Transform Maharashtra-Engaging the youth in governance
‘Transform Maharashtra’ an initiative by ACT (Action for Collective Transformation) provides an opportunity to college students in Maharashtra to put their heads together and come up with solutions to 11 critical challenges being faced by the State at present. These solutions should be implementable by the Government. The top team in each of the themes, chosen based on judges’ criteria will present their solution to Hon’ble Chief Minister.
The N.S.S. Unit of our college has taken up the responsibility to motivate the students to take part in this contest which is a biggest platform for youth to create a roadmap of developed Maharashtra by 2025.
National Voters Day
National Voters Day is celebrated every year on 25th January, 2017 to promote participation in elections and increase voter enrollment, especially of youngsters in the 18 to 19 years age group.
The National Service Scheme unit observed the day to commemorate the foundation day of the Election Commission of India and also to enhance the participation of voters, especially the youth in the democratic process. On this occasion all the students took pledge that they will make optimum utilization of their voting 01 power and encourage others to come forward and contribute in the national interest.
The programme was conducted under the guidance of Prof. Shabab Rizvi Programme Officer, NSS Unit of the College.
Heartfulness Meditation Session
National Service Scheme in association with Ramachandra Mission organized Heartfulness Meditation Session from 23rd to 25th January, 2017. This Heartfulness Meditation is an initiative focused on colleges and administered by Shri Ramachandra Mission, a nonprofit organization. During the session the volunteers of the organization introduced Heartfulness relaxation and Sahag Marg meditation system – simple technique of relaxation and meditation – to all the students. The 3 day programme was conducted class wise, guided meditation for few minutes followed by an interactive session with the students on their experience.
Community Service Day
Our Community Service Day was celebrated on the 21st January, 2017 at Dr. Vasudevan Pillai Campus. It brought together residents from various orphanages and old age homes. The N.S.S. Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science hosted residents from Ramakrishna Niketan and Rajeev Rajan Adharghat, Shantivan. Senior citizens from these ashrams visited our campus and they were treated to lunch, fun activities and a day of happiness with the aid of our teachers and student volunteers. The institution continues to stay connected with these organizations and continue to nurture them at an institutional level year after year to improve their quality of life.
Youth Week- Youth for Digitization and Cashless Society
As directed by the University of Mumbai the N.S.S. Unit celebrated the Youth Week from 12th to 16th January, 2017 dedicating to Swami Vivekanand’s Birth Day celebration, observing the theme “Youth for Digitization and Cashless Society”. Following were the activities carried during the week:
A lecture was organized to sensitize students about digital banking systems so that the awareness about cashless transactions can trickle down to the grassroots level. A poster exhibition was also organized for the same.
Following the theme a campaign was conducted at Raigad Bazaar for the vendors on 23rd December, 2017. The vendors showed great interest in trying to understand the cashless transaction at a minimal level also. Some of the NSS volunteers spoke at an individual level in making the people understand the value of e-transactions and benefits of digital economy.
Road Safety Week
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has organized the 28th Road Safety Week from 9th to 15th January, 2017 throughout the country to create awareness among the general public to improve the safety on road. In association with the Ministry, the N.S.S. unit conducted a week long activities to contribute to the cause of road safety. The activities included display of banners, lecture on road safety, poster exhibition, essay writing competition on road safety, Short film on road safety and a street play was also enacted for the same.
Womens Bike Rally spotlights two-wheeler safety issues
On 3rd January 2017, N.S.S. Unit in association with Navi Mumbai Traffic and Fortis Hospital, Vashi, flagged off ‘Women’s Bike Rally’ for the ‘Road Safety Campaign’. Over 250 women bikers participated in the bike rally to educate the public on the importance of wearing helmets while riding two-wheelers. The initiative has been taken to spread awareness about the importance of road safety by the Navi Mumbai Traffic Police partnered by Fortis Hospital, Vashi. The biker cavalcade, on its journey from Centre One mall, Vashi to Centre One mall, Nerul, engaged with motorists and pedestrians about the importance of road safety and the fatalities that could be avoided.
World’s Largest Walk Against Blindness
The N.S.S. unit took part in the ‘Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya – The Walk Against Blindness’ organized on 8th January, 2017 which the Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute (AEHI) and One Vision Health and Research Foundation claim it as the largest-ever walk in the country to raise awareness for the pledging of eye donations. Nearly 7,000 people across age groups and professions pledged to donate their eyes during event on Palm Beach Road in Sanpada, Navi Mumbai.
This year, the walk was preceded by a carnival in the top eight colleges of the city, with students participating in singing, dancing and video-making contests. The audition for the same was organized in our college campus on 19th December, 2016 and the semi-finals were conducted on 4th January, 2017. 5 students were shortlisted for the finals. We are proud to announce that in the final round Zubair S.Y.B.M.M. bagged the Best Movie Making award for which he was felicitated with a trophy, cash prize and certificate and Immanual T.Y.B.Com.F.M. won the second prize in dance and was awarded with a trophy and certificate.
7 days’ Residential Camp
National Service Scheme organized 7-days Residential Camp from 5th to 13th December, 2016 at Karole. There were 75 students selected from the NSS unit to set out for the 7 days camp in order to serve the society. Students were accompanied by the NSS co-ordinators. Each day began at 6:00 am followed by yoga. Soon Students got accustomed to this routine.
Activities conducted in 7 days’ Residential Camp at Karole
The activities included Zila Parishad School repairing work, cleaning and painting the entire school, Tree Plantation, School ground leveling, Health check up camp, Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan awareness for villagers and lecture in Shivaji Maharaj School.
Each day the students looked forward to doing their best for the village community.
Pillai College believes that, each human being has his/her duty to serve this society, and help those in needs and help them grow and develop in the best way possible. With this in mind the NSS volunteers had set out for the camp and are happy to say that the volunteers did their best to bring a smile on the faces of the villagers.
AIDS Awareness Campaign
World Aids Day observed annually on 1st December, 2016 is dedicated to raising awareness to the Aids pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.
The N.S.S. Unit observed this day by involving young students in the awareness campaign. A poster making competition was also organized and these posters were carried from class to class to create awareness among students. The volunteers actively participated in spreading awareness and believe that the future generation has the ability to sensitize others and prevent spread of HIV.
National Service Scheme of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, New Panvel, organized the celebration of Constitution Day on 26th November, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the college campus.
The programme started with garlanding the portrait of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. Prof. Gurpreet Kaur Kalsa, Pillai College Arts, Commerce and Science, delivered an informative speech about constitution of India. Total 120 NSS volunteers were present for the programme.
Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week
As part of the on-going Vigilance Awareness Week, the N.S.S. Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science in association with CIDCO performed street plays to create awareness about anti-corruption on 2nd, 3rd and 4th November, 2016 at different venues in New Panvel, Kalamboli and Khanda Colony. The first year N.S.S. volunteers under the guidance of Prof. Prajakta Bapat member of N.S.S. Unit organized and participated in the event. The event turned out to be a great success as it managed to communicate to the public the need to get the country rid of the evil that is corruption.
Peace and Non-violence Awareness Rally
The National Service Scheme Unit organized a Rally on Peace and Non-Violence. The rally took place on 2nd October, 2016 on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday at New Panvel.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
The N.S.S. Unit initiated Swach Bharat Abhiyan on National Service Scheme Foundation Day which was held on 24th September, 2016. The objective of this exercise was to increase awareness among the people and to empower cleanliness campaign started by Honorable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi.
Organ Donation Camp
The N.S.S. Unit in association with Wheels Charitable Trust organized an Organ Donation Camp on 1st September, 2016. The students and the volunteers enthusiastically supported with true embodiment of what we believe in selfless service with a smile and took initiative and participated in this social cause.
Thalassemia Awareness and Detection Program in the campus
Thalassemia is a group of genetic disorder of blood. It is caused by defective formation of Haemoglobin. Two common types are: Thalassemia Major and Thalassemia Minor (Carrier). Thalassemia Major Disease is preventable. Carriers are generally healthy with mild anaemia. With a view to create awareness amongst the students, faculty and staff members, the NSS unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science in association with International Association of the Lions Clubs had organized a “Thalassemia Awareness and Detection Camp” on 23rd August, 2016 in the campus.
The day started off with awareness campaign. Ms. Usha Talwar conducted awareness through intensive class room contact program. Following the campaign the detection camp witnessed a spontaneous participation from NSS volunteers, students, teachers, non-teaching staffs for screening. 131 blood samples were collected. The camp was well executed with the able support of Prof. Shabab Rizvi and the excellent co-ordination and teamwork between staff members, lab technicians and all the volunteers of the event. This camp ended with smile on the faces of the organizers, who were happy to create awareness about thalassemia in the college.
Blood Donation Camp – Another Milestone for the N.S.S. Unit
National Service Scheme of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science in association with St. George Hospital, Nair Hospital, J. J. Mahanagar Blood Bank and Wadia Hospital organized a Blood Donation Camp in the college premises on 12th August, 2016. It began at around 10 a.m. and continued up to 3:30 p.m., with a steady stream of donors throughout. A blood bank team comprising doctors, nurses, and technicians helped the unit to organize the camp. Principal, staff and students displayed full commitment and involvement in the cause and turned up in large numbers to donate blood. The venue was filled with young Pillaities chatting with each other, happy to be able to play their part in lending a helping hand to people in the region. NSS volunteers played a key role in spreading awareness about the event to the students. The donors were given refreshments and they also received certificate of recognition.
At the end of the day over 576 bottles of blood were collected at the blood donation camp setting a new record on the quantity of blood collected at a single camp. Out of these collected samples 145 blood bottles were given to St. George Hospital, 141 to Nair Hospital, 158 to J. J. Mahanagar Blood Bank and 132 to Wadia Hospital respectively.
Throughout the day, there were smiles and laughter all around – a true embodiment of what we believe in – selfless service with a smile.
Awareness Talk on Monsoon Induced Diseases
No doubt the monsoon is a welcome relief after a dry spell for some time. However, the rain also welcomes a multitude of health problems. Prevention is always better than cure. Accordingly, The Lions Club of Navi Mumbai Champions, the N.S.S. Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce & Science and Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi jointly organized an Awareness and Educational Programme on Monsoon Induced Diseases for the students on 4th August, 2016. The ultimate objective of the programme was to prevent getting infected from Monsoon Related Diseases. Overall the programme was successful and the response was good. The efforts put in by the N.S.S. Unit proved to be a great success.
Enrolment Camp for Electoral Roll
The N.S.S. Unit organized a two day drive on 3rd and 4th August, 2016 in the college premises. The objective of this programme is to enrol the students who had crossed 18 years of age in the Electoral Roll. In this special drive, the eligible students were required to enrol themselves in the electoral roll by filling Declaration Form (supplied by Election Commission of India). Students who had already enrolled were required to submit a declaration to that extent. Students from diverse disciplines had participated in this special drive, and many students had newly enrolled their names as voters and other students had signed in the declaration form stating that they were already enrolled.
Cosmetology Treatment Camp
The National Service Scheme and Jyovi’s Care Pvt Ltd jointly organized free Cosmetology Treatment Camp on 28th July, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The students were exposed to the latest techniques in cosmetic treatment of the hair, skin, and nails. Around 200 students along with supporting and teaching staff were examined and benefitted.
Rehabilitation and Treatment Campaign
The NSS cell took the initiative to educate students by organizing Leprosy Education, Rehabilitation and Treatment Campaign by an NGO, ALERT – INDIA on 27th July, 2016 which enlightened almost 500 students. The prime focus of this program was to focus on the causes of leprosy, signs and symptoms and how to overcome it by simple and effective treatment. Donor cards were issued by Alert India and the college holds an incredible record in the academic year 2015-2016 by collecting 62,182 INR and donating it to ALERT – INDIA.
Poster Exhibition on Tree Plantation
The N.S.S Unit conducted a Poster Exhibition on Tree Plantation on 17th July, 2016. The objective of this exercise was to increase awareness among the students about the importance of trees and to create a sense of responsibility among them to nurture and look after the trees and actively participate in combating pollution.
To make endeavours towards creating awareness among the students about disasters and its consequences and to prepare them in advance to face such situations the N.S.S Unit held disaster management training on 5th July, 2016. This session was conducted by Disaster Management Authority, Alibag, Raigad. 74 students participated and were benefitted.
Tree Plantation Drive
NSS Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science participated in the Mega Saplings Plantation Drive at Village Koshimbe, Bhiwandi, Thane on 1st July, 2016. This was arranged with an agreement to help the government implement the initiative to reverse the decline of green cover of the state and enhance biodiversity by planting 25 lakh saplings on a single day. The Students enthusiastically supported the cause. Taking part in this massive plantation drive highlights the Institutions commitment to the environment.
Essay Writing Competition on Tree Plantation
To sensitize students towards the importance of Environment and Nature the N.S.S. Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science organized an Essay Writing Competition on Tree Plantation on 30th June, 2016. The event witnessed a gratifying response from the students.
International Yoga Day
As part of worldwide observation of International Yoga Day, National Service Scheme of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, New Panvel in association with Patanjali Yoga Samiti, Mumbai also observed this day on 21st June, 2016 in the campus. A yoga training session from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. was organized in which Principal Dr. Daphne Pillai, students, teaching and non-teaching staff took part enthusiastically and practiced various ‘asanas’ of Yoga and pranayama. A Yoga practitioner was invited to demonstrate various Yoga postures and asanas. It was a healthy session and everybody celebrated the day with much fervour.
Thalassemia Awareness and Detection Camp
Our N.S.S. team, in association with International Association of Lions Club, conducted Thalassemia Awareness and Detection Camp on 20th January, 2016. Around 1,900 students participated in the camp. The event was graced by the presence of PMJF Ln Nitin Shetty, District Governor, and Ln NR Parmeshwaran, DC activity, along with Ls Jyoti Jagasia, District President.
National Service Scheme 7 Days Special Residential Camp 2015-16 on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
|Wednesday||9th December, 2015||Village Visit and Inauguration Program|
|Thursday||10th December, 2015||Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – Jaywant Gaikwad by Zila Parishad|
|Friday||11th December, 2015||Tree Plantation + Lecture + Free Diabetic Check-up Camp|
|Saturday||12th December, 2015||Violation against women Project by TISS and Road Safety Project by RTO Kalamboli|
|Sunday||13th December, 2015||Eye Check-up Camp by Laxmi Eye Care|
|Monday||14th December, 2015||Disaster Management Training by Civil Defence Maharashtra State|
|Tuesday||15th December, 2015||Send off|
Lectures During Camp
|Date||Topic and Lecturer|
|10th December, 2015||Swachh Bharat Abhiyan - Jayawant Gaikwad|
|11th December, 2015||Personality Development – Prof. B. S. Patil|
|12th December, 2015||Fundamental Rights and Indian Nationalism - Prof. Priyesh Keekan|
|13th December, 2015||How to crack an Interview – Kunal Duggal|
Socio-Cultural Program during Camp
|9th December, 2015||Domestic Violence|
|10th December, 2015||Dowry|
|11th December, 2015||Eve Teasing|
|12th December, 2015||Old Age|
|13th December, 2015||Side Effects of Drugs, Alcoholism, Gutka and Cigarettes|
|14th December, 2015||Swachh Bharat Abhiyan|
First Prize in donating Bloods
Our NSS team bagged First Prize in Raigad District for donating highest blood bottles. 517 blood bottles were collected and donated. The award was received by our NSS Co-ordinator Mr. Shabab Rizvi from the Honourable Vice Chancellor of University of Mumbai.
Disaster Management Training Programme in Collaboration with Civil Defence, Raigad
Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, New Panvel N.S.S. unit had organized Disaster Management Training programme in collaboration with Civil Defence, Raigad from 25th to 29th November, 2014. 45 N.S.S. volunteers had completed their basic disaster management training successfully. During the course Civil Defence Officers Mr. Mangsule and Mr. Shinde taught the participant how to tackle the various pre and post disaster situations.
“Swachha Bharat Abhiyan, Munijan” Meeting at Mumbai University Campus, in Presence of Honarable C.M. of Maharashtra Shri. Devendra Fadnvis
N.S.S. Leader Mr. Nayan Koli had attended “Swachha Bharat Abhiyan, Munijan” meeting on 27th November, 2014 which was Maharashtra University New Initiative for Joint Action Now where Chief Minister of Maharashtra State, Honorable Shri. Devendra Fadanvis addressed the Kulgurus of various University’s of Maharastra, N.S.S. dignitaries, N.S.S. Programme Officers and N.S.S. volunteers present over their for imparting the strength of N.S.S. volunteers and college student for empowering Cleanliness campaign started by Honorable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi.
Workshop on Renewable Energy Sources at C.K.T. College, Khanda Colony
2 N.S.S. volunteers, Raksha Shetty and Navin Mani had attended District Level N.S.S. Workshop on Renewable Energy Sources at C.K.T. College, Khanda Colony. The Workshop was arranged for giving information about renewable energy sources available to us and how we can effectively use those resources to stop environmental degradation. The workshop was for 2 days that is from 29th to 30th November, 2014.
Youth Leadership Programme organized by Rotary Club of Panvel
4 N.S.S. Volunteers of Pillai College had attended 3 days Youth Leadership Programme which was organized by Rotary Club of Panvel from 28th to 30th November, 2014 which helped the volunteers to improve leadership qualities.
Visit to Jyothis Care Center, Kalamboli on Occesion of Aids Awareness Day
18 N.S.S. Volunteers Visited to Jyothis Care Center, Kalamboli, which is doing work for HIV positive patient treatment and rehabilitation on 3rd December, 2014. Volunteers collected information from Sister Doris about HIV positive patient and the management system of Jyothis Care Center.
Anti Tobacco Awareness Programme at Panvel Station
Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, N.S.S. unit organized Anti Tobacco Awareness Programme at Panvel Station on 9th December, 2014. 24 N.S.S. volunteers had given information about evil effects of tobacco consumption by posters and handout.
7 Days Residential Camp at Rohinjan Village
This year’s 7 Days Residential Camp of N.S.S. was organized in Rohinjan Village, near Taloja.
During the camp following activities were undertaken.
- Our this year’s main camp agenda was “Swachha Bharat Abhiyan” under which we cleaned up entire Rohinjan Village surrounding. We also make the villagers aware about importance of cleanliness.
- We helped to plant about 80 saplings in Rohinjan village.
- Digged around 5 soak pits for villagers.
- Prof. Shabab Rizvi (P.O.) given lecture on “Career Guidance” for 10th and 12th standard students of Chatrapati Shivaji High School, Rohinjan.
- We told the villagers ways to save water by telling them about importance of water.
- “Energy Conservation Awareness” programme we undertook to make the people aware about energy conservation.
- Students performed Skits on women abuse, dowry, superstation, addiction, corruption etc.
Lectures Arranged During the Camp
|20th December, 2014||Personality Development||Dr. B. S. Patil
(C.K.T. Clg, Panvel)
|21st December, 2014||Challenges before youth generation and Remedial Measures to handle it.||Prof. H. S. Kharat
(K. S. A. Barns Clg, Panvel)
|22nd December, 2014||Problems of Today’s Youth and Their Solutions By Swami Vivekanand Understanding the Universe||Mr. Satyajeet Santosh Takle
(Scietific Officer of B.A.R.C.)
|23rd December, 2014||Hepatitis B||Mrs. Shilpa
(Assistant Manager at United India)
|24th December, 2014||Vocational Training for Employment Opportunities||Mrs. Jaya Khemnani
(Assistant Manager at Global Success Foundation)
Youth Festival at University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus
4 N.S.S. volunteers of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science had attended Youth Festival on 12th January, 2015 at University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus. There was entertaining and cultural programme been arranged.
Free Notebook Donation at Rohinjan Zilla Parishad School
Free Note Book Donation done by N.S.S. unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, New Panvel at Rohinjan Zilla Parishad School. N.S.S. Volunteers took efforts to prepare note books from unused old pages of their note books and donated it to the needy and poor students.
Electricity Project Report Preparation to Know the Total Units Saved by Pillai College, N.S.S. Unit Initiative
As per university guidelines each N.S.S. volunteer had given task to collect 6 months electricity bill from 3 houses. NSS volunteers had given orientation to their neighbors about electricity saving and after some months we collected their unit consumption and compiled it into report to know the units saved by our initiative. We saved 21643 electricity units.
First Term Report
PCACS is conducting all the NSS activities under the guidance of Prof. Shabab Rizvi. NSS is the platform where students serve the society and brings happiness and smiles on many faces. So it’s not simply an association or a formality for a college but it’s a reason to inculcate some values and ethics in the students for their duty towards the society.
Enrollment for the academic year 2014-15
NSS started the year with enrollment of students as NSS volunteers for the academic year 2014-15 from Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Markets) on 2nd July, 2014.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan is a National Level Campaign by the Government of India to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country. The campaign was officially launched on 2nd October, 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi. The campaign is India’s biggest ever cleanliness drive and NSS Students of PCACS, New Panvel participated in this event in the College Campus.
NSS Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, New Panvel organized “Tree Plantation Drive” at Seal Ashram, Vangani Village near New Panvel on 30th September, 2014. Seal Ashram is an NGO that rescues needy and helpless people from the streets and railway stations of Mumbai. They provide a platform for the youth to accomplish the mission of SEAL.
Eye Donation Awareness Rally
NSS Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, New Panvel and Laxmi Eye Institute jointly organized a Rally on Eye Donation Awareness Rally Program on 28th September, 2014.
NSS Energy Conservation Awareness Rally
NSS Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, New Panvel organized a Rally on NSS Energy Conservation Awareness Rally Program on 26th August, 2014 at Motha Village, Khanda Colony.
Blood Donation Camp
A noble gesture to help a fellow human being is Blood donation, carried out when a person voluntarily agrees for blood to be drawn with the intention of donating it. Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science in collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society (Bombay City Branch Blood Centre) and St. George Hospital organized a voluntary Blood Donation Camp on 20th August, 2014 at Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Campus.
A total of 323 blood units have been collected from voluntary blood donors. 123 blood units were collected by St. George Hospital while Indian Red Cross Society collected 197 units. The Blood Donation Camp saw a lot of youths participating in blood donation which is an encouraging indicator of voluntarism and awareness about blood donation. This was done under the abled guidance of Principal Dr. Daphne Pillai and NSS Program Officer Prof. Shabab Rizvi. The registration and screening desks set up by the blood banks and NSS volunteers, with a view of recipient, donor and blood testing safety measures were appreciative. The effort of NSS leader Nayan Koli and Ruchika Patel were all paid with the number of blood units collected. Overall the donation camp was a great success.
Thalessemia Awareness Program
NSS Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, New Panvel organized an awareness program on Thalassemia Awareness Program on 12th August, 2014 in the Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Campus. Ms. Usha Talwalkar, District Governor of Lions Club gave the lecture on Thalassemia.
First Term Report
Seminar on Leprosy Education and Rehabilitation Treatment
NSS Unit of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, New Panvel organized a Seminar on Leprosy Education and Rehabilitation Treatment by an ALERT – INDIA a leading NGO in the area of healthcare on 4th July, 2014. 435 students had attended the seminar from morning to evening in the Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Campus. The donor cards were given to the students for the collection of funds. Around Rs. 40,000 were collected from the students and money was donated to Alert – India.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Proposed Lectures During Camp
|Saturday||20th December, 2014||Swachha Bharat Abhiyaan and Role of Volunteer||Prof. Ramesh Mhatre
(M.P.A.S.C. CLG, Panvel)
|Sunday||21st December, 2014||Understanding the Universe||Santosh Takle
(Scientific Officer of B.A.R.C.)
|Monday||22nd December, 2014||Challenges before youth generation and Remedial Measures to handle it.||Prof. H. S. Kharat
(K.S.A.Barns Clg, Panvel)
|Tuesday||23rd December, 2014||Mrs. Jaya Khemnani
(Assistant Manager at Global Success Foundation)
|Wednesday||24th December, 2014||Water Conservation||Prof. Thigale
|1. Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan||6. Awareness on Hygein|
|2. Envioronment Conservation Awareness||7. Awareness On Dengue & Malaria|
|3. Carreer Guidance||8. Tree Conservation|
|4. Water Conservation Awareness||9. Awareness About Malnutrition|
|5. Personality Development Programme||10. Cultural Event|
Daily Routine of camp
|6:00 am||Waking Up / Morning assembly|
|6:00 am to 6.15 am||Toilet, Brush|
|6.15 am to 7.00 am||Prayer, Physical Exercise|
|7:00 am to 7:30 am||Breakfast|
|7:30 am to 12:00 noon||Project Work|
|12.00 noon to 1.00 pm||Personal Hygiene|
|1.00 pm to 2.00 pm||Lunch|
|2.00 pm to 3.00 pm||Rest|
|3.00 pm to 5.30 pm||Session by eminent speaker|
|5.30 pm to 6.00 pm||Tea|
|6.00 pm to 8.00 pm||Cultural Programme|
|8.00 pm to 9.00 pm||Dinner|
|9.00 pm to 9.45 pm||Review of Day's work / Planning for Next Day|
|10.00 pm||Light Off|
NSS Students visited Jyothis Care Centre
NSS Students visited Jyothis Care Centre at Kalamboli on 3rd December, 2013 for HIV AIDS Care and Treatment. Students visited the patients and they collected information about the Centre and HIV AIDS infection. Around 20 students visited the Centre.
Seminar on Sex Education
NSS Unit organized a seminar on Sex Education on account of World Aids Day on 30th November, 2013 by Dr. Arun Ranade. Around 90 students had attended this seminar.
Seminar on Pulse Polio Drive
On 20th September, 2013, Wednesday, National Service Scheme (N.S.S.) organised a Seminar on Pulse Polio Drive in which all the N.S.S. volunteer were given a training on how to give a polio dose to childrens and on Sunday, 22nd September, 2013. NSS had a pulse polio drive in panvel and more then 1000 childrens where given a polio dose.
Seminar on Energy Conservation
On 19th September, 2013, National Service Scheme (N.S.S) organised a Seminar on Energy Conservation by Mr. Rajesh Balani (Additional Director of Petroleum Conservation Research Association Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Government of India).
Blood Donation Camp
With the help of Sir. J. J. Mahanagar Raktapedhi, Mumbai managed by (State Blood Transfusion Council, Govt. of Maharashtra) and Blood Bank St. George’s Hospital, Mumbai, NSS jointly organised a Blood Donation Camp in college campus on 22nd August, 2013 and we had successfully collected 280 blood bags/bottle.
Eye Check Up Camp
NSS Unit of PCACS, New Panvel and Laxmi Eye Institute organized a Seminar on Eye Care, Awareness on eye donation and free Eye Check Up Camp on 30th July, 2013. The institute provided the tips on how to take care of the eyes and made aware about the various infections that can come up if not dealt properly. Later on the institute conducted eye check up for the students, teaching and non – teaching staff and local residents near the campus. Around 3000 people had benefited from this camp.
Seminar on Leprosy
NSS Unit organized a seminar on Leprosy in association with ALERT INDIA on 19th July, 2013. Around 5000 students attended the seminar. The donor cards were given to the students for collection of funds for 10 days. The students collected Rs. 65,000/- and donated the money to the association.
A group of NSS students from Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science went for a tree plantation drive to Premier College of Arts, Science and Commerce in Adai Village. The NSS students planted around 50 saplings. As part of the endeavour to protest environment the staff and students of Premier College joined the NSS unit and put their effort to make this event successful on this occasion the students resolved to spread awareness among people.
“We want to ensure the saplings are not only planted but protected till their growth as trees. By plantation drives me to improve the environment in the college and inculcate sense of environment awareness among the students”, said by NSS programme officer Prof. Shabab Rizvi under his guidance and concern the event was organised along with the NSS leaders, Jasmine Nannavan and Suraj Pradhan also contributed a lot by coordinating and organising the entire NSS unit. The NSS Volunteer planted the trees in presence of Principal Krishna Kumar, he also thanked the NSS volunteers for the gesture of the volunteer spirit so enthusiastically displayed.
Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science organised a workshop for the NSS students on leprosy in association with the group of ALERT INDIA on 3rd August, 2012.
The organisers of ALERT INDIA explained today the diagnosis and treatment of leprosy is easy and most endemic countries are striving to fully integrate leprosy services. This is especially important for those under served and marginalised communities most at risk from leprosy, often the poorest of the poor.
The NSS students come to know information campaigns about leprosy in high risk areas are crucial so that patients and their families who were historically ostracised from their communities are encouraged to come forward and receive treatment. The most effective way of preventing disabilities in leprosy as well as preventing further transmission of the disease lies in early diagnosis and treatment with MDT.
The NSS students decided to help ALERT INDIA by contributing donation so that they put some effort in the elimination of leprosy. The entire workshop was coordinated by the NSS programme officer Prof. Shabab Rizvi.
Blood Donation Camp
A Blood Donation Camp was organised at Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, New Panvel on 24th August, 2012 where 349 number of students volunteered to donate blood.
The college is known to organise such camps in Raigad District and garnered maximum number of donors amongst the districts Raigad, Thane, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. They also aspire to repeat this fest third year too. The blood banks who visited the venue were Shree Sai Blood Bank, Red Cross Blood Bank and TATA Memorial.
The camp was organised by Prof. Shabab Rizvi, NSS Programme Officer of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science and deserve credit for making it a great success. The camp would never been successful without the support of NSS volunteers and the NSS leaders Jasmine Nannavan and Suraj Pradhan.
Blood Donation Camp
A noble gesture to help a fellow human being is blood donation, carried out when a person voluntarily agrees for blood to be drawn with the intention of donating it. Pillai College of Arts Commerce and Science, New Panvel in collaboration with Shree Sai Blood Bank, Panvel and Indian Red Cross Society (Bombay City Branch Blood Center) organized a Voluntary Blood Donation Camp on 14th September, 2011 at Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Campus, New Panvel. A total of 348 blood units have been collected from the voluntary blood donors. 107 blood units were collected by Indian Red Cross Society while Shree Sai Blood Bank collected 241 blood units. The blood donation camp saw a lot of youths participating in blood donation which is an encouraging indicator of voluntarism and awareness about blood donation. This was done under the abled guidance of Principal Dr. Daphne Pillai, N.S.S. Programme officer Prof. Shabab Rizvi, and Prof. Abida Khan. The registration and screening desks, set up by the blood banks and the N.S.S. volunteers, with a view of recipient, donor and blood testing safety measures were appreciative. The efforts of N.S.S. Leader Neha Kalsi and Abhishek Upadhye were all paid with the number of blood units collected. Last year, Pillai’s N.S.S. unit bagged first position in Raigad district by obtaining 202 blood bottles, which seems that this year their blood unit numbers may be the highest in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai districts. Overall the Blood Donation camp was great success.
Tree Plantation at New Kalamboli Education Society Primary School
The importance of trees in purifying the air, as natural resources, maintaining the ecological balance, preventing soil erosion, as medicines, habitats for faunal species, providing nutrients to the soil etc. is well known. On 8th August 2011, PCACS, N.S.S. unit conducted a tree plantation programme at “New Kalamboli Education Society Primary School, at Kalamboli” with a view of conserving trees and creating awareness among the school kids. About 80 plants of different varieties were planted at the school premises. Some common examples of plants planted were roses, palm tree, ashoka, tulsi etc. The tree plantation drive was a huge success with a participation of 25 N.S.S. volunteers.
Energy Conservation Drive
Energy efficiency and conservation recently have been receiving increased attention – and not only in discussions about national energy policy and the impact of global climate change, but in television ads for light bulbs and cars, on the labels of new refrigerators and in monthly electric bills. Energy conservation means using less energy and avoiding excessive or wasteful uses. Efficiency, on the other hand, means using less energy while getting the same results. Efficiency is therefore a subset of conservation; one way to conserve energy is to use it more efficiently. With this perspective, PCACS N.S.S. unit conducted an “Energy Conservation Drive” at Khanda colony, Panvel on 24th August 2011. In this drive, the volunteers visited door to door for creating awareness about the importance of different forms of energy and some means and measures to save it for our future. 20 volunteers had been working endlessly for the success of the conservation drive which saw the fruits when some units of electricity saved were reflected in the electricity bills of those houses.
Lectures on Effect of Smoking and Tobacco
Tobacco is the single greatest cause of preventable death globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that tobacco caused 5.4 million deaths in 2004 and 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th century. To create awareness among the youngsters, Pillai’s N.S.S. Unit organized a talk on “Substance Abuse – Side Effects of Smoking” by Dr. Manish Bhanushali at Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Campus on 12th September, 2011. Dr. Manish stressed on the long term effects of smoking such as lung cancer, emphysema, cardiovascular diseases and premature ageing. He also said that It’s important to understand in the short term smoking cigarettes can be every bit as dangerous.
The following are 6 of the most dangerous short term side effects of smoking that were highlighted by him:
- Increased blood pressure.
- Increased heart rate.
- Narrowing of the arteries.
- Reduced amount of oxygen the blood can carry.
- Carbon monoxide levels in the blood rise.
- Creates an imbalance in the demand for oxygen by the cells.
- The talk really helped the young minds to be on the right directions for a better health.